The water in the sealed tank delivers the natural resistance, whereas the feedback on stoke rate,total number of strokes, rowing duration, distance, intensity etcis provided by the console display. Featuring pivoting footplates with adjustable straps, WaterRower A1 home rowing machine is handcrafted from solid ash wood. It is so portable that it can also be folded up vertically for easier storage when not in use and has transportation wheels.
Beautifully constructed from ash and aluminium, the Waterrower A1 Home rowing machine has to be one of the most pleasing on the eye. But you don't buy a rowing machine just for good looks in your home. So how does it rate as a rowing machine?
In a nutshell, it is a superb rower & the most common and easy to use exercise machine. The rowing position is very comfortable with its well-designed foot pads, ergo-handles and a wonderful padded seat. The single aluminium beam makes for a quiet and smooth action - even when at high stroke rates.
For the healthiest, it's a perfect machine. Its one-touch buttons make it very simple to use.
As the name suggests, the WatterowerA1 home rowing machine uses a water resistance mechanism to provide the resistance. Most rowers use air or magnetism to give you something to pull against and work your muscles and cardio-vascular system. You can change the resistance levels by adding or draining the water. Some may prefer to press a button or move a slider to do this, but in our view, you can't beat the swishing sound of the water as you pull back on the handle.
1 myth about the WaterRower is that rowers that use water, need regular maintenance to change the water, otherwise it goes green and stagnant.
However, the fact remains that only one water purification tablet needs to be added to the tank every six months - just one! The water will never turn green or dirty!
The Console/ Monitor
Unlike the S4 monitor fitted the Natural, the A1 monitor is very basic. It is not compatible with heart rate monitors - so no heart rate programs are possible on this model. Yes it's easy to use, but that's because it doesn't do as much as the S4 monitor. It displays the standard workout data such as time, distance rowed, calories used, stroke rate etc, but it has no PC interface and other features such as intervals that you'd find in the other WaterRower models. However, you get what you pay for. This is the cheapest model of the WaterRower and it gives basic users everything they need without the fancy features that many people do not use. If your budget is tight, this model is meant for you!
Displays rowing speed in meters per second, miles per hour, minutes per 500 meters, and minutes per 2 kilometers
Also displays power and calories burnt per hour
Stroke rate window:
Displays number of strokes per minute
Displays distance rowed in meters, miles, kilometers, or strokes
Also displays distance remaining in current workout (if a predetermined distance for workout has been established)
Displays time in hours, minutes, and seconds
The WaterRower A1 home rowing machine is a real beauty, the build quality, aesthetics and materials used make this a pleasure to use and this in itself gives you the motivation to train. The resistance with even just half a tank of water is a challenge for most rowers.
If you’re looking for a machine that will last for years (and look great in your home) and come at a reasonable price, this is a perfect choice.
Pros of WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine:
• It's a beauty! Looks classy & elegant
• Quiet and smooth in operation
• A very comfortable seat
• Easy to use
• Light yet solid construction
• Light and easy to move for storage
• Excellent warranty
• Economical – entry price model