Top positive review
This rower will kick your "A"
February 8, 2019
I bought this rowing machine because I tried "Cascade Rower" in the Total Fitness store and I felt in love with it.
This model has a similar design: magnetic resistance & 11lb flywheel.
Cascade Rower costs $1000+, while SF-RW5856 is only $263.
I do not want to write about how easy/difficult is to assemble this rowing machine.
This is NOT important. You do it once and forget it. Why bother? OK, it's very easy.
The most important part is how this rowing machine works.
1) The resistance level should be set to 6 or 7. 1-5 is too easy. 8 is too hard.
But the trick is that if for example you set the level to 6, then with each stroke you can increase the resistance
by pulling harder. Here is the beauty of having a Flywheel. You will NOT be able to achieve the same effect on any rowing machine with magnetic resistance only.
It reminds me a water rowing machine's functionality: the harder you pull at the end of each stroke, the more challenging workout you'll get.
Your heart rate will be up to the roof.
2) The seat is good. I put a small blanket over it during exercise. I like it that way.
3) I do not wear sneakers. I have socks on. This gives me more enjoyment. Plus, I do not need to adjust the straps every time I exercise. I just slide my feet under them and I'm all set.
4) This rowing machine is quite. The computer is basic. I do not use it. Just time tracking.
5) The most important part is the fun factor of this rower. I would give it 10 out of 10.
I was nicely surprised. I would say (it's my own opinion of course) that this rowing machine has the same feel as $1000+ rowers I tried before. For my workouts I used only level 6. I believe that it's the optimal resistance level for this machine.