Stamina BodyTrac Glider 1060
|Body Trac 1060|
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|250 lbs||34 lbs||Hydraulic,|
|Frame: 1 year
Parts: 90 days
The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1060 is a newer version of the Stamina 1050. There aren’t many differences between the two, except for the seat, console and footrests designs. This Stamina rower is also currently available for quite an affordable price. It’s actually one of the very few rowers under the mark of $200, which come with a fitness meter.
Even though it’s a pretty basic fitness machine, there are many aspects to consider about it. Therefore, in this review we’ll try to cover them all.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 49.25L x 36W x 20H inches (125L x 91.4W x 51H cm)
- Assembled weight: 34 lbs (kg)
- Supported weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
- Frame: Steel and aluminum
- Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
- Resistance type: Hydraulic, adjustable, 12 levels
- Performance monitor: Yes
- Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days
Frame construction and parts
Similar to the older model, this Stamina rowing machine features a frame made of steel and aluminium. The main gliding beam of the frame is aluminium made, while the front base, the oars and the small rear post are made of steel. The aluminium gliding beam is only painted atop, with the company logo, but other than that it doesn’t feature any coating. The steel frame parts on the other hand are coated with corrosion resistant, black paint.
Of course, the frame construction also includes several non-metallic parts. The rear base, the seat, footrests and the oars’ joint covers are made of a heavy duty polymer material.
The rower’s seat, although it doesn’t feature any padding, is surprisingly comfortable due to its molded design. It also features a ribbed surface, preventing you to slip backwards from it when you row. It’s approx. 15″ (38 cm) wide, and 12″ (30 cm) long. Its base integrates top-quality rollers, with sealed ball bearing, for prolonged life span.
The arms of the rower are made of two parts each, attached to the rail and resistance cylinder in a manner to simulate the rowing of a real boat. The superior parts of the arms are pivoting, and can be rotated independently. This adds a bit of flexibility to the rowing motion, rather than the complete, rigid motion offered by rowers with a pulling cord or chain. Needless to say, the grips on the handlebars are covered by rubber foam, to eliminate stress on the palms, and the formation of blisters. Also, the arms can fold under the seat, offering better storage possibilities. In other words, with the arms folded, the machine can be stored vertically, resting on its front base, console and footrests.
The footrests are made of heavy-duty nylon material. They feature a pivoting design, allowing you to position your feet at the angle that feels most comfortable to you. Each footrest has a heel guard, which prevents your foot from slipping, also integrating adjustable straps, to secure your feet in place. The footrests of this Stamina rowing machine are long and wide enough to accommodate sports shoes of all sizes.
This rower doesn’t have an extremely large footprint. In fact, it’s one of the smallest rowers that you can find. When fully assembled, it’s 49.25″ (125 cm) long, and 36″ (91.4 cm) wide, which means it’s not exactly a rower for tall users. It can accommodate comfortably users between 4’11” and 6′ (150 – 183 cm), but taller users may not benefit from a complete leg extension. Also, the machine’s weight capacity is 250 lbs (113 kg).
The Stamina BodyTrac 1060 features a hydraulic resistance system, consisting in one cylinder, situated under the gliding rail. The cylinder connects to the arms and the rear base of the rower, and with each stroke it extends, generating resistance. The machine’s resistance is adjustable, featuring 12 levels of resistance. The cylinder has a knob which can be turned to increase or decrease the force required to expand it.
In case you’re wondering, the first 3 levels of resistance offer a really light tension, great for users who must undergo a recovery training regimen. The top resistance levels on the other hand aren’t too extreme. Overall, this rower can offer light to medium workouts.
There are two other important aspects regarding this rower’s resistance system that you should know. One, since it’s a hydraulic rower, the cylinder will heat up as you row, losing a little bit of resistance. Therefore, after a few minutes of working out, you might need to increase the resistance a bit, in order to maintain the same workout intensity. And two, the resistance is constant. Differently put, it doesn’t vary with how hard you pull, as in water rowers or air rowers. Thus, the rowing feel is different from the “natural” one. But on the other hand, since the oars offer a full range of motion, the movement of each stroke is pretty similar to rowing an actual boat.
This Stamina Body Trac glider features a pretty basic console, offering the similar functions as the one supplied with the 1050 model. However, its design is a bit different. It can track four metrics including, time, calories burned, stroke count and total of strokes. It has a SCAN function that can rotate these metrics, displaying each one on screen for six seconds. However, you can select any of them to be solely displayed on screen.
This fitness meter requires 1 AA battery (which is not supplied). It’s fairly easy to operate. It’s powered on by pressing the button once, or when it detects seat movement. It automatically shuts off after 4 minutes of inactivity on the rower.
Assembly and Maintenance
The assembly of this rowing machine is far from being difficult. Most of it actually comes assembled in the first place. The oars, the cylinder and the rear base post come already attached to the main frame. All you need to do is attach the front steel base, the rear base plate, the footrests, seat and console. Operation shouldn’t take more than 30 min., being pretty straight forward. Also, the manual supplied offers clear, step-by-step instructions. However, tools required for assembly are not supplied. You will need an Allen wrench (5 mm) and a fixed wrench (13 mm).
For maintenance, all you have to do is make sure that the gliding rail is always clean, free of any dirt, sand or any small objects that can damage the seat rollers or create nicks into the gliding rail.
- Natural rowing action, simulating the use of oars;
- Sturdy construction, well-built frame for a low capacity rower;
- Folding design;
- Lightweight, easy to transport;
- Low profile rower, small footprint;
- Wide gliding rail, enhancing seat stability;
- Adjustable resistance;
- Pivoting footrests, with straps;
- Fitness meter included;
- Quiet machine;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Not a rower for tall users; taller users than 6′ (183 cm) may not benefit from a full leg extension.
The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1060 offers a bit more than a basic rowing machine, as it integrates a fitness meter, opening the possibility to monitor your workout statistics. Also, it features 12 distinctive levels of resistance, other similar rowers having only 3-5. Evidently it’s not a machine designed for a professional rower athlete. But for anyone who wants to undergo a daily consistent aerobic workout that involves multiple groups of muscles, this machine is perfect. It’s also great for improving stamina, recovery training, and if you use it regularly, you will definitely lose weight. And finally, since it costs less than $200, we can safely say that it offers excellent value for the price.