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ADVENOR Mag Rower

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L:72.5"
W:19.5"
H:25"
265 lbs54.4 lbsMagnetic,
8 levels
Time,
Count,
T-Count,
Calories,
SPM,
Scan

The ADVENOR rower is one of the fitness machines released by ADVENOR Fitness in 2020. It’s a pretty basic magnetic rower, similar to the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5622, or the SNODE S600; it does not have pre-set programs or online connectivity. But on the other hand, it’s an affordable machine, great for a full-body cardio workout.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 72.5L x 19.5W x 25H inches (184L x 50W x 64H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 54.4 lbs (24.7 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 265 lbs (120 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Resistance type: Magnetic, 8 levels
  • Fitness monitor: Time, count, total count, reps/min, calories, scan
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

The ADVENOR magnetic rower features a frame made of steel tubing. It combines rectangular and oval bars in its construction. All the steel tubes are painted black, with a corrosion-resistant finish. The front section that holds the drive and resistance elements features large covers made of durable thermoplastic material.

The fully assembled machine is smaller than other rowers, such as the Marnur air rower, for example. But nonetheless, it still is approx. 72.5″ (184 cm) long, and 19.5″ (50 cm) wide, so it may not fit too well in a small room. Plus, it is recommended to allow at least two feet of clearance on each side and at the rear of the unit, for ease of access and unhindered usage.

The rower is foldable. Its rail can be folded up to save space. With the rail folded up, the machine’s footprint is reduced to approx. 32″L x 19.5″ (81 x 50 cm), while its height becomes 47.5″ (120 cm). The rail itself is approx. 39.5″ (100 cm) long, so the machine should be able to accommodate users up to at least 6’3″ (190 cm).

The rower’s net weight is approx. 54.4 lbs (24.7 kg). Therefore, it can be carried and assembled by only one person. Plus, once it is assembled, it is even easier to move as its front stabilizer integrates two small transport wheels. The rear stabilizer is equipped with two adjustable levelers.

Seat and other parts

The ADVENOR rower features a large, heart-shaped seat, similar to the one included with the Sunny Health & Fitness SF-RW5987. It is pretty large, approx. 14.9″ (38 cm) wide, and 11.6″ (29 cm) long, so it provides plenty of contact surface. It integrates a thick layer of foam padding and its cover is made of durable vinyl material which is sweatproof and easy to maintain.

The base of the seat is made of steel. It integrates three sets of wheels. One slides under the rail for extra stability, the other slide on top of the rail. They integrate sealed ball bearings for a smooth motion and a long lifespan. Also, their outer layer is made from a material designed to reduce noise.

The machine’s rail is not perfectly horizontal. It is slightly slanted forward. Therefore, when the seat is extended all the way to the back, it is a bit higher. Its maximum height is 13″ (33 cm) above floor level. Also, both the rail and the seat are durable enough to support users up to 265 lbs (120 kg).

The ADVENOR rower is equipped with two large footrests. They are made of durable thermoplastic material. They have heel guards and adjustable straps for maximum foot stability. They also feature a pivoting design. In other words, they can tilt back and forth in order to adapt better to the position of your feet throughout the rowing motion.

The rower’s pulling handle is a short straight bar. Its side grips feature foam sleeves for improved comfort. The handle is connected to a nylon strap which is highly resistant to abrasion. This can be a plus, as opposed to a chain, as it reduces noise during rowing in comparison with a chain drive rower. Also, the strap does not require lubrication.

Drive and resistance

This ADVENOR rowing machine is equipped with a standard magnetic resistance system with manual action. This means you don’t need a power adapter or an external power source for it. It also means that the machine itself cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The resistance system consists of a magnetic brake connected to the internal flywheel and to the tension dial visible on the front unit of the machine. When you turn the dial, the brake moves closer or farther from the flywheel which increases or decreases the workout load. Also, the flywheel weighs only 2.2 lbs (1 kg), so the machine does not provide a super momentum.

This rowing machine makes available 8 resistance levels. However, the 8th level does not provide a super high rowing difficulty. This being said, the ADVENOR magnetic rower is not meant for strength training. It still is great for stamina development, weight loss, muscle toning, and keeping yourself in shape.

Since it does not have any water resistance or air resistance elements, this rower does not provide a dynamic response during usage. In other words, the rowing difficulty does not depend on how fast you pull the handle as it is the case for water rowing machines or air resistance rowers. Since it is a magnetic rower, the resistance only depends on the selected resistance level. This shouldn’t be a major inconvenience, it’s just that the rowing sensation of an air rower or water rower is closer to the sensation of rowing a real boat. The machine still provides a pretty consistent full-body cardio workout.

Fitness monitor

The ADVENOR rower is equipped with a pretty basic fitness monitor. It is integrated into the front unit of the machine and features an LCD display divided into two sub-sections in order to show up to two workout metrics at once. It tracks time, count, total count, strokes per minute, and calories burned. It does not have a pulse reading function and does not show distance in meters or miles. So, it basically counts your work in strokes (or reps).

The monitor unit is equipped with one button. By pressing the button repeatedly, you can change the metrics on the display and select the ones you want to view. You can also select its Scan Mode; when in Scan Mode, the unit rotates the metrics showing them in a sequence, each one for a few seconds. The button also fulfills the unit’s reset function. By pressing and holding it for a few seconds, you can clear all the values on it to zero.

The unit is battery-powered. It requires two AA batteries which are included. It starts up when you begin rowing and automatically turns off if it does not detect any activity on the rower for more than four minutes.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front section of the machine with all the drive and resistance elements, and the fitness monitor, comes pre-assembled. Therefore, you only have to insert the seat onto the rail, connect the rail to the main unit, add the rear and front stabilizers, and the footrests. This shouldn’t take more than one hour. The task is pretty straightforward and all the necessary tools are included.

The internal parts of the rower shouldn’t need any lubrication or maintenance for a long period of time. Therefore, in terms of maintenance, you should only keep the unit clean, especially the rail, and periodically check for loose parts.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame – can hold users up to 265 lbs (120 kg);
  • Folding rail, space-saving design;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
  • Large, padded seat for improved comfort;
  • Fairly long rail – can accommodate users up to 6’3″ (190 cm);
  • Pivoting footrests with adjustable straps;
  • Quiet magnetic resistance with 8 distinct levels;
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, count, total count, strokes per minute, and calories burned;
  • Device holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • No backlight on the fitness monitor display;
  • No goal settings;
  • No pulse reading function.

Summary

The ADVENOR rower is a fitness machine made for home use. It offers 8 levels of magnetic resistance, a durable frame, a large padded seat, and a long rail so it can accommodate users up to 6’3″. It also integrates a fitness monitor that tracks the main workout metrics. It’s a great trainer for light to medium-intensity workouts, muscle toning, recovery training, and weight loss. It’s also one of the most affordable magnetic rowers at the moment.

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