Body Xtreme Fitness Turbo 2000 Rower
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The Body Xtreme Fitness Turbo 2000 is a full-magnetic rowing machine designed for home use. It features a pretty decent construction and weight capacity. It doesn’t have an advanced console, but on the other hand, it’s not an expensive trainer, being currently priced under the mark of $300. For reference, this is the Body Xtreme Fitness part number BXF005.
Technical Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 80L x 20.9W x 33.9H (203L x 53W x 86H cm)
- Shipping weight: 88.2 lbs (40 kg)
- Flywheel weight: 16 lbs (7.2 kg)
- Weight capacity: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Frame: Aluminum
- Resistance type: Magnetic, 8 levels
- Console: Time, count/min, count, calories, SCAN
- Warranty: 6 months
Frame construction, parts & accessories
The Body Xtreme Turbo 2000 rower is constructed on a durable, thick aluminum frame featuring its natural polish and corrosion resistance. It’s not an extremely heavy fitness machine but does weigh over 80 lbs (36 kg), a weight which delivers excellent stability.
The unit also integrates several durable ABS parts. Among them, we can count the rear base stabilizers, the side covers of the front base, the covers of the flywheel and resistance system, and the footrests. These don’t affect the unit’s overall sturdiness. The machine is rated for a weight capacity of 250 lbs (113.3 kg).
The fully assembled machine is fairly large, especially lengthwise. It’s 80″ (203 cm) long, and 20.9″ (53 cm) wide; these being said, it may not fit well in a small room or apartment. Also, it’s the highest point is given by the top of the console which is situated at approx. 33.9″ (86 cm) above floor level.
The unit features a folding frame, though. Its rail can be folded up, so the unit’s length is reduced by approx. 60%. This offers better storage possibilities. Also, its front base bar is equipped with two transport wheels which facilitate its relocation.
The Body Xtreme Fitness Turbo 2000 rowing machine integrates a fairly long rail. Its exact length is not specified, but users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) have reported that it is long enough for this height in order to allow a complete leg stretch.
The unit’s rail is not completely horizontal. It is inclined at an angle of approx. 15°. This comes with two primary advantages. First of all, the recovery motion is done a little faster than for a rower with a horizontal rail. And second of all, the leg push motion provides a slightly better workout for the leg muscles.
This rowing machine is equipped with a fairly large seat, featuring a contoured foam top which delivers optimal comfort. Its surface is contoured and provides superior adherence so you won’t slide off of it.
The seat is built on a durable aluminum frame. As we’ve mentioned above, it’s designed to support users up to 250 lbs (113.3 kg). It incorporates a set of heavy-duty wheels with sealed ball bearings. All the wheels are concealed by the side sections of the seat frame, in order to improve safety and prevent your clothing from getting caught in them. The seat delivers a very smooth motion and generates very little noise during movement.
The unit’s footrests are made of durable ABS material. They’re equipped with adjustable straps and heel guards providing excellent foot stability during rowing. They’re large enough to accommodate athletic footwear of all sizes. They also have a pivoting design, allowing a bit of angle movement as you row in order to provide the perfect foot position. Their stopper allows a maximum backward angle of approx. 50°.
The pulling handle is a simple straight bar. It features rubberized grips providing superior hand adherence and comfort. It’s attached to a heavy-duty nylon strap which is designed to last for many years of use. Also, a strap comes with several advantages over a chain. For example, it generates almost no noise, it doesn’t require any lubrication, and you can also perform twists as you pull without the fear that it can jump off the pulleys.
Last but not least, this Body Xtreme rower features a bottle support right under the tension knob, molded into the protective casing of the flywheel. A workout towel with the Body Xtreme Fitness logo is also included with the machine, just as for the Body Xtreme Fitness BXF002 exercise bike.
As we’ve mentioned above, the Body Xtreme Turbo 2000 rowing machine is equipped with a magnetic resistance system. It integrates a small magnetic brake which is attached through a steel wire to the tension dial on top of the front part of the unit. By turning the dial clockwise, the brake element will move closer to the flywheel generating more resistance.
Evidently, the machine’s resistance system is manual. You can only adjust it from the tension dial. Therefore, the machine doesn’t have to be connected to a power source. Also, the console is not involved in the resistance adjustment. It only shows your workout metrics.
The rower offers 8 levels of resistance. The first two resistance settings deliver a fairly light tension, while the 8th tension level offers the possibility to get a higher muscle burn. But as a general idea, the machine is not for strength training, only for cardio and muscle toning.
The unit’s internal flywheel weighs 16 lbs (7.2 kg). Most of its weight is placed in its perimeter. Therefore, it delivers a pretty consistent momentum. Also, the rowing motion is smooth and silent, as there is no friction or air current generated during rowing.
One last aspect to mention here regards the rowing feel. Since this is a full-magnetic rower, with no air or water resistance elements, it doesn’t generate a dynamic response. In other words, if you pull faster, the resistance won’t gradually increase. It will remain constant, given by the selected tension level. For rowers with an air resistance system, such as the Concept2 Model E, or rowers with water resistance, such as the First Degree Fitness Trident AR, the tension is also affected by how fast or how hard your row, which leads to a more natural rowing feel. Professional athletes may need this; but nonetheless, this rowing machine does provide a very consistent cardio workout.
The Body Xtreme Turbo 2000 included a basic fitness meter. As we’ve mentioned above, the meter is not involved in the units resistance adjustment. It’s equipped with an LCD display which tracks time, strokes per minute (count/min), total strokes (total count), and calories burned. It doesn’t have any preset workout programs or user settings, so the calorie count is only an estimation, based on the number flywheel rotations. In other words, it’s not extremely accurate.
The meter unit cannot read your pulse. It’s not telemetric and does not work with Polar or other types of HR chest strap transmitters. So, in case you have to monitor your pulse during your workout, you will have to use a separate device.
The unit is fairly easy to use. It has a SCAN function which rotates all the metrics showing each one on the display for several seconds. You can push its button to disable the SCAN function and lock the metric that interests you the most on the display. The meter starts when you begin rowing or when you press the button. It also has a sleep function to which will enter after several minutes of inactivity on the machine.
Assembly and Maintenance
The machine’s drive system is already assembled and attached to the front part of the frame. Thus, you only need to connect the rail to the front part of the unit, add the seat, the stabilizers, the footrests and the console. This shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes. The manual provides very clear assembly instructions.
For maintenance, it’s recommended to keep the unit’s track clean, in order to prevent it or the wheels from sustaining any damage. The internal parts don’t require any lubrication. It’s also recommended to periodically inspect the machine for loose bolts and parts, and re-tighten them if necessary.
- Durable construction for a light rower – it has a user capacity of 250 lbs;
- Folding, space-saving design;
- Transport wheels integrated into the front base;
- Extremely quiet and smooth magnetic resistance system;
- 8 levels of resistance, for light to medium workouts;
- Contoured, padded and non-slip seat for optimal comfort;
- Large footrests with rear guards and adjustable straps for maximum stability;
- The footrests have a pivoting design, allowing a slight movement of the feet during rowing for a perfect positioning;
- Exercise meter that can track time, count/min, total count, and calories burned;
- Bottle/accessory holder included;
- Workout towel included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required.
- No pulse reading on the meter;
- The meter’s calorie reading is not too accurate;
- No backlight on the meter display.
The Body Xtreme Fitness Turbo 2000 is a full-magnetic rower for home use. It features a durable and folding aluminum frame, 8 levels of resistance, and a basic fitness meter. It’s an excellent machine for a full-body cardio workout, great for muscle toning, weight loss, and stamina development. It’s not an expensive trainer, offering great value and quality for the price.