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Fitness Reality 3000WR

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L:77.3"
W:20"
H:34"
300 lbs71.9 lbsWater3 HIIT,
3 Goals,
5 Preset,
1 Race,
Bluetooth

The Fitness Reality 3000WR is very similar in terms of design and features to the Marcy Marcy NS-6023RW or the Merax Water Rower. However, its console offers more workout programs and it is Bluetooth smart allowing online workout data streaming via the free MyCloudFitness app.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 77.3L x 20W x 34H inches (196L x 51W x 86H cm)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Assembled weight: 71.9 lbs (32.6 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Footrests: Adjustable, non-pivoting
  • Resistance type: Water, 6 levels
  • Exercise meter: 3 HIIT programs, 5 Preset programs, 13-level Race program, Bluetooth
  • Extras: Phone holder
  • Warranty: 3 years limited

Frame construction

The Fitness Reality 3000WR features an all-steel frame. As opposed to the Marcy NS-6023RW, its sliding rail is also made of steel. The only major component in its construction that it’s not steel-made is the water tank.

All the steel parts in the rower’s construction are coated with a rust-resistant and abrasion-resistant paint finish. The color used is black, this being the only color available for this particular model (at least for now).

Compared to other rowers, such as the Concept2 Model D, for example, the Fitness Reality 3000WR is smaller. However, it still measures approx. 77″ (196 cm) in length, and 20″ (51 cm) in width. Plus, it is recommended to leave at least 24″ (61 cm) on each side and at its rear for safe usage and ease of access. This being said, the machine may not fit too well in a small room.

On the other hand, this Fitness Reality rower can be stored vertically. Its front frame section is equipped with an extra stabilizing bar and two wheels for easy relocation. When stored vertically, its footprint becomes 29″L x 20″W (73.6 x 51 cm, while its height becomes 77.3″ (196 cm). In case you’re wondering, the water can remain inside the tank when the unit is stored vertically.

The unit’s sliding rail measures approx. 39″ (99 cm). This being said, the rower can accommodate users up to 6’6″ (198 cm) allowing a complete leg extension. Also, the rail and the seat assembly are durable enough to support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg).

One last aspect to mention here regards the fact that the machine’s rail is slightly inclined forward; it is approx. 1″ lower at the front than at the rear. This leads to a faster recovery motion and a slightly superior workout for the legs.

Seat and other parts

The Fitness Reality 3000WR rower is equipped with a seat designed for optimal comfort. Its top is made of a thick layer of polyurethane material so it’s not completely hard, but pretty firm. Its surface is contoured for a better positioning. Its dimensions are 12″W X 10″D (30.4 x 25.4 cm) so it provides plenty of contact surface.

The base of the seat is steel-made, so, along with the rail, it should be able to support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg) with no problem. It integrates three sets of wheels, two that slide above the rail, and one that slides under it for improved stability. All the wheels are equipped with sealed ball bearings for a smooth motion while their outer layer is rubberized to reduce noise.

As we’ve mentioned above, the machine’s rail is slightly inclined forward. Therefore, when the seat is extended all the way to the rear of the rail, its top reaches approx. 17.3″ (~44 cm) above floor level). This is a pretty decent height and shouldn’t pose any positioning difficulties even for users with certain disabilities.

The unit’s footrests are similar to the ones on most First Degree Fitness or WaterRower machines. They combine steel and ABS parts in their construction. They are adjustable and should be able to accommodate athletic footwear of all sizes. They feature heel guards and adjustable straps for improved foot stability.

The footrests do not pivot on their axis. Their steel base plates have a fixed angle of approx. 45°-50°. Thus, they provide an optimal foot positioning and a firm push during workouts.

The machine’s pulling handle consists of a 19″ (48.2 cm) straight bar attached to a heavy-duty abrasion-resistant nylon strap. This means the unit’s drive system doesn’t require any lubrication. Also, the pulling handle doesn’t integrate any pulse sensors and the included console does not have a pulse reading function.

Resistance system

It’s pretty obvious that the Fitness Reality 3000WR is a water resistance rower. It is equipped with a heavy-duty polycarbonate water tank that integrates a multi-blade impeller. This impeller is the main resistance generator. It spins inside the water as you pull the handle and increases the workout load.

One of the most important traits of a water resistance rower is the dynamic response they provide during each stroke. In other words, the faster you pull the handle, the more resistance you will get. This resembles the feeling of rowing a real boat through water and can be quite a plus especially for users who want to train on a professional level.

This rower doesn’t have a mechanical resistance adjustment knob on the water tank as most First Degree Fitness rowers, such as the Apollo Pro II, for example. However, you can still adjust the overall water resistance by adding or removing water from the tank. There actually are six levels marked on the tank. So, in case you want to benefit from the maximum resistance possible, you should fill it up to the 6th level. A funnel and pump kit for this task are included with the machine.

Similar to other water resistance rowers, the Fitness Reality 3000WR doesn’t generate too much noise during usage. As a general idea, it won’t cover the sound of your TV set on one of the lowest sound settings. It’s definitely not as loud as most air resistance rowers. But a soft “whoosh” sound can be heard during each stroke.

Console

The Fitness Reality 3000WR comes with a fairly decent console. Not only that it tracks the most important workout metrics, it also has several built-in programs and offers Bluetooth connectivity.

The console unit features a 4.5″ diagonal display divided into 7 sub-sections so you can view multiple workout metrics at once. It tracks time, distance, strokes, total strokes, strokes per minute, split time, drag force, and watts. It does not have a pulse reading function, though.

The time, distance, and calories, the console offers the possibility to set up a workout goal. If a goal is selected, it will countdown from the selected value until it reaches zero, always showing the remaining value from the selected goal.

In terms of programs, the console has 5 Standard Preset programs, 3 Customizable HIIT programs (interval-based programs), and a Race program with 13 difficulty levels. Each program offers a specific type of workout; some of them focus on an improved cardiovascular activity, others aim to help you improve your stamina, while others are great to use if you want to cut down some quickly.

The console also has Bluetooth connectivity and is compatible with the free MyCloudFitness app. Therefore, you can download this app on your smartphone (it’s available for iOS and Android), and sync the console with your device in order to stream your workout data directly into the app and keep a better track of your progress.

Two other notable console features are the adjustable arm and the phone holder. The arm is pretty long and allows angle adjustment. The console unit can also be tilted so you can always view your workout data. The device holder consists of a small shelf right above the unit’s controls. A smartphone placed on it will cover the display, though.

Assembly and Maintenance

The front section of the machine with the water tank and all the drive and resistance elements comes pre-assembled. So, in terms of assembly, you only have to attach the front base stabilizer, connect the rail to the front unit, insert the seat on the rail, close the rail with the rear base stabilizer, and attach the console. This shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes. The manual provides clear assembly instructions and schematics. Also, a set of basic tools is included.

For maintenance, the water inside the tank requires chlorine treatment to prevent the formation of algae. However, you can also change it from time to time. The rail should be kept clean to prevent any damage to the seat wheels. It is also recommended to periodically inspect the machine for loose bolts and parts and re-tighten them to prevent any damage to the unit, or any accidents.

The Pros

  • Sturdy steel frame – can support users up to 300 lbs;
  • Can be stored vertically, and the water doesn’t require to be removed for storage;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Durable, contoured seat;
  • The seat’s top is situated at approx. 16″ above floor level for easy entry and exit;
  • Adjustable footrests with heel guards and straps;
  • Water resistance system which provides a dynamic response during rowing and natural feel;
  • Inclined water tank for extra resistance;
  • LCD console which shows time, distance, strokes per minute, total strokes, split time, calories, and watts;
  • 3 HII programs;
  • 5 Preset programs;
  • 1 Race program with 13 levels of difficulty;
  • Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the free MyCloudFitness app;
  • Angle-adjustable arm for the console;
  • Phone holder included;
  • Smooth and quiet operation;
  • Tools for assembly are included;
  • Little maintenance required.
  • Easy to assemble.

The Cons

  • No pulse reading function;
  • A phone placed on the holder will cover the console display;
  • The console display doesn’t have backlight.

Summary

The Fitness Reality 3000WR is a mid-range water resistance rower made for home use. It features a sturdy frame with a weight limit of 300 lbs, adjustable footrests, and a console with multiple workout programs. It also excels in ergonomics and can be stored vertically. It’s a fairly decent fluid resistance rower, great for a full-body cardio workout, a great alternative to any commercial-grade model.

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