Marnur Magnetic Rower

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Marnur Mag Rower

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245 lbs69 lbsMagnetic,
16 levels

Marnur offers several fairly decent rowing machines; we’ve already covered one of their water resistance rowers and air resistance rowers, so in this post, we’re going to address the Marnur magnetic rower. This particular fitness machine offers a rather different design than most other mag rowers in this price range. Not only that it has a dual rail system, but it also offers several extra features such as a locking mechanism for the seat and size-adjustable footrests.

Key Features and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 77.8L x 17.7W x 28.7H inches (198L x 45W x 73H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 69 lbs (31.2 kg)
  • Weight capacity: 245 lbs (111 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Resistance type: Magnetic, 16 levels
  • Fitness monitor: Time, distance, RPM, count, total count, calories, goals, scan
  • Warranty: 1 year limited

Frame construction

The Marnur magnetic rower features a durable frame made of steel tubing. As we’ve mentioned above, it has a different design than most other rowers in this price range featuring a dual rail system which considerably improves the stability of the seat. Also, the rear stabilizer is part of the rail system; it doesn’t detach from the machine which also results in extra sturdiness.

All the steel tubes in the machine’s construction are coated with a corrosion-resistant paint finish. The color used is gray, this being the only color available for this rower, at least for the moment. The two rails have covers made of extruded aluminum for a smoother seat movement and for a better protection of the paint finish.

The fully assembled rower is not too large compared with other models, such as the Murtisol air rower, for example. It is approx. 77.8″ (198 cm) long, and 17.7″ (45 cm) wide, so it can fit even into a small room. However, it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side and at its rear for safe usage and easy access.

The unit’s rail system is fairly long and the footrests are placed a few inches farther than the seat bumpers. Thus, the unit should be able to accommodate users up to at least 6’3″ (190 cm) with no problem.

This Marnur rower is foldable. The connection point to the front frame section of each rail features a knob that allows you to lock and unlock it. By unlocking both knobs, you can fold the rail system with the seat over the front frame section. This will reduce the overall length of the unit by approx. 30″ (76 cm) offering better storage possibilities.

Considering that the rower is made of steel, it is pretty heavy. Its net weight is 69 lbs (31.2 kg). This being said, the transport of the packaged unit may require two people. However, once it is assembled, it can easily be moved by only one person as its front frame unit has two small wheels.

Seat and other parts

The Marnur magnetic rower is equipped with a fairly large seat. Its top is approx. 13.8″ (35 cm) wide, and 9.9″ (25 cm) deep so it provides plenty of contact surface. It integrates a layer of foam padding for improved comfort and has a durable, moisture-proof vinyl cover.

The machine’s seat and rail system are pretty sturdy. They are rated for a maximum user weight limit of 245 lbs (111 kg). The base of the seat is steel-made. It integrates three sets of wheels. Two pairs of wheels slide on top of the rails, the third pair slides under the rails for improved stability. The wheels have internal ball bearings and a rubberized outer layer to reduce noise.

The height of the seat is approx. 9.2″ (23 cm). It’s not too low to the floor, so all users should be able to take position on the rower with ease. The seat can also be locked in the desired position. This offers the possibility to perform seated curls or other exercises with ease.

This Marnur rower is equipped with two adjustable footrests. They are large enough to accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes. They have heel guards and adjustable straps as well, so you can perfectly secure your feet on them if necessary.

The machine’s footrests are made of durable nylon material. They are attached to a steel plate which is welded to the frame. They do not pivot on their axis and their angle cannot be adjusted. They’re set at a pretty comfortable angle of approx. 60°.

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.

Resistance system

This Marnur rowing machine is equipped with a manual magnetic resistance system. This means it doesn’t need an adapter and you don’t have to connect it to a power source in order to adjust its resistance. However, the machine cannot adjust the resistance automatically.

The rower’s resistance system is similar to the one on most magnetic bikes. It integrates a magnetic brake which is connected to the tension knob on the machine’s front unit. When you turn the knob, the brake moves closer or farther from the internal flywheel which increases or decreases the rowing load.

The machine makes available 16 levels of resistance. The first levels deliver a fairly light workout difficulty, great for a workout warmup. Conversely, the 16th level of resistance provides distinguishably more tension. However, as a general idea, the machine does not offer a super tough workout load. It’s great for beginners or mid-level users, but may not be the best choice for a professional athlete.

Since it does not have any water resistance or air resistance elements, the Marnur Mar Rower not provide a dynamic response during usage. In other words, the rowing difficulty does not depend on your stroke rate as is the case with air rowers or water rowers. Since it’s 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 Marnur Mag Rower is equipped with a pretty basic fitness monitor. It does not have pre-set workout programs or online connectivity. It features an LCD display that tracks time, distance, RPM, stroke count, total strokes, and calories burned. It does not have a pulse reading function.

Although it does not have pre-set workout programs, the monitor unit offers the possibility to set up goals for your workouts. If, for example, you set a time goal, the monitor will count down from the selected value until it reaches zero.

The monitor unit is fairly easy to use. It has three buttons: Mode, Set, and Reset. The Mode button allows you to select the workout metric that your want to view on the display. This way, you can also select the Scan function that rotates all the metrics showing each one for a few seconds. The Set button covers the goal-setting function. And finally, the Reset button clears all the values on the monitor to zero, except total strokes.

The monitor unit is battery-powered. It requires two AAA batteries. It starts monitoring your metrics when you begin rowing. It also automatically turns off if it does not detect any activity on the rower for more than four minutes.

Assembly and Maintenance

The rower’s drive and resistance system comes pre-assembled. In fact, the unit’s assembly doesn’t require much. All you have to do is connect the rail, add the seat, and the fitness monitor. This shouldn’t take more than 20-30 minutes. All the necessary tools are included and the manual provides clear assembly instructions.

For maintenance, it is recommended to keep the rower clean, wipe the sweat that may drop on the frame at the end of the workout, and periodically check for loose bolts and parts. The internal mechanism doesn’t require periodic lubrication.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame for a home-use machine – can hold users up to 245 lbs;
  • Folding frame;
  • Dual rail system for improved seat stability;
  • One piece rail system which adds superior overall sturdiness;
  • The rails have aluminum covers for extra protection;
  • Transport wheels on the front frame section;
  • Adjustable levelers on the rear base;
  • Large, padded seat for improved comfort;
  • Seat locking feature;
  • Adjustable footrests with straps;
  • Quiet magnetic resistance with 16 distinct levels;
  • Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, count, total count, RPM, distance, and calories burned;
  • Goal-setting function;
  • Device holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

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


The Marnur magnetic rower offers a 16-level resistance system, a dual rail system for improved overall sturdiness, and a large seat with a locking mechanism. It is also equipped with a fitness monitor that tracks time, strokes, total strokes, RPM, distance, and calories burned. It’s a fairly decent rower for home use, great for a full-body cardio workout, muscle toning, stamina development, and weight loss.

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