Stamina 1110 Magnetic Rower

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250 lbs45 lbsMagnetic,
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The Stamina 1110 (or 35-1110) is an affordable rowing machine, within the $200 price range. It’s a magnetic rower pretty similar in terms of features with the Harvil RM-M or the Sunny SF-RW5515. Its resistance system is mechanical, so the console does not adjust the resistance; it only tracks your workout stats. It’s a machine designed for home use but does offer excellent overall sturdiness.

Technical Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 60L x 22W x 27H inches (152L x 56W x 69H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 45 lbs (20.4 kg)
  • Max. user weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Frame: Steel & aluminum
  • Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
  • Resistance: Manual magnetic, 8 levels
  • Exercise meter: Time, distance, strokes/min, total strokes, calories, scan, goals
  • Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days

Frame construction

The Stamina 1110 rower combines steel, aluminum, and ABS parts in its construction. The front part of the frame that holds the resistance system is made of steel. The sliding rail is aluminum-made, while the covers of the resistance elements, the footrests, and several other small parts are made of durable ABS material.

The machine is not too large, compared with other rowers, like the LifeCORE Fitness R100, for example. With the frame fully assembled, it is approx. 60″ (152 cm) long and 22″ (56 cm) wide. Its rail is approx. 43″ (109 cm) long, which is enough to accommodate users up to 6’2″ (188 cm). It is also fairly wide and thick, which results in extra stability for the seat.

The unit’s rail does not fold like for other rowers, such as the Marcy NS-40503RW, for example. However, the machine can be stored vertically, resting on its front base and the enclosure of the resistance elements.

The fully assembled unit is also fairly light. It weighs only 45 lbs (20.4 kg), which pretty much means it can be carried and assembled by only one person. Plus, once the unit is assembled, its transport is even easier as its front base is equipped with a set of small wheels.

The unit’s rear base is made of steel, similar to the front part of the frame. It is equipped with large, rubberized pads to improve stability and prevent floor damage. However, it still is recommended to place and use the unit on a rubber mat.

Last but not least, the Stamina 35-1110 rower features a black paint finish on all its steel components, which is resistant to rust and chipping. The aluminum rail is not painted.

Seat and other parts

The Stamina 1110 rowing machine is equipped with a fairly comfortable seat. To begin with, its top is made of high-density foam material which is contoured to provide optimal comfort and adherence. It is approx. 14″ (35 cm) wide, therefore, it provides plenty of contact surface for an adequate positioning.

The base frame of the seat is made of steel tubing. It incorporates two sets of wheels which slide into the grooves of the rail. The wheels are rubberized to minimize noise, and also integrate sealed ball bearings to provide a smooth travel for the seat.

The unit’s rail is horizontal. Therefore the seat will remain at a constant height from the floor for the entire front-to-back motion. Its height is approx. 11″ (28 cm) from the floor. Also, both the seat and the rail are sturdy enough to support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg).

The machine’s footrests are made of durable ABS material. Their surface is textured for extra adherence. They feature heel guards and adjustable straps for superior foot stability. They also have a pivoting design. This offers more flexibility for your feet during each row, allowing a slight tilt forward. They have stoppers at the rear, though, which prevent them from tilting backward over approx. 50°. In case you’re wondering, the footrests cannot be locked; they’re pivoting by design.

The Stamina 1110 rower is equipped with an ergonomic handle featuring rubberized grips. The handle is attached to a nylon strap which is highly resistant to abrasion. The handle does not have any pulse sensors, and the unit does not have a pulse reading function.

Resistance system

The Stamina 1110 rowing machine integrates a mechanical magnetic resistance system. It doesn’t have any air resistance or water resistance elements. Its resistance system features a small magnetic brake attached to the tension dial through a steel cable. If you turn the dial clockwise, the magnetic brake moves closer to the flywheel which results in an increased rowing difficulty.

Since the resistance system is mechanical, without any internal motor, the machine does not need to be connected to a power source. The only power source required is a set of two AAA batteries for the exercise meter. Also, the meter does not play any role in the resistance adjustment.

Similar to other magnetic rowers, the Stamina 1110 does not provide a dynamic response with each row. Differently explained, you won’t get more resistance if you pull the handle harder, which is the case with fluid resistance rowers, or air resistance rowers. The resistance remains constant, given by the selected tension level. The rowing feel is not completely “natural”. That’s why this machine may not be the best choice for a professional athlete. But nonetheless, the rower does provide a consistent, full-body cardio workout.

This Stamina rower provides 8 levels of resistance available. In case you’re wondering, the highest resistance level doesn’t supply the resistance required by a professional athlete. However, it does deliver light to medium cardio workout possibilities, great for anyone who wants a full body workout.

Finally, since it’s a full-magnetic rower and does not have any air resistance elements, its usage generates very little noise. This makes the machine perfect for apartment use. The internal flywheel is not extremely heavy, but this weight is just enough to deliver a consistent momentum for rowing. It is also perimeter weighted, which results in a very smooth and steady motion.

Exercise meter

The Stamina 1110 rower includes a basic exercise meter. In other words, it does not have any built-in programs, it does not connect online, and is not compatible with any fitness apps. But nonetheless, it tracks time, distance, strokes per minute, total strokes, and calories burned. It does not have a pulse reading function, while distance is shown only in miles.

The unit’s display is divided into three sub-sections. The top one shows the number of strokes completed, the middle one indicates time, while the bottom one covers distance, calories, SPM, and total strokes.

The meter unit features three buttons – MODE, SET, RESET. The MODE button allows you to select one of the four metrics that can be displayed on the bottom window, or enter setup mode to add values for distance, calories, SPM, and total strokes. The SET button allows you to set up goals for the aforementioned metrics, and when a goal is selected, the unit will countdown from it until you complete your goal. The RESET button allows you to clear all the values on the unit to zero.

The meter starts up when you press MODE or when you begin rowing. As we’ve mentioned above, it requires two AAA batteries as a power source. It also shuts off automatically after four minutes of inactivity on the machine.

Assembly and Maintenance

The rower’s resistance system comes pre-assembled and attached to the main rail. However, you will still need to attach the front and rear bases, the seat, the footrests, the pulling handle, and the exercise meter. This shouldn’t take more than one hour, though. The manual provides clear assembly instructions and a set of basic tools is included.

For maintenance, it is recommended to keep the unit clean, especially the rail, and periodically check for loose parts. The internal mechanism doesn’t need any lubrication or maintenance, or at least not for a long period of time.

The Pros

  • Sturdy frame for a light rower – can support users up to 250 lbs;
  • Can be stored vertically to save space;
  • Lightweight, easy to transport;
  • Transport wheels integrated into the front base;
  • Large pad stabilizers on the rear base;
  • Quiet and smooth magnetic resistance system;
  • 8 levels of resistance, for light to medium workouts;
  • Ergonomic, contoured foam seat for optimal comfort;
  • Pivoting footrests for a perfect foot position with each stroke;
  • Fairly long seat rail – can accommodate users up to 6’2″ (188 cm) allowing a complete leg extension;
  • Exercise meter included – it can track time, distance, SPM, total strokes, and calories;
  • Goal settings for distance, calories, SPM, and total strokes;
  • Bottle holder included;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance required.

The Cons

  • The workout monitor does not have LED backlight;
  • No pulse reading function.


The Stamina 35-1110 is a light-capacity rower featuring a manual magnetic resistance system, a 40″ aluminum rail, and a set of pivoting footrests. Its frame doesn’t fold but the unit can be stored vertically. It’s a machine designed for home use with a user capacity of 250 lbs. It offers the possibility to perform a full-body cardio workout, improve stamina, tone muscles, and lose weight. And finally, it’s an affordable machine, offering excellent value for the price.

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