LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rower Review – Is it worth buying?

The LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 is a rowing machine that you can use to tone and strengthen various body parts including the legs, back, and arms. It is a recipient of the 2008 Gear Awards Seal of Excellence, which means it is a high quality rower. Let’s examine the key features of this superb piece of gym equipment:

Dimensions and weight

The LifeSpan RW1000 measures 87 by 19 by 23 inches. It is very light at just 56 pounds, which means you will not require help to move it around or fold for storage. According to the manufacturer, this rower has a maximum user weight of 300 pounds. Making this machine ideal for heavier exercisers.

Control panel

This rower comes with a three-LCD console that provides useful information like calories burned, distance rowed, time, and rowing strokes per minute. It turns on automatically when one starts exercising. After about four minutes of inactivity, the control panel will turn off automatically. Data points displayed on the control panel are easy to read because the numbers are large which will help those with poor vision. However, the display is not backlit, so the panel cannot be viewed easily in a dimly lit room.

Ease of assembly

This is one of the easiest rowing machines to assemble, it can be assembled in less than 20 minutes. Despite the instructions not being the easiest to understand, my 12-year-old son was able to assemble this rower unaided within a short space of time, so adults will not face many problems with assembly.

Build Quality

Most users seem to be satisfied with the build quality provided by LifeSpan Fitness. This award winning rower features a sturdy steel frame. The manufacturer states that its Director of Medical Programs works with multiple national health and wellness organizations to ensure they produce medically sound fitness solutions.  Overall the rowing experience provided by this machine is smooth and it seems to produce less noise compared to its competition.


Owners of the LifeSpan Fitness get an excellent five-year frame warranty. All the other parts come with a two-year warranty. A one-year labor warranty is also included, which means the cost of maintenance during the first few years is minimal.  This manufacture also has a good reputation for responding favorably to customer enquiries as can be seen by reading the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 reviews on Amazon.


The LifeSpan Fitness rower has a comfortable, padded seat, which glides up and down the seat rail in a relatively smooth fashion.  The different tension settings make it easy to choose how fast \slow to row so you can row within your own comfort zone. The handle is also padded to ensure users do not hurt their hands whilst working out. In addition, the footrests swivel allowing the feet to move naturally during workouts. Although we have concerns about the durability of the foot straps for those that row for lengthy periods every day.


Drive System


This rower uses a quiet eddy current system with a 16.5-pound flywheel. The manufacturer states that this system works quietly and generates minimal friction. It has five different resistance levels making it easy to adjust workout intensity. We would recommend beginners start at the first or second level unless they are physically fit. Experienced rowers will find the higher resistance settings provide a challenging workout. However, if you really are looking for the best possible workout , consider a more advanced machine like the XXXX rower.


The LifeSpan Fitness is easy to store because it is collapsible rower. It measures just 34 by 19 by 64 inches when folded. Those with limited floor space will find this feature indispensable.

The Verdict

LifeSpan’s Fitness R1000 is a sturdy rower available at a reasonable price. It can be used to perform upper and lower body exercises safely and conveniently in the home gym and then folded away for easy storage. The control panel is easy to use and displays all the important workout statistics such as strokes per minute, distance rowed, and calories burned. On a negative note, evidence suggests the foot straps of these rowers may not be so durable with heavy usage, you can read more about this rower on Amazon where further opinions on this machine  can be found in the user reviews section.

Can you please rewrite this without the references to this user said ABC and another user said XYZ. It should appear to be the authors own comments on the machine as if speaking from experience.