21 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes

I’d say my mother is the most amazing woman this world has ever known; but many of you might argue with me, saying your mother holds the title of world’s best mom. The one thing this proves is that there’s quite a large number of wonderful mothers running around. So here are 18 healthy Mother’s Day recipes to treat them right, from breakfast–preferably served in bed– to dessert.

I’ve included in the post some of my own mother’s favorite recipes on the blog, such as the chocolate frosting shots, oatmeal pancakes, and healthy banana bread. And I’ve also included recipes that are especially easy and fun for kids to make, such as the superfood chocolate bars and blueberry donuts.

21 Healthy Mother’s Day Recipes

Oatmeal Pancakes - 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 cup milk of choice, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp baking powder, 2 1/2 tsp... Full recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2013/09/05/oatmeal-pancakes/ @choccoveredkt


What are you making this year for Mothers’ Day? Or what are you hoping someone will make for you? Feel free to leave links in the comment section, as your recipes might inspire someone else.

And if your mom has a favorite recipe you’d like to see on the blog, please feel free to let me know in the comments as well. I am always looking for new recipe suggestions!

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Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine Review

model e rowerThe C2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine is a commercial quality rower thats making its way into more and more homes. It is designed to improve upon the success of the best selling Concept 2 Model D. If youre thinking about buying a Model E, youve probably glanced at or are familiar with the Model D. While they share many of the same characteristics and features, there are also some differences worth noting.


Flywheel and Damper

Just like its predecessor the Model D, the Model E uses air resistance to provide the feel of rowing on water. Air resistance is generated by the spinning of the flywheel. The faster you can get the wheel to spin with your strokes, the greater the resistance you will experience.

The damper is a lever positioned on the side of the flywheel cage. The cage is marked with settings 1 through 10 so you can easily adjust the setting. The damper settings control the feel of the stroke, but you are in complete control of the resistance. No matter what setting you use, in order to increase the intensity of your workout, you will have to increase the amount of effort you put in. In other words, pull harder for more resistance.

Performance Monitor and LogCard

The Model E comes standard with the PM4 performance monitor, the most advanced monitor Concept2 makes. The monitor is simple to operate, provides accurate data on your rowing performance, and includes several features that will help you get the most out of your workouts.

The monitor provides real time statistics on your rowing performance including speed, distance rowed, number of calories burned, and more. If youre using a heart rate monitor that interfaces with the PM4, the monitor will display your heart rate data as well.

You can hop on the Model E and row without pressing a button from the start of your workout to the finish. Or you can use the menu system to choose a preset workout program, save your favorite workouts, or review your past performance.

The monitor also comes preloaded with a few games you can play while rowing. The games are fun, challenging, and they break up the monotony of rowing. They also serve as teaching tools. To score high on the games, youll have to hone your technique in order to maintain a steady pace and consistent power level.

You can connect the performance monitor to a PC or Mac with the included USB cable then store your data on your computer. You can also store your data online using a free utility program you can download from the Concept2 website.

The PM4 incorporates wireless technology in a couple of useful ways. First, wireless racing is supported so up to 8 machines can compete against each other with no additional equipment or computers required. Secondly, wireless heart monitoring is also supported. A Garmin chest belt is included with the Model E if you want to take advantage of this feature.

The PM4 comes with a battery pack that can be recharged. The battery actually recharges while you row or when the monitor is connected to a computer via USB cable. You also have the option of using two D batteries or an AC adapter to power the monitor.

A LogCard for storing your workout preferences and data is included with the Model E. Data can be stored for up to five users so you only need one card even if more than one person uses your machine. The LogCard is removable so you can take your data and settings with you for use with another C2 machine.

The monitor arm is sturdy and fixed in place. The viewing angle of the monitor is adjustable, however.

Whats in the Box?

The Model E ships in two boxes. The larger of the two boxes weighs about 70 pounds while the smaller one weighs approximately 30 pounds.

In addition to the machine and PM4 monitor with rechargeable battery, you get everything you need to put it together including a complete assembly manual, the necessary hardware, and a tool to assemble the machine. You also get a manual for the rower, a manual for the monitor, a bottle of chain oil, a LogCard for storing your rowing data, and a USB cable for connecting the performance monitor to your computer. A Garmin wireless heart rate belt and a heart rate guide are included as well.

Space Requirements

The Model E is 8 feet long by 2 feet wide when assembled. Youll need an area at least 9 feet by 4 feet to accommodate the position of your elbows and the slight backward lean of your upper body as you finish your stroke.

To store the machine, you can easily split the machine into 2 parts without tools using the quick release frame lock. When split, the Model E is 54 inches tall so it should fit in a closet without any issues.

The caster wheels on the front of the assembled machine make it easy to wheel into position for use.


Putting the Model E together is pretty straightforward. The included assembly instructions are clearly illustrated. The tool youll use is provided as well.

To assemble, you install the front and rear legs, the monitor arm, pickup cable, and the PM4 monitor using a total of 10 screws. The rail end and the flywheel end snap together and lock into place.

The job can be accomplished by 1 person and shouldnt take longer than half an hour to 45 minutes.

Build Quality

Concept2 has earned a reputation over the last 30 years for making solid, dependable rowing machines that last a lifetime. The Model E is certainly no exception.

The C2 Model E is built with attention to detail and sturdy parts. The machine is rugged yet sleek and looks right at home in any health club or home gym.

Both the front and rear legs on the Model E are one piece and made of welded steel. They provide a stable base and a rock solid feel. The beam is made from aluminum capped with a stainless steel track that ensures that the seat will glide smoothly. The flywheel is easy to adjust with the damper and designed to minimize noise. The chain is nickel plated and fully enclosed requiring less maintenance. The monitor arm is made of aluminum. The machine also has a double powder coat, glossy finish.

Comfort and Ergonomics

The handle is 19 inches long with an ergonomic 10 degree bend. The slight angling of the handle provides a comfortable hand and arm position throughout the rowing stroke. It feels natural and very similar to rowing on water.

The molded rubber footrests are comfortable, simple to adjust, and they can handle a wide range of shoe sizes. You can even row barefoot if you like.

The seat is 12 inches wide, 10 inches deep, and 1 and a half inches thick. The seat has contours for your tailbone and pelvic bones. Seat comfort is highly subjective, though. You may find it sufficiently comfortable. Or you may want to try folding a towel over it, placing a section of bubble wrap on top of it, or buying a seat pad to make it more comfortable.

The seat height on the Model E is 20 inches. That is roughly chair height and a full 6 inches higher than the Model D. The added height makes it very easy to get on and off the machine, even if you suffer from knee problems or have limited mobility.

Ease of Use and Maintenance

Even if you are brand new to indoor rowing, getting started with the Model E is simple. Once you have the machine assembled, you can hop on, strap your feet in, and start rowing.

You will want to take some time at some point to familiarize yourself with all the great features packed into the performance monitor, though. You have the option of recording your stats, playing games while you row, using any of the preset workout programs, and monitoring your heart rate so it pays to learn how to use them. It shouldnt take much time either as the monitor is menu driven and comes with a manual that clearly explains how to use every feature.

Youll also want to try rowing at different damper settings. Higher settings require more effort to get the flywheel spinning, but that doesnt necessarily result in a better workout. If your aim is to improve your stamina or drop a few pounds, you dont want to be exhausting your muscles without gaining any of the rewards that cardiovascular exercise offers.

In terms of maintaining this machine, youll want to wipe down the monorail after each use. You should also clean and lubricate the chain with the chain oil provided after every 50 hours of rowing. After every 250 hours of use, you should check the flywheel for dust then vacuum if necessary, check the screws and handle cord to make sure they are tight, and examine the chain for stiff links.


Like all equipment hat use air resistance, the Concept2 Model D does make some noise. If you plan on setting up this rower in a shared or common space, others may find the noise distracting. They probably wont want to be talking on the phone or trying to read nearby.

The seat and the chain glide very smoothly. So the bulk of the noise comes from the flywheel in the form of a whooshing sound. If you live in an apartment with shared walls, its not likely to disturb your neighbors any more than your television does.


The Concept 2 Model E includes everything you need to start enjoying and reaping the benefits of indoor rowing at home. Some accessories are available and are worth considering to enhance your comfort and your experience.

Many people prefer to row with gloves. Gloves can help prevent blisters as well as help you get a better grip on the handle. Any type of padded glove, like those that cyclists and weightlifters use, can protect your hands and make gripping the handle more comfortable.

A seat pad may be worth investing in as well. Youll be spending a lot of time sitting on your rower so trying to make it as comfortable as possible makes sense.

A floor mat will protect your floors, help keep dust away from the rower, and deaden the noise a little bit as well. The Supermats Solid PVC Mat fits perfectly underneath the Model E and is well made.

RowPro is software that works with Concept2. It adds enhanced performance tracking, has a ton of coaching advice built in, and adds a 3D graphical display to make rowing more enjoyable. The program also allows you to join with other rowers over the Internet for free group rowing sessions appropriate for your level of fitness and experience. RowPro software is available for Windows only.


  • Length: 96 inches
  • Width: 24 inches
  • With Clearance for use: 9 ft x 4 ft
  • Stored: 27 in x 47 in x 54 in
  • Seat Height: 20 inches
  • Monorail Length: 54 inches. Fits inseams up to 36 inches
  • Color: Light gray with glossy finish
  • Max. Supported Weight: 500 lb
  • Machine Weight: 65 lb
  • Shipping Weight: 2 boxes 1 weighing approximately 70 lb the other approximately 30 lb

Warranty and Support

The Model E is backed by a US based company that has been building it for more than 30 years. There is a 5 year warranty on the frame and a 2 year warranty on the monitor and any moving parts. Concept2 will repair or replace any defective or worn components within those time frames. The warranty is transferable to the subsequent owner should you sell or give your machine while the warranty is still in effect.

Support is available by phone during their normal business hours, by email, and through their online forum.

Consumer Ratings

The Concept 2 Model E rower holds a 5 star rating at Amazon.com with more than 75 customer reviews submitted. Several reviewers point out the advantages of the higher seat position compared to other models including the Model D. The build quality of the machine draws many raves as does the PM4 monitor for its many features and ease of use. The top rating is clear evidence that buyers are happy with the value the machine delivers in spite of its higher than average cost.


You can buy the Model E with the PM4 monitor online at Amazon for around $1,260. Because of its shipping weight, this one is not eligible for Amazon Prime. You can expect to pay about $60 for shipping to anywhere in the 48 contiguous states.

The Model E tends to maintain its value very well. Its not uncommon to see used Model E rowers on marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist selling for 70 to 80 percent of the brand new price.


  • Higher seat position makes it easy to get on and off the machine
  • Heart rate monitoring supported out of the box with the included Garmin heart rate belt
  • Superior build quality designed to last
  • Highly advanced but easy to use performance monitor
  • Easy to assemble and break down for storage
  • Excellent customer support


  • Not whisper quiet
  • Fixed position of the performance monitor may be less than ideal for some users
  • Not everyone will find the seat comfortable, but easily remedied with a towel, bubble wrap, or a seat pad
  • High price, but good value for the money


The Concept2 Model E picks up where the Model D leaves off. Offering a higher seat position, a more robust performance monitor, and even sturdier construction, the Model E has to be in the conversation regarding the best rowing  equipment for a home gym that money can buy. The Model E is appropriate for rowers of all ages and fitness levels. Its easy to assemble and store, comes with many useful features, and will last forever with minimal maintenance required.

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The Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

The C2 Model D is one of the top selling rowers in the world. Youll see it in health clubs, boat houses, and being used in indoor rowing competitions. So what makes this particular rower a good fit for both anyone who wants to get in shape and the competitive athlete?

Features Overview

The Concept 2 Rower Model D has all the features you need to get a great cardiovascular workout regardless of your current level of conditioning or experience with indoor rowers. Whether your goal is to lose weight, build up your endurance, or improve your overall fitness, youll find that the C2 Model D is built with all of these goals in mind.


Flywheel and Damper

The Concept 2 rower Model D uses a flywheel mounted on the front of the machine that draws in air as you pull back on the handle. The harder you pull, the higher the amount of resistance is created.

The damper is a lever located on the side of the flywheel enclosure that controls the flow of air to the flywheel. The fan cage is clearly marked with numbers so you can easily set the damper lever to a value anywhere between 1 and 10.

A lower damper setting allow less air into the flywheel housing, which makes it easier to spin the flywheel. A higher damper setting allows more air into the flywheel housing. So it takes more work to spin the flywheel at higher settings.

Its important to understand that the damper does not control the intensity of the workout. Intensity is created by you. The harder you row, the more wind resistance is created. If you feel that the resistance is too easy, just pull harder.

The different damper settings do affect how the stroke feels, however. For example, rowing with the damper set on 10 feels like you’re trying to row a big, heavy rowboat. Your workout then becomes more about strength than cardiovascular fitness. Your muscles may become fatigued before you can gain any of the benefits of cardio exercise if you set the damper too high.

Performance Monitor

The menu driven PM3 performance monitor that comes standard with the Model D is battery powered with an LCD display. The batteries are included and pre-installed. You can use an AC adapter for power as well, but if you use batteries the monitor actually draws power from your rowing to extend battery life. The monitor turns on automatically as soon as you start rowing.

The monitor tracks speed, distance rowed, pace, watts, and the number of calories you burn. There are multiple ways to display that data while you row including large print, bar chart, and others. You can transfer your data to a PC or Mac via a USB cable which is also included.

To make your rowing sessions more interesting, the PM3 monitor also comes loaded with a couple of games. In addition to helping fight off boredom, the games serve another purpose. To score well, youll have to learn to maintain your pace and stroke rate, which is valuable if you’re new to rowing or need to work on making your stroke more consistent.

The monitor arm pivots so you can adjust the viewing angle and height while rowing. This also allows you to tuck the monitor away when you store the machine.

There is a monitor upgrade option as well. You can upgrade to the more powerful PM4 monitor, which comes standard with the C2 Model E. The PM4 has more storage capacity, additional games, and heart rate monitor integration out of the box.


The included LogCard is a 32K removable card that can store rowing performance data for up to 5 users. To use it, you just insert the card into the performance monitor before you start working out. Your data will be stored on the card when you finish your workout.

Once you have data on your card, you can connect your computer to the monitor via USB cable and transfer the data to a file on your computer.

You can store up to 5 workouts on the monitor. You can store another 5 on the card as well. This is perfect if you like to alternate among a variety of different workout programs or want to set up your workouts quickly on another C2 machine say at a gym or hotel fitness center.

Whats in the Box?

The Model D ships in one box weighing approximately 70 pounds. Besides the machine and the performance monitor, you get a user manual, assembly instructions, and everything you need to put the machine together. You also get the LogCard for storing your rowing stats and a USB cable to connect the performance monitor to your computer so you can access your LogCard data. A small bottle of chain oil is also included. A teaspoon of oil should be applied to the chain for maintenance after every 50 hours of use.

Space Requirements

When fully assembled the Model D is 8 feet long and 2 feet wide. You will need an extra foot for both length and on each side to account for your body position at the finish of each stroke. So plan on needing at least a 9 foot by 4 foot space for rowing.

Assembly and Storage

Putting the machine together is simple and straightforward. Assembly can be accomplished by one person without any difficulty or safety issues.

The included assembly instructions are fully illustrated and easy to follow. All you need to do to assemble it is attach the front legs with the 8 screws and tool which are provided then snap the two pieces together. You should have the machine put together and ready for your first row in 15 to 30 minutes at most.

The performance monitor is assembled and attached. The batteries are included and installed.

To store the machine when not in use, you can separate the machine into 2 pieces and stand them up to save space. The frame locking and unlocking mechanism requires no tools so storing the machine and re-assembling it for use is quick. The wheels on the front allow you to easily roll the fully assembled machine into place.

When separated, the machine stands at just over 54 inches high. It should easily fit in a closet or it can be tucked into an unused room corner.

Build Quality

The C2 Model D is rugged and constructed from high quality materials. This is the exact same model you can find in gyms and indoor rowing clubs so you know its built to withstand frequent use and last a long time.

The front support legs are made of aluminum and the rear legs are made of stainless steel. The beam for the monorail section is constructed from aluminum. The track the seat slides on is stainless steel. The steel flywheel and squirrel cage fan are enclosed in high impact ABS plastic. The chain that drives the flywheel is nickel plated and partially enclosed.

Comfort and Ergonomics

Your hands, feet, and your rear end are all in contact with the machine when you row. For it to be comfortable, all three points of contact need to be addressed.

The handle on the Model D is ergonomically designed with a 10 degree bend. This allows you to row with a wrist and arm position that feels relaxed and natural. The handle is sturdy and covered with molded rubber grips. You may still want to invest in a pair of gloves if youre new to rowing to prevent blisters.

The footrests are made from molded rubber. Theyre easy to adjust and will accommodate any shoe size. The straps and heelrests are comfortable enough for barefoot rowing if thats your preference.

The seat is contoured and very stable, but minimally padded. You might want to invest in a seat pad if youre a marathon rower or plan on doing long sessions. The seat height of 14 inches might feel a bit low to the ground compared to some other rowing machines. While that doesnt really affect comfort or performance in any way once youre seated, getting on and off the machine can feel a bit awkward or take some getting used to depending on your height, mobility, and flexibility.

Ease of Use

Getting started is easy. You can be rowing within half an hour of having the machine delivered.

You may want to take some time to familiarize yourself with the display options and programs included with the monitor. You dont have to, of course. If you want to try it out as soon as possible, you can simply hop on and start rowing or press Just Row on the monitor. Either way, your workout will start with no set time or distance and after a few seconds your stats will be displayed.

You can also try experimenting with different damper settings. I would suggest starting somewhere between 3 and 5 then sticking with the setting that gives you the best feel and workout. Remember that setting the damper to 10 changes the feel of your strokes, but it doesnt mean that youll be getting the best or most efficient workout possible.


The C2 Model D uses air resistance with the flywheel being driven by a chain. As you can probably guess, this is not the quietest on the market. It is louder than a magnetic drive or water resistance equipemnt. The noise, however, should not drown out your television at moderate volume or wake your neighbors.

Most of the sound is wind noise generated by the fan. So theres less cause for concern than if you live in an apartment and were buying a treadmill or an elliptical trainer. The pounding and creaking from those other types of exercise machines could certainly upset your neighbors, but the noise and vibration from the Model D isnt really comparable.

if youre thinking of using it primarily in a common area like your living room, its tough to say whether someone is going to want to be in the room with you while you row. Not likely if theyre doing something that requires focus or concentration.


The Concept2 Model D rower comes with everything you need to start rowing right out of the box. There are some accessories, however, that can make your experience better or more comfortable.

Rowing is particularly rough on the hands. If youre new to rowing, you may develop blisters and eventually calluses from gripping the handle during your workouts. A good pair of padded gloves can really cut down on the discomfort. Cycling gloves or weightlifting gloves both work well for rowing.

Making a one size fits all universally comfortable seat is next to impossible since users come in all shapes and sizes. While the seat on the Model D is functional, contoured, and designed to last, some people will inevitably find it uncomfortable. A seat pad is a good investment if you find that the seat is not to your liking.

The machine does have rubber foot pads, but a floor mat is a good investment as well. In addition to protecting your floors, a quality mat placed underneath your equipemnt helps prevent dust from getting into the machine and dampens the noise a bit as well. The Supermats Solid P.V.C. Mat is perfect for this .

RowPro software is a Windows program designed exclusively for use with Concept2 rower. You just connect your computer to your Performance Monitor and set it up with just a few clicks. RowPro has a 3D graphical display, built in structured workout plans, coaching, and a workout log. RowPro also allows you to connect with other rowers via the Internet for online group rows that anyone can join. RowPro is an outstanding way to track your progress, learn technique, and stay motivated.


  • Length: 96 inches
  • Width: 24 inches
  • With Clearance for Use: 9 ft x 4 ft
  • Stored: 25 in x 33 in x 54 in
  • Seat Height: 14 inches
  • Monorail Length: 54 inches. Fits inseams up to 36 inches.
  • Color: Available in Black or Light Gray
  • Max. Supported Weight: 500 lb
  • Machine Weight: 57 lb
  • Shipping Weight: 1 box weighing approximately 70 lb.

Warranty and Support

The Model D is backed by a 5 year warranty on the frame and frame parts. There is a 2 year warranty on the monitor and moving parts. The warranty is in effect from the date of purchase. It is fully transferable if you decide to sell or give the rower away to another owner during the warranty period.

For support, there is a toll free customer service number you can call Monday through Friday during their regular business hours of 7:30am to 5:00pm Eastern time. Theyll answer any questions you have. You can order spare parts directly from the company as well. Theres also an extremely enthusiastic and helpful community of C2 users online in their forum.

Consumer Ratings

The C2 Model D currently holds the highest possible 5 star rating at Amazon. That is pretty impressive when you consider that more than 550 user reviews have been submitted with new reviews being added frequently.

Reviewers commonly praise the build quality, durability, and overall value for the price. Both the PM3 and the PM4 monitors get high marks from users for their progress tracking ability and ease of use.


You can buy the Model D with the PM3 monitor online in either gray or black at Amazon for around $900. With the upgrade to the PM4 monitor, the price will come in around $1,050. It is not eligible for Amazon Prime due to its size so expect to pay around $45 for shipping.

The Model D holds its value extremely well. Youll often see older models or machines that have been used for years selling for hundreds of dollars on Craigslist and eBay.


  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to store
  • Performance monitor is feature rich, but easy to use
  • Health club quality and built to last a lifetime
  • Excellent support available by phone
  • Long term value for the money


  • Louder than other types
  • Initial cost higher than most, but most owners feel its worth every penny
  • Seat may be uncomfortable for some users

The Verdict

The Concept2 Model D Indoor is a great choice if youre looking for a high quality, durable rowing machine for exercising at home. Its suitable for competitive athletes and anyone who wants to get in shape or stay in shape. Its built by a great company that stands behind their product and has been in business for more than 30 years. While it is a bit pricey, it will last a lifetime and provide great value over time.

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Folding Rowing Machines

If you are looking for a good way to get fit you really cannot go wrong with a rowing machine. They exercise every muscle group and provide a great cardiovascular workout. Rowing is a great fat burning exercise, so it is perfect for someone who wants to lose weight fast.

However, there is one drawback of using a rowing machine at home, and that is that they can take up quite a bit of space. Fortunately, there is a great solution,  buy a rowing machine that fold up.

The Advantages of a Folding Rowing Machine

This kind of machine is easy to store. They tend to be lighter than the static type, and surprisingly, they cost less.

The other good thing about this kind or rowing machine is that they tend to be made with the home user in mind. This means that they are easy to use and come with extra features to help the home user to get more out of each exercise session.

Because they fold, they are easy to stow in a cupboard, which means your lounge room need not look like a gym anymore. It also makes maintenance easier because any parts that need greasing can easily be accessed without the need to turn the whole machine on its edge.

Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from. Here are our top 5, with a brief description of each of them.

The Waterrower A1

This rower looks fantastic. It is made of wood and features a quirky looking water tank, which is a wonderful innovation. It houses the flywheel and this feature means that this rowing machine emulates rowing on water almost exactly.

It is smooth and best of all virtually silent when compared to other folding rowing machines. The wood used is American Ash, from a sustainable source, so this rowing machine is great for those who want to do their bit to protect the environment.

When filled with water it is quite heavy at 98Ibs/44.5kg, but is still surprisingly easy to manoeuvre. Without the water, it weights 61Ibs/28kg.

Here are its stored dimensions: Depth 20” / 51 cm, Width 22.25” / 57 cm, Height 83.5” / 212 cm.

The York Aspire Rower

This rower is sturdy and can be used by users who weigh up to 264Ibs/120kg. It features eight levels of magnetic resistance and has a very comfortable padded seat.

There is a wireless pulse sensor, but the chest strap is not included. On the console, you get feedback of how many calories you have burnt, the number of strokes and how long you have been rowing.

Users all commented that the machine was far quieter than they expected and that it was easy to assemble. This is a solid durable machine made by a well-established and trustworthy fitness machine manufacturer and you get a lot for the price.

Achieve Free-Stroke Rower

The Achieve rower is a top of the range compact air rower. It emulates the action of rowing on water very well.

The harder you pull the more resistance you experience. This makes it a great machine for fitter and more experienced rowers as well as those who are new to this kind of exercise. The onboard computer monitors distance, calories, speed and time.

It is designed for people who weigh 242Ibs/110kgs or less. The soft grip handle, large padded seat and adjustable foot straps all help to make it very comfortable.

Folded up this machine’s dimensions are length 36”/92cm, height 44”/112cm, Width 17”/44cm, and it weighs only 50Lbs/23kg.

Confidence Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine

This machine is at the cheaper end of the market, but it is still well built. There are eight levels of magnetic resistance. You also get a display that shows progress in calories burnt, time, and strokes. You also get a cumulative counting option with this machine.

Maximum user weight is 242Ibs/110kg, but its long reach and large foot pedals means even tall people should be comfortable using this machine. The machine is easy to assemble and fold. Its folded dimensions are: (H) 44”/ 113cm x (W) 16”/40cm x (L) 34”/ 86cm.

Paradigm Cyber Rower

This machine is one of the more sophisticated in our top five. You get 10 levels of resistance as well as a height adjustable monitoring screen that shows you five performance variables.

There is also a chain recoil mechanism for smooth stroke recovery.

This rower has wheels to make rolling it away into storage as easy as possible. However, it only folds in half, so you need a space that is about 40”/100cms in length, but it is very stable when stowed because it is about half the height of the other machines when folded.

Naturally, there are other folding rowing machines available. However, these are the best of those that are currently available.

Aside from folding rowing machine, you can also read about the top rowing machines by clicking here.

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Hydraulic Rowing Machines

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

If you want rowing fitness equipment even if you have limited budget, time and space, then you might want to take a look at Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050.

This is the perfect solution for those who wish to start doing rowing exercises at home. It is a compact version of other big models. It is 23.5 x 46 inches in size.

It also has an adjustable gas-shock resistance feature. Though the monitor is quite small compared with other versions, it is still enough to clearly monitor your time, amount of calories burned as well as the stroke count.

Storing and moving the equipment is also very easy. You can just fold it and it can be stored right away. However, despite the fact that it can be easily folded and moved, you have the assurance that it is sturdy and can stand the test of time.

The steel frame construction makes it possible. The frame is designed to be stable, but still make your workout stable and comfortable.

The best part is that it is available for less than $150 only. The said price is way lower than most hydraulic rowing machines models you can find these days.

Benefits Of Rowing

When you finally want to give rowing a try, then you are on the right track. This form of exercise is perfect for a total body workout. It allows you to enjoy cardiovascular fitness and at the same time build muscle groups in the body. From the legs, arms, backs and buttocks, all parts of the body will be exercised using this equipment.

However, despite the fact that it is effective for workout purposes, you are assured that your joints won’t get hurt. It is also low impact. Since you can easily monitor your speed and calories burned, then you will be easily motivated to push further.

It is close to other indoor equipment when it comes to space occupied and design, but it can do a lot more. It also allows you to achieve your goals a lot faster than expected.

Yes, this model may not be as fancy as other more modern versions of rowing equipment available these days. However, you have to realize that it might just half the price of these models or even cheaper. Therefore, you won’t regret every penny you spend for this product. Given its features and durability, you won’t have anything to complain about it at all.

If interested, you can easily purchase one online. All you have to do is to make sure that you are comfortable with the price, including the shipping fees and the information details you have given are correct.

The moment you have this equipment at home, you will definitely love it. This may change the way you see fitness exercises and workout. This equipment allows you to lose weight, achieve your desired body and have fun. It is truly worth your investment.

Stamina 1215 Orbital With Free Motion Arms

Detailed Overview About The Product

Users who use Stamina 1215 Orbital can experience the joy of best activities available in the workouts. The resulted action imitates the rowing on waters. They can achieve both cardiovascular and body fitness with the exercises.

Complete body is engaged while rowing, thus offering full range motion to the body. The hydraulic cylinder resistance is very smooth and the tension controls are very adjustable. The seat is very padded and it comes with spinning footrests.

The monitor operates with a single button and shows multiple results like distance, speed, time, miles and the amount of calories burned while workout. The manufacturer offers a warranty of 5 years for the frame and 90 days for the parts.

Features And Specifications

  • The rowing arms are fold-able for easy storage facility.
  • The footrests are pivoted for added comfort ability.
  • The seat is thickly padded for good relaxation.
  • Monitor operates with a single button.
  • Dimensions (Length X Width X Height) are 48” x 32.5” x 27.75” respectively.
  • Increase-able beam incline.
  • Easily adjustable tension controls.

How It works

Rowing is an activity that is free from side effects. Therefore, one can use it throughout the life. It enables the user to achieve all the three phases of rowing – catch phase, drive phase and recovery phase.

The impact is nil on the joints while burning calories. The performance is good and it is durable and reliable. The resistance is adjustable, and the hands can experience foam grip and thus, the user feels stable and comfortable.

The organs that are mostly used while working out with this model are arms, back, buttocks, legs and abdomen. The heart rate is improved to reach appropriate target.

Positive Points

  • Soft and foam handles
  • Thickly padded seat
  • Pivoting foot pedals
  • Adjustable tension controls
  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable resistance
  • Fold-able
  • Easy to operate

Negative Users who are less than 5’4” feel it uncomfortable to use the product.

Customer Views

The customers seem to be very happy after using the product and the product achieved a rating of about 4.2 out of 5, which is remarkable. The users opine that the product is as per the promises made by the manufacturer.

Many users achieved great results and enjoyed good health. This encouraged most of them to recommend this model to their dear ones who aspire to lose weight and attain good body shape. Only few customers, who were short, felt it difficult to use the product. However, the performance is outstanding.

Final Verdict

After reviewing customer opinions, product rating and manufacturer’s product specifications, it appears that Stamina 1215 Orbital is one of the greatest models that one can ever choose. The product made hundreds of customers happy and healthy.

The features appear to be advanced and the model is affordable. Therefore, opting for Stamina 1215 Orbital is one of the wise decisions one can ever make.

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Magnetic Rowing Machines

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower

Knowing about the model

Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower is a powerful and effective velocity fitness CHR-2001 programmable magnetic rowing machine, offered by velocity exercise. The machine enables the user to experience the comfort of cardio exercise at home. The machine generates resistance through Drum Magnetic Control system.

The resistance can be adjustable through electronic tension controls. The monitor is an LCD display, big enough and clear at vision to read the results comfortably while making the workouts. The information displayed includes details like calories burned, speed, time, distance and pulse rate.

It is foldable and is designed to occupy less space for storage. It is made of good quality and the beam is made of anodized aluminum. The model is highly reliable and durable and is affordable. The design appears to be modern and trendy.

Product Features And Specifications

  • You can control electronic tension
  • Designed for saving space
  • Big PU moulded saddle
  • Beam is made of anodized aluminum profile and takes the support of rectangular tubing
  • It is fold-able
  • The product makes use of Drum Magnetic Control System for generating resistance
  • Inbuilt heart rate monitor chest strap
  • Built in wheels for easy transport
  • Easy to read LCD display
  • Product weighs 75 pounds
  • Dimensions are 80.3 X 20.1 X 25.2

How It Works

It makes use of Drum Magnetic Control System in order to control generate resistance. The resistance is adjustable and is controlled by electronic tension controls. The model is designed to have large polyurethane moulded saddle that enables the user to have good comfort.

The details displayed on the screen can be viewed through 12 programs, out of them six are manual while the other six are pre-set. The exercises mare very balanced and they mainly engage almost all the muscle groups of the entire body. This improves the effectiveness of circulatory system and the heart.


  • The model is made of good quality
  • Reliable and durable
  • Affordable
  • Designed to save space for storage
  • Inbuilt wheels for easy transportation
  • Adjustable resistance
  • Smooth and quiet exercises
  • Easy to use
  • LCD display is big enough to read easily


  • For very few customers, during power reboot, the electronic circuit system of the monitor was damaged

Customer Opinions

One has to remember that the customer is the actual and real tester and reviewer for any product. This is because; they give the experiences after personal experiences with the product. All the customers are real time users and one who prefers to buy the product should always consider customer reviews.

The product achieved a rating of 4.3 out of 5, which is outstanding. The product proved to satisfy majority of the customers. The features and specifications mentioned by the manufacturer and the real time performance almost match and thus, the customers are happy with the model.

Final Statement

After considering customer reviews, product rating, manufacturer’s mentioned specifications, the product appears to be a worthy item that can be added to the list of serious consideration.


Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower

Introducing The Model

Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower is one of the best rowing machines offered by Avari. The machine offers 12 exercise programs, out of which 6 are cardio profiles, 1 is manual, 4 are customizable user programs and 1 is heart rate program.

With this model, the user can enjoy indoor rowing, that engages total body of the user while at workout. The body organs that are engaged include arms, buttocks, legs, abdomen and back. The machine is ideal for effective strength and cardiovascular fitness training. The inclination of the seat rail is comfortable.

Product Features And Specifications

  • Product dimensions: 81” X 20” X 24.5”
  • Product weighs 88 pounds
  • 7 pre-set programs that can adjust magnetic tension
  • Extruded aluminum beam
  • 12 exercise programs (6 cardio profiles, 1 heart rate, 1 manual and 4 customizable user programs)
  • Chest strap, that can be used for any program
  • Moulded seat
  • LCD backlit fitness monitor
  • Touchable fitness monitor for controlling exercise timings and resistance
  • Monitor displays speed, distance, time, calories burned, pulse, strokes per minute and watt.

How It works

The model is made of high quality, and the handler is thickly padded for comfortable grip. It can be assembled using three parts: front stand, rails and rowing section. The model is very easy to assemble and very easy to operate. The inclination of the rail is very comfortable.

Low impact aerobic exercises are designed to be performed with this model that increases metabolism rate of the body, while having very less impact on the joints. ITis reliable and durable.

Plus Points

  • Magnetic tension can be automatically adjusted by 7 per-defined programs
  • Indoor rowing
  • Engages complete body to offer effective results while being low-impact aerobic exercises
  • In touch fitness monitor
  • Affordable
  • Reliable
  • Durable
  • Strong and solid
  • Easy to operate
  • Easy manageable
  • Adjustable resistance
  • Smooth workouts

Minus Points

  • The seat is not fully padded and thus is stressful near the buttocks
  • The handler is not thickly padded
  • Cannot sit on it for too long

Customer Reviews

This model is a great manufacture by Avari. After several research on knowing the taste of the customers, this model is designed. The customers liked the product to such an extent that the product achieved a rating of 4.8 out of 5 starts. Some of the customers who were uncomfortable with the less padded seat and handlers, also liked the product because of its performance and smooth working.

The product made a number of customers happy and thus, recommended to many friends. The product is absolutely ideal for those who desire indoor rowing. Many customers who aspired for good body structure and weight loss while being at good health, saw their dreams come true with this model.

Final Decision

According to customer taste, the model satisfied all their expectations and thus won their heart. According to customer reviews, product specifications and features, the product is an ideal indoor rowing machine for any user who prefers indoor rowing.

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Air Rowing Machines

Stamina Air Rower Rowing Machine \

Let’s Know About Stamina Air Rower

Air machines are one of the best exercise equipment for a perfect work out. In order to have good fitness, rowers is the best choice. Not all equipment are durable. Stamina known for their brand, durability, reliability and at the same time, inexpensive. They are are highly sophisticated and robust.

It enables the user to achieve whole body activity and result in great weight loss. The calories burn successfully and the muscles achieve great toning. Also, the users who dream for great body shape can see their dreams come true.

Stamina Air Rower Rowing equipment is one of the great models offered by Stamina. It is fold-able and affordable. The electronic screen displays distance travelled, speed, calories burned and the traveling time. It has in-built wheels and so, it is easy to move it to the desired location without much effort.

Manufacturer’s Promised Specifications

The product comes with a monitor that performs multiple functions like, it displays the calculated speed, distance, time and the amount of calories burned. The footplates are big enough to fit any sized user comfortably.

In addition, the user can sit comfortably on the padded and upholstered seat. The seat rail is angled for smooth sliding. Once it is fixed in a place, it does not skid during workouts as the supports that touch the floor are covered with rubber protectors. Moreover, the manufacturer offers 3 years guarantee on the product.

How It works

It uses wind resistance technology that is not adjustable. It gives complete body activity and gives high stamina and energy levels. The users can easily lose weight and achieve good muscle toning.

The workouts decrease the risk of heart attacks. The users can be of any age. The users can make workouts that effect a set of muscles, improve heart rate, and achieve good stamina. Above all these, the body can attain an attractive shape. The results are amazing.

Good Points About The Product

  • The price of the product is worthy.
  • Easy to use.
  • High quality material is used for making the machine.
  • Brand you can rely on.
  • Easy to assemble.

Few Negatives

Difficult to unfold it.

Resistance is not adjustable.

What Are The Customers Saying?

The product achieved a rating of 3.8 out of 5, which proves that the product satisfied most of the users.Maximum customers feel that the product was matching the manufacturer’s promises.

Also, many customers achieved weight loss and recommended the product to their friends. According to the reviews, many users are happy using the product except few, who suffered while unfoldingit.

Customers feel that the stamina team is very responsive when they needed proper service. In cases where repair was on demand, the stamina offered best services by replacing the whole unit from the machine.

Final Verdict

According to the customer reviews, the product achieved good rating and the manufacturer offers a warranty of 3 years. Also, there are many testimonials from the users that they lost weight and achieved good health. So, this leads to a decision that the product can be considered without any second thought.


Aerobic and Strength Combined-ProForm 440R Rower

Introducing ProForm 440R Rower

The exercise equipment– ProForm 440R Rower is an integrated dual action machine that offers both aerobic and strength training simultaneously. With this machine, the user’s total body is engaged with the rower.

It comes with pedals that offer great base while at proper posture during workout. The footrests are flexible, offering a good grip to the feet as the user continues with the exercises.

It is embedded with soft ergonomic handles and the aluminum seat rail is over-sized. The seat is also adjustable, thus offering good, relaxed and protected workouts. You can make use of the low pulley station in order to attain strength.

By having the cable and handle right in the front, the user can add deltoid raises, bicep curls, overhead triceps extensions and dead lifts.

What the manufacturer says about product specifications?

  • Offers an integrated dual action strength training to the users.
  • The pedals are over-sized to fit any user of any size.
  • The nylon foot straps are adjustable.
  • Designed to save space
  • Non-slip handle.
  • Eight resistance levels.

How It works

It is said to offer good performance along with good durability and reliability. The user can get both aerobic and strength training simultaneously. This enables the user to achieve good weight loss and attractive shape for the body.The user can comfortably make workouts with complete relaxation. The performance attracted many customers and the product achieved good rating.

Positive Points

The first and the foremost point that one can note about it is its dual action training feature, that offers both aerobic and strength training. It is designed to occupy less space.

The user can achieve good results while having good health. It is easy to assemble and has easily manageable non-slip handle. The users can start the workout with lightest resistance and increase up to a level of eight.

The user can achieve complete fitness by using low pulley station and rower. This practice offers both cardio and strength training to the user.

Negative Points Some of the customers feel that It is not made of good quality and the wire does not retract into the main fuse.

User Opinions

It appears to have satisfied many customers, as it is rated 4 out of 5 stars. The customers opine that it enabled them to attain their dream structure, fat loss, and healthy body and toned muscles.

Many of the users recommended it to their dear ones and felt that the manufacturer fulfilled the promises. However, some felt that the quality of the product did not meet their expectations as the cable stopped retracting back into the main unit.

Final Opinion

It is said to be achieved good rating. Many customers are happy with its performance. Also, the price is affordable as it offers dual strength training. Therefore, it is a wise decision to opt forit.

Concept2 Model DAbout The Model

If you are looking for a solution to finally shed off excess fat through reliable workout equipment, you might want to take a look at Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine. This is perfect for total body workout. It follows a flywheel design with minimized noise.

Therefore, nothing will bother you while you are on a workout mode.

Aside from the fact that it is perfect for home use, it is also portable. Similar to some other rowers, you can just easily release the frame lock to separate the item into two pieces. It also comes with caster wheels to make it a lot more portable. This 9 x 4 feet equipment with a 500-pound capacity comes with a 5-year warranty for the frame.

The monitors are also easy to follow. The arm monitor can also be easily adjusted in terms of height and angle. This makes it a lot easier for you to use the equipment. It is also adjustable based on your needs and interests. Though the monitor is not as fancy as the other models from the same manufacturer, it is still good enough.

It also comes with a spiral damper. It allows you to maximize the adjustment of the airflow going to the flywheel. This helps in changing the stroke’s feel depending on your preference. Of course, the same design allows for minimal noise.

Storing the equipment after use is also very easy. In fact, the frame lock mechanism allows it to be separated into two pieces for storage without requiring tools. Assembling the machine back to its usable form is also very easy.

Another interesting feature of this machine is that it allows you to opt for an on-water feel. This means that you can connect with various models so you can do team training. It allows you to row just like professional rowers. If you are one, then this is not just a workout technique for you, but a form of practice as well.

Finally, when you opt for this equipment, you are assured that it will last for a long time. Concept 2 equipment in general are known for durability. However, despite the fact that the parts are difficult to maintain, the truth is they are not.

Dealing with them can be very easy. Therefore this equipment is perfect for all types of places. Whether you decide to put one on a training center, military base, hotels, fitness gyms or even just at the comfort of your own home, you won’t have anything to worry about.

If you are worried about purchase and delivery, then you can just go online. The equipment is available in various stores. You can choose from brand new and used models depending on your budget. Just make sure that you check the price first if it already includes the shipping fee or not so you won’t have to spend more later on.


Concept2 Model E Indoor Rower

If you have tried using the Concept2 Model D, then you might want to check out its fancier version. The Concept2 Model E is an upgraded version with better features. However, it comes with a much higher price of $1,260. This is almost $300 more than the other version.

Just like the Model D, this version also comes with a sliding seat so your body can enjoy total workout. It also has noise minimizing feature so you won’t be bothered throughout the course of the workout. The 20-inch frame height is also very comfortable to use and of course, it can be adjusted easily.

The monitor of the Concept2 Model E Indoor equipment is an upgraded version of its previous model. It is more accurate especially in monitoring heart rate. It also has a chest belt HR transmitter. When it comes to weight capacity, it can also bear up to 500 pounds just like the previous model. It also comes with a 5-year frame warranty.

One of its best features is the one-piece leg design. This helps make the item to be more stable and solid when used. It is also nickel-plated. Therefore it is easy to maintain and at the same time, it provides a cleaner and more sophisticated look. The frame is also powder-coated along with a clear top coat. It helps make the equipment more durable. The light metallic gray finish along with a slightly blue-grayish accent makes the equipment even more appealing aesthetically.

When it comes to storage and portability, you won’t have any hard time with this rower. It can also be broken into 2 pieces just like the Model D and can be carried with you whenever and wherever you want. The handle also allows natural arm position. Thus, you won’t get tired easily.

Speaking of breaking the equipment into two pieces, this process can also be done easily. There is no need for tools to deal with assembling and disassembling the equipment. It also comes with a manual that you can easily follow. There are also illustrations that come with the instructions. Overall, it won’t take over 30 minutes to finish assembling the equipment. The caster wheels also make this equipment easy to move.

Getting started with the this rower is not as difficult as you think it is. When you have experiences with other Concept2 models, it is even a lot easier for you to deal with this higher version. The power source also comes with a rechargeable battery pack. Therefore, you are assured that you can continue its use over an extended period of time.

Previous Concept2 users can attest that this version is really a major upgrade. They have had lesser problems dealing with the equipment. Though the price is quite a setback, it is still worth all the features that it provides. You can order one online if you really are interested in buying it.

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