Nothing beats the feel and challenge of a real water rowing machine. But let’s face it – most of us don’t have the budget for a true water rower – most models cost over $1,000. First Degree Fitness offers one of the most affordable water rowers we’ve found (around $850): the Newport AR. And while it’s not as robust as high-end models, it delivers a sweat-drenching workout.
Features at a Glance
- Replicates the feel and sound of real-water rowing
- Adjustable fluid resistance levels
- Aluminum frame
- Computer console displays time, 500M split time, distance, calories, strokes per minute, heart rate, and watts.
- Adjustable footplates
- 300-pound weight capacity
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With an aluminum frame, the Newport AR is durable and sturdy, and its red finish gives it a sleek look. The tank isn’t especially big, but it holds more than enough water to give you a challenging workout.
Adjustable fluid resistance levels range from MIN to MAX, which you can adjust with the turn of a dial.
Unlike other water rowers, you won’t experience “dead spots” with the Newport AR. The baffled tank and triple-bladed impeller give you an instant catch and the same level of resistance throughout the entire stroke.
We really like that the footboard allows for more stability than the typical foot pedals you find with most rowers. The height of the footplate can be adjusted, too, for optimal foot placement.
The ergonomically-designed seat adds to the comfort and natural feel of this rowing machine. The seat moves on precision bearings with low-friction seat rollers for smooth rowing. The ergonomic handle prevents wrist, hand and arm strain.
A built-in monitor is situated just above the handlebar, and allows you to track a wide range of stats, including: calories, strokes per minute, watts, heart rate, 500M split time and distance.
The sturdy construction of this model allows it to accommodate up to 300 pounds of user weight. The machine itself weighs just 57 pounds (with an empty tank), which is far lighter than other water rowers. And as an added bonus, the Newport AR is easy to assemble.
- Easy to assemble
- Adjustable fluid resistance
- Replicates the feel and sound of real water rowing
- Adjustable footplates for added comfort
- Computer console tracks important workout stats
- Durable aluminum frame
- High weight capacity
- Resistance levels may be too low for advanced users
If you’re an advanced rower, you may find that the resistance is too light for you to get a good workout. But for most users, the fluid resistance should be more than enough to give you a challenging workout.
Overall, the Newport AR rower is a solid choice. It offers that real-water rowing feel and it’s relatively lightweight compared to other water rowers. The 300-pound weight capacity makes it a great choice for most users, and the console lets you keep track of your progress.
If you’re looking for a water rower but don’t have a large budget, the Newport AR is a great option.