The Marcy NS-40503RW helps users enter into their target workout zone, and offers a small, compact size that is ideal for most homes and fitness centers. Contoured design practices ensure maximum comfort while rowing, and a multi-angle monitor allows for precision tracking all throughout your rowing session.
We had the pleasure of giving this machine a try for our Marcy NS-40503RW rowing machine review
What did we like? What didn’t we like? Let’s find out.
- Continuous resistance provides a substantial workout
- Seat is perfectly comfortable
- Folds up nicely in the corner
- Can be used by heavier users
- Noisy when rowing
- Low to the ground
Our two main complaints were that this machine is noisy when rowing and it sits low to the ground. The lower seat makes it harder for older users to get off of the rower, which should be a consideration.
Our Marcy NS-40503RW Rowing Machine Review
Weighing 66 pounds, most users will not have an issue lugging this rower into their home. Going up stairs will be difficult, so make sure that you have help if this rower needs to go down or up a flight of stairs.
Some assembly is required, and the instructions are near useless.
But assembly takes just under an hour even with the instructions lacking. The good news is that everything is rather self-explanatory.
And once assembled, you can lift the machine forward and use the front transport wheels for better positioning. This model does fold up in an effort to save space between workouts. If you have a smaller home or space where this rower will be stored, a folding design is a serious benefit.
Once assembled, you’ll want to put 2 AA batteries into the monitor if you plan on monitoring your workout statistics.
Anti-slip foot pedals with customizable foot straps allow for proper foot positioning. The row handles are covered with foam to provide an efficient and comfortable rowing session.
Directly on the front of the unit, you’ll find the resistance knob, which allows you to choose between 8 different resistance settings to ensure a challenging workout session.
As you row, you’ll notice that the seat has the perfect contour to allow for maximum comfort throughout your entire session. The machine is on the noisy side, but this is almost always an issue with lower-priced rowers, such as the NS-40503RW.
The monitor requires 2 AA batteries, and there isn’t an option to plug it directly into an electrical outlet, which is a bummer. But you will be able to use the display to track:
- Total count
- Calories burned
Keep in mind that there is no option to see how many meters have been rowed, which may be a concern for some users. For me, this isn’t much of a concern as it isn’t a vital metric in most cases.
And users of all weight levels will be able to confidently use this rower for a substantial, calorie-burning workout.
We were happy with the Marcy. Sure, there are some quirks, such as the need for AA batteries and the noisy rowing, but for the price, it’s a great entry-level rower.