Stamina’s 1130 magnetic rowing machine offers multiple resistance levels, and is whisper quiet, allowing you to row freely without worry of disturbing others with your workout. An aluminum rowing beam allows heavier users to row with confidence, and there are 9 pre-set programs built into the rower to help you reach your goals.
And you can add four personalized programs to customize your workout.
There’s a lot to like about the 1130, but our favorite features include:
- 16 levels of magnetic resistance to allow for gradual muscle building
- 9 pre-set workout programs to help new users to reach their goals
- Chest strap heart rate monitor to track your heart rate
- 45-minute assembly with a solid construction (when considering the low price)
- Foot straps are poorly made
The only complaint we’ve found from users is that the foot straps are cheaply made. They’ll do the job, but don’t expect them to match the quality of a high-end machine. You can replace the foot straps if necessary, but they still get the job done.
Stamina 1130 Magnetic Rowing Machine Review
Assembly is quick and easy. The Stamina 1130 takes 45 minutes to assemble at a leisurely pace. If you’re going at a fast pace, I am confident that you’ll finish assembly within 30 minutes.
Once assembled, you’ll find that the built-in wheels make moving the rower a breeze. Tilt the rower forward and move it to the desired destination. A molded seat with ball-bearing rollers fits users perfectly, and it allows you to engage in a long session without aches or pains.
The bearings allow for a smooth gliding motion that mimics real rowing.
The handle is covered in foam, which is crucial for longer rowing sessions. But before you begin rowing, place your feet on the footplates and strap them in. You’ll notice that the straps are not impressive, but the footplates do pivot for a natural motion.
If you have a phone or wallet in your pocket, place it in the holder on the front of the machine – the location fits a water bottle, too.
What we didn’t expect this machine to offer is a chest strap to monitor your heart rate. The strap allows you to monitor your heart rate so that you can maintain a higher heart rate to burn more calories.
This is essential if you want to lose weight and strive to reach your fitness goals.
A built-in, backlit monitor is included that helps users monitor their:
- Total strokes
- Strokes per minute
- Calories burned
- Heart rate
Adjusting the rowing machine’s resistance takes a push of a button. The 16 resistance levels go from very easy to difficult. Since magnetic resistance is utilized, the rowing machine is ultra-quiet – it’s almost difficult to hear.
Create your own workout programs and store them for your next workout.
With 4 custom options and 9 pre-set workouts, you’ll be well on your way to reaching your fitness goals.
When you’re done with your workout, push the rower into the corner by tilting it onto the transport wheels and stand it up. You can even store this rowing machine in most closets- it’s that compact when folded.