The BATTIFE 01 Red Walnut Rowing Machine is a full-body workout option since it targets all your major muscle groups and is a low impact on the knee joints. In addition, you can regulate the resistance by changing the capacity of water, and it’s excellent for low-intensity fat-burning cardio or intense muscle-building sessions.
Are you looking for a way to train your entire body and effectively burn fat but have a few joint pain concerns simultaneously? Then, this rowing machine is a must-have for your home or gym. Hardly any other endurance sport proves this satisfactory, making rowing a complete, full-body workout suitable for efficiently increasing overall condition. But the low impact on the knee joints and ankles.
By replicating the authentic rowing feel, the BATTIFE 01 red walnut rowing machine allows you to perform your cardio sessions with virtually infinite resistance variability. In addition, you can self-regulate the resistance as much as you want, from low-intensity fat-burning cardio to intense muscle-building sessions.
It’s equipped with a hi-performance Bluetooth fitness monitor to track the essential statistics during your workouts like Strokes Per Minute (SPM), Strokes per Workout, Total Strokes, Time, Distance, Calories Burned, and Pulse. You can also install the FitShow app on your phone and sync it with the fitness monitor. The app is available for both iOS and Android phones.
Learn more in my complete review below!
Product: BATTIFE 01 Red Walnut Rowing Machine
Warranty: 1 year limited
My rating: 9/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 82.7L x 22.4W x 21H inches (210L x 57W x 53H cm)
- Assembled weight: 60.8 lbs (27.5 kg)
- Supported weight: 350 lbs (159 kg)
- Frame: Solid red walnut wood
- Footrests: Size-adjustable, with straps
- Resistance type: Water
- Fitness Monitor: 3 workout modes, Bluetooth
- Warranty: 1 year limited
01 Frame construction
The BATTIFE 01 Red Walnut rowing machine features a frame made of red walnut wood. All the wooden parts feature a lacquered finish for a glossy aesthetic aspect. Of course, the machine’s hardware is steel-made, while the covers of the side rails and the footrests are a durable thermoplastic material. Most of the non-wood parts are black or dark gray.
The rower is relatively large, especially lengthwise. It is approx. 83″ (210 cm) long, and 22.4″ (57 cm) wide, while its highest point is approx. 21″ (53 cm) above the floor. Furthermore, it is also advisable to allow at least two feet of clearance at the rear and on each side of the unit for ease of access and correctly execute the rowing motion.
The unit’s rails are pretty long; the applicable user inseam length is approx—40″ (101 cm). Thus, the machine comfortably accommodates users up to 6’5″ (196 cm) with no problem allowing for a complete leg extension.
Like most other wooden rowers with a non-folding frame, the BATTIFE 01 Red Walnut can store vertically. Thus, this reduces its footprint to 22.4″L x 21″W (57 x 53 cm), while its height becomes 83″ (210 cm). Furthermore, the water can remain inside the tank with the rower stored vertically.
The rower is not too heavy. Its net weight is approximately 61 lbs (27.5 kg). It comes in two separate boxes which one person can easily carry. Once assembled, two large transport wheels at its front base facilitate its relocation. Also, the rower rests on large rubber pads for maximum stability.
Seat and other parts
The BATTIFE 01 Red Walnut rowing machine comes with a seat designed for optimal comfort. Its top section has padding and contouring to alleviate impact and prevent the user from sliding off during rowing. It is approx. 14″ (35.5 cm) wide provides plenty of contact surface. Also, its height is approx—12″ (30.5 cm) above the floor.
The seat’s base is the same type of red walnut wood as the rest with steel hardware. It has eight wheels. Four of them slide on top of the rails, the other four slide on the inner sides of the rails for improved stability. The wheels have internal ball bearings and a thick rubber layer on the outside for a smooth and quiet motion.
The machine comes with an ergonomic, oval handle. In addition, it has PVC foam grips for improved contact. The handle is approx. 15″ (38 cm) long and attaches to a synthetic fibers strap, highly resistant to abrasion.
Although this type of drive is not as durable as a chain, it still has several advantages. For example, the strap does not need lubrication and does not generate extra noise when the machine is in use.
The rower comes equipped with a set of oversized durable thermoplastic material footrests. They are also flexible, and they have adjustable straps and heel guards so you can perfectly secure your feet on them.
The footrests are size-adjustable. They comfortably accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes. Unfortunately, their angle is non-adjustable. They attach to the wooden board that closes the frame over the water tank and have an angle of approx. 45°.
01 Resistance system
The BATTIFE 01 red walnut rowing machine features a water resistance system. In addition, it comes equipped with a durable polycarbonate material water tank. It has a total capacity of approx. 4.5 gallons (17 liters), but its maximum fill is approx. 4 gallons (15 liters).
The water tank integrates a two-blade impeller which is the main resistance-generating element. It attaches to the tank’s pulley system. Therefore, pulling the handle spins in the water inside the tank, creating resistance.
The water tank has a simple, single-chamber construction. It does not have any extra resistance-adjustment elements. Therefore, if you want to adjust the overall resistance, you must manually add or remove water from the tank. A water pump comes with the machine for this task.
Although the rower does not have a mechanical or magnetic resistance adjustment system, it does provide a dynamic response during rowing.
For example, the resistance depends on how fast you pull the handle or how much strength you put behind each stroke. This effect resembles the rowing of a real boat through the water, which is quite a plus, especially for users who want to train on a professional level.
The rower is pretty quiet. Nevertheless, you can hear it when it is in use. The impeller generates a “woosh” noise when it spins inside the tank. The noise level is low; as a general idea, it doesn’t cover the sound of a TV set on a low volume.
The BATTIFE 01 red walnut rowing machine includes a pretty versatile fitness monitor. It’s similar to the one included with Mr. Captain rower. It features an LCD that tracks time, strokers per workout, strokes per minute, total strokes, calories burned, distance, and pulse.
The distance can either be meters or miles. The pulse reading function requires a wireless HR chest strap or armband. Unfortunately, this accessory does not come with the rowing machine.
The fitness monitor offers three workout modes. These are Manual, Interval Custom, and Target. As the name suggests, the Interval Mode allows you to create a custom workout interval with rest/work periods.
The Target mode allows you to select targets for various metrics, such as time, strokes, calories, etc. After choosing a target, the monitor will countdown until it reaches zero, indicating when you have completed your set up target. And finally, the Manual mode allows you to just row, and the monitor will display your SPM, strokes, the time elapsed, etc.
The fitness monitor also has Bluetooth connectivity. In addition, it is compatible with the FitShow app. You can install this app on your phone and sync the monitor with it. The app is available for both iOS and Android phones. It allows you to track your progress online offers various rowing games, pre-determined programs, and more.
The unit is battery-powered, and it requires two AA batteries that come with the machine. It starts up when you begin rowing. It also automatically enters idle mode to save the battery if it does not detect any activity on the machine for several minutes.
01 Assembly and Maintenance
The machine’s water tank comes pre-assembled and attached to the front section of the frame. However, the rest of the parts do require user assembly. You will have to connect the two rails, attach the tank section, add the seat, the footrests, the transport wheels, and the fitness monitor.
Therefore, it may take up to an hour of your time, but the process is far from being difficult. The manual provides step-by-step assembly instructions, and all the assembly tools come with the rowing machine.
It is advisable to keep the machine clean, especially the rails, to prevent any damage to their covers or the seat wheels for maintenance. In addition, the water in the tank requires periodically changing or treatment with chlorine purification pills for rowers. Unfortunately, the chlorine pills do not come with the machine.
- Durable construction – can support users up to 350 lbs;
- Aesthetic frame, made of solid walnut wood with a lacquered finish;
- It can store vertically to save space;
- Easy to handle and transport;
- Rubberized stabilizers for extra stability floor protection;
- Long rails – the unit can accommodate users up to 6’5″;
- Water-resistance system for a dynamic response;
- Ergonomic seat with a padded and contoured top;
- Adjustable footrests;
- Fitness monitor included – it tracks time, distance, calories, total strokes, strokes per workout, strokes per minute, and pulse;
- Three workout modes on the fitness monitor (manual, target, and interval);
- Recovery function;
- Bluetooth connectivity and compatibility with the FitShow App (for iOS and Android);
- Smooth and quiet operation;
- All the tools for the assembly included;
- Electric siphon pump included;
- Dust cover included;
- Workout gloves included;
- Batteries for the fitness monitor included;
- Reasonably easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance is required.
- No backlight on the fitness monitor LCD;
- An HR chest strap does not come with the machine.
BATTIFE 01 Red Walnut Rowing Machine Summary
The BATTIFE 01 Red Walnut is a water resistance rower made for home use. It features a durable walnut wood frame with long rails, an ergonomic seat, and a set of adjustable footrests. In addition, it includes a fitness monitor with three workout modes and Bluetooth connectivity, which is compatible with the FitShow app.
Moreover, it’s a pretty sturdy machine, rated for a maximum user weight limit of 350 lbs (159 kg), great for users of all levels.
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Please note: Before starting any exercise program, you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could put your health and safety at risk or prevent you from using the equipment properly. In addition, your physician’s advice is essential if you are taking medication that affects your heart rate, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.