The BodyCraft VR200 Rowing Machine is a dual resistance rower that uses wind and eddy current technology. In other words, it uses air and magnetic resistance. This combination gives the VR200 a smooth, firm rowing stroke with both high and low-end power.
The BodyCraft VR200 Rowing Machine has eight levels of adjustable resistance. The first level is 100% air, while levels 2-8 are air and magnetic. Adjustable resistance makes rowing perfect for all ages and fitness levels.
The VR200 comes complete with heavy-gauge, powder-coated steel leg supports and a high strength T13 aluminum seat rail. This durable build quality allows for a sturdy, firm rowing stroke that can handle a lot of physical abuse. The deeply contoured seat sits on top of ultra-smooth, industrial-grade bearings housed inside friction-free rollers.
Aside from having the excellent build quality, the VR200 Rower also has exceptional comfort. The rowing stroke is smooth and quiet, with nothing feeling unstable. A well-padded contoured seat is comfortable enough for long rowing sessions, and the precision bearings allow for a mild gliding rowing stroke.
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: BodyCraft VR200 Rowing Machine
Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Wear parts 1 year / Labor 1 year
My rating: 8.5/10
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VR200 Frame construction
The first aspect to mention here is that the BodyCraft VR200 rower combines aluminum and steel elements in its frame construction. The front part that supports the flywheel and the resistance system, along with the rear stabilizer, is made of steel. The track of the seat is made of extruded aluminum, to provide a smoother travel for the seat.
The unit’s steel parts feature a corrosion-resistant, black powder coating, while the rail has its natural aluminum polish, with only the BodyCraft logo painted on it. Of course, the machine’s construction also integrates plastic parts, such as the flywheel covers, but these don’t affect the unit’s overall sturdiness.
Speaking of sturdiness, the rail and the seat assembly of this rowing machine have a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs (136 kg), which is not bad for a home use rower. But on the other hand, it’s not an extremely heavy unit; with the frame fully assembled, it only weighs 59.5 lbs (27 kg). Thus, assembly and transport shouldn’t be a problem. Its mid-base also has transport wheels which facilitate its relocation.
In terms of size, this model is slightly smaller than the VR500 Pro. With the frame fully assembled and extended, it’s 79″ (201 cm) long, and 17.75″ (45 cm) wide.
The frame has a folding design, though; the rail with the seat assembly can be folded up to save space. With the track folded up, its length is 35.5″ (90 cm). For safe operation, it is recommended to leave at least two feet of clearance on each side and at the rear of the unit.
Seat, Footrests, and Pulling Handle
The BodyCraft VR200 rowing machine has a durable, lightly padded seat featuring a deep contour to provide maximum stability and comfort. Its metallic frame integrates heavy-duty wheels with industrial-grade bearings for smooth and quiet operation and a prolonged lifespan.
The top of the seat stands at approx. 15.5″ (39 cm) above floor level. This means that entry and exit aren’t too difficult even for users with disabilities. Also, the unit’s rail provides 34″ travel, which means it can accommodate users up to approx — 6’4 ″ (193 cm).
This BodyCraft rower features a set of large footrests made of heavy-duty nylon material. They have adjustable straps, and they have heel guards providing maximum foot stability. They’re large enough to accommodate feet of all sizes.
And finally, they also have a pivoting design, which allows them so slightly adjust position as you row, always offering the perfect angle.
The rowing handle consists of an aluminum bar with rubberized grips for optimal comfort and hand adherence. It’s lightweight and approx — 16″ (40.6 cm) long, delivering a natural grip and hand positioning.
VR200 Resistance and drive
As I’ve mentioned above, the BodyCraft VR200 rower comes with air and magnetic resistance system. It integrates a flywheel-fan, which offers a dynamic response with each stroke.
In other words, the airflow created by its spinning generates more or less resistance depending on how hard or fast you pull the handle. This results in rowing feeling closer to rowing a real boat.
But on the other hand, the machine also features a mechanical, magnetic drum system connected to the resistance dial under the console. As you turn the dial clockwise, the magnetic brake will generate more resistance, which results in a more consistent workout.
The level 1 setting offers no magnetic resistance, just the air resistance caused by the flywheel. Conversely, the 7-8 levels add quite a bit of drag, resulting in a more consistent workout.
The top of the flywheel casing features a small air vent that allows you to direct the air current generated by the flywheel at you. This may be a useful feature when you engage in a longer and more intense workout.
The unit’s drive belt is whisper-quiet, smooth, and clean; it doesn’t require any lubrication. It’s a belt tested at 287 lbs of stress, pulled for over half a million times. The handlebar is attached to an abrasion-resistant nylon strap with a commercial-duty clutch and return spring.
The console included with the BodyCraft VR200 rower offers a bit more than the average basic one. The first aspect that places it above a basic one is the fact that it has a 7-panel LCD and can show up to 7 workout metrics simultaneously.
The top six panels show total strokes, strokes per minute, time/time500m, distance, calories burned, and overall length. The lower, larger panel is the mode display. It allows you to run a SCAN function and rotate all the workout metrics or choose one of them to view larger at all times.
The unit offers both km and miles options for the distance display. The Time/500m shows your average 500-meter time, and will automatically be displayed and continuously updated.
The big downside of this console is that it can’t read your pulse. Thus, if you need to keep an eye on your heart rate during your exercising, you will have to use a separate device.
The fitness console is relatively easy to operate. It has two buttons, MODE and RESET. The MODE button controls the SCAN function while the RESET button clears all of the values.
If the SCAN function is toggled on, the values are shown in sequence, each one remaining on display for 5 seconds. The RESET key serves the purpose of clearing all the values on the unit to zero.
The console is battery-powered and requires two AA batteries (included). It starts up if you press a button or if you pull the handle. It has a sleep function to which it will enter if there is no activity on the machine for several minutes.
VR200 Assembly and Maintenance
The front part of the rower, which includes the flywheel and the resistance system comes pre-assembled. However, you will have to attach the unit’s base stabilizers, mount the seat on its track, attach the track to the front part of the frame, attach the footrests, and finally, the console.
This may take up to an hour. However, the manual does provide excellent assembly instructions and schematics. Also, a set of essential tools for assembly is included).
Maintenance requires periodic dusting; the rail should be kept clean to prevent any damage to the seat wheels. Oil-Based furniture polish is (needed) for rail maintenance. It’s also recommended to check for loose bolts or damaged parts periodically.
Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 79L x 17.75W x 36.25H inches (201L x 45W x 92H cm)
- Assembled weight: 59.5 lbs (27 kg)
- Weight capacity: 300 lbs (136 kg)
- Frame: Steel and aluminum
- Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
- Resistance type: Air & magnetic, eight levels
- Fitness console: Time, time/500m, strokes per minute, total strokes, distance, calories
- Warranty: Frame lifetime / Parts 5 years / Wear parts 1 year / Labor 1 year
- Sturdy construction – can hold users up to 300 lbs;
- Folding frame, space-saving design;
- Transport wheels integrated into the middle base;
- Pivoting footrests with straps and heel guards for maximum foot stability;
- Deep-contoured, padded and spacious seat supplying excellent comfort;
- Air resistance for a natural, dynamic response during rowing;
- Eight levels of magnetic resistance for overall tension adjustment;
- 7-panel display which indicates time, time/500m, meters, strokes per minute, total strokes, distance, and calories;
- Fairly quiet for a rower with air resistance;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- The console isn’t telemetric;
- The console doesn’t have a backlight.
BodyCraft VR200 Summary
The BodyCraft VR200 is a rowing machine featuring an air and magnetic resistance system, equipped with a mid-range console which can track time, time/500m, distance, strokes per minute, total strokes, and calories. It has a sturdy construction, with a T13 aluminum rail and a folding frame design.
It’s a rower made for home use, perfect for a light to intense, full-body cardio training, interval training, stamina development, and weight loss. Finally, it’s not one of the most affordable models in this price range but does offer excellent value for the price.
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