The Endurance R300 Rowing Machine from Body-Solid is an excellent option for users who want to reduce their body weight while achieving the benefits of endurance and strength training at the same time. The R300 also helps to strengthen the body while promoting flexibility and a broader range of motion for better results.
The Endurance R300 is a compact machine designed to ensure high-powered cardio workouts with its durable performance and sturdy build quality. It is a self-generating machine that doesn’t require an external source of power to function.
The R300 has nine air resistance settings for having well-co-ordinated workout sessions. The air flowing mechanism allows users to have full control over the resistance of the machine. Thus, it depends upon how fast the user can row the machine to generate the level of resistance.
The interactive LCD reports on time, heart rate, calories, paddle width, stroke rate, distance cycle, and watts and is telemetric compatible. However, an HR chest strap is not (included) with the bike. Also, built into the LCD are eight different exercise programs -Quick Start, Distance, Time, Calories, Game, Intervals (20/10. 10/20. 10/10).
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Endurance R300 Rowing Machine from Body-Solid
Warranty: In-home Warranty: Lifetime on Frame / 5 Years on Parts / 2 Years on Electronics (excludes batteries) / 6 Months on Wear Items / 1 Year on Labor (see the commercial warranty below)
My rating: 9.25/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 95.1L x 24.4W x 39.8H inches (241L x 62W x 101H cm)
- Assembled weight: 81.1 lbs (36.7 kg)
- Weight capacity: 330 lbs (150 kg)
- Footrests: Adjustable, with straps
- Resistance type: Air, nine levels
- Fitness console: 8 programs
- In-home Warranty: Lifetime on Frame / 5 Years on Parts / 2 Years on Electronics (excludes batteries) / 6 Months on Wear Items / 1 Year on Labor
- Commercial Warranty: Frame 15 years / Parts 3 years / Electronics 2 years (excludes batteries) / Wear items 6 months / Labor 1 year
R300 Frame construction
The Endurance R300 rower features a heavy-duty steel frame designed to support users up to 330 lbs (150 kg). The frame is steel tubing, but the machine also integrates several ABS parts. For example, the covers of the flywheel and several other small parts are durable ABS plastic.
As opposed to the Concept2 rower, the R300 does not have a folding frame. However, the rail is easily detachable from the front part with the resistance system, so the unit can be split into two parts to take less space when it’s not in use.
The fully assembled machine is quite large, especially lengthwise. It is approx — 95″ (241 cm) long, and 24.4″ (62 cm) wide. The rail is long enough to accommodate users up to 6’5″ (196 cm), allowing a complete leg extension and a full range of motion.
The machine’s base bars do not have adjustable stabilizers, but they do rest on small rubber pads to protect the floor. They also prevent it from moving during more intense routines.
Last but not least, this rower is relatively heavy. With all the parts assembled, it weighs approximately 81 lbs (36.7 kg). However, once assembled, it’s easily moved by using the small wheels attached to the front base bar.
Seat and other parts
The Endurance R300 includes a seat designed for optimal comfort. Its top is high-density foam; it’s not super soft, but not extremely hard either. Its surface is contoured to provide better positioning and to prevent you from sliding backward during the push phase of the rowing motion.
The seat is approx. 13″ (35 cm) above floor level. Therefore, entry and exit shouldn’t be too difficult even for users with specific disabilities or elderly users. It’s also important to mention that the rail is entirely horizontal, not slightly inclined as for other machines. Thus, the leg-push phase does not require that slight extra effort.
The seat frame is steel-made, durable enough to support users up to 330 lbs (150 kg). It comes with two sets of wheels that integrate ball bearings. On the outside, the wheels have a rubberized shell, designed to minimize noise and provide smooth operation for the seat.
The R300 rower features adjustable footrests. They offer seven adjustment positions each and can accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes. They also have heel guards and adjustable straps for maximum foot stability.
The footrests attach to the frame via two steel rods each. Therefore, they do not pivot. Their position is stationary at an angle of approx — 45 °.
The unit’s pulling handle features an ergonomic design. It is curved towards the user to provide a more natural hand positioning and minimize the impact on the wrists. It does not integrate any pulse sensors; however, the console is telemetric compatible.
R300 Drive and resistance
The Endurance R300 from Body-Solid is an air resistance rower. The main resistance-generating element is the large flywheel-fan at the front of the unit. The machine does not have a magnetic brake or an additional eddy current resistance system, but the fan casing comes with a damper.
Therefore, you can adjust the damper to change the airflow inside the fan casing to increase or decrease the overall resistance.
The unit’s damper offers nine resistance settings. The lowest delivers a relatively light resistance, while the 9th setting provides quite a bit of extra difficulty. Since the machine does not have a magnetic brake, the resistance is not automatic, and the console does not control the resistance adjustment in any way.
One of the most important aspects that I have to mention here is the dynamic response provided by this machine, which is pretty much specific to any air resistance rower. Regardless of the selected level on the damper, the resistance generated depends on how hard you pull.
Differently put, if you pull the handle harder, the flywheel will spin faster and therefore create more resistance. This can be quite a plus for professional rowing athletes, which may need a rowing sensation as close as possible to rowing a real boat through the water.
It’s also important to mention that the main drive element of the Endurance R300 is a chain, not a nylon strap. This type of drive can last a lifetime if it’s properly lubricated. Also, the fan casing minimizes the noise, so the machine is not too loud.
Although the console of the Endurance R300 rower does not have any online capabilities, it does provide an impressive range of features. To begin with, it has an LCD divided into multiple sub-sections to show as many workout metrics as possible at once, so you don’t have to use a scan function to rotate them.
The display tracks time, strokes per minute, total strokes, distance, watts, calories burned, and pulse. It also indicates “paddle width,” which essentially is the distance per stroke, a function that very few other rower computers show.
The distance is in either kilometers or miles. Also, to benefit from a pulse reading, you will have to use a wireless HR chest strap. This accessory is not included with the machine, though.
The console unit has eight built-in programs to keep you motivated. The 1st program is the QuickStart program, which allows you to row freely while the console monitors all your workout stats.
The next three programs are goal programs for distance, time, and calories. For each one of these, you can select a goal, and the console will count down from it until you finish it. The 5th program is a game program which requires you to row slower or faster to move a line (your boat) through a set of obstacles. The last three programs are 20/10, 10/20, and 10/10 interval programs.
The console is straightforward to use. It requires two C size batteries. It starts up when you begin rowing or when you press on of the buttons. It also automatically shuts down after 20 seconds of inactivity on the machine.
R300 Assembly and Maintenance
The flywheel section comes pre-assembled. However, the rest of the parts do require assembly. Therefore, you will have to attach the rail frame with the seat to the front frame part, connect the front and rear stabilizers, add the footrests, and the console.
This shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. The manual provides clear assembly instructions, and a set of necessary tools is also (included) with the rowing machine.
Since it’s an air resistance rower, it is advisable to remove the dust from the fan casing periodically. This is done with ease by vacuuming the unit from the outside. The chain also needs periodic lubrication, and the rail should be wiped clean to prevent any damage to the seat wheels.
- Commercial grade construction – can support users up to 330 lbs;
- Easily detachable rail for better storage possibilities;
- Front wheels for transport;
- Rubberized stabilizers;
- Long rail – can accommodate users up to 6’5″;
- Padded, contoured seat;
- Adjustable footrests with straps and heel guards;
- Air resistance, providing a dynamic response during rowing;
- Multi-window fitness console which can track time, distance, calories, watts, pulse, spm, total strokes, and paddle width;
- Eight workout programs including 20/10, 10/20, and 10/10 preset intervals;
- Phone holder included;
- Easy to handle and relocate;
- Easy to assemble;
- Little maintenance required;
- Excellent warranty.
- No backlight on the fitness console;
- An HR chest strap is not (included) with the bike.
Endurance R300 Rowing Machine Summary
The Endurance R300 Rowing Machine from Body-Solid is a commercial-grade air resistance rowing machine, offering nine resistance levels, an extra-long rail, and a console with eight distinct workout programs.
It’s a rowing machine for users of all levels, from beginner to pro, great for a full-body cardio workout, stamina development, muscle toning, and weight loss. And finally, even though it’s not the most affordable air resistance rower, it offers excellent value for the price.
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