Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW | Cardio Training Equipment

The Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW highlights an entirely durable frame of steel tubing. Its sliding rail has a maximum user weight capacity of up to 300 lbs (136 kg) than other comparable models. However, the assembled rower is genuinely enormous, particularly the length. It is approx. 78.75″ (200 cm) long and 22″ (56 cm) wide, so it may not also fit well in a bit of room.

The NS-6070RW features a tough polycarbonate 6 level water tank with a 16-blade impeller of rock-solid ABS material. As a result, the machine’s resistance is straightforward. However, the resistance relies upon the speed of the impeller. So, the faster you pull the handle, the impeller turns quicker and creates more resistance.

The Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW comes equipped with a mid-range fitness monitor that tracks time, time/500m, distance, strokes per minute (SPM), total strokes, calories, and pulse. You will need a 5.3 kHz HR chest strap (not included). In addition, the console has two workout programs to keep you motivated.

The NS-6070W comes equipped with a seat contoured for optimal comfort. Its top is high-density foam; it is firm, however, not incredibly hard. This Marcy rower comes with non-adjustable footrests made of thick, strong ABS material. The pulling handle features an ergonomic design. It is urethane-covered for an improved grip and attached to an abrasion-resistant nylon strap.

Learn more in my complete review below!

Marcy Pro Water Rower NS-6070W
Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW

Product: Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070W

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Warranty: 2 years limited

My rating: 9/10

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Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 78.75L x 22W x 42.25H inches (200L x 56W x 107H cm)
  • Supported weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
  • Frame: Steel
  • Footrests: Fixed, with adjustable straps
  • Resistance type: Water
  • Fitness Monitor: Total time, 500m time, distance, SPM, total strokes, calories, heart rate, race program, recovery
  • Warranty: 2 years limited

NS-6070W Frame construction

Although it’s not a commercial-grade machine, the Marcy NS-6070RW features a pretty sturdy frame made of steel tubing. Its sliding rail has a maximum user weight capacity of up to 300 lbs (136 kg), a bit more than other similar models. In addition, the frame features a corrosion-resistant, black paint finish, with the “MarcyPro” logo painted white/gray.

Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW

The fully assembled machine is relatively large, especially lengthwise. It is approx. 78.75″ (200 cm) long and 22″ (56 cm) wide, so it may not fit too well in a small room. Plus, MarcyPro advises leaving a clearance of at least two feet all around the unit to ease access and safe usage.

The unit’s sliding rail is approx. 40″ (101 cm), while the seat travel length is approx. 36″ (91 cm). Thus, the unit should accommodate users up to 6’2″ (188 cm) with no problem, allowing a complete leg extension and a correct rowing motion.

The Marcy NS-6070RW lacks the elevated front and rear bases characteristic of several other similar rowers. Thus, its seat is closer to the floor (at approx. 12″ – 30 cm). Also, its sliding rail is slightly inclined forward, leading to a faster recovery motion and extra difficulty for the leg push phase.

This rower’s exact weight is not specified, but it weighs more than 80 lbs (36 kg) without water in the tank as a general idea. Therefore, the boxed unit’s transport may require two people, but one person can complete the assembly. Once fully assembled, its relocation is easy; its front base features a set of transport wheels.

The machine’s frame does not fold; it stores vertically, resting on the front wheels and the extra stabilizer attached to the front frame section’s top. When stored vertically and with the console arm folded, the unit’s base becomes approx. 20″ x 22″ (51 x 56 cm). If you’re wondering, the water can remain in the tank when the unit is stored vertically.

Marcy Pro Water Rower NS-6070W
Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW

One last aspect to note is the machine’s rear and front base stabilizers. Its rear base comes equipped with two adjustable levelers, while the front base rests on two large rubberized pads, similar to those on some other rowers.

Seat and other parts

The Marcy water rowing machine NS-6070RW comes with a seat designed for optimal comfort. Its top is high-density foam; it is firm but not extremely hard. It is also contoured to minimize soreness, provide better positioning for the user, and prevent sliding backward from it.

The seat base is steel-made. As mentioned earlier, the whole seat assembly and the sliding rail have 300 lbs (136 kg) user weight capacity. In addition, it integrates three sets of wheels, two on top of the rail and the other under the rail, to provide extra stability.

The wheels feature an outer rubber shell and internal sealed ball bearings to smooth seat motion and minimize noise. Also, the side panels conceal all the seat wheels to provide maximum safety.

This Marcy rower comes with two non-adjustable footrests made of thick, durable ABS material. They are large enough to accommodate athletic shoes of all sizes. They also have adjustable straps and heel guards for improved foot stability.

The machine’s footrests do not pivot on their axis. Their metallic base welds directly to the mainframe. They sit at an optimal angle of approx—50 °, designed to provide firm support for the leg push phase.

The pulling handle features an ergonomic design. It curves slightly towards the user to provide a more natural positioning for the hands and reduce the wrists’ stress during rowing. It is urethane-covered for an improved grip and attached to an abrasion-resistant nylon strap. The pulling handle does not integrate any pulse sensors; however, the fitness monitor can monitor pulse rate.

Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW

NS-6070W Water tank and resistance system

The Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW comes equipped with a durable polycarbonate water tank. Its exact capacity is not specified, but it is similar to other rowers’ tanks in this feature range, so it should be approx. 4 gallons (15 liters).

The tank integrates a 16-blade impeller made of heavy-duty ABS material, which is the primary resistance-generating element of the unit. The impeller connects to a pulley system and a bungee cord attached to the bottom of the front base frame, making its reverse rotation possible.

The machine’s resistance system is simple. As you pull the handle with the strap, the impeller spins inside the tank filled with water, adding resistance to rowing motion. Unfortunately, the tank does not have an adjustable resistance system like the FDF Cambridge Challenge AR rower.

However, you can still adjust the overall water resistance by adding or removing water manually from the tank. There are six distinct water levels marked on the tank.

Just like any other water resistance rower, the Marcy NS-6070RW machine delivers a dynamic response during rowing. However, the resistance depends on the speed of the impeller. Therefore, the impeller will spin faster and generate more resistance if you pull the handle faster. Thus, it leads to a sensation similar to the rowing of a real boat.

Last but not least, the rower generates a bit of noise during usage. However, the noise level is low, and the sound is far from annoying, which may be the case with some air resistance rowers.

Fitness Monitor

This Marcy rowing machine comes equipped with a mid-range fitness monitor. It is battery-powered and requires two AA batteries. The LCD features multiple windows to show all the metrics at once, so you don’t have to select the ones you want to view continuously.

Marcy Pro Water Rower NS-6070W
Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW

It tracks time, time/500m, distance, strokes per minute (SPM), total strokes, calories, and pulse. The distance displays as meters (cannot be changed to miles or yards).

While for the pulse reading, you will need a 5.3 kHz HR chest strap. Unfortunately, it does not come with the rower. In addition, the machine does not have integrated pulse sensors in the pulling handle, so the fitness console can only read your pulse through a wireless strap.

The fitness monitor does not have Bluetooth or any other online capabilities. It also isn’t compatible with any fitness apps. However, it has two workout programs to keep you motivated. The first program is Manual, which has two workout modes. You can select goal settings for the first mode for time, distance, strokes, calories, or pulse.

As mentioned earlier, it’s important to note that you can only select a goal value for one of the functions. So, for example, if you set a goal value for time, you won’t put a distance, strokes, etc. However, the second workout mode is accessible. You press Start, begin rowing, and the monitor will track all your workout metrics.

The second program is Race. As its name suggests, this program creates a racing format in which you will have to compete against the computer. It displays the user and the CPU as two boat icons on the center display, and when the program starts, the two icons begin to move.

The program has 15 difficulty levels; the first level has a default timer of 8 minutes, while the 15th level has a default timer of 1 minute. The distance is adjustable for each level. The Race begins when you hit Start and ends whenever you or the PC reach the distance goal set for that Race.

The fitness monitor also has a Recover function, which requires an HR chest strap. It measures the heart rate cooldown at the end of the workout and, based on the result, will give you a fitness rating between F1 (excellent) and F6 (poor).

Two other notable functions of the rower’s monitor are the Alarm and Sleep Mode. You can set the Alarm to notify you that you must begin your training. The Sleep Mode starts after 4 minutes of inactivity on the machine. The unit displays the current date, room temperature, and clock during sleep mode.

Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW

NS-6070W Assembly and Maintenance

The rower’s water tank and other drive and resistance elements come pre-assembled attached to the front frame section. Therefore, you only need to attach the seat to the sliding rail, connect the rail to the front central part of the rower, close it with the rear stabilizer, attach the console, and add water inside the tank.

Therefore, it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes of your time. All the necessary tools come with the machine, and the manual provides precise assembly instructions.

It is advisable for maintenance to keep the unit’s rail clean to prevent any seat rollers’ damage. The box does not include chlorine pills for water treatment, and the manual specifies not to use bleach or pool chlorine pills.

On a personal note concerning water treatment, I advise filling the tank with bottled water. To prevent algae in the tank, I have used Aquatabs. They are for purifying small amounts of water for drinking, and as you are only looking to inhibit algae, you only need 1‐2ppm two tablets will suffice every six months.

Otherwise, a regular water change may be a good call. For example, I change the water in my rower’s water tank about once a year, although I think it will last longer than that.

And finally, it is advisable to periodically check for loose bolts and parts and re-tighten them if necessary.

Pros

  • Sturdy frame – can support users up to 300 lbs (136 kg);

    Marcy Pro Water Rower NS-6070W
    Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW

  • Aesthetic design;
  • Space-saving unit – can be stored vertically;
  • Transport wheels on the front base;
  • Adjustable stabilizers on the rear base;
  • Ergonomic, contoured designed seat;
  • Ergonomic, curved handle to minimize stress on the wrists;
  • Durable footrests with heel guards and adjustable straps;
  • Water-resistance system, providing the most natural rowing feel that you can get;
  • Fitness monitor with a multi-window LCD that tracks time, 500m/time, pulse, distance, strokes per minute, total strokes, calories;
  • Two workout programs – Manual and Race;
  • Recovery function;
  • Smooth and quiet operation;
  • Little maintenance required;
  • Easy to assemble.

Cons

  • No chlorine pills for water treatment;
  • The fitness monitor LCD does not have a backlight;
  • An HR chest strap for pulse reading does not come included.

Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW Summary

The Marcy NS-6070RW is a water resistance rower designed for home use. It features a sturdy frame that can hold users up to 300 lbs. Furthermore, it comes equipped with a durable polycarbonate tank featuring a 16-blade impeller, an ergonomic seat, and a fitness monitor that tracks all the essential workout readouts and has two workout programs.

Moreover, it’s an excellent trainer for a full-body cardio workout, interval training, muscle toning, and stamina development.

I hope you found this article helpful and informative. Would you please speak up if you have anything you’d like to share on the topic or any opinions about my website? I look forward to your comments, questions, and the sharing of ideas.

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.

8 thoughts on “Marcy Water Rowing Machine NS-6070RW | Cardio Training Equipment”

  1. The Marcy water rowing machine looks incredible. I never knew you get rowing machines to place water in the machine to help with weight training and give that natural rowing feeling. It is incredible how technology advances. Must a person change the water regularly, though, to avoid any system problems?

    Reply
    • Hi Bernard, thanks for stopping by. There are purification tablets to put in the water container once every six months. 

      On a personal note concerning water treatment, I advise filling the tank with bottled water. To prevent algae in the tank, I have used Aquatabs. They are for purifying small amounts of water for drinking, and as you are only looking to inhibit algae, you only need 1‐2 ppm, so two tablets will suffice every six months.

      Otherwise, a regular water change may be a good call. For example, I change the water in my rower’s water tank about once a year, although I think it will last longer than that.

      If I can be of any further assistance, please let me know. I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

      Reply
  2. Fascinating, Robert! Thank you for your piece of advice for cardio training. This could be useful in my gym if I’ll ever have one in my own home. I wouldn’t say I like going to a public gym with many other people, but I like doing workouts. 
    Also, I see that you gave a high rating, and you seem someone who knows a lot about the stuff. 

    Thanks,
    Maja

    Reply
    • Hi Maja, thanks for stopping by and you’re kind words. Whenever you are ready to start building a home gym, please let me know. I’d be happy to help you.

      Kind regards, Robert

      Reply
  3. This is a very detailed review of the Marcy Water NS-6070RW Rowing machine. With so many more people wanting to exercise at home, this could be a great rowing machine for those with the space for this giant machine. However, could the rowing machine be used outside undercover for those that do not have space indoors, or will adverse weather affect the machine’s mechanisms?

    Great tip on using purification tablets or chloride to keep the water fresh. Thanks for sharing. 

    Reply
    • Hi there, thanks for stopping by. Yes, you could use the rower outside. However, I would not leave it outdoors as bad weather would not suit it. 

      Would you please let me know if I can ever assist you with exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

      Reply
  4. Great tool exercise equipment for your health, stamina cardio, too lose weight.  You can always exercise at home  24 hours a day, without driving to the gym with its crowds of people on every machine to exercise.  I have rarely ever done rowing exercises, but it’s a great cardio fitness apparatus for a healthy body. This Marcy water machine will be excellent to have in an oversized garage.  I think it’s a good tool for cardio health.

    Reply
    • Hi, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us. Would you please let me know if I can ever assist you with exercise equipment? I’m always happy to help.

      Kind regards, Robert

      Reply

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