Stamina Body Trac Glider Rowing Machine | Oar-Like Handles

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine’s solid construction will give you a comfortable and stable workout. This rower has oar-like handles that give you a full range of motion to mimic the action of rowing on a boat. In addition, the unique design allows for a full-body, effective workout for every major muscle group – including the back, legs, arms, abs, and glutes.

What I like most about hydraulic piston rowers is they are quiet when used. In addition, the adjustable gas shock that this rower uses for resistance is conveniently located just under the rower’s seat so that you can adjust the resistance level when working out. There are 12 different levels to choose from, so people at all different fitness levels will have a challenging workout.

The Stamina Body Trac 10 Rowing Machine features an easy-to-read LCD fitness monitor that displays your workout time, stroke count, calories burned, and total strokes accumulated. Adjust the hydraulic cylinder when you want to increase or decrease the intensity of your stroke.

The BodyTrac Glider 1050 moves along a smooth ball-bearing roller system for extra support and stability. It includes features to enhance comfort, including textured footplates with straps, a molded seat, and padded hand grips. Fold the arms after you’ve completed your workout for an easy way to save space.

Learn more in my complete review below!

Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

Product: Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

Price: For a great deal on this rower, merely go here on Amazon

Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days

My rating: is 8/10

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Details and Specifications

  • Assembled dimensions: 58.25L x 42.5W x 18.12H inches (148L x 108W x 46H cm)
  • Assembled weight: 39 lbs (17.7kg)
  • Supported weight: 250 lbs (113 kg)
  • Frame: Steel and aluminum
  • Footrests: Pivoting, with straps

    Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
  • Resistance type: Hydraulic, adjustable, 12 levels
  • Fitness Monitor: Yes
  • Warranty: Frame 1 year / Parts 90 days

1050 Frame Construction

First, the Stamina Body Track 1050 Rowing Machine combines steel with aluminum parts within its construction. The bases, arms, pivot connector, and console tube are steel, while the gliding rail is aluminum.

The frame also incorporates several plastic parts, such as the rear stabilizer, the securing caps of the machine’s arm joints, seat stoppers, and footrests. In addition, the steel parts come painted with silver, anti-corrosive paint, while the aluminum seat rail is corrosive resistant.

Overall, the machine doesn’t have a large footprint than a long air or magnetic rower. It only takes 58.2″L x 42.5″W (148 x 108 cm) of floor space, which makes it ideal for use in a small room. On top of that, the frame is foldable. The machine’s arms fold under the rail, which cuts a lot from its width and height.

When folded, the height given by the console is 10″ (25.4 cm), while its width is around 23″ (58.4 cm). The length remains the same; however, you can store it under a bed with more than 10″ clearance. The folded machine stores vertically, resting on the console bar and the front base.

The gliding rail accommodates users between 4’11” and 6’2 ″ (150 – 188 cm). However, taller users may not benefit from a complete leg extension, depending on their inseam length, and shorter users may not have sufficient leg span to complete the rowing motion correctly. Thus, this is a relatively small rower with a limited range of motion.


The seat supplied with this rowing machine is quite spacious, 14.5″ (36.8 cm) wide, and 9.5″ (24.1 cm) long. It’s a contoured seat, padded with synthetic leather, but it does not feature cushioning. Thus, it’s a rather hard seat. Nevertheless, the seat glides on ball-bearing rollers, offering quite a smooth glide for users up to 220 lbs (100 kg).

Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

While the machine has a maximum user weight of 250 lbs (113 kg), a user heavier than 220-225 lbs (100-102 kg) will experience a slightly less smooth seat glide, and the wear and tear of the rollers will be higher.

1050 Arms

The rower’s arms consist of two parts, attached to the rail and resistance cylinder, to simulate a real boat’s rowing. The more delicate parts of the arms are pivoting and rotating independently. Therefore, it adds a bit of flexibility to the rowing motion than the full, rigid motion offered by rowers with a pulling cord or chain.

The grips on the handlebars come equipped with a rubber foam covering. Thus, eliminating stress on the palms and the formation of blisters.


Finally, the rower’s footrests are durable PVC, featuring a pivoting design, allowing you to adopt the foot angle that feels best during a workout. In addition, they feature heel guards and adjustable straps to secure feet in place.

1050 Resistance system

The resistance system of the Body Trac Stamina Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is pretty simple. One hydraulic cylinder is attached under the gliding rail and connected to the arms. The cylinder extends as you pull the handlebars and extend your legs, generating resistance.

The machine’s resistance is constant. Thus, it doesn’t vary with how much strength you put behind each rowing motion, as in air or water rowing machines. On the other hand, this rower offers 12 levels of resistance. There is an adjustment knob on the cylinder, which facilitates the adjustment.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

The first three levels provide a light tension, great for users who must undergo a recovery training regimen. On the other hand, the top resistance levels aren’t too extreme. Overall, this rower can offer light to medium workouts.

One important aspect to cover here is heating the tension cylinder. As it heats up, the resistance will decrease slightly, and you might need to re-adjust. Therefore, it’s a good idea to start on a low setting, then add more levels after 5 minutes of rowing.

Fitness monitor

The fitness monitor is far from being a sophisticated unit. Instead, it’s one of the most basic models that you can find for this type of fitness equipment. It tracks the time, calories burned, count, and total count. But unfortunately, it does not track distance, speed, and pulse.

It’s relatively easy to operate, featuring only one button. By pressing the button, you can select what value to display on the screen. Or, you can choose the SCAN function, which will cycle through all the values, showing each one for 6 seconds, then moving to the next.

To reset all the values to 0, except the Total Count, you need to press and hold the button for 2 seconds. The total count resets after the removal of the batteries.

Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

The fitness monitor starts when it detects seat movement and automatically shuts off after 4 minutes of inactivity. The console is battery operating, requiring two AA-type batteries. However, they do not come included with the rower.

1050 Assembly and Maintenance

The machine is easy to assemble. First, the tensioning cylinder and the arms are pre-assembled into the mainframe. Then, you only need to attach the front and rear bases, footrests, seat, monitor arm, and fitness monitor, and of course, connect the movement sensor wire.

A copy of the owner’s manual comes in the box, offering clear assembly instructions. Also, the tools required for assembly come with the machine.

Maintenance doesn’t require much. However, like any rowing machine, the seat rail needs periodic cleaning, as dirt fragments can cause nicks into it, leading to roller damage. Also, if the machine’s joints become squeaky, lubrication can solve the problem.


  • Natural rowing action, simulating the use of oars;
  • Sturdy construction, well-built frame for a low-capacity rower;
  • Foldable design;
  • Lightweight, easy to transport;
  • Low profile rower, small footprint;

    Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
  • Full gliding rail, enhancing seat stability;
  • Adjustable resistance;
  • Pivoting footrests with straps;
  • The fitness monitor comes included;
  • Quiet machine;
  • Easy to assemble;
  • Little maintenance is required;
  • Affordable.


  • Limited range of motion, not for users taller than 6’2″;
  • The seat doesn’t have any cushioning;
  • Feet may slip off the footrests if not appropriately secured with the straps.

Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine Summary

The Stamina Body Track Glider 1050 is a rowing machine for light to medium training. It’s not a machine for professional rowers. Still, on the other hand, it’s a machine that can supply an excellent aerobic workout, great for muscle toning, stamina building, recovery training, and losing some weight.

Like most rowing machines, it’s an excellent choice for elderly users as it eliminates an integral part of the joints’ impact. However, it is a rowing machine made for home use, and its affordability is priced.

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 remember that you should consult your physician to determine if you have any medical or physical conditions that could risk your health and safety 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.

4 thoughts on “Stamina Body Trac Glider Rowing Machine | Oar-Like Handles”

  1. Thanks for your review of the Body Trac Glider 1050.  This home exercise glider seems to meet a number of exercise needs.  I appreciate your mentioning the small area it takes up. and the options of being able to store under the bed as long as there is 10″ of clearance.  Also mentioning the hight limit helps.  While my 5′ 9″ does not exceed the 6′ 2″ high limit, It gives me an idea of what to expect with this equipment.  I know that keeping the track clean is a necessary part due to having a glider in the past.  You were very thorough and I appreciate your review. Sami

  2. Hi, Robert,

    This rower seems like a perfect option to work out at home. I don’t have too much space at home, so it’s good to have something that doesn’t occupy too much space.

    From what I see, it looks like it only has oars. I’m more used to working out with bands, but I don’t think that would be a problem.

    The only thing I don’t like is the seat. It would be much better if the seat had some cushioning. At such a low price, we can’t ask for more.

    Thanks for putting together this review. 

  3. Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Body Trac Glider 1050. This home exercise glider appears to fulfill a variety of fitness requirements. I don’t have a lot of space at home, so it’s nice to have something that doesn’t take up too much room. Also, it weighs a lot less. Very easy to carry around. I also value having a fitness monitor. Thanks so much for this timely review. 

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

      Kind regards, Robert


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