The sleek and attractive Stamina X Air Rower is a basic, yet durable rowing machine that is perfect for home gyms. Stamina’s engineers have designed the Stamina X Air Rower to be just like you: sturdy and durable. The steel frame will hold steady during your hardest workouts. At the same time, the rowing chain keeps the air resistance coming as the fan spins inside the metal housing, automatically adjusting the resistance to your intensity.
Being an air resistant rower means the rowing machine has ‘variable resistance.’ There is no knob to turn to increase or decrease resistance, but instead, the resistance adjusts automatically depending on the speed at which you row. For example, the harder you pull the handle, the more resistance you feel. To decrease the resistance, just grow slower.
The faster you get the flywheel spinning, the more wind resistance you create, the more watts you produce, and the more calories you burn. Due to the Stamina X Air Rower being air resistance, it works exceptionally well for HIIT exercises (high-intensity interval training). You can speed up or slow down during a workout without having to stop and adjust the resistance.
The Stamina X Air Rower comes with a large LCD multi-function fitness monitor that will help track your progress with real-time feedback. The monitor tracks vital measurements such as Distance, Calories Burned, Speed, Time, Number of Strokes (Count), and Strokes per Minute (SPM).
Learn more in my complete review below
Product: Stamina X Air Rower 35-1412
Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days
My rating: 8/10
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Details and Specifications
- Assembled dimensions: 78.5L x 18W x 29H inches (199.4L x 45.7W x 73.6H cm)
- Assembled weight: 63 lbs (28.5 kg)
- Supported weight: 250 lbs (113.3 kg)
- Frame: Steel-made, folding
- Footrests: Adjustable, with straps
- Resistance type: Air
- Console: Included
- Warranty: Frame 3 years / Parts 90 days
X Frame and gliding rail
The Stamina X air rower features a steel-made, 2-part frame, with sturdy construction, and a folding design. The front part with the fan and console can be folded over the gliding rail to save some space.
The folding system is simple. The frame is locked in an extended or folded position via a pin; you simply need to remove the pin when you want to fold/unfold the machine.
However, even when folded, the machine still takes approx. 45″ (114 cm) of space, lengthwise. When unfolding and in-use position, this air rower has a footprint of 78.5″L x 18″W (199.4 x 45.7 cm). In other words, it’s not exactly a small machine. Thus, if you want a rower but the space for its use is an issue, you might as well opt for a hydraulic rower.
The bases of the frame have adjustable feet with rubber stands, which give you the possibility to stabilize the machine correctly on any type of floor.
The front base also features a set of wheels, to help with the transportation of the assembled (and folded) machine. The rower is, however, not extremely heavy. At 63 lbs (28.5 kg), anyone should be able to move it.
One of the most critical parts in the frame construction of this rower is the seat gliding rail. This rail is long enough to accommodate users with an inseam of approx 36″ (91.4 cm). In other words, the rower can fit users up to 6’5 ″ – 6’6 ″ (198-201 cm) comfortably, supplying a complete leg extension.
The gliding rail is sturdy enough to support users up to 250 lbs (113 kg). As opposed to other rowers, the gliding rail of this machine stands a bit higher above the floor level. First of all, it’s not completely horizontal. It’s set at a front to back angle of approx—5 °. Thus, when fully extended, the seat stands above floor level at approx. 18″ (46 cm), which makes this rower a more appropriate choice for users with disabilities, who may find it difficult to stand up, if the seat comes too close to the floor.
The fact that the gliding rail is a bit inclined helps with a faster recovery motion. It also puts a bit more focus on the leg muscles during the extension motion.
Seat and other parts
The seat equipped on the Stamina X Air rower is contoured, to adapt better to your body. It also features some padding, but it does not have a thick cushioning like the seat on the Stamina 1205 Precision hydraulic rower, for example. In terms of comfort, it’s pretty much an average seat, offering the support that you can expect from most rowing machines.
On the other hand, the seat sits on a steel frame and is quite a durable part. It glides on a set of 6 high-grade rollers, four on top of the rail, and two below. These rollers incorporate sealed ball bearings, which considerably increase the life of the rollers themselves.
This Stamina rower features a set of pivoting footrests. It means that their angle is adjustable. This is a plus, as not all users may be comfortable with a fixed footrest angle.
The footrests also have adjustable straps to keep your feet in place during the workout. This feature, although it may seem insignificant, is quite useful for users with disabilities, in case they may not have complete control over their feet.
The last element within this machine’s construction that we’re going to cover here is the pulling bar. It’s a simple, steel-made straight bar, padded with thick rubber foam material, to supply a comfortable grip, and considerably reduce the chances to sustain damage to the hands during rowing. The pulling chain connects to this bar via a screw.
X Resistance system
As the name of the rower suggests, it’s an air resistance type. The resistance system involves a fan-shaped flywheel, enclosed in a metallic wire cage. The machine does not feature a damper or any other element that can increase its overall resistance. However, the resistance is variable, depending on how hard or fast you pull.
The maximum resistance that you can obtain on this rower is not as fierce as the resistance offered by a Concept2. After all, it’s a machine designed for home use, not a commercial one.
Nonetheless, it can still help you achieve a consistent cardio workout, putting to work for many muscle groups. It’s also an excellent machine for improving your overall stamina, and interval training.
The console unit supplied with the Stamina X rower is a rather basic one. However, it’s still better than the one that comes with the ATS model. This unit features a three-panel display and can indicate up to 3 values at once.
It can track strokes per minute (SPM), total strokes (Count), distance (in miles) speed (in MPH), time, and calories. However, it cannot track pulse. Thus, in case you need to monitor your heart rate during your workout, you will have to use a separate device.
This fitness monitor is straightforward to use. It features only one button (MODE). It turns on by pressing the button, but it also automatically turns on when it detects seat movement. Additionally, it automatically shuts off after 4 minutes of inactivity on the rower. All the current values are saved.
To select any of the values you want to view on screen, simply press the MODE button multiple times. And, if you’re going to reset all the values to zero, press and hold the button for 5 seconds.
Last but not least, the console requires 2 AA-type batteries, which are not (included) with the machine. To add or replace batteries, you need to pry the console out from the plastic casing, insert the batteries at its back, and then reconnect it to the rower.
X Assembly and Maintenance
The two main parts of the frame, the rail and the front part with the fan, come connected. The resistance system is pre-assembled as well. So, for assembly, you only need to add the two bases of the machine, the footrests, the seat, and of course, put batteries in the fitness console.
Required tools and owner’s manual are (included) with the machine. Also, the whole assembly shouldn’t take more than 30-45 minutes, and only one person is needed.
Maintenance requires you to keep the roller tracks free of any dirt, sand, or other objects that may cause damage to the rail itself or the rollers. Other than that, periodically check and re-tighten the screw of the machine, if it’s the case.
Also, to enact the warranty for this product, you will have to register it with StaminaProducts. You’ll find guidance for this in the manual as well.
- Steel frame, sturdy construction;
- Folding frame;
- Leveling rubber feet to prevent floor damage;
- Gliding rail long enough for users up to 6’5″;
- Molded and padded seat, for comfortable workouts;
- Extra smooth, ball-bearing seat rollers;
- Adjustable footplates;
- Air resistance, supplying a natural rowing feel;
- Chain drive made to last a lifetime;
- Fitness console included;
- Easy to assemble;
- Easy to maintain;
- Excellent price/quality ratio.
- The console cannot read heart rate;
- The chain may jump off its gears if you do not maintain a correct rowing form. However, this can easily be remedied by removing the chain cover and placing the chain back on the gears.
Stamina X Air Rower 35-1412 Review Summary
The Stamina X Air Rower 35-1412 is a machine designed for home use. Even though it doesn’t offer the standards of a commercial-grade rower, it still is an excellent machine for cardio training and a full-body workout.
You can be sure that it will put your arms, forearms, deltoids, upper and lower back, quads, calves, flexors, and core abs to the test. It can also serve as an excellent machine for interval training. It offers solid construction, and overall, great value for the price.
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