As with all WaterRower rowing machines, the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine is a beautiful and expertly crafted piece of exercise equipment. This model is made from solid Ash wood and stained with black and rose stains with a Danish oil finish. It bears repeating that this is a great looking machine but as a bonus, the Ash, a premium hardwood, is doing double duty as it absorbs vibration and sound while you’re working out.
Add on to that the resistance that is created by the flywheel paddles moving through the water in the enclosed tank and you get a very ergonomic, natural-feeling workout. You regulate the resistance by how hard and fast you row. It’s able to handle a user weight of up to 1000 lbs (wow) and featuring an S4 Performance monitor that helps track your progress, the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine is one of the best rowing machines you can buy.
WaterRower designed this rowing machine for the heavy, everyday use of a fitness club, adding the dual black rails that reduce the appearance of scuffs and wear. That said, it looks great in any environment including the home and it doesn’t have any features that a novice couldn’t enjoy.
Its assembly is extremely easy and the overall use of the rower is very simple. Finally, the machine’s frame flips upright and is easy to relocate or store when not in use.
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Product: WaterRower Club Rowing Machine w/ S4 Monitor (wood is available in different colors)
Warranty: Frame 5 years / 3 years parts
My rating: 9.5/10
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WaterRower Resistance and Drive
While many might think the Water Rower Club rowing machine doesn’t have adjustable resistance, they are wrong. The fitness Club rowing machine allows you to adjust your resistance in two different methods. It simulates the actual rowing where the resistance varies by the speed of the boat and the force applied.
So the harder you row, the more resistance you get. It’s called self-regulating resistance provided by the water tank and flywheel. Your other option is to add more water inside the tank which is not ideal during the workout and it makes more sense to simply pull harder.
There are multiple lines on the tank with explanations to help you better understand the resistance and the level of water you need.
The two paddles “water flywheel” in the tank of water provide a smooth and relatively quiet resistance so the rest of the family can rest when you feel like rowing. It has a very simple mechanism without the motor/fan or wearing parts which leads to years of a maintenance-free workout.
To keep the water clean, there are Chlorine tablets included with the purchase to use every six months. But you can also change the water if you want, there is also a manual water pump to help you add and remove the water. Make sure to read the manual to see how much water in the WaterRower you need to add. But what is really nice about this system is the non-jerky feel and the unlimited resistance.
The stronger and faster you are, the S4 flywheel rowing machine will offer you more tension. The recoil belt and pullies are some of the most durable in the market. WaterRower Club with S4 monitor pullies and belt don’t require oiling and last long but it’s good to inspect them from time to time. For instance, keep reading the WaterRower rowing machine review.
WaterRower S4 monitor allows you to track your distance in meters, miles, and km, time, calories burnt, and stroke rate and the number of strokes taken. The S4 monitor provides you with a real-time Watts reading. Rowing machine watts/intensity is important feedback during a workout, especially for the Peak workouts.
The S4 is capable of showing your intensity in six ways. Mile per second, Mph, 500 meter split time, 2-kilometer split time, calory per hour and watts.
Using the Unit button on the monitor you can choose which one of these intensity types to be displayed during the workout. Water Rower Club rowing machine doesn’t have the Bluetooth connection and it’s not an interactive rowing machine. But it receives your heart rate from the Polar chest straps.
The S4 rower rowing machine monitor has the workout program button that allows you to set a program using distance or time. If you are ready in the correct rowing machine form and want to do 1000 meter rowing or 30 minutes rowing exercise, the monitor allows you to do so. but that’s not all.
The WaterRower series 4 monitor also allows you to set up to 9 intervals. You can also store your desired workouts but you can’t track your progress and you need to manually write them down at the end of each workout.
You can track your heart rate through WaterRower S4 heart rate monitor wirelessly but as far as the wireless connection goes, that’s it. WaterRower heart rate monitor/strap is not included so you need to buy a Polar belt separately if you don’t have one.
S4 Performance Monitor Features:
- Displays intensity in a number of measurements including:
- Stroke rate
- Heart rate
- QuickStart and QuickSelect options allow single button use in order to quickly start workouts.
- AutoStore and AutoPreview options store the last nine (9) workout settings that are easily scrollable for easy recall and viewing.
- Zone and ZoneBar features allow you to set your intensity, stroke rate, and heart rate zones. The feature tracks and tells you when you are inside or outside your zones.
- Distance and duration workout feature allows you to preset and counts down your workout. Average statistics are displayed upon completion.
- Interval workout option allows you to set up to nine (9) work intervals separated by rest durations. Alarms and statistics prompt you at the end of intervals.
- The advanced monitor settings allow you to:
- Store an additional nine (9) workout setting independent of the AutoStore.
- Projected settings allow you to view anticipated duration and distance during workouts.
- Advanced heart rate analysis lets you view maximum rates, time spent above, below and in your heart rate zone.
The S4 water rowing machine is not a fold up rowing machine, it also can’t be separated into half like Concept2 Model D. But the Water Rower Club S4 rowing machine storage shouldn’t be an issue for those with small floor space.
Because after your cardio rowing machine workout you can lift up the rower from the back and store it upright. This way it takes very little space and stays out of the way when it’s not being used.
The frame of this handcrafted rower is made of Ash wood which is incredibly durable. Featuring hand finished Danish oil and urethane definitely add to the durability in all environments including humidity.
Last but not least, the WaterRower Club has a manufacturer recommended maximum weight capacity of 1000 pounds which is extremely unique.
Designed for Gym use, everyone can enjoy the WaterRower S4 cardio rowing machine benefits regardless of weight and fitness level. Read about other parts down below in the Club WaterRower rowing machine reviews.
Handlebar and Seat
The WaterRower Club has an ergonomically shaped handle which is different and is bigger than the C2. It’s not a round shape handlebar like most conventional rowers but has more of an oval shape. It fits behind the fingers comfortably and can prevent painful blisters.
So, it makes your daily rowing machine workout more enjoyable. The seat on this rowing machine unit has four well-made corner wheels that increase seat stability. But what is nice about the seat is the height of it, it’s not leveled with the footrests.
When seated your feet are in a bit of a decline position so it’s similar to boat rowing which adds more intensity so you would also a get rowing machine toning workout. The top of the seat stands about 12″ above the ground which is perfect for most users including those with little balance.
The seat is molded and comfortable so you probably also wouldn’t need the seat cover if you buy this rowing machine. If you do decide to use a rowing machine seat cushion for extra comfort, we recommend the Skwoosh Row Pad Seat Cushion. They fit on the water rower machine seat and some users believe the gel pad can make a huge difference.
Doing the Club S4 rowing machine workouts, there is little to no impact on your lower body joints. The footrests are designed with the correct angle and perfect distance between foot so there is no pressure on your ankles.
There is about 5″ distance between the footrests of the WaterRower Club S4 which is convenient for most users. Footrests are up and down adjustable to accommodate users with small and large feet. The two top strap covers are adjustable and wide to cover your shoes and keep them secured in place during rowing workout.
Mentioned in the best commercial rowing machine reviews, the Water Rower Club S4 footrest are truly comfortable as long as you wear shoes and don’t row bare feet.
WaterRower Shipping and Assembly
As far as the assembly goes, following the WaterRower Club rowing machine instructions, you should be able to put this rower together in less than 50 minutes.
You don’t need extra tools or technicians to help you assemble the WaterRower indoor rowing machine. There is a WaterRower assembly instruction in 3D on YouTube that will show you step by step how to assemble your Water Rower Club rowing machine.
Along with the Allen wrench, you will also receive two WaterRower chlorine tablets. They are to be used every 6 months to keep the water free of algae. Don’t use bleach to clean the water!
- Height: 20 in (50.8 cm)
- Width: 22.25 in (56.52 cm)
- Length: 82.25 in (208.9 cm)
- Item weight: 66.5 lbs (30.2 kg)
- Rower with full water tank: 103.5 lbs (47 kg)
Maintenance and Warranty
WaterRower Club rowing machine parts are solid and maintenance free. This commercial rowing machine doesn’t have a chain to require oiling etc. You need to look after the rowing machine water and that should be all but it it doesn’t hurt to use the Allen wrench every 6 months and see if the bolts are tight.
You might need to tighten the WaterRower Club bungee cord sometimes and we suggest you check the Club S4 rowing machine manual for it. The Club S4 ergonomic rowing machine by WaterRower has one year warranty which is extendable to three warranty if you registered this best rowing machine home use within the first year after purchase.
Being a U.S based and owned company they offer good support. If you need to send the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor for impairment, you will have to pay for one way shipping and they send it back to you at their expense.
Note! If you keep the Water Rower Club Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor where your toddler can access, it’s good to use a bungee to secure the seat. To prevent accidents and also to keep the dust off the rower, you can use a rowing machine cover.
- The natural feel of water rowing
- Polar chest strap connectivity
- Made in the U.S.
- Easy to store after use
- Adjustable water resistance system
- Durable commercial quality frame and parts
- Ergonomic handlebars and footrests
- Comfortable and ergonomic seat
- Low-profile for those with less balance
- Good warranty
- 38″ Max user inseam and 1000 pound weight capacity
- Allows you to create up to 9 intervals
- Stores your customized programs
- The LCD Monitor is not Backlit.
- Doesn’t have Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity.
WaterRower Club Rowing Machine Summary
Club rower is the real water rowing machine that has everything you would expect from the best water rowing machine. Buying this WaterRower machine, you will be pleased with how quiet and smooth the exercise is. Not to mention the sound is way less than air-resistance rowers and way more pleasant.
Water Rower Club indoor rowing machine comes with 3 years of warranty that covers parts and 5 years for the frame so you don’t have to worry if the tank leaks or the strap break which is unlikely.
Water Rower support is based in the US and they are pretty helpful and fast in solving customer issues. Just make sure to register your rower after the purchase to extend the warranty.
Mentioned in many best water rowing machine reviews, the Club rower with S4 performance monitor is completely handcrafted in the U.S. using the US labor and materials. The wood is harvested from replenishable forests which makes the user feel good because it’s environmentally friendly.
The quality of this natural rowing machine is proven by 1000 pound user weight capacity. If you are interested in joining apps online, you can get the WaterRower S4 monitor upgrade which enables you to workout with other users in real time.
Another good feature is the parts availability. Reputable brands such as the WaterRower will always provide you with the parts and support. We would recommend the Club rowing machine water rower to anyone who wants to do home rowing machine workout and invest in their health.
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