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Lifegear Magnetic Tension Rower Review

by The Review CrewJuly 29, 2010

Lifegear is known for making decent low end exercise equipment for the casual user and weekend warrior. So why they decided to get into the rowing machine market with the Lifegear Magnetic Rower at a mid-level budget is something I’m still trying to figure out.

I don’t want to sound like I’m totally bashing the Lifegear Rower, but it makes me wonder what they were thinking when they jumped right into the middle of the market with a rower priced very close to, say, the Bodycraft vr100 and not offer consumers more for their money?

Lifegear Magnetic Tension Rower Key Features and Benefits

Extra-large LCD screen provides scan, distance, time, speed, calorie and pulse readouts
Extra-long handle provides an easy reach and grip
Air and magnetic braking system features an 8-level tension knob
Comfortable, molded rower seat cushion
Built-in transportation wheels
Folds for easy storage

The other thing that strikes me as odd about the Lifegear Rower is that it’s sold through the Walmart store online.

Walmart isn’t known for carrying mid-level merchandise like the Lifegear rowing machine because it doesn’t appeal to their bargain basement shopper’s mentality of, “I only buy the cheapest one I can find”.

Anyway, the Lifegear has a solid set of features like a large LCD screen that will allow you to track distance, speed, calories, time and your pulse rate. It also has a good long glide rail that should accommodate taller users without too much trouble.

In the end, the Lifegear tries to be a poor mans Bodycraft vr100 rower. You may save a few bucks on it, but it’s not worth getting a bargain on a mediocre machine when you could have a great rower for a few bucks more.

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