RW500 Rower- Review

Introduction:

Would you like to invest your money in a fitness machine that can target 85% of the muscles in your body within the comfort of your house? Presenting you with the RW500 Rower, that will take exercising to a whole new level. It is one of the top-selling rowers and for good reason.

Top 5 Specs:

  • This sleek machine has Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR), which means that magnetic resistance is created without any friction to the flywheel. This causes less wear on the system. This increases its durability.
  • The 26 preset Digital Resistance Levels gives you an option to choose according to your requirements. Also, 30 preset rowing programs are in-built and can be used without Wifi.

  • It comes with a 5-inch display which is bright and easy to use. You can sync with iFit and the metrics will show up on the tablet. The metrics include Current 500m Split/Average 500m split, calories burnt per hour, strokes per minute, time and distance covered.
  • Its Space saver design makes it compact to store after the workout session as it folds up. The front-mounted wheels underneath help in moving of the machine so that the living space is not crowded.
  • You can sync your phone via Bluetooth or through Aux cables to play music while you row away.

Other Specifications:

Seating, Pedals & Handle:

It has a steel track with soft moulded seat and ergonomic pedals with nylon straps. The track is long and the seat glides smoothly, without any friction.

The pedals have moulded plastic overlay that covers a solid surface underneath. This provides foot support while allowing for some flex side to side to reduce tension in the ankles and feet. The maximum seating capacity is 250lbs.

The handle is cushioned for a comfortable yet tight grip that allows for longer rowing sessions with cramps or fatigue.

The machine can be assembled by one person, the major attachments being the seat and the monitor.

Flywheel:

The flywheel is inertia enhanced which provides for a smooth stroke. Every time you pull, the recovery is also gentle as the flywheel evenly pulls the handle back to the original position. The user experiences no jerks on the way.

A little bit of noise is created when air moves through the fan, but this is the case with all rowers in the market. To make less noise you can adjust the flow of air resistance.

Bonus Content:

The 10-inch Portal 10i Tablet that comes with 1-year iFit Membership, where the user can enjoy numerous videos of rowing classes and outdoor routes curated by world-class trainers. This membership is not only restricted to rowing but also provides other pieces of training like yoga and kick-boxing. It also provides tracking and sharing options, food and sleep recommendations as well.

The first year is free. This gives the user an edge to assess the content of the videos, before committing to a subscription.

Warranty:

It comes with a 10-year frame warranty, 2-year parts warranty, and 1-year labour warranty, which proves its commitment to serve the customers better.

Conclusion:

Rowing can be a fruitful all body workout if one knows the right product to purchase and if one is willing to pay a particular amount for getting all the benefits right at home. The RW500 comes as a great deal package if you go through its specifications. It’s you who has to decide whether you want more of a residential rowing machine with multiple features for losing weight, burning calories and curbing the extra flabs, or a serious rower for commercial use.…

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NORDICTRACK S22I AND PELOTON

WHICH ONE SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT PURCHASE?

When you look for an exercise bike, there are tons of options and alternatives in the market, however, there are two most widely known when looking for an equipped bike, namely, NordicTrack S22i and the Peloton.

Before getting into which one is a better purchase for you, let’s go through the features of the two:

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NORDICTRACK S22I:

  1. FOOTPRINT: 55 inches long and 21.9 inches wide.
  2. FRAME:  Steel
  3. RESISTANCE: 24- step digitally-controlled magnetic resistance system
  4. INCLINE FEATURE AVAILABLE: yes
  5. CONSOLE FEATURES:22 inches high definition touch screen
  6. Interactive classes via iFit
  7. Build-in speakers
  8. Fan available
  9. Google map features with Route availability
  10. ROTATING CONSOLE AVAILABLE: yes
  11. TOE CAGE PEDALS AVAILABLE: yes

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PELOTON:

  1. FOOTPRINT: 48 inches long and 24 inches wide.
  2. FRAME: Steel
  3. RESISTANCE: Manually controlled magnetic resistance system
  4. INCLINE FEATURE AVAILABLE: No
  5. CONSOLE FEATURES:
  6. 22 inches high definition touch screen
  7. Interactive trainer-led classes
  8. Bluetooth availability
  9. Build-in speakers
  10. ROTATING CONSOLE AVAILABLE: no
  11. TOE CAGE PEDALS: No

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SIMILARITIES BETWEEN NORDICTRACK S22I AND PELOTON:

  • The footprints of both the bikes are quite similar in structure and width.
  • The frame of NordicTrack s22i and Peloton are both made up of high-quality steel, so both are very sturdy in that aspect.
  • The resistance systems of NordicTrack s22i and Peloton are once again very similar to each other, both use very strong magnets that move towards and away from a metal flywheel for pedaling.
  • Both NordicTrack s22i and Peloton have high definition displays and quality speakers.
  • NordicTrack s22i and Peloton are equipped with virtual instructors.

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN NORDICTRACK S22I AND PELOTON:

  • While the Footprints, frame, and Resistance System of the s22i and Peloton are the same, how the adjustments take place between these two is the main difference:

In NordicTrack s22i there is a 24-step digital controller that adjusts when you press buttons on the handlebars or via the touch screen.

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It also includes the Incline feature which allows 20% incline and 10% decline.

In Peloton, the physical knob on the frame of the bike adjusts the resistance by rotating them and the magnets move with the flywheel.

It does not include the incline feature.

  • The key difference between NordicTrack s22i and Peloton is their consoles,

While in NordicTrack s22i the resistance and incline settings of the bike are controlled by the trainer digitally.

As far as Peloton is considered the adjustments are manual, in addition to which effective training classes are available all day long at any time of the year, although they are not free.

  • NordicTrack s22i has an amazing feature of Google Maps that allows you to have a bike ride to any of your desired destinations, not only this, but the bike will also alter the elevation and resistance for you to enjoy the sceneries in your way.
  • The NordicTrack s22i has a rotating console that provides a means for users to continue their other workout by getting off the bike.

While the Peloton bike lacks the same.

CONCLUSION:

From the above, one might think of opting NordicTrack s22i but the Peloton also has a huge fan base for their training classes that tend to make you ignore all the shortcomings and are worth paying for.

However, it’s difficult to ignore the exciting features of the NordicTrack s22i.

Whichever bike you invest in will be useful in contributing to your workout experience.…

Best Leg Press Machines

Introduction:

If you call yourself a gym enthusiast or a fitness freak, then you realize that only doing upper body workout won’t suffice. Lower body and especially leg workout is equally important for developing strong and well-defined legs. And since half of our body’s mass consists of quadriceps, calves, thighs and buttocks, proper leg workout becomes essential.

Leg press machines can be either vertical or horizontal with varying weights. It completely depends on how much weight the legs willing to take, because you would like to avoid a permanent leg injury as well.

Vertical leg presses are done while lying on your back with a comfort back pad (often angled around 7 degrees) and pressing a platform loaded with weights directly above you. Such machines are smaller in size with fewer components. And because you are pushing against gravity, fewer plates will do the work.

Horizontal leg presses are done either when you are completely upright or with a supporting angle of 45 degrees. It commonly consists of a cable and pulley set up. These are huge in sizes and might be difficult to put up in your home gym.

Having stated the above, let’s look at some of the best options available to us out in the market.

Best Vertical Leg Press Machines:

Powerline Vertical Leg Press

This machine fits for a small gym at home and has a sturdy alloy steel construction.

It comes with a thick back pad so that your back doesn’t suffer a major impact. Also, the specialized neck and head pad aim for a comfortable position.

The weight limit is 400lbs which is sufficient for beginners and there is plenty of room for growth.

You will have to buy your weights.

Titan Fitness Leg Press Machine

Known for their superior quality and affordable price, this is a sturdy machine and a best one at that.

This machine takes the stress off your back and shoulders allowing you to focus only on those areas you want to train.

There are three weight posts which provide for easy loading and unloading and the footplate is adjustable.

Maximum weight capacity is 400lbs but using it in conjunction with squats can work wonders for your legs.

It has a big neck pad as well, protecting your spine.

Best Horizontal Leg Press Machines:

Body-Solid Leg Press & Hack Squat Machine

It is one of the most budget-friendly machines which includes the weight plates.

It works wonders on the gluteus muscles, the calves, and quads while easing tension on the joints and bones.

It also doubles as a hack squat, so you can make the best of leg workouts.

It has a quad track roller which glides easily while working out and distributes weight evenly.

4-inches thick padding is used which aims for utmost comfort. Diamond plate footing is an advantage which helps in better usage.

Body Craft Hip Sled and Leg Press

As sleek as it looks, it is a hip and leg press device, that allows calf raises and hack squats.

It has a capacity of 1000 lbs. and so safety becomes a priority.

The pad eliminates spinal compression while protecting the lower back throughout the entire exercise.

It is a bit pricey but if it last long then you may end up saving money.

It also offers a lifetime warranty.

Assembling it might be a hassle.

Conclusion:

These are some of the best options available in the market but as a consumer, you need to understand what works for you as you need to keep in mind about

  1. Budget, as to get the best you need to spend a little more than pocket change.
  2. Space. If the area for the equipment is small, then you should think of buying compact ones.
  3. Read all the available reviews for the product of your choosing. It may help to refine your decision.