LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine

The RW1000 Rowing Machine by LifeSpan Fitness was a recipient of the 2008 Gear Awards Seal of Excellence, which for some people is enough to give the product credibility as a high-quality fitness machine.

The RW1000 Rowing Machine works just like any other rowing machine in that it simulates actual rowing activity that gives you a full body workout targeting the arms, legs, and core.

It currently sells for roughly $500 on Amazon and stands at a 4 out of 5 stars user rating.

Among the features of the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine are 16.5-pound flywheel, 5 resistance levels, magnetic brake resistance, and a 3-LCD console that tracks and displays time, distance, calories burned, number of strokes, etc.

The RW1000 Rowing Machine also uses a no-slack retrieval system which ensures that the rowing straps are always tight. The machine has a footprint of 87” x 19” x 23” in length, width, and height, and with folded dimensions of 34” x 19” x 64” (L x W x H). The RW1000 Rowing Machine has a maximum user weight capacity of 300 pounds.


–       The LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine is easy to assemble, with a lot of users saying it only took minutes to put the whole thing together.

–       This rowing machine has a compact design and footprint, and can be foldable for storage, which makes it a great choice for those who have limited space in their home or apartment.

–       The LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine operates smoothly and quietly. One user said he uses his unit at his condo without any of the neighbors complaining, unlike when he was using treadmills.

–       Many reported using the RW1000 Rowing Machine by LifeSpan Fitness for 8 months to 2 and a half years without experiencing any problems in terms of functionality.


–       One user said that if you have small feet, you might have difficulties keeping your feet secured in the straps.

–       According to some users, the calorie count display seems to be inaccurate. This is a minor downside, but may be important to those who really want to track the calories they burn with every workout.

–       One user said the front part of the machine tends to lift and slam down on the floor if you don’t pull the handlebars almost perfectly horizontal, making the machine forward and back a bit while you’re working out.


Out of the 17 Amazon customer reviews posted for the LifeSpan Fitness RW1000 Rowing Machine, 10 gave the product a perfect rating of 5 stars. It seems to be a solidly built machine, thanks to the solid steel frame, and users say riding it feels stable and sturdy.

The price tag on the RW1000 Rowing Machine may be a tad higher from the other rowing machines in the $150-200 range, but user reviews show that the $450-500 you’ll spend on this one is worth it.

LifeSpanFitness offers a warranty of 5 years for the frame, 2 years for parts and components, and 1 year for labor.