Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Rower Review

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The technologies have become more affordable and now are starting to shape the fitness world. Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Rowing Machine is the start of a budget rowing machine that incorporates new tech to help more end users. 

As this is a new product, launched in early 2019, we wanted to see the new “toy” from Fitness Reality. This is a new rower in a market that is already dominated by Stamina and Sunny & Heath. This made us curious and started to dig for more info. 

About the manufacturer, you may think that this is a new company that popped up from nowhere. But no, it has more than 10 years of experience in sports. And they succeed with Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Rowing Machine to become one of the best-sold products on Amazon. 

But let’s take the rower piece by piece and see why it’s ranking so well. 

Delivery and Assembly

As every order starts with a wait, the package will be received in 3-4 days since the order has been made. The size of the received package is comparable with the box of other rowers. 

It is a little bit heavier because it has the spinning wheel that is made out of metal.

The package that contains the Fitness Reality 1000 Plus weighs almost 80 pounds. Therefore, a friend to help you carry the box back to your house will be welcomed. 

Just after starting unpacking, you will see that there are not so many parts to put together. There are just a few steps that must be followed to assemble the rower. First of all, check to see if there are any damaged parts. It’s possible that during transportation the package is dropped or shaken.  This can damage some parts of the rower. 

The next step is to start assembling all the received parts. It’s not as easy as if you were buying something from Ikea 🙂 It will take some time, but no more than 30 – 40 minutes. The tricky part will be to insert those two big bolts in the bottom holes for the footpads. 

Maybe that friend that helped you carry the package can help you lift the rowing machine. 

Except for this, you should not encounter any other issues. And also, the instructions within the manual are explanatory and easy to understand. 

To make it even easier, all parts are labeled and all the tools necessary for this operation are included. Even 4 AA batteries. Isn’t that great!?

Dimensions and Folding

Now that you have finished the assembly of the Fitness Reality 1000 Rowing Machine you can see that it doesn’t need a lot of space. Even with the extra pedals that have been added for upper body workout, the total space occupied is 88.5” L x 21.5” W x 21.5” H.

Also, the rower has an option to train the upper body (we will talk about this in a little bit). Because of this, you can’t stick the front of the rowing machine against the wall. You will see this in the next chapters.

It’s easy to store it. It has the feature to be folded and stored after your training is done. This operation is done very easily by following only 3 steps:

  1. Unscrew the locking knob and remove the safety pin;
  2. Raise the seat rail in a vertical position;
  3. Put back the knob and safety pin;

itness Reality 1000 Plus folded

Now, that is vertically packed, it’s occupying only half of the initial space. To be more accurate and to be easier for you to picture it, its dimensions are 39.5 x 21.5 x 53.5 inches. 

After you fold it, you can move it using the built-in wheels and store it wherever you have the place. 

Resistance

As you’ve already seen, Fitness Reality 1000 Rowing Machine is using a magnetic resistance system. 

But how does this work? It’s relatively simple. 

The system that is creating resistance for pulling, is using a spinning wheel.  This wheel is made out of metal and has magnets around it. The action will start at the first pull of the handle. The wheel will spin between the magnets and will create the drag force. 

If the magnets are closer to the spinning will, the felt resistance will be higher. In other words, the closer the magnets are to the wheel, the higher the resistance you feel. It’s that simple!

The type of resistance is called “adjustable”. This is because you adjust the resistance from a knob. 

You can see how it’s working in the below video:

What does this mean? 

This adjustable resistance is not about the pace you have. It’s more about having the same level of resistance during your entire training. In this way, even if your pace is slower, you get the same resistance when you pull the handlebar.

The other type of resistance is the “variable” one. This is used by the air rowing machines where the spinning wheel is using air to create the drag.

Advantages

What are the advantages of using a magnetic resistance? 

The first advantage will be the sound that is made by the rower. Better said, the lack of noise. 

The absence of friction between the spinning wheel and the magnets means that the resistance mechanism of Fitness Reality 1000 Plus is not producing that “woosh” sound. 

This kind of resistance mechanism is suitable for apartments. In this way, the neighbors and your kids won’t be disturbed by your workout. 

Another advantage of the magnetic system is that you can adjust the resistance by turning a knob or pressing a button. The felt resistance will be the same the entire time. 

Why is this good? It’s very good to strengthen your muscle mass or your ligaments. Having the same resistance and vary only the pace will impact your muscle mass. It will not be just cardio and endurance.

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus resistance

However,  there are some downsides regarding magnetic resistance. The first one is that it doesn’t exactly mimic the feeling of rowing on water. For this type of mimicry, the best are the water-resistance rowers or the air resistance rowers.

Secondly, if you are a fan of Crossfit training or HIIT, these magnetic rowing machines are not really suitable. This is because the resistance is the same regardless of your pace.

Technical Details and Specification

 

  • Assembled dimensions: 88.5L x 21.5W x 21.5H inches 
  • Assembled weight: 78 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 250 lbs 
  • Frame: Steel
  • Footrests: Pivoting, with straps
  • Resistance type: Magnetic, 14 levels
  • Fitness computer:  3. 5” LCD, Time, distance, calories, strokes, and strokes per minute
  • Warranty: Frame 1 years / Parts 90 days / Wearable Parts 90-Days

Using Fitness Reality 1000 Plus rowing machine

The Fitness Reality 1000 Plus is one of the Amazon Best Seller products in Amazon’s Fitness category. And this speaks for itself about the users’ opinions about this rowing machine. 

As we all know, technology is evolving and it can be included in every aspect of our daily life, such as in a rowing machine.

We have already become “addicted” to our mobiles. Having this in mind, the people from Fitness Reality asked themselves: why not use it? 

So, now we can take our addiction into consideration. And the question pops, why not get a rowing machine where you can track all your activity on your mobile? This will be more fun and create more exciting workouts.

For sure this is a deal-breaker. Because with the same amount of money, you can buy a traditional rower or you can have one that has a dedicated app.

Let’s dive into what this rowing machine does

Additional exercises

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus additional exercices

Before starting with our classic info, we want to show you a new feature. Something that this Fitness Reality 1000 rower offers. Take it as a bonus. 

Ok, a rower is a rower. And we think that you already know that it’s a full-body workout. If you don’t know this yet, you must check this article. 

The bonus is that this rowing machine comes with extra footpads for additional exercises. And these footpads merged with the rower’s handlebar will help you do special exercises.  This way, you can work and isolate other muscle groups. 

What can you do? There are multiple exercises to choose from, such as curls, upright rows, standing shoulder press, front raises, shrugs, triceps extensions, bent over rows, and many more. 

For this, you will use the front part of the rowing machine by placing your feet on the footpads and using the handlebar. Not complicated.

The second question we want to ask ourselves sounded like this. Why is it necessary to have these extra workouts? 

Maybe your muscle legs are sore? Or do you feel that some muscle groups need more attention? You are the only one to decide if you want to use it. 

As an old saying goes: ‘Better to have and not need than to need and not have.” 🙂

Noise

Being a new product, they have worked a lot at the sound that the rower produces. Having a magnetic resistance the noise that the rotating wheel makes is close to none.

We can make a comparison with the air resistance rowers. They have that woosh sound that even your neighbors will hear it.

The resistance is magnetic. The drag that you feel in the handlebar is created by the magnets. Hence, the absence of noise. That is why you can listen to music or watch Netflix without increasing the sound on your Media Player.

Resistance

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Bluetooth Magnetic is equipped with 14 levels of resistance, you can choose from. Starting with the first five levels, the difference between the felt resistance is close to none. Because they are very close to each other. 

Starting with the 6th level, the rower will put you to work. 

It’s great for a budget rower to have so many resistance levels to choose from. There are some professional athletes who state that this rower may need greater resistance. This is true if you’re more a professional than an amateur user.  

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Resistance Knob

But how can you change the levels? This is very easy. The resistance levels of Fitness Reality 1000 Plus can be changed from the knob that is found under the tracking monitor. 

At the first use of the rower, we suggest testing the resistance levels. How do you do this? 

Start by selecting a low value. Let’s say level 3. From here, execute some complete strokes. Depending on how it feels go up or down on the resistance level. Repeat these steps until you find the proper resistance.

In addition, the seat rail can be adjusted. It can be inclined to create more pressure when you push.  And at the same time, it’s giving you a smoother return. The height of the seat rail can vary between 9.5″ to12.0″ high.

Overall, how does it feel when you are using this rower? We can tell you that the Fitness Reality team did a really good job for a budget rower. Every stroke is smooth and the lack of jerkiness is a really big plus. All strokes are smooth and quiet. 

Capacity

First, you must test the limits of any rower. This will be similar to how you choose your clothes measures. You need to try different sizes before you find the one that fits you best.

If you are taller or a little bit overweight, you need to check the limits of the equipment before buying it. There is no point to buy a specific rower if you can’t fully extend your legs.

What is the capacity of Fitness Reality 1000 Plus? The manufacturer recommends a maximum weight of 250 lbs. This value exceeds the average weight of people. So this limit will be perfect for many of you.

The maximum user height of the rower is also very decent. They specify that a person can have 6.6’. That means if you are below it, you can use the rower without any issues. 

Ok, for a rower, what matters is not the maximum height matters, but the inseam length. What inseam length means? Is the length of your legs and this will allow you to stretch without hitting the end of the rail. 

This rowing machine accepts a user with a maximum inseam of  39.0″. If you are below this length, you will be able to complete a full stroke easily.

Seat

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus SeatThe Fitness Reality 1000 Plus is equipped with a comfortable seat that gives you a comfortable position. So broad and too general. Let’s get into more details.

When talking about size, When talking about size, we can say that the rower’s seat is relatively large, measures 13.5 x 11 inches and it’s contoured. This makes your buttocks stay in one place and not slip. 

Also, the form of the seat is good for your high pace workouts. Its form prevents you from slipping.

If we take a look at the materials, these are soft and make the rower’s seat comfortable. Anyway, you can use a towel to cover the seat, because for sure you’ll sweat. But this happens always when you exercise, not specific when you are using this rower.

Nevertheless, the question that naturally pops here is: how you’ll feel it in the long runs?

 In longer sessions of rowing, all seats are uncomfortable, hard. Even the ones from Concept2. 

It’s like comparing sneakers. If you walk for a mile in a good pair of sneakers, it’s like you are stepping on fluffy clouds, but if you go further your feet will start hurting you. This will make you feel that you are walking on a cubical stone. The same happens with the seat. 

The second question is: why is it important to have a good seat? It’s simple. When you are sitting on it, your lower back will get all the pressure from the upper body. And more importantly, your lower back will act as a pivoting point when you are doing a stroke.

The Fitness Reality 1000 Plus seat does all of these. The seat supports your lower back and the good part is that the seat will prevent lower-back pains. This makes us say that it’s a good seat for a budget rower.

Handlebar and footrest

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus handlebar

Touch the handlebar and feel the quality materials that were used! These are good materials for the price of the Fitness Reality 1000 Plus rower.

Moreover, the handle is extra-wide, measuring 21.5″ long. Being that wide, this will help you change your hand positions when rowing. More importantly, it will help when you will do additional exercises.

And it offers you more. You will see that the handlebar is positioned higher in the central console, allowing you to extend your arm fully when doing a stroke. This is perfect for tall people. They have enough space to spread their arms naturally.

Let’s talk about foot pedals. The first thing noticed here is that the pedals are pivoting. Many of you love this option because it’s allowing a natural motion of the foot. All of these, without putting pressure on your ankle. 

The dimensions of the pedals are big enough to accommodate all foot sizes. There is no need to worry about this. The feet are fixed between a wide Velcro band and a guard heel. These will keep the feet fixed and they will not slip. 

Control Panel

It can be seen from a mile away that Fitness’ Reality 1000 Plus has a very basic monitor. And it is basic. It’s just showing you a few information about the workout:

  • Distance
  • Time
  • Total Count (strokes)
  • Calories Burned
  • Strokes/Minute

There is a single button to select what information to be shown on the monitor. And with the same button, you can select the “scan” option that will walk you through all the available modes. 

The control panel is powered by 4 AA batteries that are included in the package. To start the monitor, it’s very simple. Press the button or start rowing.

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus monitor

Speaking about the size of it, it’s regular and the info can be easily observed while rowing. Even in dim light, the displayed information can be seen on it.

Yes, it’s basic, as you will find this kind of monitor on other rowers that are in the same price range. But here comes the part where this Control Panel stands out.

MyCloudFitness App for IOS and Android

The difference is made by the MyCloudFitness App that can be installed on your smartphone. The app can be downloaded from the App Store for the iPhone or Google Play for Android devices.

By using the MyCloudFitness App the rower’s monitor becomes useless. As you can see in the photo, there is a mobile phone support which covers the rower’s monitor. 

The purpose of the app is to be used with the rower. And this is easy for you to do it. Download the app, create your profile, and enable the Bluetooth connection from your phone.

Now you just need to find it and pair it with the Fitness Reality 1000 rowing machine.

Why is it better to use the app and why it’s a plus? Because you will keep track of your workouts you do and you can set your goals. The best part about setting fitness goals is that they will make you push harder every time.

If you want to read more about how to set your goals you can read it here.

As you become better and reach your goals the app will congratulate you on every milestone. We are sure that this is the scope of it. To have fun and pass every challenge.

What goals can you select? You can choose between “Distance”, “Time” or “Calories burned”. Whichever suits you better. 

As not everything is peachy, there are also some things that need to be mentioned about the MyCloudFitness app. 

Unfortunately, with this app, you can’t include them. The given information about calories that you burned is just estimated. 

This is not perfect but for sure it’s a start. Also comparing it with other rowing machines in the same price range, having this app is a big bonus. And this is why many users loved it and bought this rower. 

Final thoughts 

Is it affordable?

Fitness Reality 1000 Plus extra 2

There are many good magnetic rowing machines on the market. They have similar builds or are using similar materials and are in the same price range. 

But Fitness Reality 1000 is delivered with the Bluetooth connection at the same price as other rowers. Normally you will pay more for Bluetooth connection, but here is not the case.

Users opinion

Many users praise and recommend this rowing machine. Even if it’s a new rower on the market, there are tons of good reviews. 

And definitely yes, everyone is happy that they can use their smartphone with a free app to track and see their progress.

“This machine exceeded my expectations. I’m a 69 yr. young woman and put this together myself. ”

 “Best feature is the app. I love that it connects to my machine and I can keep track of my weight, workout…”

Price

The price is what differentiates this rower from other rowing machines. Why? First, being affordable. Secondly, it’s built with reliable materials and it’s working as smoothly as possible.

And the final touch, the Bluetooth connectivity made Fitness Reality 1000 Plus Rower one of the bestselling rowing machines on the Amazon. 

Let’s not forget the additional exercises that you can perform.

The publisher verdict

For sure you should try Fitness Reality 1000 Plus as it’s one of the best rowing machines that you can find in this price range. And for sure, it’s competing with other rowers in an above price range. 

Maybe the close gap between the 14th levels of resistance is not enough for an experienced athlete, but for a beginner to a medium one, it’s more than enough.

But if you want to compare this rower with other rowers from the same price range you should check Sunny Health & Fitness  SF-RW5515 – another bestseller magnetic rowing machine.

Or maybe you want to take a look at a product that is in the next price range. And for this, we recommend  LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine.

Finally, the most important thing is that doesn’t matter what rowing machine you choose. Do sport and take care of your health!

Pro:

  • Competitive price
  • Monitoring Mobile App
  • Long Slide rail
  • Very quiet machine
  • Easy to assemble
  • Possibility for additional exercises

Cons:

  • Short warranty period
  • No pre-set workouts
  • Issues with the Bluethoot function

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