Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine Reviews

Lifecore R88 Rowing Machine

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  • Folding rowing machine for the house with mixture of air and magnetic resistance
  • Eight levels of push-button resistance; racing program
  • Recovery program works with optional heart rate chest strap
  • Large LCD console display; 300-pound maximum weight per person
  • Lifetime guarantee on body; 2 years on components

Expand your home exercise expertise with the Lifecore R88 Rower. The massive LCD Computer display permits you to monitor your training session with ease. eight levels of magnetic resistance, race programs and an optional chest strap are just some of the options that make the R88 a top quality, worthwhile training device in your fitness schedule. Nicely priced, the Lifecore R88 rowing machine offers an excellent club-quality, whole-body exercise in your own home. The R88 features a combination of air and

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  1. 61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simple Machine that Provides a Great Total Body Workout, October 23, 2009
    By 
    George Miller
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    Background: I have severe arthritis in my knee and can no longer perform exercises that impact the joint (even lengthy walks) without experiencing considerable pain. After using Lifecore Fitness’ excellent 900 RB recumbent bike for the past 8 months, for a low impact good cardio workout, I recently purchased the company’s R88 rower to exercise upper body muscles and provide an alternative to the bike. The rower was easy to assemble and took approximately 1/2 hour. The instructions are clearly written and well illustrated.

    Using the Rower: This machine is very easy to use. The first two days I limited my moderately paced workouts to 20 minutes on resistance setting #2. (Note: Most product descriptions — including Amazon’s — state that the R88 has 8 resistance settings but this model only has 6 resistance settings, which is clearly specified on the shipping box and manual.) After two days I felt a pleasant soreness throughout my body (legs, abdomen, arms, chest, shoulders, back, and butt), which told me that this machine really delivers. Using this machine provides a more intense cardio workout than the recumbent bike.

    Pros: The R88 rower is simple, solid, compact,very well constructed, easy to operate, and smooth. I’d compare the build quality and operation to that of driving a base model Mercedes Benz with a manual transmission. The rower’s resistance settings (changed easily by turning a dial) will accomodate almost everybody’s fitness level. The seat bottom is firmer than that of the RB 900 bike, which is too soft. The unit folds up and can be rolled into a relatively small storage space.

    Cons: These are minor but worth mentioning. First, the monitor is not as well illuminated as shown by the company’s advertising pictures. To clearly see all display info, a light (overhead or behind your shoulder) is recommended during workouts. Second, when folded for storage, the machine’s wheels do not roll very easily on carpet. Third, while the flywheel fan provides a welcome breeze and cooling effect, the fan is pretty noisy especially under hard rowing.

    Conclusion: Investing $699 for this quality rowing machine was a no brainer. The R88 is fun to use and provides an outstanding, impact free, total body workout. My arthritic knee is painfree afterwards. The extra features offered by the R99 rower($200 more)seem like a waste of money. NOTE: I will update my review of Lifecore Fitness’ R88 Rowing Machine in a few months. G Miller — Phx. AZ

    January 2012 Update: Sorry for taking so long to update my review of this rower. I am still very satisfied with the R88 machine and it continues to function flawlessly. Since I purchased the rower, I have tried out other machines both more and less expensive. For the money, especially at the new lower price, I can’t see how this one can be beat. The only additional con that I can add is that the monitor goes through alkaline batteries much faster than I would like.

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  2. 23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Buy Concept2, February 26, 2012
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    Dirk L. Dunlap, Jr. (New Canaan, CT USA) –

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    This is a decent rower. If it cost $400, it wouldn’t be an issue. However, the seat is high, relative to the foot pedals, so you end up working your arms and back much more then legs. I was used to a Concept2 at the gym and did not feel like this was in the same league. I returned it and bought a Concept2 for $200 more and couldn’t be happier. There is a reason Concept2 owns the space.

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  3. 16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    R88 Rowing Machine: Good Workout, March 3, 2011
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    The R88 is the best choice for rowers under $1,000. The combination of air and magnetic resistance is a great design. There are six resistance selections on the R88, not eight as described. The first and lowest selection is air resistance only, and the air coming through the vent will keep you cool. The display could be updated as the background screen is a dull gray. Initially, my rower wasn’t counting the strokes or distance (you can set it to count the strokes down from a set number or count up). I called Lifecore tech support and they said the sensors (there are two) near the fan wheel probably got loose during shipping. They suggest I pop the outer shell loose to check the sensor, and I did. The wires and sensor seemed secure but whatever I did made it work. The only critique I have is about the way the foot pads are mounted; I wished the foot pads would be almost level with the frame instead of lower. You are more in a sitting position than a laying position when in the “recovery” position or the stretched-out position. I guess the angle simulates the position in a real row boat. Also, I had to put some thread lock on the acorn nuts that hold the plastic foot pads on the metal rod they pivot on, as the right side kept getting loose from the pivoting of the foot pad. I think a C-clip would work better. The frame and seat (firmly cushioned) are nice and wide and will support any size body. The handle is permanently fixed to the flat strap that spins the fan; I wish there were optional accessory handles that allow a wide grip or a narrow vertical grip handle to work different back muscle groups. Overall, I am glad I purchased this rower because it is nice and solid and will add variety to your workout. I like to mix this in between running and cycling; diversity in a fitness program is very important, and the R88 provides that element.

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