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Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Review

The majority of rowing machines offer a single handle connected to some form of resistance – a chain connected to a large fan for example. This type of rowing means that you could easily be pulling more with one arm than the other.

The Stamina Body Trac 1050 rowing machine is different as is has two independent rowing arms. This makes it much more like sculling in a “real” boat where you manage one oar in each hand.

Does this unusual feature mean that the budget-friendly Stamina Body Trac 1050 deserves a place in your home gym?

Type and Model

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050’s independent arms use hydraulics to provide resistance. Built on a steel frame with an aluminium centre beam, this machine is strong and lightweight. Ideal for use in smaller exercise spaces, the Body Trac Glider 1050 is 58.25” long, 42.5” wide and 18.125” high and can easily be stood on its’ end when not in use.

Being a home-use machine, some assembly on delivery is required but this is easy and should take no more than 30-minutes. The Body Trac Glider 1050 comes with a one-year frame and 90-day parts warranty and is rated for users up to 250 lbs.

Features and Functions

Home use budget rowing seldom come loaded with lots of functions and features and the Body Trac Glider 1050 is no different. That being said, while it’s not overloaded with bells and whistles, it does provide most of the things you need for a good workout in the comfort of your own home. The main features are:

  • Unique independent arm action
  • Wide, moulded, padded seat for comfort
  • Adjustable independent hydraulic resistance
  • Quiet, smooth action
  • Oversized footplates fitted with adjustable nylon straps
  • Padded foam hand grips
  • Performance monitor that measures exercise time, stroke count, and calories

Price and Value

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 offers an unusual rowing experience because it mimics sculling in a rowing boat. You’d be forgiven for thinking that such a unique feature would mean this machine costs more than a standard type of rowing machine. However, the Body Trac Glider 1050 is good value for money.

Like any budget machine, it’s important to remember that you get what you pay and the Body Trac Glider 1050 is simply-equipped but, it’s safe to say if you want a duel-arm action rowing machine suitable for home use that is compact and reasonably priced, the Body Trac Glider 1050 is worth your consideration.

Hydraulic resistance rowing machines are not without their critics and some users report that the resistance is not heavy enough or can decrease over time. However, unless you are especially strong, these are not major concerns.

Final Thoughts on the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

If you would like to experience the feel of sculling in a real boat without having to venture out onto the water or spend a fortune to do it, the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 indoor rower is certainly worth your consideration. While definitely a basically-equipped, budget rowing machine, this rower represents good value for money and will help you get fit and lose weight in the comfort and privacy of your own home.