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Stamina InMotion Rower Review

Stamina has been making exercise equipment since the mid-1980s and the company ethos is to produce innovate but competitively priced exercise equipment. They make a comprehensive range of rowing machines but their budget model is the Stamina InMotion rower which is designed specifically for home use.

So, does the Stamina InMotion rower deserve a place in your home? Read on!

Type and Model

The Stamina InMotion Rower is a compact rowing machine that uses a hydraulic tube to provide resistance. Built on a strong steel frame, the InMotion rower has a single lever rowing arm which moves in an arc as you pull the handle toward you and extend your legs. The rower requires some assembly but this takes no more than 30-45 minutes and is quite easy.

Very compact and lightweight, the InMotion rower weighs only 27 lbs. and measures 56.5” long by 23.5” wide by 19” high making it large enough to fit most users but small and light enough that it can easily be put away when not in use. It can also be stood on its’ end so it takes up even less space in storage. It is suitable for short and tall exercisers and is rated for users weighing up to 250 lbs.

Features and Functions

Being a budget rower, the InMotion does not offer a lot of features but it does have almost everything you want to get a good workout in the comfort of your own home. It has:

  • Five different resistance settings
  • Smooth, quiet action
  • Padded seat
  • Rubber base pads to prevent slipping and floor damage
  • Oversized, pivoting footplates with adjustable nylon straps
  • 9-days parts and one-day frame warranty
  • Built-in performance monitor to measure stroke rate, calories, and time

Price and Value

The Stamina InMotion Rower is a bargain. It’s a fully functioning rower that, despite being a budget model, will still deliver a good workout. Is it perfect? Not exactly; but for less than 20% of the price of a commercial Concept 2 rower, what do you expect?

Changing resistance, while easy enough to do, does mean you need to stop your workout and get off the machine so you cannot do this mid-workout. Also, the arcing action of the lever arm is very different from the more straight-line pull of a chain or cable-driven rower. This may take some getting used to for some users.

The performance monitor is mounted on the centre of the rowing handle which means it is not in view all the time – especially as you pull then handle toward you. The monitor also displays very limited information.

All of that being true, the Stamina InMotion rower offers a very cost-efficient full-body workout in the comfort of your home for less than many gyms would charge you for a couple of months’ membership. It might not be the most feature-loaded rower but, ultimately, many of the features on better-equipped rowers often go unused anyway. To sum this rower up in four words? Good value for money.

Final Thoughts on the Stamina InMotion Rower

If you are new to rowing or are looking for a home rowing machine that won’t break the bank, you could do a lot worse than the Stamina InMotion Rower. It’s definitely a budget rowing machine but will still provide an effective low impact, whole-body workout.