I happen to live in one of those quite rare areas nowadays that doesn’t have a gym nearby so the Velocity Fitness CHR-2001 is the first rowing machine I have ever tried, I purchased it after reading the review at http://www.drrowing.com/. So bear in mind that this experience is certainly that of a novice, however sometimes that is a good thing.
The machine is fairly light at around 90 lbs and was pretty easy to assemble. All the right tools are provided and it took me around 30 minutes to get the job done. The instructions were very good, they were clear and simple to follow which is much appreciated. The actual part that contains all the electronics has a nice plastic cover, and the overall design of the machine is very good, it really does look pretty cool.
When all set up and fully extended the machine is around seven feet in length which is fairly long but it does fold up nicely for storage when not in use. This is done by folding it up in front of the seat.
The build quality seems good and as a bonus the seat and handles are well padded and very comfortable. You can adjust the foot rests to suit people of all heights, so this machine is good for all the family to use. It is also pretty quiet, the seat slides up and down the frame without too much noise.
There are five in my family including three teenagers and the level of resistance can be adjusted to suit all of their levels of strength which is nice. At first my wife wasn’t interested in the machine at all but now she loves it and uses it every day. She really likes how even a small amount of time spent on the machine feels like a good workout. The Velocity Fitness CHR-2001 really is keeping my whole family fit and they enjoy it too. The kids love to use it when watching TV which works well since it is so quiet.
There are however a few issues; there weren’t actually any instructions on how to use the machine. I know this might sound a bit silly but as a complete beginner this would have been nice, it’s OK though because we looked up some videos on YouTube.
Another problem is that for people over six foot it can seem a bit small, there is no stop at the end of the frame which may cause issues. I am just over six foot and have come close to the end of few times when working out rather enthusiastically. Some of the ultimate rowing machines tend to be a bit longer and don’t suffer from this problem.
Overall though myself and my family love to use this machine. The design is fantastic, it’s easy to use and the fact it folds away nicely is a good bonus. If you really want an exercise machine that tests you and doesn’t cost a fortune then you should check this out. It provides such a great workout, as all rowing machines do and this one is built to last.