Body Solid GSRM40 Seated Row Machine Review

Getting enough exercise with so few free hours in a day is a continuous challenge among people, especially those who are always on the go and keep busy schedules. This is why more and more people are recognizing the benefits of using a rowing machine. The Body Solid GSRM40 Seated Row Machine boasts a unique design that can be fully adjusted to fit users of all sizes while giving the body – from the middle back down to the lower lat muscles – the training and workout it needs. Its four-way handgrips and ultra-thick pads all work together to let you get the most out of your workout. Aside from improving your body’s fitness levels, you will also be able to improve your core strength as well as your overall body posture. While it is a popular choice for commercial gyms and rehabilitation clinics, this unit is compact enough to have an esteemed place in your small gym at home, or even in a corner of your office.

Technical Specifications

  • Resistance Type: Weight stack
  • Dimensions (DWH): 54 x 44 x 39 inches
  • Machine Weight:  81 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 400 lbs
  • Maximum User Height: Adjustable to fit all user sizes
  • Storage:  Upright
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime warranty on frames, welds, weight plates and guide rods; 2 years on pulleys, bearings and hardware; and 1 year on cables, grips, and other components

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Ease of assembly

The Body Solid GSRM40 Seated Row Machine is relatively easy to put together, since you have an owner’s manual, complete with detailed illustrations of its different parts and components. It will take you from 30 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on your experience with assembly of machines and can be easily put together in under 30 minutes. However, the more inexperienced users are not satisfied with just the illustrations. It would have been better if the instructions were more detailed, saving a lot of time and confusion along the way.


This seated row machine boasts a convenient and fully adjustable design, so it fits all users, regardless of their size and height. The supportive DuraFirm seat and chest pads also guarantee that you will be able to use the GSRM40 for a very long time. The four-way hand grips, as well as an easy access plate load system allows for easy manipulation of the machine’s resistance. In the event that you want to step up your work out and increase resistance, you can easily purchase weight plates and collars separately. Measuring 54 x 44 x 39 inches (DxWxH), this Body Solid machine does not take up a lot of floor space.

Ease of use

The Body Solid GSRM40 Seated Row Machine makes for an easy, yet very effective workout. It is very easy to adjust accordingly to fit your body size. And since all pivot points came with Oil-lite bronze bushings, you won’t have to worry about “tightness” when rowing. Instead, you’ll enjoy overall fluidity in motion and smoothness of operation.


Instead of a motor, this seated row machine operates entirely on weight stacking through its easy access plate load system. You have the four-way handgrips to control just how much resistance you want to direct on your middle back. To obtain a fuller range of motion in your workout, the angled foot platform with a no-slip surface works in tandem with the 3-inch DuraFirm chest and seat pads. This machine also operates on a 3:1 weight ratio to help you develop more powerful calves.


All the parts of the GSRM40 Seated Row Machine are built with performance, comfort and support in mind. We’ve already mentioned how all the pivot points came with Oil-lite bushings or pillow block bearings, allowing it to carry even extremely heavy loads. The handgrips are made for comfortable gripping, while the seat and chest pads are built with super durable and 3-inch thick DuraFirm pads. Even the foot braces are padded with extra-thick foam, and the foot platform is designed with a non-slip surface, to give you more traction and control during your workout.

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Unfortunately, this unit does not fold or have a solid base for storage purposes. However, with such a compact size, storing this seated row machine is not a problem at all. You can simply lean it upright or just leave it be in a corner of the room, since it occupies minimal floor space.


The range of motion provided by the Body Solid GSRM40 Seated Row Machine is very impressive, and this is a credit to this machine’s unique design and solid construction. While other machines tend to cave when subjected to a heavy load, the GSRM40 holds fast and even provides ultra smooth and fluid movement. Of course, this is also thanks in part to the pillow block bearings and bushings on all its pivot points. It is also worth noting that, while mainly pegged as a machine for an upper body workout, this seated row machine also works out your lower body, particularly your calves.

The lifetime warranty on the frame and major parts is also a definite plus. Once you notice the parts starting to wear out, all it takes is to contact Body Solid for replacement parts.


Body Solid could have made this unit a little lighter, to complement its compact size. However, at 81 lbs, it is fairly heavy, so moving it around so much is not really advisable. The manual definitely needs a lot of work, particularly when it comes to assembly instructions. The pictures are helpful, but with proper instructions, you will surely be able to half the time you spend in putting it together.


We could list down the many benefits of a rowing machine, but let’s face it: all those benefits are beyond your reach if you don’t have a good quality rowing machine in the first place. The Body Solid GSRM40 Seated Row Machine more than delivers in this area, maximizing your workout and ensuring you achieve every single one of those benefits, all at a very good price, and with excellent customer service, to boot!

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