Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine Review

Those who want to maximize the benefits of using a rowing machine – or even the more advanced rowing machine users who want more from their rowing sessions – are very particular when it comes to the resistance offered by the rowing machines they use. Some are looking for a machine that utilizes air resistance, while others want one that uses magnetic resistance. There are also those who prefer to work with both, although that could be a problem budget-wise, since it means spending money on two machines. That dilemma has been easily solved by the Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine, a commercial-grade rower that offers air resistance and magnetic resistance – all in one powerful rowing machine!

Technical Specifications

  • Resistance Type: Air and Magnetic
  • Dimensions (in use): 94 x 21 x 36 inches (LxWxH)
  • Dimensions (in storage): 52 x 19 x 67 inches (LxWxH)
  • Machine Weight: 96 lbs
  • Weight capacity: 600 lbs
  • Storage: Foldable
  • Warranty: Frame: Lifetime, Parts: 5-year, Labor: 1-year

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Ease of assembly

The Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine requires assembly, which should not be a problem since it comes with an allen wrench to make it easy for you. The instruction manual is also detailed and well-written, so it is very easy to understand even for novices in assembling machines. According to many users in their rowing machine reviews for this product, it took them 10 to 30 minutes to set it up.


This commercial-grade rowing machine certainly gives off that “invincible” feel, starting from its extruded aluminum frame to its undoubtedly solid steel support. The forged aluminum rail also features strength and sturdiness that is expected of an industrial-grade machine, without the clunky feel often associated with them. Instead, it effectively ensures a smooth and steady gliding movement of the seat. The lifetime warranty on the frame should be more than enough indication already that you have something that will last you a very long, long time. You also have to take note of its maximum user weight capacity: it can accommodate up to an impressive 600 lbs!

The Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine is built to last, which is why it is used by athletes, commercial gyms, military personnel, and even those engaged in Cross-Fit training.

Ease of use

Programmability is one feature appreciated by most users in any exercise machine, and it’s one of the main reasons why the Stamina Avari Programmable Magnetic Exercise Rower is hugely popular. Fortunately, this rower from Lifecore comes with 15 challenging preset workout programs already built into the system. There is the Manual or Quick Start program where users can choose their preferred settings and targets, the White Water and Ramp Programs that let users experience rowing on white waters and ramps, the Interval Programs for those who want to work on their speed and endurance, four Polar-Compatible Heart Rate Control Programs which has 3 heart rate level options, the Pacer Program which simulates racing against a pace boat, and the WATTS Control Program, where users determine their power goal. These preset programs definitely make it easier for users to program their workout.

Sharing the benefits of a rowing machine using the Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine is already made possible, since it allows the creation of user profiles of 4 different users, which means that it can store up workout and fitness data of up to 4 users.

When it comes to comfort, you only need to take one look at the R100 to know that you won’t have a problem about discomfort and pain while working out. The seat and handle both boast ergonomic designs. The seat is especially getting a lot of compliments because of its contoured shape and large size, as well as the extra padding thrown in. Even the footrests offer pivoting heel support for freedom of motion.

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This dual-resistance rowing machine gives rowers the best of both worlds by offering both air resistance and magnetic resistance. But that is not all. It offers 16 levels of resistance, which is definitely more than the levels found in other models. At the first level, you get the noiseless and ultra-smooth feel provided by the machine’s air resistance. Beyond the first level, you can challenge yourself more and more with its magnetic resistance, which you can easily adjust.

Many rowing machine reviews on this rower are impressed with how smooth and fluid its rowing motion is. That is the result of the combination of the two types of resistance present in the Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine. Its silent drive system, which makes use of a “Belt Drive”, also ensures quiet operation, so you can work out in peace.


Since the fan or the flywheel is made of solid steel, expect maximum performance and longevity from it. The fully adjustable footrests also come with separate heel supports for maximum comfort and security of your feet, since it makes use of quick-release industrial-grade nylon straps. Another notable feature of this rowing machine is how the handle is designed with a slight bend. It is angled at 10 degrees, which lets you row comfortably, with your arms and hands in a natural position.


The performance monitor of this rower features a two-color (blue and green) backlit LCD display. It’s a multifunctional monitor that displays data such as the row strokes per minute, the total number of strokes, your pulse rate, watts, the time per 500 meters, total time, distance rowed in meters, and the number of calories burned. Of course, it is also where you can view the user profiles, workout program and the resistance levels, as well as other motivational programs, all geared towards letting you achieve all the benefits of a rowing machine.


Mobility is not a problem with the R100, thanks to its built-in roller wheels, which are located on the front and rear of the rower. When it comes to storage, it has a quick release framelock mechanism which lets you fold it up in seconds, so you can store it until your next workout.


The glowing rowing machine reviews for the Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine are mainly centered on its dual-resistance feature, since you no longer have to buy two rowing machines of different resistance types in order to get the workout that you want. The durability of this rower is also greatly appreciated. Of course, we all want an exercise machine that will last for a very long time, and can take any amount of abuse put into it.


Unfortunately, having commercial-grade durability and toughness has a trade-off and, in this case, it has to do with the weight. The Lifecore R100 Commercial Rowing Machine is a heavy rower, even with the caster wheels installed for purposes of mobility.

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