The WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine has been specifically designed to provide you with realistic resistance levels when rowing, while also being compact enough to fold away easily.
Water as a resistance
The key point that makes the WaterRower series of rowing machines so unique is the use of water as resistance. Whereas with most rowing machines you would adjust a lever or press a button to increase the resistance, with the WaterRower A1 you would simply add a little more water to the tank.
As well as providing a more realistic form of resistance, the sound of the internal paddles rotating through the water creates a much more soothing sound than other rowers using fan blades and air as a resistance.
By using the natural resistance of water, this means you don’t have to worry about plugging it into any mains power or running off powerful magnets.
The self- regulating aspect means the risk of injury is much lower than an air machine where the user can set a large amount of resistance without the necessary physical fitness to cope.
The relationship between resistance and speed varies according ‘the rule of cubes’ – doubling the speed requires an eight fold increase in power.
WaterRower A1 design features
Featuring a monorail design, the WaterRower A1 in the ash and aluminium finish will blend in much better with the majority of surroundings compared to the larger, plastic rowing machines.
As with all the woods used in the construction of WaterRower rowing machines, the ash wood used in the construction of this WaterRower A1 is a premium hardwood harvested from replenishable forests in the USA.
Due to this rower being made predominantly out of a wood of such quality and longevity, this also helps to reduce the noise made when rowing thanks to absorbing a lot of the sound and vibration.
The fact that there is a small set of wheels on the front also means it is easy to lift up the rail and roll the machine to wherever you want to use or store it.
The floating heel rests are easily adjustable and have been kept as minimal as possible in their design, in keeping with the rest of the rower.
The main difference between the WaterRower A1 and the other WaterRower designs is that the A1 has been designed for people with more limited space.
For this reason there is a single monorail as opposed to the double rail design seen on the WaterRower Classic model. You also don’t get any heart rate monitoring with the WaterRower A1 like you do with the Classic model (The WaterRower Classic allows heart rate monitoring through a polar chest strap heart rate monitor).
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WaterRower A1 Home Rowing Machine – Features Summary
- Brand: WaterRower
- Assembly: partial assembly tools provided
- Dimensions: H211 x W58 x D50cm
- Display: A1 Home monitor
- Guarantee: 3 years & 3 years frame
- Maximum user weight: 125kg
- Heart rate monitoring: No
WaterRower A1 display console
The built in QuickStart monitor features a ‘QuickStart’ design that allows you to start a new rowing session quickly and easily.
Once rowing, the display screen will show you your intensity in metres per second, average time taken to row 500 metres, average time taken to row 2km, watts and your calories burned per hour.
Once you have the WaterRower A1 setup, changing the resistance is achieved by changing the amount of water in the tank at the front.
After the rubber stopper has been removed, this is possible through using a hand pump to transfer water from a bucket into the tank through the hole in the top of the tank.
As this rowing machine does use water and will often be in direct sunlight, you will need to treat the water from time to time with a chlorine tablet. This isn’t really anything to be too concerned about, and a tablet only needs to be dropped in the tank about once every 3 to 6 months.
Every 12 months it is also recommended that you completely change the water in the tank.
Because the handle is attached to a polypropylene drive strap and not a chain, this also reduces the maintenance that would otherwise be needed to keep a chain running smoothly.
There are also no air vents to keep clean like you will find on air resistance rowers.