LifeSpan RW1000 rowing machines


The LifeSpan RW1000 is part of the Rowing machines test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Rowing machines models like the RW1000 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Ergonomics: Assesses the pedals restraint system and the potential for interference during the rowing stroke.

Ease of use: Assesses the ease of reading the display and operation of the console, and adjustment of the resistance level.

Construction: Considers aspects that indicate good construction methods, the sound and the feel of the rowing machine, and the result of a static load test.


Resistance type Resistance type The method of generating resistance to motion.
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Displays stroke rate Displays stroke rate Monitor displays the number of strokes per unit of time - usually strokes per minute.
Displays time/500m Displays time/500m Monitor displays the time projected to complete a 500 meter segment.
Displays split time Displays split time Monitor displays the time needed to complete a segment, lap or intermediate goal.
Exercise programs Exercise programs Product includes designed exercise sessions with segements that vary in the intensity or duration.
Stands upright Stands upright Stands in an upright position for storage.
Workout history Workout history The method for tracking workout results.
Online support Online support Manufacturer provides online support which might include things like instructional information, discussion groups, comptetitions and community support.


Weight capacity (lbs.) Weight capacity Manufacturer-stated user weight limit.