Since rowing has been seen and recognized as one of the best aerobic, the manufacturer of WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine Ash Wood S4 Monitor has gone further to design this unit in such a way that you will also have a feel of real rowing hence the word ‘’natural’’ was coined in its name.
The reason for anyone to love this unit is apparent; it has a handcrafted frame out of ash wood with this water drum that bellies the flywheel which gives the feel of a real rowing boat. This also works on your arms and back muscles like no other rowing machine.
One other thing that makes this machine to stand out is the fact that it has no resistance adjustment. The only modification there is, is that the faster you row the harder or greater the resistance, just like when you are using a real boat on a lake somewhere.
Product: WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine Ash Wood S4 Monitor (available in different finishes)
Warranty: 1-year warranty for the frame and parts (upgradeable upon product registration)
My rating: 9.2/10
Words cannot always do a product justice, which is why we have a little video here which can give you a comprehensive overview of the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine.
For a quick overview of the main features of the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor, here they are.
Water flywheel for natural resistance.
Very smooth and quiet.
Solid wood construction – 1,000-pound weight limit.
Series 4 performance monitor.
Easy to assemble.
Excellent for absorbing sound and vibration.
Very nice look.
Can be stored upright.
Dimensions & Weight
The dimensions of the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor are the same as with the WaterRower Club Rowing Machine. It is a pretty big rowing machine no doubt and will require a fair amount of room. That being said, it still is not the largest of all high-end rowing machines.
Length: 84 inches (213 cm)
Width: 22 inches (56 cm)
Height: 21 inches (53 cm)
Weight: 117 pounds.
Just like with the other WaterRower Rowing Machine options, the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor comes with a 1-year warranty for the frame and parts. However, the warranty can be upgraded to be a 5-year warranty on the frame and a 3-year warranty on moving parts with the completion of a registration form.
The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor is no harder or easier to put together than the WaterRower Club. It is going to take you around an hour to assemble, even less if there are 2 people assembling it. All you will need is a screwdriver and a wrench to tighten the bolts. Assembly is easy and straightforward.
What We Like
Perhaps the best aspect of the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor is that it is made out of solid ash wood and stained honey oak. This model has a more natural and unfinished look than the WaterRower Club, which is something that many people like about it.
Furthermore, the fact that it has a solid wood construction makes it a very durable and rugged option to go with, one that can absorb a lot of noise and vibration for quiet operation.
The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor is so durable that it can hold up users of up to 1,000 pounds in weight, which is more than anybody in the world weighs.
Another valuable aspect of the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor is that it can be stored upright for a space saving design.
While it is quite heavy when the flywheel is full of water, the fact that it can stand up on one end so you can easily store it in a closet or small space is a bonus.
Many people like the fact that the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor uses a water tank with a flywheel to provide resistance. Professionals and newbies alike seem to like the feeling which the water offers. It makes for a smooth and quiet rowing experience, much more so than with air flywheels.
The fact that the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor comes with a reasonably comprehensive Series 4 performance monitor is also something you should keep in mind.
This Series 4 performance monitor can keep track of things like total time, stroke rate, workout intensity, zone bar, heart rate, and more. Also, it comes with easy navigation buttons, six info programming windows, and quick selection buttons as well.
We also discovered that you could plug in the monitor to a PC and view a virtual boat moving along the water. You can race against yourself (against your previous training sessions) or race online.
Another benefit of using a PC that is worth mentioning is the fact that you will be able to store your training sessions, and the software will help to plan your upcoming workouts for your to help you achieve your goals quickly.
What We Don’t Like
It is heavy. The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor weighs close to 120 pounds when filled with water, which is of course very heavy if you expect to move this item around or store it upright.
The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor can be stored upright with the water in it, but the heaviness is an issue.
The fact that the water flywheel is not manually adjustable regarding resistance is another problem that many people can’t seem to get over. Sure, the resistance changes as you stroke faster or slower, but some people want to be able to adjust resistance manually.
To maintain the water in the tank/container and preventing it from going green, you are expected to pour water purifier from time to time.
Final Thoughts On The WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor
All in all, the WaterRower Natural Rowing Machine in Ash Wood with S4 Monitor is definitely an awesome option to go with. While some people may not like that there is no manual adjustment for resistance, more people seem to like the fact that it is smooth, quiet, and mimics the feel of real water rowing. Furthermore, it is a very strong and good looking rowing machine with a high weight capacity, a good performance monitor, and a very solid build.
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