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Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower with LCD Monitor

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$279.00

  • DIGITAL MONITOR: The large LCD console displays time, count, calories, total count, and scan. The convenient scan mode displays your progress to assist you in tracking all your fitness goals.
  • EXTRA LONG SLIDE RAIL: At 48 inches in slide rail length, and 44 inches in inseam length, the SF-RW5515 can accommodate rowers nearly any size.
  • ADJUSTABLE MAGNETIC RESISTANCE: With a simple twist, you can increase or decrease the 8 levels of magnetic resistance, so your workout can remain challenging and effective throughout your fitness journey.
  • TRANSPORTATION WHEELS: Built-in transportation wheels for easy portability. Simply tilt and roll out for use or away for storage, no need for heavy lifting or muscle strain.
  • NON-SLIP FOOT PEDALS: Textured non-slip foot pedals will ensure safe footing during the most demanding and vigorous workouts. Foot straps keep your feet saddled with so you can focus on the workout without feeling unbalanced.

Specification: Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower with LCD Monitor

Model Name

‎SF-RW5515

Brand

‎Sunny Health & Fitness

Resistance Mechanism

‎Magnetic

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎19 x 78 x 23.2 inches

Item Weight

‎60.9 Pounds

material

‎Alloy Steel

Maximum Weight Recommendation

‎250 Pounds

color

‎Grey

Number of Batteries

‎2 AAA batteries required. (included)

Frame Material

‎Alloy Steel

Display Type

‎LCD

Tension Level

‎8

Product Dimensions

‎19"D x 78"W x 23.2"H

Item Package Dimensions L x W x H

‎50.7 x 25.3 x 10.2 inches

Package Weight

‎32.21 Kilograms

Brand Name

‎Sunny Health & Fitness

Warranty Description

‎3 year manufacturer Warranty

Suggested Users

‎Unisex-adult

Number of Items

‎1

Manufacturer

‎Sunny Health & Fitness

Part Number

‎SF-RW5515

Model Year

‎2015

Style

‎SF-RW5515

Included Components

‎Rowing Machine

Sport Type

‎Exercise & Fitness

3 reviews for Sunny Health & Fitness Magnetic Rowing Machine Rower with LCD Monitor

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  1. Julio Garcia

    Great work out, I was already in some shape so I was able to hit it hard from the start.
    WIth diet I have lost over 30 pounds, put on muscle all over the body, not huge amounts of muscle, but you get defined muscle arms, abs are starting to show up to dance too, your shoulders are the ones that get the biggest, the delts (shoulders) are the ones that grow the most as you start getting into a nice body shape, it gets rid of love handles fast, I have moved from using the first hole on my belt to the fourth one in a year. Supposedly each hole in the belt is equal to 8-10 pounds of weight we carry.
    Because it works so many muscles you lose fat from the head to your toes.
    I do high intensity 3 times a week for 25 minute sessions and 2 normal 20 minute sessions rowing in between, rests 2 days, 3 weeks on high intensity one week normal rowing, repeat, in high intensity I pull the handle like if I wanna rip it off and the machine is still holding great, no issues, it is the hardest and only work out I do know, it does everything weights and aerobics, I used to run for fitness and having to lift weight separately was a bit too much, with this machine you do all the exercise your body needs, if you hit it hard, it is very hard, you can work out at your own pace, hope this helps someone, I’m in my late 40s by the way, also add protein shakes to your body

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  2. flipside

    I looked at a lot of products, even explored the wait listed rowers especially Concept2 at $950.
    Their factory tells me to expect a late March order window, and that estimate already retreated once.
    Some people on the local Craigslist are offering those machines “NIB” for $1150-1200, cash.
    Anyway, I was surprised by the number of “rower” machines are on the market.
    All price ranges.
    But looking more closely it seems that many of the search hits, and price point options, are basically knock-offs.
    I never rowed before but some research effort tells me that rowing is good for various muscle groups, low impact, and engages cardio pretty well. Water, air, magnetic and hydraulic. OK.

    This product looks good, and I need to shed some quarantine pounds.

    The box it came in was pretty big, a two person lift for most.
    50x25x10 inches and around 70#, awkward, no handles. I missed the UPS delivery, so I don’t know if one person dropped it off. I managed this one end over end up a flight of stairs by myself. I’m 6’2″. Did not have to lift the entire weight once.

    The box has instructions on how to remove the machine.
    You open the top, indicated by arrows. Move all the flaps outward, invert the box to drop the contents out when you lift away the cardboard shell.
    Inverting the box was a little awkward I think.
    But it worked as described for me.
    The contents are tightly corralled with Styrofoam sections, all wrapped tight with plastic, so it drops out by weight pretty smoothly in one big piece.

    Assembly I gave 5 stars for “ease.” That is all relative to me.
    See pics, the assembly is well-organized, so “easy.”
    If you are not used to bolts and wrenches you might need help.
    But the instructions and hardware laid out in shrink wrap are well-organized.
    Cutting the pieces out of the plastic is easier than cutting those hard clamshell packs so common in retail.
    These parts are shrink wrapped with something more soft, which requires much less pressure to slice with a pocket knife.

    The assembly instructions are OK, the pics are somewhat tiny, but the text is clear and thoughtfully bold in reference to part numbers.

    I took my time, might have took 1 hour. I applied blue thread locker to bolt threads, except the hinge bolt at the front of the seat bar, since it occurred to me that I might want to remove that bolt to break the machine into 2 parts.

    The front foot, one side gave me a little trouble, the bolt wouldn’t thread easily into the receiving capture nut welded inside the foot piece. Had to test repeatedly to avoid cross-threading that bolt into the nut. Finally, I concluded that the nut had some of the paint from the frame inside the thread area, and I could try to push with increased torque to drive it through the paint dribble that shouldn’t be there.
    In hindsight, I should have reamed that nut out with a small wire brush/tool to remove the excess paint applied at the factory.

    The hardware packs include tools which I used for assembly. Nothing extra was used, except Loctite threadlocker.

    In my opinion, some people might not be able apply enough torque on the fasteners with the provided tools.
    The “spanner” wrench can hurt your hand maybe before you have pushed hard enough to properly secure the footpad bolts. I recommend using a piece of cloth in your hand as extra cushion when assembling/pushing on those bolts. There is a point, when pushing with a thin metal wrench, and judging how hard can you push, when the metal might just fail, either the bolt head or the wrench itself.
    If the bolts are not properly tight, when using the machine things will start to rattle and move after awhile, or sooner.
    I am familiar with bolts and such, and feel that I was able to wrench everything just about right.
    However, I think that the tools provided might hurt some users’ hands before things are tight enough.
    The Phillips tool, used on the rear stop for the seat, has just enough “handle” purchase for those 2 screws if you have a strong hand.

    If you are inexperienced with tools, be aware that you might not get everything as tight as it should be, when using the tools provided.

    I looked inside the front case when I removed the electronic piece to install batteries. Everything looked good in there. The instructions refer to attaching wires but it seems that some units are now shipping with the wiring already complete. There were no connections necessary in my case.
    There was a velcro wrap around the battery holder, be careful fishing that back through if it slips apart from things, as mine did. It might snag on the way back under the battery holder. Be especially careful around the electronic part, it is a circuit board so don’t want to press too hard on any particular component or wire.

    Once it was assembled, I tested the action. Seems solid. Will update later as new info arises.

    UPDATE_2/13/2021:
    1- The seat wobbled just a little while gliding along the rail, but this was easily corrected. The roller that rides beneath the rail has an adjustment bolt on each side and one side needed just a wee bit of tightening.
    2- If you need to fold the machine for storage (I do) it can be a little tricky. There are 2 parts that must be installed for use, and removed to fold. A straight pin that passes right through the rail from one side to the other, and a knob-handled bolt that screws down from the top. You have to lift the rail with one hand to get the pin holes to line up, and then pass the pin through. Sometimes it is hard to get the pin through the far side. The bolt then needs to be screwed in, and you need to be careful and avoid cross-threading. Lift up on the rail with one hand to get things to line up properly. I added some pics.

    2/17/2021
    When the rail is folded up, there is no lock or stop to keep it in place. And it seems easy to send it falling towards the floor. So I tied a length of paracord to the front foot, and made a loop on the other end that is just the right length to reach the rear foot when it is in upright position. I have not had the rail fall to the floor but it is quite heavy and would at least make a loud noise if not hurt somebody etc.
    4/17/2021
    Took me long enough, but I finally noticed that the locking pin serves to hold the frame in the upright (folded) position without need for my cord solution. After you move the frame rail into the upright position, just slide the pin through the holes behind it works as designed.

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  3. H Davis

    I’ve been using this rower for a couple of months now and I like it. I’m a senior looking to get some cardio and muscular improvement without killing myself in the process. Running in the summer time Florida heat was out of the question so I tried this rowing machine.

    The machine itself seems well built and functions smoothly when I use it. I’ve had no problems with it so far. It’s very quiet; the only real noise is the seat sliding back and forth.

    Assembly was straight forward. I suggest moving the wheel section of the machine to its final location before starting assembly. This will require an assistant since it’s somewhat cumbersome. If you’re a young muscular guy you can probably handle it yourself. You can bring the remaining parts to the new location in batches as you assemble the machine. Or, tip the delivery guy to carry it to its destination on his dolly. Mine came by UPS.

    The machine itself has a few deficiencies. The first is the control panel. It’s really basic and hard to read unless you have good light. The display itself is not self illuminated. There is no stroke rate indication which I think is very important since that’s what indicates your level of effort. I set the panel to the stroke counter and use a separate stop watch on my phone to keep track of the time. I could probably use the timer on the control panel but frankly it’s so cumbersome to cycle through the functions and hard to read (old eyes) that it’s easier to use a separate device.

    When battery replacement time comes it’s going to be really hard to get the panel out of its hole. The manual isn’t too specific but there is a tab along the bottom of the bezel which you lift up to unlatch the panel and pull it out of the recess. The problem is that there is nowhere to grip the frame of the panel to pull it forward so a tool, like a screw driver is needed to get it started moving forward so you have something to grip.

    The second deficiency is the folding mechanism. The 2 major parts pivot on a long bolt and are locked in the functional position by a threaded hand knob for rigidity. This hand knob is unscrewed to allow the long section to pivot up for storage. In the up position you insert a pin which prevents the long section from falling by accident. I found the alignment of the holes for this pin don’t allow for easy insertion of the pin. In my case I really don’t need to fold the machine but you might feel differently.

    I don’t feel like these deficiencies are that significant on a machine at this price level. All in all these problems are minor and the basic functioning of the machine is sturdy, smooth, quiet and so far reliable. For the price I think this is a very good buy especially when you consider the price included shipping which can’t be trivial. My aim was to get a reasonably good but inexpensive machine to try rowing and if I felt like I had a future with a rower I could move up later after I learned enough to make an informed purchase. So far so good.

    I use it on a fairly low resistance setting (3 of 8) which, for now seems like a good level. I’ve had no expert advice about how to exercise so my information is from on line reading. I set my exercise time by the number of strokes. I started with 50 strokes, admittedly not much but enough to see what was going to hurt the next day – my shoulders, which still limit how fast I increase my exercise time. Every few days I add some strokes until now I’m up to 250 which takes about 10+ minutes. Still not enough but I’ve observed a few things as I proceeded. First, heart rate doesn’t increase the longer you exercise. After the first 50 strokes or so your heart has adjusted to the new level of exertion and will maintain that rate as long as you maintain the stroke rate and resistance setting. This rate (about 23 spm) is comfortable for me and my heart rate is into the “vigorous exercise” range for my age recommended by the American Heart Assoc. So my goal now it to increase the time until I get to their recommended duration.

    There’s a little bit of technique to rowing that you can get information about from several sources on line. But the one thing that helped me a lot wasn’t mentioned anywhere and that is to synchronize your breathing with the stroke. I find it much easier to breath in on the stroke and breath out on the recovery. My comfortable stroke rate is about 23 spm but when starting your breathing rate is less than that so it takes a conscious effort to sync the breath and stroke. As I start to breath harder it’s easier to sync the two after about 50 strokes and then I get into a rhythm that works for me at this level of effort. If you’re out of sync and try to breath in on the recovery your knees will compress your diaphragm and prevent you from getting a good breath.

    If you’re a senior like me who has moved to a more sedentary retirement lifestyle take it easy at first and move to more strenuous levels slowly. You won’t find out what you’re stressing until the next morning. I still find it interesting because I’m keeping all the numbers in a spreadsheet but I’ll soon need some kind of entertainment while rowing to keep boredom at bay.

    6/14/19
    A few months ago the foot straps gave out. The metal oblong rings kept slipping to one side and that would effectively lengthen the strap so it didn’t hold my foot firmly any more. This problem came on slowly but finally became a real nuisance. I bought some straps (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01ATL97U8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) from Amazon to replace the originals and they worked fine.

    In all other respects the machine still works fine with no problems, just clean the seat track occasionally. I’m up to 375 strokes at tension 4 and continue to work on my technique. I noticed the price of the machine is even lower than when I bought mine so I consider it an even better bargain at this price.

    5/25/20
    The new foot straps mentioned above allowed me to pull the straps tighter than the original Velcro straps and as a result I have broken the plastic of both the foot pads on the inside where the strap comes up from beneath.

    I repaired it by hot gluing a piece of strap metal to the bottom of the foot pad that spans the break. This seems to work fine so far. The metal part takes the load that caused the plastic to break. No big deal.

    I don’t think this was a defect in the product and I’m not changing my opinion that this is a good value for a beginner machine. My mistake was using much more tension on the foot straps after I replaced the originals with a different type of strap that allowed for pulling them much tighter. Obviously I didn’t need to pull them as tight as I did so this problem is on me.

    There have been no other problems with the machine other than replacing the battery in the control panel and cleaning the seat track occasionally.

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