Sunny Health & Fitness Water Rowing Machine, Obsidian SF-RW5713
Sunny Health & Fitness Obsidian SF-RW5713 is a high-end water rowing machine that is designed to get you engaged and challenged. It is a very recent release product that scores 4.6 out of 5 stars at the time of this review.
The three hydro blades give you the dynamic motion of real competitive rowing on the water. You will experience a great smooth motion each time you row with exactly the same feeling including the sound as rowing on the water without having to leave your home.
The Obsidian has a lightweight and sturdy steel construction that will make you feel safe during your workout and will prove durable over time. It has a molded padded seat with the measurements of 10 x 12.5 inches and that is reported to be quite comfortable over longer rowing sessions. You have all the exercise stats via the R2 Fitness Meter, including calories, total time, 500m time, total strokes, HR, ambient temperature etc. You can track all the necessary data for your workout data accurately.
It has the very dense non-marking rubber wheels that make it easy to roll this unit for relocation and storage. You can also easily put it in a vertical position against the wall. According to the experts, you can work as much as 85% of all your muscles with a standard rowing exercise. It will work your arms, back, abdominals and legs very well without giving you the sore muscles. And there is not much impact on your joints, knees or back like with some of the other common exercises.
It is certainly a more efficient form of workout. You will be burning more calories and fat in a shorter time than normal, getting all your muscles involved, while strengthening and toning your muscles. It will especially strengthen your back muscles, which is great if you suffer from chronic back pain. The maximum user weight this sturdy rowing unit can carry is specified as 250 pounds, which should be all right for a great percentage of adults.
The more and faster you row the more resistance you will experience with the no-limit resistance provided by the steel fan blades and the way they interact with the water. The foot pads are large, textured and anti-slip and include nylon velcro straps so you can feel safe and stable- your feet will stay in place. It will be leveled with your floor thanks to the bottom levelers that adjust easily and there will be no shaking or wobbling.
The leg inseam is 49 inches and if yours is less than that you can comfortably use this rower. Obsidian has quite a modern design, as a heavy duty product it weighs 81.6 pounds and measures 78.74 x 22.05 x 33.46 inches. A hose and a funnel are provided in the box and you fill it with water using them and how much water you put in it will kind of determine the level of resistance too. Please use the algae tablets in the box every six months or so as well. It is easy enough to assemble in less than an hour.
It costs much less than the competitor models, partly due to a lack of a very advanced smart LCD display and wood frame of WaterRower. Sunny Health & Fitness is based in LA, California and has been in the fitness industry for more than ten years. The company is able to offer very good quality sturdy products at very competitive prices thanks to their close relationships with some of the best manufacturers in China and Taiwan. Warranty offered is three years for the structural frame and 90 days for the other parts and components.