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RW900 Rower Review

Nordictrack’s RW900 rowing machine should top the list for any athlete or active individual thanks to its electromagnetic resistance—which makes it incredibly smooth to row — and it’s wide 22-inch touchscreen which allows you to stream and follow along to iFit rowing workouts led by some of the best motivational instructors, like Olympic rower Alex Gregory or Jay Wein and Alex Silver-Fagen, both of City Row fame.

Choose from over 200 rowing studio classes and trainer led destination rows all powered by iFit. While you visually row a river in Kenya, Croatia, Slovenia, the UK and more or decide to be part of a rowing studio class, the RW900 will automatically increase or decrease the levels of resistance you experience in sync with your trainer for a truly interactive rowing workout experience. Alternatively you can select from thousands of iFit trainer led cross-training classes from yoga, boot-camp, kick-boxing to stretching and weights.

With its 22” screen you experience a more immersive workout on the  RW900  Rower. Workout from home on your schedule, yet still get personal training powered by iFit interactive training sessions
With its 22” screen you experience a more immersive workout on the RW900 Rower. Workout from home on your schedule, yet still get personal training powered by iFit interactive training sessions


If you’re limited on space, the RW900 Rower folds-up and rolls away for easy storage. Both the RW900 and RW500 rowers include 1 year of iFit membership — which is a $396 value we highly recommend.

SMR the silent magnetic resistance technology combined with a Manual Air Resistance option makes the RW900 quieter and smoother than other rowers. The warranty is outstanding value with 10 years on the frame, 2 years parts including electronics and 1 year labor.

The RW900 is a highly recommended rower by maybe.yes.no review team. The iFit rowing workouts with Olympians like Alex Gregory really make this rowing machine standout. The RW900 rower delivers aerobic endurance and strength building in one workout keeping or getting you fit in less time.

The Nordictrack RW900  uses Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) for a smoother rowing motion, plus you can add 10 air resistance options to further challenge yourself
The Nordictrack RW900 uses Silent Magnetic Resistance (SMR) for a smoother rowing motion, plus you can add 10 air resistance options to further challenge yourself

A Total body workout Rowing Machine

Rowing is an extremely effective total body workout with 84% of your muscles being involved while exercising. There are 26 levels of resistance on the RW900 for a good challenge to work up to and build your endurance level. Additionally this rowing machine has 10 air resistance options to further intensify your workout to burn more calories.

As a full-body exercise a rowing machine provides a motion of physical exercise that can help build and tone muscles, improve cardiovascular function and increase stamina. Another key aspect aspect to keep in mind, rowing is low-impact exercise and easy on joints. Rowing is also highly recommended as a cross training option especially if you spend time more predominantly on your favorite activities such as cycling or spin biking for example. “Cross-training is important to to add variety to CHALLENGE YOUR BODY and muscles which in turn prevent injury by strengthen the muscles you don’t use on the bike” according to Alex Fagan.

“You use 80 percent of your muscles when rowing, namely your legs, the largest muscles in your body.” And yeah, stronger legs come in handy for biking, running and other sports.”

— Alex Silver Fagan

Indoor Rowing on the  RW900 or RW500  offers great variety during the off season. Rowing is a great workout because it is a full-body exercise that can help build and tone muscles, improve cardiovascular function and increased stamina. Rowing is also low-impact and easy on joints.
Indoor Rowing on the RW900 or RW500 offers great variety during the off season. Rowing is a great workout because it is a full-body exercise that can help build and tone muscles, improve cardiovascular function and increased stamina. Rowing is also low-impact and easy on joints.

WHAT WE LOVE 

22 inch HD touchscreen • Ergonomic iFit Trainers Resistance levels

22” TOUCHSCREEN

You get a wide 22-inch HD touchscreen console for a better visual workout experience on this rower. The console also displays your workout stats plus iFit destination sessions exploring famous waterways all over the world and gives you a more immersive interactive training experience.

Strong, Ergonomic Design

The RW900 rower was made to give you a smooth-feeling, comfortable motion. The inertia-enhanced flywheel and the silent magnetic resistance give you a smooth, quiet workout.

The molded seat and pivoting foot pedals offer a super-flexible motion. And the soft touch, ergonomic handle help reduce hand and wrist fatigue throughout longer workouts.

Resistance Levels

You get two types of resistance and over 36 levels of resistance. First SMR, Silent magnetic resistance with 26 levels plus you can add air resistance with an additional 10 levels. You are unlikely to run out of challenges with the RW900 as you build and increase strength and stamina.

Row the World with iFit

Connect to iFit through your touchscreen and choose from over 200 different destination rowing workouts to try. Row spectacular rivers and lakes around the globe with iFit Trainer led destination rowing. Your iFit rowing instructor will coach you through the workout, pointing out landmarks and friendly inhabitants, as iFit uses a 1-take film production technique when filming —so you never know who or what you may see along the way. This make iFit destination workouts more spontaneous and fun to do.

You can row anywhere you want using the Google maps feature and watch the scenery on the screen as you row. To display your RW900 rower touchscreen on a wider screen TV or monitor, you can simply plug an HDMI cable (not included) into the port on the rower’s console – pretty Awesome!

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GET THE BEST DEAL 

“ The RW900 has solved my motivation problem. That’s mostly thanks to the 22-inch touch screen, from which I can select a number of guided exercises. Think a 12-minute simulated saunter down the Kafui River in Zambia, or 35 minutes of interval training. And Olympic gold medalist Alex Gregory has started to feel like an old friend—or, a tape of him has. He regales me with stories of his races on the UK Olympic crew team while we virtually hammer down iconic European rivers together. It feels like I’m not suffering alone.

— J. Jackson

Row the World  powered by iFit rowing and a  Nordictrack rowing machine
Row the World powered by iFit rowing and a Nordictrack rowing machine


WHAT TO KNOW

TWO TYPE OF RESISTANCE

The RW900 has 26 levels of silent magnetic resistance that you can control and adjust from the console.

You can add more intensity with the air resistance option. As you improve you can challenge yourself by increasing the resistance. There are 10 levels of adjustable air resistance giving you a combined 36 levels in total for the RW900.

STATISTICS

The RW900 collects, stores and displays all the statistics you need to maximize your workout and track progress. Some of these stats include SPM (strokes per minute), Time per 500 meter (split) Total time, total distance, avg. split time, avg. WATTS (power output), and BPM (beats per minute if wearing a chest strap).

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