The Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower model 2677 is an exotic rowing machine that has a chain drive and magnetic resistance system with dual handles (oar-like) for accurate rowing simulation. That is to say, it has full motion independent handles instead of a single handle with a cable.
This is an intriguing rowing machine that could make any rowing enthusiast want to know more about it and we are providing the information in this review.
The rowing machine is bulky but folds up for easy storage.
It is not only sleek looking but durable and sturdily built to support a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs./136 kg.
There are 10 preset programs and 5 customizable programs that set you on the path for quality and productive workout experience. The integrated 5’’ backlit LCD monitor tracks Distance, Time, Count, Calories Burned, RPM, Watts, and Resistance levels.
It has a 38’’ rail and an inseam of 41”; so, it can accommodate more users of different heights to work out without restricted leg extension.
Unfortunately, the console is not telemetry-enabled, therefore, the rower does not have a heart rate function. But there is a way around it, you may use an external heart rate monitoring device to keep track of your pulse rate.
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The Frame and Construction
The Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower is made of a solid durable steel frame with an aluminum rail that sits on a thick wide steel beam. Other safety and cosmetic parts such as the drive/resistance covers, the rear base, the dual handle elbows, and the console covers are made of ABS material.
The base features a robust framework that includes the front and the rear steel stabilizer bars and additional support in the middle. Then, underneath the stabilizer bars are adjustable rubberized levelers that enable the user to level up the rower on a surface that is not even.
So, with these elements at play, the rower is founded on a profound base that promotes optimal stability that doesn’t wobble even during a high-intensity workout.
One more thing, the rowing machine weighs 116 lbs./52.6 kg which further grounds and prevents it from rocking.
Of course, we figure you might have concerns about how to relocate the rower if it’s that heavy and bulky. But it’s not difficult to relocate because it is foldable and has transport wheels at the front base.
Just as aforementioned, the Fitness Reality 4000MR is a big rower with overall assembled dimensions of 72’’ long by 25’’ wide by 51.5’’ high. Differently put, it will need a workout area with perimeters of 6’ length by 2’1’’ width.
Moreover, it is recommended to ensure that the rower has a clearance of at least 1-2′ on each side and at the rear for easy access and safety during workouts.
The folded dimensions are 45’’ long by 25’’ wide by 59’’ high.
The rower provides total body workouts and could be considered one of the best rowing machines available.
The Seat of the Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower
The Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower is equipped with a large contoured and cushioned seat with dimensions of 10’’ long by 13.5’’ wide.
It provides comfort that lasts through a prolonged workout session.
The seat is attached to the 38’’ extended aluminum rail along with its ball bearing rollers. Thus, its gliding motion is smooth and quiet.
The seat-to-floor height is about 21’’- 22.5’’, therefore, users can get on and off the rower with ease, including those with an injury.
Users between the heights of 5’-6’5’’ can utilize the rower with no or less leg extension restriction because the rail’s inseam is 41’’.
The unit has dual oar-like handlebars that simulate the movement of paddling on the water, providing a workout effect that targets the shoulders, the biceps, triceps, full arms, chest, and more.
The independent handlebars are covered with soft rubber foam for a firm and comfortable grip.
The pedals on the Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower are adjustable and large. They could be adjusted length-wise to fit different feet sizes and they also have adjustable safety straps.
With the heel guard, the pedals are poised to secure the feet and consequently provide comfortable footing that outlasts your workout.
They don’t pivot, but they are optimally designated and fixed to either side of the resistance system’s casing.
Both the pedals, the seat, and the handlebars work together to provide a total body workout that targets over 80% of the body’s muscle groups.
The Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower is chain-driven and has a dual transmission magnetic resistance system with 16 adjustable levels.
However, a chain-drive system often needs to be lubricated at some point in order for it to function properly. But, the need for lubrication occurs once in a very long while.
Thus, it can last for a long time before it will require to be lubricated.
The resistance system is controlled via the console and therefore, the machine needs to be plugged into a power source for it to be functional. Also, it deploys a resistance level when a certain preset program is selected.
There are 16 resistance levels that provide a decent amount of resistance intensities that are suitable for different users’ needs.
Although it is chain-driven, its operation is unbelievably smooth and quiet even when the resistance is engaged.
Hence, you can work out without bothering anyone around you, which includes the family and the neighbors. Entertain yourself by watching a TV show of your choice, listening to your favorite music without having to amplify the volume beyond an acceptable level while working out.
The console that comes with the Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower is mid-range. It features a 5’’ backlit LCD monitor that tracks workout statistics such as Time, Distance, Count, Calories Burned, RPM, Watts, and Resistance levels. Fortunately, all these values are displayed simultaneously.
The display has high readability that cannot be compromised even when viewed in a poorly lit room.
There are fewer buttons on the console for navigating through and it’s pretty easy to use. The buttons include Start, Stop, Enter, Up, and Down buttons.
There are 15 workout programs that include 10 preset programs and 5 customizable programs. The preset programs are designed with achieving certain fitness goals while the customizable programs allow you to choose and set a resistance level you deem fit for you.
You can also set a workout goal for Time, Distance (in kilometers), and calories. In other words, you can set to meet a goal for any of the values aforementioned by using a countdown method. This inspires and challenges you to work out harder.
The console is adjustable for a better viewing angle.
That said, the console is not Bluetooth enabled, no online app connectivity, and is not telemetry enabled. Although, you can use an external HR wireless chest strap device to monitor your heart rate if you so wish.
Again, the console is not battery-powered but uses electricity. The rower comes with an AC adapter that needs to be plugged into a power outlet in order to power the console.
The rower has a built-in tablet holder on the console. This can accommodate a smartphone or even a large tablet device. So, you can watch a movie or listen to music while you work out.
The only problem is, any device that is placed on it might block the view of the monitor.
The Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower is bulky but it’s also foldable and portable. This means you can fold it up when it’s not in use and roll it over to storage with the aid of the integrated transport wheels at the front base.
When folded, it becomes less in size, especially length-wise but still bulky though.
The folded dimensions are 45’’ length by 25’’ width by 59’’ height and it weighs 116 lbs./52.6 kg.
- Sleek, durable, stable, and sturdy
- It’s foldable with transport wheels for easy storage
- It supports a maximum user weight capacity of 300 lbs./136 kg
- Its dual independent handlebars provide a real full range of rowing motion that targets the arms, shoulders, chest, biceps, triceps, and the back
- The rower is a total body and low impact indoor exercise machine that is also usable by injured individuals
- The seat-to-floor height is 21-22.5’’; users can mount and dismount the rower easily
- The large, contoured, and cushioned seat provides enduring comfort
- The footplates are large, adjustable with a heel guard and adjustable safety straps
- Its operation is smooth and quiet
- The integrated dual transmission magnetic resistance system with 16 adjustable levels provide a different range of intensities that are suitable for most users
- There are 10 preset workout programs and 5 customizable programs
- You can set a goal for Time, Distance, and Calories
- The large 5’’ backlit LCD monitor tracks workout progress
- The console is adjustable for better viewing angle
- Low maintenance
- Assembly is easy
- Tablet holder included
- Impressive warranty
- No water bottle holder
- No heart rate monitoring function
- It’s not Bluetooth enabled, and cannot connect to a fitness app
- 5 Years for the Frame
- 3 Years for the Parts
- 2 Years for the Electronics/Wearable Parts
Product Dimensions and Specifications
- Length 72’’
- Width 25’’
- Height 51.5’’
- Folded dimensions: 45’’ L x 25’’ W x 59’’ H
- Maximum user weight capacity: 300 lbs./136 kg
- Net weight: 116 lbs./52.6 kg
- Gross weight: 133.4 lbs./60.5 kg
- Power: AC adapter (included)
- Seat: 10’’ L x 13.5’’ W, contoured and cushioned
- Seat-to-floor height: 21-22.5’’
- Handlebar: Dual independent
- Pedals: Large, anti-skid, adjustable with guard heel and safety straps
- Frame: Steel with aluminum rail
- Rail length: 38’’
- Inseam: 41’’
- Console/Monitor: 5’’ backlit LCD monitor tracks Time, Distance, Count, Calories Burned, RPM, Watts, and Resistance levels
- Drive: Chain
- Resistance: Magnetic with 16 adjustable levels
- Programs: 10 preset, 5 customizable
Amazon ships out the Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower upon purchase for free and makes the delivery in a couple of days.
The unit is not difficult to assemble, due to the fact that the complicated parts have been done by the manufacturer.
You are required to assemble and attach the dual handlebars, the seat, the rail, the pedals, the front and rear stabilizer bars, the adjustable levelers, and the console to the core unit.
An instruction manual and the tools needed for the assembly are included in the package.
It may take about an hour thirty minutes, more or less to completely assemble the rower.
The rowing machine may probably need lubrication at some point in time because of the chain drive system. However, this is not something you need to do shortly after purchasing the rower; it takes time.
Always keep the machine clean, especially the rail so as to avoid damaging the rollers.
Prevent liquid from getting into the console/monitor.
Examine the unit for any loose or broken parts before use.
The Fitness Reality 4000MR Magnetic Rower is a full-body, low impact rowing machine that features dual independent handlebars that mimic the rowing motion of a real boat.
Its operation is smooth and relatively quiet despite the fact it is chain-driven.
It is designed for home use and definitely gets the job done.