An excellent bit of kit for the price. It took me about an hour to put together, with a bit of scratching my head at times. The instructions aren't great but the pictures on the packaging are helpful. Just don't lose your cool when putting it together and be prepared to take your time. Why do all sports equipment manufacturers think we all have PhDs in construction?
Once I had the rower assembled, I hooked up the tension settings - which are really three bungee cords given a posh name - and it started working perfectly. The rower has three settings, which are easily adjustable. I'm slightly overweight and not super fit, and started on the second setting, then went after a week to the third. The machine feels solid and good to use. Pretty much like a gym rowing machine, in fact. I find it hard to tell the difference, for equipment costing £100s more.
A slow but sure journey. I'm using the rower 3-4 times a week for 30 minutes each session, for just about 1 month now. I'm seeing some results - not huge, but feeling noticeable in terms of my upper body muscle definition. I have a budget cross-trainer as well, which gives me a more thorough work out but isn't as enjoyable to use as the rower (or as well built for the price). This rower feels like it is giving moderate exercise, not a gruelling work out - but the former is what most of us want. It's sustainable - I can see myself using the bike for months and not getting bored of it as a fad or because I'm knackered.
Buy it. I'm delighted with it. But what can I do about my pot belly?