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York Fitness R700 Platinum Rowing Machine

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RRP: £607.36
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  • Combination of air and magnetic resistance for a smoother pull
  • Eight resistance levels
  • Computer displays time per 500 m, distance, calories and strokes per minute
  • Smoother rowing action and a comfortable workout with padded seat
  • Heavy duty, pivoting footplates with adjustable Velcro straps
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Compact design with seat track that retracts for storage
  • Maximum user weight capacity is 110 kg

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 132.5 x 38.5 x 38.7 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 35 Kg
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  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: R700 Rower
  • ASIN: B000N3T0PA
  • Date first available at 12 Mar. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,779 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

Product Description

Product Description

York R700 Platinum Rowing Machine

York R700 Platinum Rowing Machine

The R700 rower offers users one of the smoothest rowing actions available. The combination of magnets and air as resistance, together with an aluminium seat track, guarantees a smoother pull.

The adjustable handle height means you'll be able to row in the most comfortable position and the retractable seat makes storing it easy and compact.

Heavy duty pivoting footplates, a large comfortable seat and a multifunctional computer display complete the package.

York R700 Platinum Rowing Machine

Product Features

  • Smoother rowing action, and a comfortable workout with the padded seat
  • Eight resistance levels
  • Large padded seat
  • Heavy duty, pivoting footplates with adjustable Velcro straps
  • Adjustable handle height
  • Compact design, with a seat track that retracts for storage
  • LCD Features: Strokes, Distance, Calories, Time/500m
  • Max user weight: 110 kg

Cardio Vascular fitness:

Cardio vascular exercise is any type of exercise that increases the work of the lungs and the heart, and is the number one way to improve your general health, burn body fat and increase your fitness levels.

Rowing machines utilise large muscle groups in both the upper and lower body, making them one of the most effective machines for a total body workout. Not only are they incredibly effective for increasing cardio vascular fitness, but the rower can also help to tone up the legs and core.

To get the most from your workout on your rower, you first need to identify what you want to achieve:

Are you working out to improve your health or to lose weight?

Understanding a little about intensity levels will ensure that the time invested in your exercise sessions returns the greatest benefits, rather than a hit and miss approach.

Cardio for good health:

To stay healthy, adults aged 19 - 64 should aim to do at least 150 minutes, or 2 hours and 30 minutes, of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week. Your heart rate should be raised and your breathing will be quicker but you should still be able to hold a conversation.

This level of exercise is for those wishing to improve quality of life and general well-being. Gentle 'good health' cardio training will increase your fitness level to a degree, helping you get through day-to-day tasks more easily and with more energy.

Cardio for weight loss:

To see a significant reduction in body fat, your sessions must be a little more intense. It's recommended that adults aged 19 - 64 should aim to do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week. If you are working out at this level, you will be breathing hard and fast, your heart rate will be high and it will be difficult to talk.

This level of fitness is ideal for those wishing to lose weight and significantly improve their fitness levels.

York Fitness

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As one of the strongest names in fitness, York Fitness has been providing high-quality fitness and gym equipment all over the world for over 80 years.

Their products range from dumbbells, barbells, weight benches and multi gyms to treadmills, cycles, cross trainers, gym balls, and much more.

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Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Aitchangle on 14 Feb. 2013
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Rowing is my primary form of exercise following a heart/lung op a few years ago. I keep fit by rowing at sea fairly regularly but with advancing age (I'm now 60) even a dry suit couldn't get me out there in the latest cold snap. I'm not a lover of rowing machines but Gym's require regular fundings, getting there etc. but I have always viewed home equipment as generally very inferior, particularly if, like me you are well over 6 foot and 100Kgs. I bought the York purely on the stength of reviews and it was a good decision. Firstly those who marked it down because of self tapping screw problems simply don't know what a self tapper does, it makes its own thread! That makes it hard to screw in - use a decent Phillips screwdriver and it's simply not a problem. The computer on mine works fine and the unit is easy to store out of the way - but beware! This is a proper piece of kit - if you could pick it up in one hand it would be too flimsy so realise it's quite heavy, site it where you want and simply close it and stand it on end. One of the best things about it is it is really quiet. I've ended just leaving mine in front of the TV as you don't need headphones like so many gym machines. Highly recommended.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By V. Voelschow on 22 May 2011
I've had the York R700 Platinum Rower for just over two weeks now and it's brilliant especially for the amount of money spent on it.
I wasn't sure I should buy after reading in other reviews that the computer didn't work properly, but went for it as this seemed to be the only negative issue.
When my machine arrived I assembled it quite quickly on my own, it was that easy. As mentioned some other reviews the screws are a bit tricky to screw in, but I managed that fine, too.
The padded seat makes rowing very comfy and the resistance levels are very good and can be adjusted quickly. I had a fan rower before which was quite noisy, so was hoping for a quieter rower this time and wasn't disappointed. This is quiet enough, even with more vigorous rowing not to disturb a sleeping baby in the next room and you can still comfortably listen to the radio or watch TV while rowing without turning up the volume.
I discovered the problems with the resetting of the computer the first night I used it. It didn't only reset when setting a target, but reset all the time after 1-2min. So I e-mailed York Fitness the next day with the serial number of my machine and my proof of purchase and received a new computer within 3 working days and that one is working fine. It displays all the important information like stroke rate, time, calories, distance rowed in m and km.
Definitely would recommend this rower to anybody looking to get fitter!
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Stu on 12 Oct. 2011
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I carried, unpacked and assembled the machine alone, though an assistant would have been helpful in removing it from the box, as this is an art form!

Assembly is simple and full instructions are given, though I strongly advise discarding the tools provided and using your own.

The self tapping screws really are the correct size for their holes, despite what some other reviewers claim to "know". Self tappers are designed to be a very tight fit... if they were easy to install they wouldn't do their job. I'm a machinist & know a thing or two about this stuff! Think brute strength and ignorance here... and lots of it!
From an engineering perspective, however, captive nuts and locking washers would have been more appropriate. Minus 1/2 point for that.

The machine is very quiet and sits still when in use. Mine produces a slight rumble from the rotor toward the end of the fore-stroke. That may be a construction issue or perhaps just a lack of grease but I don't see it as a big problem.

I am 5'10" and the only height related issue I've found is the extending rowing head... I would like it to extend another 6" so minus another 1/2 point there. Otherwise, there's plenty of room to stretch your legs and a bit extra besides.

Construction is solid and feels like the £300+ you paid for it. Top marks.

My computer has no faults and does not reset itself. I'd guess that issue has been revised & addressed.

The brand stickers do tend to peel off, as per other reviews. Remove them or glue them back on. Either way not a major fault.

All in all a good machine and worth the money.

UPDATE: After around 10 hours use, the rumble all but disappeared, so I'm guessing just a breaking-in thing.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By C James on 18 July 2009
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Ordered using express delivery and delivered next day by City Link on a Saturday morning - excellent service!

I can verify a previous review that the four self-tapping screws simply do not fit the holes, but I remedied this problem by drilling out the holes using the next-size-up drill bit, and then the supplied screws fitted just fine.

I am 6'5" tall with a 35" inside leg, and this machine is plenty big enough. I can fully extend my legs whilst rowing, and the seat doesn't touch the safety stop at the back of the slider bar. The machine is sturdy and heavy (36kg) and doesn't feel like it's going to break during an intense workout.

I read problems about the computer re-setting when set for a specific workout program, which almost put me off buying it, but you don't have to set a workout program for it to monitor and display your time, distance, speed (minutes per 500M) and burned calories. It automatically comes on and starts counting as soon as you start rowing.

Overall I'm very happy with my purchase, especially since the Amazon price was over £50 cheaper than on my local High Street!
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