Last Updated on February 10, 2021 by JP
The HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull is a durable rowing machine featuring the popular wide outrigger arms on hydraulic resistance pistons that make for a very realistic and natural rowing motion. It is ideal for those who want that feeling movement of rowing out on an open lake more than the straight, cable-row feeling of most rowers. HCI Fitness has designed an effective machine that features an ability to incline the rowing motion to create a more intense lower body workout. The design is also foldable for users who may be low on space. The Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine is a unique piece of exercise equipment that will provide a great cardiovascular workout and whip your upper and lower body into shape.
Like we said, the HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine is designed to simulate the actual sculling motion and it delivers on this. The outrigger handles provide the exact movements of real water rowing with rowing paddles. Additionally, the rowing handle arms are independent of each other (just like a real row boat), which adds to the experience. Another great feature is the seat is adjustable so the machine can be adjusted to the user’s height. This allows you to achieve full extension while working out. The steel frame and low center of gravity ensures this rowing machine stays in place during the most intense workouts. One last point to make about the design of this machine is that HCI Fitness made the outrigger arms completely foldable so that it can be stored easily under a bed or in a closet. We’ll get deeper into the details, pros and cons, etc. in our full review below:
- Height: 15 inches
- Width: 68 inches
- Length: 55 inches
- Weight: 55 lbs
- Height: 15 inches
- Width: 21 inches
- Length: 55 inches
- Large backlit LED display.
- Hydraulic pistons with 12 adjustment settings for varied resistance during workouts.
- Ergonomically designed seat that glides smoothly on a steel rail, which provides incline capability for a more intense workout.
- Oversized and slightly tilted footplates to allow for a more natural rowing movement.
- Foldable arms for a smaller footprint during storage.
- Maximum User Weight: 275 lbs.
- Built-in programs allow you to set calorie and stroke goals for workouts.
- Scan function enabling it to rotate workout information to the large readout in the center of the display.
- Workout data includes:
- Stroke Count
- Total Strokes
- Calories Burned
The frame and parts both have a one (1) year warranty.
Shipping and Assembly:
The HCI Fitness provides an instruction manual and some basic tools for assembly. The manufacturer provides the assembly manual in multiple languages. We should make note of the simplicity of assembling this machine. It can take as little as 15 minutes for assembly, but probably not more than 30 minutes.
Company / Manufacturer Info:
Located in Washington State, HealthCare International (HCI) is a leading supplier of fitness products. They distribute a huge array of equipment that is sold under different names.
What We Love About the HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine:
HCI Fitness has designed a great rowing motion into the Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine. The individual hydraulic outriggers and adjustable rowing motion provide a realistic sculling motion that you typically don’t get in this price range. You will enjoy nearly everything about this rowing machine from the simple assembly to your everyday exercises.
Besides the actual rowing motion, the second best feature of the Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine is that it has the ability to incline the rowing motion. This is a unique feature that allows the user to put more resistance on the lower body while exercising. With the 12 levels of resistance and this incline capability, you are sure to get an intense, calorie burning workout.
The HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine is one of the easiest pieces of exercise equipment to assemble. Some users stated the assembly took as little as 15 minutes and no review said it took more than an hour.
What Isn’t So Great About the Sprint Outrigger Scull:
HCI Fitness provides a very basic monitor for the Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine. That’s kind of to be expected at this price range though. The monitor simply displays or scans through workout statistics like time, strokes and distance. It also has the ability to set calorie and stroke targets. Other than that there aren’t many advanced features. Some people report that this monitor didn’t track these statistics very well.
The HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine utilizes two, separate hydraulic pistons to deliver resistance individually to the outrigger rowing arms. Each arm’s resistance is adjustable, so you need to dial them in to make sure it’s even.
Final Word on the HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine:
For its price range, the HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine is a decent machine. You are not going to find many rowers that give you a realistic open-water rowing motion like this machine. The design, including incline ability, is perfect for providing intense workouts. It’s incredibly strong having been constructed almost entirely of metal. However, for some people a hydraulic resistance system can be a problem. That said, hydraulic resistance provides a tough workout and the Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine will definitely get you sweating.
Here’s a video overview of the HCI Fitness Sprint Outrigger Scull Rowing Machine: