Last Updated on February 10, 2021 by Jeff
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The Sunny Health & Fitness Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower offers all of the necessities for an amazing workout along with everything a fitness enthusiast could wish for. This affordable rowing machine is made of high grade steel and aluminum and has an ultra smooth and quiet customizable magnetic resistance system. It features an LCD monitor that displays time, strokes, strokes per minute, calories burned, distance and pulse. You’ll need to purchase or use your own chest strap heart rate monitor, but just having the option is a bonus at this price point. Designed for comfort, the Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower has a fully padded, comfortable seat, non-slip handlebars and large anti-slip footplates with straps. This rowing machine has everything you’ll need to start yourself on a healthy lifestyle.
- Length: 87”
- Width: 21.5”
- Height: 23”
- Weight: 80 lbs
- Max user weight: 300 lbs
- Full body exercise targets all major muscle groups; legs, arms, back abdominals and gluts.
- Provides low impact aerobic and cardiovascular exercise.
- Steel and aluminum frame for light commercial use.
- Features an elevated magnetic tension system with 10 levels of adjustable resistance.
- Built-in wireless pulse receiver for heart rate monitoring (chest strap not included).
- Fully padded seat and non-slip grip handlebars provide optimal comfort during exercise.
- Large anti-slip foot pedals with adjustable foot straps.
- Built-in transportation wheels for easy portability.
- Large LCD monitor display.
- Workout data includes:
- Strokes per Minute
- Calories Burned
- 90 days
Shipping and Assembly:
Shipping costs will vary for the Sunny Health & Fitness Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower depending on where you purchase from and what type of delivery you prefer. However, some retailers, such as Amazon.com, will provide free shipping.
The Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower comes delivered with step-by-step assembly instructions that are easy to follow. Most of the main components are assembled and you only need to connect the pieces. Assembly is very easy and should take about 30 minutes to complete.
What We Love About the Sunny Health & Fitness Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower:
Heart Rate Monitoring
The best feature of the Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower is by far the ability to monitor your heart rate while exercising. Heart rate training is the best way to meet your fitness goals. By exercising within your target heart zone you can burn fat, improve cardiovascular improvement or improve anaerobic performance. Depending on which of these is your ultimate goal will depend on what percentage of your max heart rate you will need to exercise. Obviously, this can only be done if you can track your heart rate while working out. This rowing machine is one of only a very few under $500 with the ability to track your heart rate.
The thing that we really don’t like about the Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower is its warranty. It’s disappointing that Sunny Health & Fitness will only back their product with a 90 day limited warranty. This is quite concerning and makes us wonder how much confidence they have in this rowing machine. There’s no doubt that the Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower is well made with its steel and aluminum frame. It has the feel of a much more expensive commercial rowing machine. Even so, looks and feel can’t guarantee the construction the way that a warranty will.
The console on the Sunny Health & Fitness Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower is very basic. You get six functions that measure your performance while exercising. There are no workout programs on the console and there is no ability to track your workout statistics to monitor your improvement. While this is common for rowing machines in this price range, if you do your research you can find machines with some of these options. For instance, take a look at our review of the XTERRA ERG400 Rower. This machine comes with a console equipped with eight intense programs that simulate hills, valleys, mountains and other intense workouts.
Final Word on the Sunny Health & Fitness Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower:
At under $500, the Sunny Health & Fitness Ultra Tension Magnetic Pro Rower is a solid rowing machine. It has a strong steel and aluminum frame and is equipped nicely. We especially like the heart rate monitoring capability which isn’t always a given in this price range. There are a few drawbacks to this machine including the standard console and the fact that it does not fold up for easy storage. However, the main drawback of this rowing machine is its warranty, which is only 90 days.