York R301 Rowing Machine Review

The York R301 rowing machine is one of the best air, magnetic resistance rowers on the market. This model comes packed with features, such as a backlit LCD screen that displays all of your workout metrics, as well as 16 resistance levels, so you can build strength and endurance during your rowing session.

There is even a wireless heart rate monitoring system built-in for user convenience.

York R301

York R301 Features

  • 16 magnetic resistance levels
  • LCD display console
  • Built-in, wireless heart monitor
  • Foldable design for space saving
  • 16 workout programs
  • 12 pre-set workout programs
  • Moulded seat with roller bearings for a smooth catch

The York R301 is designed for comfort. This model includes a moulded seat, which ensures comfort when rowing and fits the user ergonomically for the utmost in comfort.

The footrests are also some of the best I have seen in this price range. Large in size, the footrests will fit small, wide and large feet alike. Hard molded plastic is used that allows the right amount of flexibility when rowing to really feel the power in your legs. The included straps will keep your feet in place. There is a textured design that allows for added traction for the rigorous rower that is trying to build up stamina with fast, precise rows.

Quiet, this flywheel design also uses air, magnetic resistance to ensure that you have a great workout. There are 16 resistance levels from beginner all the way up to strength building. While the low level of resistance is rather lackluster, the higher levels will ensure muscle growth and stamina building.

The included console can be adjusted to be lower or higher, depending on the user’s height. Once adjusted, you’ll be able to use the animated display to refine your workout or track your vitals.

Included metrics are:

  • Distance
  • Pulse
  • Strokes per minutes
  • Overall strokes
  • Calories burned
  • Time

There is a heart rate monitoring system that utilizes a built-in, wireless receiver. For me, this is one of the best features available because, unlike other heart rate monitoring systems on the market, this one is very precise.

York R301 Foot Pedals

Users can choose to go through their own manual session where they have complete control over their routine, or they can choose from 16 included programmes. There are 12 pre-set programs that you can follow to lose weight, improve endurance and build muscle.

If challenging yourself with the pre-set options isn’t enough, there is one program setting that works off of your current heart rate. This will monitor your heart rate the entire time you’re rowing to ensure that you keep your rate above a desired level. This is the best option for anyone trying to lose weight or build stamina as it makes you perform consistently at your optimal intensity.

When space is limited, the York R301 folds away, making it perfect for smaller homes, lofts or flats.

Pros

  • Exceptional build quality
  • Precise monitoring and animated console
  • Foldable design
  • 16 levels of resistance
  • Pre-set programs to follow

Cons

  • Air design does produce noise
  • No transport wheels included

All rowers with a flywheel produce a higher level of noise than other rower types, but this is to be expected. The one con that I really felt could have made this rower even better would be the addition of transport wheels. Most models that offer a foldable design do have transport wheels to make moving the rower into the closet or the corner of a room easier.

With that said, the York R301 rowing machine is nearly perfect.

It comes with one of the best heart rate monitoring designs I have ever tested and offers resistance that will push all athletic-level users to work harder and faster.

The York R301 rowing machine is one of the best air, magnetic resistance rowers on the market. This model comes packed with features, such as a backlit LCD screen that displays all of your workout metrics, as well as 16 resistance levels, so you can build strength and endurance during your rowing session. There is even a wireless heart rate monitoring system built-in for user convenience. York R301 Features 16 magnetic resistance levels LCD display console Built-in, wireless heart monitor Foldable design for space saving 16 workout programs 12 pre-set workout programs…

Review Overview

Build Quality - 7.5
Console - 7.7
Comfort - 7.3

7.5