The Kettler Axos rowing machine engages almost all of the body’s major muscle groups to ensure a full body workout that is rigorous on not only the muscles, but also on the cardiovascular system.
Training for everyone, the Axos is meant for all levels of fitness and can hold users up to 130Kg in weight, although some users have went over this weight limit without an issue.
Kettler Axos Premium Features
- 8 stages of manual resistance
- LCD display
- Pivotable foot plates
- 38 Kg unit weight
- 210 x 56 x 90 cm dimensions
- Foldable design
This is a heavier rowing machine at around 38kg. When moving this product to the place where it will be assembled, two people helping to carry the unit is recommended. Assembly can be accomplished by one person and will take 30 – 45 minutes at most. Instructions are clear and precise, and only cover 2 pages.
When sitting on the machine for the first time, you’ll notice that the seat glides easily thanks to the ball-bearing design. Placing your feet in the footrests, you’ll need to strap your foot into position for the utmost in safety. A neat design that other rowers don’t tend to include is the pivoting to reduce the risk of injury when placing or removing your feet from the foot rests.
A large rowing length allows users up to 6’3” to fully extend their legs when rowing without the seat reaching the back of the unit.
When rowing, you’ll be able to choose between 8 levels of resistance. The first level is very easy and produces very little resistance at all. After rowing on the 2nd and 3rd level, you will feel sore, but these levels are fairly moderate and doable by most users.
Moving up to level 8 will provide substantial resistance and is the perfect option for anyone trying to gain muscle, rather than working towards losing weight.
The on-board monitor provides all of the must-know information without all of the bells and whistles. You’ll be able to track:
- Strokes per minute
- Total strokes
- Count up / down timer
You’ll have a very tiring workout whenever you use this rower. It is also very quiet, so it won’t wake up the whole house.
There is a knob in the middle of the machine that is used to fold this rower up for easy storage. This is great for users that live in smaller spaces or anyone that doesn’t want to walk around their rower all day long.
Transport wheels are not included, so you will need to move the rower into a good spot before folding.
- Durable design.
- Low noise output.
- Adequate resistance levels.
- Foldable design.
- Monitor could be better.
One complaint I do have is that after you reach stroke 9999, the unit goes back to 0000 and starts counting up again. This is a very small concern, but it would have been nice to see it increment up to higher stroke counts.
It’s not the end of the world, but the monitor could have been slightly better.
The rest of the machine is perfect. Durable, there are very little complaints from users about this rower breaking, and I didn’t experience any mishaps during my review. The rowing feel is very comfortable, and the seat glides with ease thanks to the ball-bearings.
Noise production is very minimal, and you’re even able to fold this model up and put it away for easy storage.
The Kettler Axos rowing machine is not a top-of-the-line rower, but it is one of the best in this price range. You’ll have all of the necessities needed for a full body workout without all of the extra features you’ll pay for in higher-end models.