Smooth rowing, manual resistance levels and a foldable design are what the Marcy RM413 has to offer. When we first saw this machine, we were a little skeptical. It’s lightweight and simple in design. But oftentimes, simplicity is surprisingly effective and the better option. We were impressed with this budget model, and it boasts a number of excellent features. This model also featured in our guide to the most popular rowing machines.
- 4kg flywheel
- 8 manual magnetic resistance levels
- Aluminum seat rail
- Transport wheels
- LCD computer
- Foldable design
- Max user weight: 110kg
This is a magnetic resistance model. One of the main advantages of magnetic machines is that they’re quiet and offer a smooth rowing experience. When compared to air or water machines, which can be noisy and rough, this was a pleasure to use. It is near silent, and rowing is as smooth as can be.
With a 4kg flywheel and 8 levels of manual resistance, you can easily adjust the intensity of your workout. The resistance dial is conveniently located just beneath the handle for easy access in between rows. The only issue we had with the resistance is that it’s not quite as challenging as we had hoped. Even the highest level may be too easy for advanced users.
Like others in its class, this one comes with an LCD computer that displays: distance, time, speed, strokes per minute, and stroke count. The computer feedback allows you to track your progress, so you can achieve your fitness goals.
As far as comfort is concerned, it is better than most. The ergonomic, foam seat pad is contoured to maximise comfort. The pivoting pedals feature quick-adjusting Velcro straps and can accommodate most foot sizes. The foam handle is easy and comfortable to grip. A durable strap is included as well.
It is lightweight at just 26.5kg, and boasts a sturdy aluminum seat rail. The foldable design allows you to store it away in a corner or closet when not in use. A quick-release pin makes it easy to fold up. Transportation wheels are included, too, so you can easily transport it wherever you please.
Even when the machine is unfolded, its footprint is relatively compact at 183cm x 56cm x 78cm. Folded, it shrinks to 93cm x 56cm x 150cm. Its space-saving design makes it an excellent choice for those living in smaller homes and flats.
- Smooth rowing
- Easy to use
- Multiple resistance levels
- Folds up for easy storage
- Wheels make it easy to transport
- LCD computer displays important feedback
- Can accommodate users up to 110kg, or 17 stone
- Resistance levels are a tad disappointing
As mentioned previously, the machine’s 8 resistance levels are great for beginners and even intermediate users. However, advanced users may find that even the highest level is too easy. At most, this machine will give experienced users a light cardio workout.
That said, this is a superb choice for those who are new to fitness and intermediate users. Its space-saving design and affordable price make it a smart choice for anyone with a limited budget and space.