Stamina 1205 Precision Rower

Customer Reviews

 Bruce Warne said:

Probably probably the greatest rowers I’ve ever used.

It was easy to assembly, and appears and feels really solid.

Lots of adjustment within the “power level” – from so easy to actually hard.

I’m 6′ and it’s definitely big enough (will easily work for taller people besides). My wife is 5’3″, and he or she finds it easy to take advantage of too.

Highly recommended.

 Row Man said:

The 1st month I had this rower was great. Very smooth, a whole lot of resistence, quiet, etc. I used it 6 days per week for 30-45 minutes an afternoon.

Then, the squeaks came. Very loud creaks and squeaks that were hard at the ears. i need to keep a can of WD40 nearby after I use it to lubricate the joints periodically, or even then, there are some noises which can be coming from contained in the shocks that i will not lubricate.

Then, the seat guides started disintegrating. The plastic wheels under seat even have cracks and pits forming in them, which provides an incredibly choppy, loud and bumpy travel of the seat. Not smooth in any respect.

Then, the left shock started going flat and losing resistence. There can be no resistence until the shock was pulled half-long ago. This makes for a tough row, if you have your right arm with constant resistence and your left arm without resistence, but then sudden resistence sooner or later.

I emailed Stamina, and they’re sending me replacement parts under warranty. From what i’ve read here, however, i believe the uneven wear of the shocks is something as a way to persist, and it also seems like the seat guides should not made that well either. Thus, I expect to have similar problems someday.

For the cash, it’s a good buy, and a great opportunity to experiment with rowing to look in the event you adore it. With a view to keep it up and row more intensely, however, you’ll want to opt for a non-hydraulic rower and use person who uses water or wind for more even resistence.

I thought the packaging, instructions, ease of assembly were adequate and nothing too difficult.

Product Details

  • Precision rowing machine with deluxe ball-bearing rolling system
  • Smooth hydraulic cylinder action with adjustable tension controls
  • Multifunction fitness monitor tracks speed, distance, strokes, and more
  • Thick padded seat and pivoting footplates for optimum comfort
  • Measures 32.5 x 27.75 x 48 inches (W x H x D); weighs 47 pounds

35-1205 Features: -Deluxe ball bearing roller system -Smooth hydraulic cylinder action -Adjustable tension controls -Single button multi-function monitor shows speed, distance, time, row count, calories burned, and miles rowed -Comfortable, thick padded seat -Pivoting foot plates for additonal comfort -Precision extruded aluminum beam Product Manual

Do you’ve limited workout space but numerous motivation? Turn to the Stamina 1205 precision rowing machine, which offers a compact footprint of only 32.5 inches wide by 48 inches long, but offers the identical terrific workout as machines twice its size. The Stamina 1205 mimics the sleek motion of rowing at the water, with a padded seat that glides on a ball-bearing roller system, rowing arms whose resistance is adjusted by hydraulic cylinders, and foam grips that keep your hands stable and cozy. The multifunction fitness monitor, meanwhile, keeps you motivated and on the right track to succeed in your fitness goals, showing your speed, distance, time, stroke count, and calories burned. And users will love the thick padded seat and pivoting footplates, which combine to produce comfort and support during your workout. Other features include a precision extruded aluminum beam, a silver steel frame, a five-year warranty at the frame, and a 90-day warranty on parts.

About Rowing
Rowing provides an effective, effective, low-impact workout that utilizes your complete major muscular tissues, including the back, legs, arms, abdominals and buttocks. Additionally it is worthwhile exercises for building a powerful back, in addition to the most effective low-impact aerobic exercises for increasing your metabolism. Accordingly, you could efficiently burn calories and fat without impacting your joints.

The continual, non-impact movement of rowing may be broken down into three phases: the place to begin is named the catch phase, followed by the drive phase, the finish, and the recovery. Within the catch phase, knees are bent with shins vertical and shoulders and arms reaching forward. This phase mimics the purpose where the oars are being placed within the water. The drive phase is initiated by the legs. Because the legs extend, your arms remain straight until the knees are mostly extended. Then the elbows flex bringing the oar handles into the higher stomach. Inside the finish, the legs are fully extended, your shoulders are back, your elbows are flexed, and the oar handle is against the higher stomach. For the recovery, your knees don’t flex until after your hands omit your knees and your arms and shoulders reach forward to start the catch phase again.

Because rowing is an impact-free activity, it could be a lifelong sort of exercise. It truly is always best to exercise on your target heart rate zone (70 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate).

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Stamina 1205 Precision Rower…

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower
I bought a used rower years ago and came to work it several times a week. I’m a busy person, so I don’t have time for a sophisticated work out routine. I just want to work one machine for both strength and aerobic training. Rowing is great for this purpose. When I broke my rower, I started shopping. Unfortunately, even used rowers are over 0. I struggled with this model versus the smaller ones that stand up vertically for easy storage. I couldn’t find any reviews on this that addressed the storage question. Finally, I chose it because it didn’t look like I could break it from normal usage, whereas the kind that fold nicely seem flimsy.


- This machine is very sturdy. It’s solid, stable, and does not rock at all when in use.

- It is amazingly quiet. The only sound is the whisper of the pistons. I can use it with the TV on normal volume.

- The seat is very comfortable. I sat on it for 30 minutes the first time with no discomfort.


- It does not fold, collapse, or stand up vertically. It just sits on the floor. It would be very awkward to try to store it under a bed. Don’t lift the back end too far or the plug for the timer will bend. This is why it only has 4 stars.

- The front bumper pads are just stuck on. You can’t drag it backwards without them popping off. The back ones also just sit on there, but they face sideways, so they won’t come off.

- The instructions were difficult. My wife and I kept flipping back and forth in the manual to figure out to which bolt each step of the direction referred.

The work out was great. I really like using this machine. I only wish I had a better place to put it when I’m not using it.

Stamina 1215 Orbital Rowing Machine with Free Motion Arms…

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower
We just assembled our new Stamina 1215 Orbital Rower. It took about an hour and a half. The machine feels pretty sturdy to me. Is it worth 9? Hard to say, but with everything so overpriced these days, who knows? The acid test is usually how long something lasts, so it will be worth the money if it gives several years of good service. I’ve done my first half hour of rowing and it’s a fairly smooth action and relatively quiet. On some sites, a few people complained that the lowest setting is too tough for beginners, and I agree. But you can set the arms even a little lower than the bottom number, and this helps. I’ve had two rowing machines in the past and this one is as good or better than they were. I like the ability to set the back of the bar up higher which aids in getting off and on the rower. I was concerned about the ‘orbital’ action of the arms, but find it’s easy to adjust to, and in effect, you can just row as normal and not use the orbital ability at all. I’m giving the unit a 5 for now since it seems to meet my expectations. I’ll update later on, whether good or bad, once I’ve had the chance to use it several weeks.

******Update after 2 weeks of use ****

This is the update I promised after using the rower for a couple of weeks. In my first review I asked myself the question, is the rower worth the money. I answered that by saying it depended how it held up over time. Well. The answer to that question is a resounding NO !!! If I could, I’d rate the unit one star for poor quality control, but Amazon’s rating system won’t let me go back and change it from the original 5 stars. I read the couple of reviews saying the shocks had broken down after a couple of weeks, and the one that slammed the unit for using plastic parts instead of metal, especially at this price. I chose to ignore those concerns in the face of the other positive reviews. It turns out that was a big mistake. After 2 weeks of use, the plastic rod that’s used to attach the circular connecting loop on the end of the shock to the frame, snapped off. This piece is extremely important because it has to take the force of pulling back on the shock every time you row. And Stamina chose to make this piece out of cheap plastic instead of metal and it broke after using the rower a total of seven 30 minute sessions. This is totally unacceptable, not just for the inconvenience of having the rower disabled, but also the injuries it could cause if it breaks while you’re intensely rowing. Since other people have shocks that broke after only 2 weeks, it’s an obvious design flaw based on trying to save a few pennies using plastic instead of metal in a critical area. I also blame myself for not checking on the warranty. It’s only 90 days for parts and labor. As you can imagine, because of this design flaw, I fully expect the other shock, or even the new one, to break after enough stress, and if I’m beyond the 90 days, I will have to pay for shocks for this unit. The shock broke on Thursday the 24th. I called Customer Service at 3:30 Central Time (they’re supposed to be open until 5 CST). Nobody answered and nobody returned the call that day. The next day they called and took the info and said I would get a replacement shock in 5 to 7 days. So I’ll lose a minimum of a week on my exercise program. Today is Sept. 30th, and I don’t have the shock yet, so we’ll see how long it takes. It’s not very comforting to feel these shocks could let go any time during the heat of an intense rowing session causing injury or damage. I’ve had two other rowing machines over the years, both of which were used for extended periods of time, and the shocks were never an issue. Stamina has to be aware of the problems with these shocks because of the increasing complaints, and should issue a recall on them, and supply all users with new ones that support the connector with metal and not plastic. Until then I would recommend you avoid this rower completely.

****Another Update****

I’ve just become aware from the Epinions site that another person has had problems with the shocks on the Stamina stepper also, and is frustrated in having to buy replacement shocks after the warranty runs out. In my opinion, this means there is absolutely no question Stamina is aware their shocks don’t last. And of course, it’s the customer that has to pay additional money, above the purchase price, to keep the unit going. I can honestly say I will never consider buying a Stamina Products piece of equipment again.

****One Last Update****

I got the replacement shock and have had a few rowing sessions since then. But I began noticing the same problem another reviewer had with the rollers. The seat actually started to rumble, and it was because the plastic rollers were breaking down and getting grooved unevenly. The last two sessions were really annoying to say the least. Today the seat jammed up in mid-row and I couldn’t continue. One of the back rollers has a deep, uneven groove in it, and won’t stay in place. The other back roller is also getting grooved. I called to get replacement rollers, but now I’ll lose another week of rowing while I wait. By the time I get the rollers, I will have had the rower 6 weeks, and will have lost two weeks to breakdowns. So if you’re thinking of getting this rower (I hope not), you may have to plan on only using it 2/3 of the time, unless you build an inventory of spare parts. This has not proven to be a well made machine, as this is the second plastic part to break down in just a few weeks. I won’t update my review any more. I think you can tell how I feel about this machine.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine…

Stamina 1205 Precision Rower
I have had this rower for a week now and it has been working great. The first rower I bought (a different brand of rower) broke down after 15 min of use, but the Stamina Body Glider is well built and very easy to use. The instruction booklet is very clear. It only took a few minutes to put the machine together.

The amount of resistance is adjustable and the machine is very quiet. The only noise you hear is from the shock absorber type device which provides the resistance. It looks and feels like a more expensive piece of equipment, but provides the same type of workout that those higher priced models provide. Relatively lightweight, the Stamina Body Glider comes in at around 35lbs. The light weight makes it easy to move the machine around. I am thoroughly satisfied with this machine so far and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a rower.

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