What is Rower Max Pro?
Using 3-in-1 action, Rower Max Pro is a fitness device that promises to allow you to row, paddle board, and kayak your way to toned, tightened, and sculpted muscles.
In fact, the manufacturer tells us that the Rower Max Pro’s different low-impact motions can work a total of nine major muscle groups, including your thighs, quads, glutes, lats, shoulders, triceps, back, and biceps.
The rowing acts as cardio, paddle boarding works your core, and the kayaking delivers “total body burn.” And when combined with the included Slim & Trim Meal Guide and tracking computer, we’re told Rower Max Pro can help you shape up and lean down.
Then, when you’re finished, Rower Max Pro folds down for easy storage.
Question: Did you notice that when the Rower Max Pro website talks about nine muscle groups, it only lists eight? Are there any other important considerations about this fitness device to keep in mind before you hand over your credit card number?
That's what you're here to learn, and we aim to deliver.
Is Rowing Beneficial For Your Health?
According to coach Josh Crosby, rowing does indeed work nine different muscle groups: quads, glutes, lats, shoulders, triceps, back, biceps, hamstrings, and core (these last two weren’t mentioned on the Rower Max Pro website).
It’s also low impact, which means that rowing is easy on your joints and can provide a solid cardiovascular workout that elevates heart rate, along with the resistance needed to improve muscle strength and definition.
Speaking of which, rowing also provides you with the ability to control your own resistance levels and guide the intensity of your workout.
How many calories can you expect to burn? While the number of calories burned during any activity depends on a variety of factors like age, weight, gender, and fitness level, HealthStatus.com tells us that a 30-year old, 160-pound male can expect to burn about 500 in an hour.
Here’s where our standard calorie disclaimer comes in: While exercising can help you burn calories and tone muscles, if you’re continuously consuming more calories than you expend (known as a calorie surplus), you’ll never be able to lose weight and show off those muscles you’ve worked so hard for.
This is why it’s highly important to adhere to a sensible diet plan when exercising (or at any time, for that matter). To this extent, it’s positive that Rower Max Pro comes with a meal plan.
Given all the potential health benefits associated with aerobic and resistance exercise like rowing, does Rower Max Pro have a lot of competition?
How Does Rower Max Pro Stack Up Against Other Rowing Machines?
To start with the Rowing Machine Basics, even if you’ve never purchased a rowing machine before, one of the first things you should understand is that they come at all different price points and feature varying quality levels, along with a variety of features.
In a nutshell, rowing machines are a lot like stationary bikes. They often feature a heavy flywheel (or fans, for air models) at the front, which is pulled by a cable. Resistance against this flywheel can be delivered in several ways, including force from magnets and friction from pads.
Depending on the model—not to mention your budget—many rowing machines also feature onboard computers that can track your stroke rate and distance, monitor your heart rate, and even provide pre-programmed resistance.
Prices vary greatly (especially if you’re willing to purchase used), although most traditional rowing machines can be found for between $200 (air) and $800+ (magnetic).
What Will You Get With Rower Max Pro?
Comparatively, Rower Max Pro uses rubber resistance bands and no flywheel. While these can be a great way to work out on their own, they’re going to lack the level of customization that you’ll find with traditional rowing devices.
In fact, if you’re on the fitter end of the spectrum, it’s reasonable to believe that these resistance bands might not deliver much of a workout at all.
But resistance might not be your biggest factor to consider. According to Consumer Reports, the most important thing to look for when you’re shopping for a rowing machine is that it fits properly:
- The seat should be broad enough that it’s comfortable.
- Seat travel (the distance between the closest and farthest position) should be sufficient, which will be especially pertinent if you’re tall.
- Foot pedals should be fully adjustable, and the straps should press tightly against your feet, although your ankles should still have enough freedom to move properly.
- Is your movement restricted in any way? This is especially relevant for hand position.
- Is the computer’s LCD display clearly visible?
An additional consideration is that you have the right amount of space to use and store it.
Overall, how many of these features does Rower Max Pro provide? Unfortunately, the website doesn’t provide any additional details, which is just the first of many unanswered questions.
But in the end, Consumer Reports recommends that you try any rowing machine before you buy, which isn’t possible with Rower Max Pro. Or is it?
How Much Does Rower Max Pro Cost?
If you choose, you can purchase Rower Max Pro through a 30-day trial for $14.99, plus $29.99 S&H. Then, after 30 days have passed, you’ll be charged three consecutive monthly payments of $49.99 each.
Alternately, you can make a single payment of $149.97 and waive the $14.99 fee, as well as S&H charges.
For these prices, you’ll receive the Rower Max Pro, two workout DVDs, a workout program, meal plan, sculpting cords, and manual.
Regardless of which option you choose, all Rower Max Pro orders come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H. This is especially important to emphasize, because although the service reps we spoke with didn’t know the device’s weight, based on the site’s pictures, it might not be inexpensive to ship back to the manufacturer if you’re dissatisfied.
To request a refund, you’ll need to call Tristar Products customer service line at 973-287-5100.
What Can We Learn From Reviews For Tristar’s Other Products?
Tristar is a mainstay in the ASOTV world. In fact, they’re the second largest As Seen on TV company in existence and are responsible for hundreds of hits over the years, including recent ones like Perfecter Fusion Styler, Power AirFryer XL, and Power Pressure Cooker XL.
Like most other products in the industry (not just those from Tristar), these tend to come with average customer ratings somewhere around two stars, who often complain that they weren’t high-quality or didn’t last as long as expected. Many also reference less-than-stellar customer support.
Obviously, as such as new product, we're not saying this necessarily correlates to Rower Max Pro. Instead, we're only providing you with all the information.
Let’s carry this thought over to the next section before wrapping up.
We Have a Lot of Unanswered Questions About Rower Max Pro
As discussed above, there are many different factors you’ll need to account for before purchasing a rowing device. But based on the limited information provided on the website, we had a slew of questions regarding Rower Max Pro:
Workouts and Nutrition
- What’s involved with the meal plan? Is it customizable? If so, specifically how (e.g. gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan)?
- What’s involved in the DVD workouts? How long are they? Targeted toward any specific fitness level? What happens when you get bored?
Questions About the Device
- How many pounds of resistance do the resistance bands provide? Does the device come with different bands to change resistance levels?
- What parameters does the computer track? Is it number and length of strokes, or just time?
- Is there a weight limit for Rower Max Pro?
- What are the dimensions? Amount of seat travel? Are the foot pedals/straps adjustable?
Questions About Refunds
- How much does Rower Max Pro weigh?
- Consequently, how much might a reader expect it cost to ship back?
- What, exactly, does the warranty cover?
Our Rower Max Pro Customer Service Experience
In order to gain some insight into these questions, we contacted Tristar at the number above, which is also the number (and company) listed on the Rower Max Pro website.
However, after being transferred to three different representatives, none could provide any more information than what was reflected on the website.
We were eventually instructed to leave a message for a representative at Tristar’s corporate office. They returned our call within an hour, but relayed that they’re not the manufacturer; instead, claiming that it’s Ab Winner, LLC.
Granted, Ab Winner manufactures several other resistance band-based fitness devices like Ab Bow, Supreme Toning Tower, and Vertical Spin Trainer, and are even listed as the owner of Rower Max Pro's trademark.
However, Tristar is clearly listed as the manufacturer on the only Rower Max Pro website we located during our research. While customer support was very nice, we seemed to have reached a dead end.
Will Rower Max Pro Help You Row Your Way to a New Body?
One of the biggest components of sticking with your goals and achieving success (however you define it)—whether it involves a fitness program, a nutrition plan, or anything else—is maintaining motivation.
Given this, if you especially enjoy rowing, a device like Max Rower Pro might be right up your alley. And sure, in some cases, it might be “so much fun that you’ll forget you’re working out.”
Even if you’ve never rowed before and are looking for something new to get you off the couch, but have been afraid to commit because of chronic joint problems, then the low impact resistance provided by Rower Max Pro might be just what you need.
However, if you’re even remotely fit or are used to working out with professional rower models typically found at gyms, we’d wonder if Rower Max Pro’s resistance bands will deliver a lot of value for your money.
Whether we’re talking about Rower Max Pro or its significant competition, though, the level of intensity achieved during any workout—and the long-term physique you accomplish as a result—depends on how much you’re willing to commit. Commitment, in turn, is directly related to motivation.
From this perspective, what happens when you’re bored with Rower Max Pro’s workout? We might recommend searching online for free rowing workout videos, and you’ll be able to keep yourself busy for a while.
But when you consider that you can frequently pick up used gym-quality rowers for around the $200-$300 mark, you’ll have to decide if Rower Max Pro—along with its list of unanswered questions and potentially high return S&H charges—is worth rolling the dice.