BodyCraft VR500 Review

The BodyCraft VR500 commercial rower is the result of a decades worth of trials, development and extensive research at Bodycraft. Naturally, we expect this rower to excel, partly because it is surprisingly more expensive than the extremely popular Concept 2 rowers.

Due to it being a fairly new rower, there is not a lot of reviews available in comparison to the market leading models. Today I want to talk you through some of the VR500 rowers key features.

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Design and Adjustments

It has a well thought out design that immediately strikes you as sturdy, durable and modern. The frame is made of powder coated steel which allows the rowing machine to take weights of up to 350 pounds. Furthermore it has been specifically designed to fold & roll ensuring your life is made easier when moving the rowing machine around the house or gym.

Adjustable foot straps and heel rest ensure you get to decide the exact position you row in, ensuring you get  maximum comfort while exercising. A well designed padded & contoured seat only adds to the overall design advantages.

The handlebar has been ergonomically designed, aimed at reducing strain and injury risk by ensure maximum comfort and allowing you to maintain as near perfect rowing form as possible. You will be happy to hear this will also go a long way in helping reduce the chances of getting blisters that so many rowers get.

Exercise features

Like a lot of the rowers on the market, it comes with plenty of built in exercise programs. These particular programs have been designed for a wide variety of users and fitness levels, and they will really help the user stay motivated. Overall there is twelve workout programs for the VR500. Four of which are aimed at helping you control your heart rate, four simulate races, two interval programs really help stretch the variation plus one each of manual and custom settings.

Naturally, the rower includes a heart rate monitor. It would of been a huge oversight on Bodycraft’s part to not include one as there is a total of four different heart rate based fitness programs. The heart rate is monitored by the Polar Telemtry enabled device. Now, although I have not tested it myself, there has been a lot of talk about this particular method of heart rate measurement being far more accurate than the traditional grip monitor.

As far as performance monitoring is concerned, the rower comes with a LCD display screen which will display a wide range of statistics relating to your current rowing session. Just a few of the stats this particular display will show you include heart rate, distance rowed, the time you taken, and the amount of strokes per minute. Every single one of these things are extremely useful for anyone looking to get in shape, record the stats after each workout and aim to improve on it as much as you can each time you row.

Feedback from customers

The Bodycraft VR500 has been extremely well received despite the amount of competition in the market and how new it is. Customers as a whole around the web seem very satisfied with their purchase.

Users mostly note about the wide range of features available and how comfortable the rower is. The overall feel seems to be it provides a excellent workout and a great challenge for both beginners and experienced rowers around the world.

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Our rating:91%
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