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First Degree Fitness vs WaterRower

First Degree Fitness FluidRower vs WaterRower, Who Makes The Better Rowing Machine?

When looking for a home exercise machine that offers a full-body workout, the indoor rowing machine is an excellent option. One of the most popular categories of indoor rowing machine is those which generate resistance with water. The major reason for this is the realistic stroke feel created by the water.

Unlike other types of rowers that tend to have a lag at the beginning of the stroke, water-resistance rowers provide a smooth stroke throughout the stroke cycle without any dead spots. This creates the closest “feel” to being on the water of any type of rower.

Two of the most highly rated and top-selling brands of water resistance indoor rowers are WaterRower's Club and First Degree Fitness Viking 2 AR Plus Select.

Both brands offer a large product line of great-looking, high-quality machines to meet most budgets.

The following is a review of two of the top-selling machines from each manufacturer, the WaterRower’s “Club” and First Degree Fitness’ “Viking 2 AR Plus Select” .

First Degree Fitness vs WaterRower

First Degree Fitness Viking 2 AR Plus Select

First Degree Fitness Viking 2 AR Plus Select

WaterRower Club

WaterRower Club

Manufactured in the USA from solid American ash with metal fixtures creating a highly durable, longlasting platform.

Beautifully crafted in the USA from solid ash wood and features a black stain stain finished in Danish Oil.

Patented Twin Tank technology providing easy manual adjustment for 4 levels of resistance from feather-light to Olympic challenge.

Multi-bladed impeller and internal baffles with the Twin Tanks provide for a natural catch which is instantaneous with the leg drive generating a smooth uniform stroke emulating the feel of on-water rowing.

WaterRower's "WaterFlyWheel" produces resistance based upon the amount of water in the tank and the amount of work you apply. This Self Regulated Resistance allows you to dictate the speed at which you row from a gentle paddle to an all out, high intensity workout.

Height adjustable footplate and straps, and secure heel catches ensure a comfortable rowing position that easily adapts to different shoe sizes.

User friendly, ergonomically designed features including adjustable footrests and straps, a comfortable seat and easy-grip handle.

Comfortable contoured seat for silent smooth action. Accessories can include Elevate Kit, Seat Back Kit, and Heart Rate Monitors.

Premium ergonomic handle for optimal grip and minimal strain of hands and wrist.

Huge selection of attachments to improve the comfort and use of your WaterRower

Bluetooth Multi-level computer which displays data such as heart rate, distance, time per 500 meters and stroke count. Interval training and basic preset workouts are supported. A USB connection allows for integration with First Degree Fitness apps. Bluetooth enabled heart rate monitor compatibility, IOS and Android App connectivity

The WaterRower Club is equipped with an S4 monitor that displays stroke intensity in m/s (meters per second), mph (miles per hour), /500m (time per 500 meters), /2km (time per 2 kilometers), watts and Kcalories per hour. It can also show heart rate with an optional attachment.

The S4 monitor also includes six preset workouts and the option to create your own workouts based on distance or duration. The S4 monitor is able to integrate with 3rd party software as well.

Large transport wheels allow for easy movement and vertical storage in a minimal amount of space.

Built-in dolly wheels allow the machine to be easily moved and stored upright in a space no larger than that of a dining room chair.

This rower has a user weight capacity of 330lbs.

This rower has a user weight capacity of 350lbs.

The overall size of this rower is 84” long, 22” wide, and 21” high.

The overall size of this rower is 82” long, 22” wide and 20” high.

Excellent warranty providing five years of protection on the frame, three years for the tank, two years for mechanical parts and one for wear parts.

The WaterRower Club is initially backed by a three-year warranty on the frame and a one-year warranty on the components. This can be extended to a five-year frame and three-year parts warranty.



Our First Degree Fitness FluidRower vs WaterRower Summary

The WaterRower Club and First Degree Fitness Viking 2 AR Plus Select Rower are both great looking, high quality, virtually maintenance-free indoor rowing machines. Both will provide you with very effective full-body workouts for years to come.

The monitor which is included with both machines has minor differences in the data displayed, pre-programmed workouts and ability to connect with supplementary apps. Both provide you with all the pertinent data you will need for a great workout and choosing one over the other is ultimately a matter of your specific preferences.

The primary difference between the WaterRower Club and First Degree Fitness Viking AR 2 Plus Select is in how the water resistance is generated.

WaterRower’s “WaterFlyWheel” produces resistance based upon the amount of water in the tank. To make changes in resistance to accommodate users of different fitness levels, water must be added or removed from the tank.

The First Degree Fitness Viking 2 AR Plus Select uses patented “Twin Tank” technology which provides for variable water resistance at the turn of a dial which may be more convenient if the rower will be shared between users of different fitness levels.

The Bottom Line

The WaterRower Club and First Degree Fitness Viking 2 AR Plus Select are among the best indoor rowing machines available today and you will be happy with either brand. Both replicate the sight, sound and feel of on-water rowing.

If you are a single user, both machines will work equally well. If there will be multiple users of different fitness levels the First Degree Fitness Viking 2 AR Plus Select may be a slightly better choice due to its manually adjustable resistance.


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