While rowing is a wonderful exercise that is perfect for all age groups and users at all levels of expertise, rowing on a daily basis may not be possible for many who may not have the time or the ability to find a water source to row in. A rowing machine is a great home fitness equipment addition that will be able to provide users with the type of rowing action that they are seeking. Rowing is considered as a low-impact, full body workout that will be able to provide many with the type of exercise needed to build and redefine muscle tone. It is a great start for those looking to advance into weight training, and definitely a great exercise for those rehabilitating from an injury.
The Kettler Kadett Outrigger is one of the best rowing machines that are able to perfectly simulate rowing on the waters which makes it highly recommended by many. There are 12 resistance settings on the machine, and the machine comes with a training computer that logs and tracks distance spent on machine, calories burned by user, speed of strokes, heart rate and more. The machine measures 59 x 67 x 18 inches, and has a 250 pound user capacity.
Durability and Sturdiness: The Kettler Kadett Outrigger has been highly recommended by many as the parts have been known to be extremely sturdy and stable. Not only are the parts sturdy, but they fit perfectly with one another, and can move without rattling against one another. This machine is built to perfection and made from high quality materials.
Computer: The computer that is provided by the Kettler Kadett Outrigger is a great tool and asset for those looking to track and monitor their progress and performance level. Not only are they able to gain a good understanding regarding the speed of the strokes, the distance covered, the calories burned, the stroke count and more, but they are also able to monitor their heartbeat rate which can be quite an effective tool in attaining the most efficient workout possible.
Customizations: There are different levels of customizations that make the machine perfect for any type of workout session. Users can adjust the resistance of the machine with a simple click of a button.
Adjustments: The Kettler Kadett Outrigger is unlike any other rowing machine in its ability to adjust to any body size. All aspects of the machine can be adjusted. For example, those with longer legs will be able to ensure that the footplates are further back. Adjustments can be made within seconds making this machine ideal for all body sizes.
Foldability: The Kettler Kadett Outrigger takes up a lot of space, and the oars have been known to be quite large; however, the whole machine can be compacted and folded within minutes. The folded machine takes up extremely little space, and is definitely a great addition to any home gym.
Noise: The Kettler Kadett Outrigger is extremely quiet. The parts of the machine falls into place quite sturdily, and they do not make any noise at all with exception to occasional clicking due to the chair hitting the back of the machine.
What We Don’t Like:
Cost: In comparison to many other rowing machines that rely on hydraulic cylinders, the Kettler Kadett Outrigger is much pricier than most other brands which can be a problem for those on a tight budget.
Housing of the Computer: Unlike many other rowing machines that have a set stand for the monitor and the computer, the Kettler Kadett Outrigger does not have a strong base for the monitor. In fact, some users have reported that the monitor will easily fall off during a workout session.
Instruction Manual: Some users have reported that the instruction manual only comes with German labels which can be quite a headache. The instruction manual does not come with text, and only comes with illustrations. It can take some users a longer period of time to assemble the product when they first receive it as it requires more focus in identifying the different parts.
Skidding: If the machine is used on a hard surface area, it has been known to skid around; however, if the machine is used on carpet, it will be fine. Some users have placed rubber mats underneath the machine in order to prevent skidding from occurring.
Foot straps: While this may be a minor problem, many people have complained that the foot straps do eventually come loose during the workout; however, this problem can be easily fixed by adding Velcro onto the foot straps.
Handles: The handles of the Kettler Kadett Outrigger is a tad harder than other rowing machines on the market, and can be a tad uncomfortable at times.
The Kettler Kadett Outrigger is a tad more expensive in comparison to other rowing machines that rely on hydraulic cylinders; however, the additional price can be reflected on the quality of the product. The Kettler Kadett Outrigger may perhaps be one of the sturdiest and most durable products on the market, and most consumers have reflected their satisfaction with the product due to its sturdy and durable nature.
While it is solid as a rock and made to last, there are some minor issues with the product. These issues can be solved by using the machine on a rough surface and adding Velcro to the foot straps; however, this may be seen as troublesome to some consumers. With this in mind, the Kettler Kadett Outrigger is still considered as a worthwhile investment due to its incredible abilities of being able to simulate actual rowing. In fact, many users who have purchased the product claim that not only can they not hear the machine, but they actually believe that they are rowing a boat if they close their eyes.
Depending on one’s priorities, the Kettler Kadett Outrigger may be a pass or a great investment. Those looking for sturdiness, stability and also a machine that is quiet and able to mimic real rowing will love what this product has to offer! It definitely excels in those areas in comparison to other brands.