Xebex Rower Review

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Let’s review the features of the Xebex Rower line – including their latest model the Xebex Rower 3.0.

Xebex Rower 3.0 Review
The Xebex Rower 3.0 is an indoor rowing machine that uses an ergometer to provide resistance. Air resistance is convenient and effective.

Here’s some of the styles we are going to look at:

Xebex Rower 3.0 This is Xebex's best indoor rower for fitness. There are some subtle, but significant improvements over the 2.0 rower. The Xebex Rower 3.0 features a slightly different frame from the 2.0. The 3.0's rail sits lower so it's easier to step out and over - but the raised seat is at 21" height.

Xebex Rower 2.0 The Xebex Rower 2.0 has a few differences from the 3.0. It folds in half for storage, and the rail is higher - even though the seat is at the same height.

Xebex Rower 2.0 SmartConnect The SmartConnect model is the same as the regular 2.0, but includes Bluetooth connectivity and SmartConnect. The easy-to-use console features Smart Connect connectivity which allows users to connect our Smart Connect equipment console to a variety of 3rd party apps

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rower Easy set-up, simple storage, major results. The Concept 2 Model D Rower has helped set the new standard for what a 21st century indoor rowing machine can deliver. This is the gold standard of indoor rowers.

Launch Your Rowing Course (Dark Horse Academy) Dark Horse Rowing has an online video course called "Launch Your Rowing" - it's EVERYTHING you need to get started properly in terms of knowledge - proper form, terminology, drills, workouts, and more. Stay motivated and accelerate your mastery of the rower by learning from the best.

SR500 Rower You can do a high-intensity workout in your home with the Sole SR500 Rower which also highlights Sole's exclusive resistance adjustment on the handlebar.

Xebex Rower – Overview

These indoor rowing machines provide resistance from a flywheel.

It uses air resistance – and this means the resistance can vary from minimal to a lot.

Overall, rowing is excellent exercise.

It uses all your major muscle groups – it’s a full body workout.

It is also zero impact. There’s no repeated jarring shocks to your joints.

Why pound the pavement relentlessly when you can glide instead?

Xebex Rower 3.0

First of all, this is a rower that uses air resistance. There’s an ergometer. And when you pull on the handles, it spins a flywheel inside.

Xebex Air Rower 3.0 Damper
Inside is the fan/flywheel – which provides resistance. There are 10 damper settings to vary the amount of drag you will encounter. Here it is set to 10.

How much resistance do you get?

It all depends on how hard you row. You can row harder to go faster, or row easier to go slower.

This unit incorporates a spiral damper to allow you to quickly adjust the airflow to the flywheel inside the erg housing.

You can select minimal drag at Setting 1 all the way to maximum drag at Setting 10.

Xebex Rower 3.0 Review - Bamboo Handles
Pull on the handle (and push with your legs) to spin the flywheel. Rowing is a full-body workout. With no impact!

Not sure what setting is best for you? Most will find right in the middle perfect (about or 4 or 5).

The practical difference here is that rowing with little drag is like using a shallow paddle depth, or deep paddle depth at setting 10.

Regardless of the damper setting you choose, the flywheel design will produce a smooth feel and minimum of noise.

But it does make some noise.

Is the Xebex Rower 3.0 more comfortable for older trainees?

It might be. First of all the seat is more heavily padded than competing rower models (such as the Concept2 – which effectively has NO padding on the seat.)

Rowing workouts can be long and therefore the extra seat padding is welcomed.

Xebex Rower 3.0 Raised Padded Seat
The seat is padded – great for long rowing workouts.

Secondly, the lowered rail and raised seat make for easy on/off the equipment.

With a 21″ seat height, the seat is higher up than the Concept2 Model D (14″).

Xebex Rower 3.0 Review - Side Profile
The beauty of the Xebex Rower 3.0 is that the seat is at 20" height, but the entire rail is NOT. It’s easier to get on or off the rower.[

(This is almost the same seat height as that of the Concept2 Model E rower.)

What's the difference between the Concept2 Model D and Model E Rower? The Model E seat hight is 20" - which is 6" higher than the Model D - so it's easier to get on and off. It's also got a fully enclosed chain.
This is the Concept2 Model E Rower. It also has a 20" high seat – but the whole rail is raised.

But we like the lower rail on this model.

The pedal width is adjustable too – because not every body type is the same.

Xebex Rower 3.0 - adjustable pedals
You can adjust the foot pedals for width – which is a nice touch.

Overall, the Xebex Rower 3.0 is going to be slightly more usable by a variety of trainees for these reasons.

Lastly, the Xebex Rower 3.0 is sturdy, but tough at the same time.

You can easily move it thanks to the transport wheels, and it can be stored vertically.

Xebex Rower 3.0 can be stored vertically
Need to save floor space? Store the Xebex Rower 3.0 vertically.

The Xebex Rower 3.0 also features a backlit console display. This is great for working out in dimly lit spaces – like your garage or outdoors in the evening.

Xebex Rower 3.0 - backlit monitor
The monitor of the 3.0 rower is backlit. This greatly helps in readability in dimly lit conditions.

Overall the electronic monitor or console on the Xebex Rower is relatively full-feattured, but it is not the equal of the PM5 monitor on the Concept2 rowers.

Xebex Rower 2.0

Xebex also sells a 2.0 version of their rower.

Xebex Rower 2.0
The 2.0 version of the rower does not have the lower rail. There are other differences too.

What’s the differences?

The rail is higher, even though the seat height is unchanged.

It folds in half for storage.

Xebex Rower 2.0 - fold in half
This version of the rower folds in half to be stored.

It still has the flywheel, the damper, and more – so you can get a great workout on this gear also.

The console is not backlit though – as it is on the 3.0.

Here’s a closeup look at the console:

Xebex Rower 2 Console
A closeup look at the console of the Xebex Rower 2.0.

Lastly, there’s a version called the SmartConnect.

This version is more expensive, but it includes Bluetooth and SmartConnect capabilities.

The other versions support ANT+ (5Khz) heart rate monitors only.

(An HRM such as the Polar H10 chest belt will work great with the ANT+ rowers.)

Learn How To Row with Dark Horse Academy

Once you have the rower, it’s easy to get started – just watch a few YouTube clips and start flailing away…

Or, you could enroll in the Launch Your Rowing e-Course from Dark Horse Academy.

This online course, which you can access on your computer, phone, or tablet starts with the basics.

They explain step-by-step how to get the perfect form for rowing – and they explain all the relevant terminology along the way.

Dark Horse Rowing Launch Your Rowing Online Course Review - Screenshot
Dark Horse Rowing has an online video course called "Launch Your Rowing" – it’s EVERYTHING you need to get started properly in terms of knowledge – proper form, terminology, drills, workouts, and more. Stay motivated and accelerate your mastery of the rower by learning from the best.

What does it include? Lots of of video instruction – and this works great on your phone or a tablet like an iPad.

What drag factor should you use? What’s your 2K time? Exactly what is perfect rowing form anyways?

You can definitely figure this all out (eventually) on your own – but I found this video course to be a fun way to learn – and a great way to get motivated.

I’m happy to say after completing the course – my 2K times have improved greatly.

And perhaps more importantly, I feel like I know what I’m doing – and how I can reach my fitness goals on the rower.

Dark Horse Rowing Launch Your Rowing Online Course Review - Screenshot 2
The Launch Your Rowing course has excellent, high-quality videos – and everything is explained in great detail – and demonstrated to you. It’s like having a world-class rowing coach in your own garage or gym!

Xebex Rower For Sale?

You might try to find a used Xebex Rower for sale.

But, that’s going to be a tall order. Check Facebook groups and craigslist – and if you find one – be prepared to buy it quickly.

A high-quality rower like this won’t last for long on the second-hand or used equipment market.

Sole Fitness SR500 Rower – Overview

The combination of magnetic and air resistance makes working out with the SR50 smooth and efficient. It has multiple training benefits and allows you to sit down or lean forward while in use. It is a folding rower and has high-strength steel with durable powder-coated paint and aluminum monorail. It weighs 81 lbs and is able to support up to 500 pounds. The Sole SR500 Rower also highlights Sole’s exclusive resistance adjustment on the handlebar.

Sole SR500 Rower back view
Sole SR500 Rower back view

You can move the rower when needed with its transport wheels on the front end and leveling feet under both the front and rear stabilizers. Its pedals have six distinct size options that can be chosen by setting the heel position up or down through the pedal’s notches. It also has wireless adjustable resistance that allows you to adjust settings efficiently while working out.

Sole SR500 Rower front left
Sole SR500 Rower front left

The SR50 has a 5.5″ blue backlit LCD (that provides real-time workout data to track your progress) and an adjustable console angle and the console arm. The display metrics show calories, heart rate, wattage, resistance level, time, strokes per minute, and distance. It has a folding frame design, smooth magnetic/air rower action, is Bluetooth enabled, and has a lifetime warranty on the frame, three years on parts, and 1-year in-home labor.

Sole SR500 Rower right rear
Sole SR500 Rower right rear

Xebex Rower – In Summary

The Xebex Rower 3.0 represents the top of the line fitness air rower from Xebex.

But, the other models will probably be more than adequate for your needs as well.

In any case, these are high quality fitness machines that can go the distance.

Xebex Rower 3.0 Review
The Xebex Rower 3.0 is an excellent fitness machine for indoor rowing.

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Xebex Rower 3.0 raised seat
With a raised seat, and low rail this is the easiest rower to mount or dismount.

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