Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Review

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 gives you plenty of bang for your buck!

This solidly-built workout machine gives you an identical workout offered by rowers that are twice as big and twice as expensive!

It has a compact size and weighs less than 40 pounds.

The dual handles have a full-range of motion so you can emulate real-life rowing.

It has the ability to change resistance levels and comes with a multi-functional fitness monitor to keep track of your workouts.

Overall it’s a great rower but it does have a few shortcomings.

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1. Resistance Type
2. Monitor/Control Panel
3. Build Quality
4. Comfort
5. Storage
6. Capacity
7. Dimensions
8. Assembly
9. Pros and Cons
10. Consumer Reviews
11. Warranty
12. Price

Resistance Type

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 provides resistance in the form of a single gas-shock that’s located underneath the molded seat.

Like other hydraulic piston-resistance rowers this rowing machine is low-priced, offers different levels of resistance, smaller in size, and much quieter than rowers with different resistance types.

Sounds great, right?

Well, I only exposed you to one side of the story.

It’s important for me to mention that just like other hydraulic piston-resistance rowers this rowing machine is susceptible to leaking and doesn’t provide the most realistic rowing motion.

This Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 offers 12 different levels of resistance. Beginners can start at level 1 and work their way up to a fitness guru level 12.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

You can adjust the resistance level by changing setting on the gas-shock.  You have to be careful though – as stated in the owner’s manual:

“CAUTION: The shocks get HOT after a few minutes of use, so be sure to let them cool down before adjusting to a new resistance level.”

A very small percentage of users did note that the Body Trac Glider 1050 wasn’t physically challenging enough for them. However, the majority of users (including ones that worked out regularly) noted the rower provided a stimulating full-body workout.

The users who complained about not getting a challenging enough workout may have used the rower incorrectly. Rowing with improper form can cause certain muscles to workout more than others and feel as if the machine isn’t working. Make sure to row with 60% legs, 20% core, and 20% arms. If you want to know more about the muscles used check out my article.

Some users may have been too strong for this rower and need to purchase a more advanced machine.

As I mentioned before, there is a chance the piston will leak. This is a problem on all hydraulic-piston rowers. I recommend putting down an exercise protection mat to protect the floor underneath the rower.

Although there are a few disadvantages with this resistance-type, I believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages pretty heavily.

Overall, this rowing machine provides a great resistance for beginner rowers.

Monitor/Control Panel

To help keep track of your workouts a multi-function electronic monitor is included with the Body Trac Glider 1050.

The fitness meter keeps track of time, the number of strokes completed, and the estimated amount of calories burned.

When the meter is in ‘scan’ mode, it continually cycles through each function every six seconds. This is helpful because you don’t have to stop working out to toggle through the functions.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Monitor

It is powered by one AA battery (included).  The unit shuts down after 4 minutes of inactivity to help save battery.

The monitor can be useful but a few users have complained about a few issues:

  • First, the computer is not backlit the display is difficult to see in low-lit areas.
  • Second, the calorie counter isn’t accurate compared to other calorie counters. Stated in the manufacturer’s instructions, “The calorie readout is an estimate for an average user. It should be used only as a comparison between workouts on this unit.”
  • Lastly, the fitness monitor isn’t made of the highest quality plastic.

The monitor is ver basic and good at tracking basic fitness data. This is fair considering the Body Trac Glider is on the lower end of the price scale for rowing machines.

Overall, these minor issues with the fitness monitor shouldn’t be the sole reason you decide not to buy this rower.

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Build Quality

The build quality of the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 frame is excellent. It’s made of steel and has an aluminum center beam.  It’s surprising how solid the rower is given that it has a lightweight frame that weighs less than 40 pounds.

Hydraulic piston-resistance rowing machines are generally the quietest out of all rower resistance types and this holds true with the Body Trac Glider 1050.

Most of the noise comes from the seat rolling back and forth on the seat rail.  It sounds very similar to a skateboard on the sidewalk.

The piston makes a faint ‘hissing’ sound but isn’t loud at all.  Some users complained that the roller seat can make a loud squeaking noise, but mentioned it could be fixed easily with a few squirts of WD-40.

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The seat is made of molded plastic and is comfortable for short to moderate rowing sessions.

A few users complained that the seat can be uncomfortable when rowing for longer periods of time and that the seat gets harder after excessive use.

To help with these issues, users suggest using a folded gym towel or a small pillow and placing it on top of the seat before use.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Seat

The handle bars come with standard padded grips that are not too hard and not too soft.  It feels a whole lot better then having them wrapped in cheap foam that will tear in about 2 months.

One user complained that the handle bars can be a little harsh on your hands if you grip the handles tightly. This can be easily fixed by wearing workout gloves.

The foot straps and foot pedals of the Body Trac Glider are probably its most talked about parts.   A lot of users complained about their feet slipping out of the foot pedals during their workout.

The major issue with the foot pedals is they’re too big and the foot straps are positioned really high on the foot pedals (near the toe area).  This leaves the rest of your foot unsecured and prone to slipping out during use as the foot pedals move as you row.

Users have fixed this issue with different solutions including installing the foot pedals upside-down and installing u-bolts at the bottom of the foot pedals.  Although the foot pedals and foot straps are not perfect, they were not big enough of an issue to discourage users from using the rowing machine.

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The rowing motion is one of the Body Trac Glider’s best features.  The seat moves smoothly back-and-forth and the handles are attached to dual-jointed arms allowing the handles to operate with a full range-of-motion.

What’s so special about full range-of-motion?

This allows the handles to not only move towards and away from your body but also in a circular-motion similar to the actual rowing motion on water.

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Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 RowerThe Body Trac Glider is ideal for someone that’s interested in a full-body workout machine but is also space-conscious.

To store away, all you have to do is unscrew two knobs to unlock the arms, fold the arms away, screw back the knobs to lock the arms in place, and rest the rower on its end so it stands up.

The whole process can be done in a few minutes tops.

When in storage mode, the rower is 23.5″ x 46.0″.

Not quite small enough to fit underneath your bed but small enough to stow away in your closet or in the corner of a room.

Although the rower weighs less than 40 pounds, the weight is dense and isn’t too easy to move around so it’s suggested you store the rower near the area you’ll be using it.

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Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

Per the instruction manual, the weight capacity for the unit is 250 pounds.

Users as tall as 6’6” used the rower with no issues.

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 has a long gliding track and big foot pedals making it ideal for taller rowers.

Users as short at 5.0′ have also used this rower with no functionality problems. The only problems they did encounter were their feet slipping out of the foot pedals.

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  • In-Use: 
    • 58.2″ x 42.5″ x 18.1″ (L x W x H)
  • Storage/ Folded
    • 23.5.0″ x 46.0″ (Wx H)
    • According to Stamina’s website
  • Weight:
    • 39 pounds

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The manufacturer recommends two people for assembly. However, plenty of users commented (including a 65-year-old woman with no experience working with tools) that they were able to put the unit together with no help in about 20-30 minutes.

The tools required for assembly are included and the main parts are already put together in the box.

The parts that require assembly are mainly the seat, pedals, and arms.

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Pros and Cons


  • Solid-construction
  • Compact design
  • Light weight
  • Easy storage
  • Adjustable resistance to accommodate different fitness levels
  • Full range-of-motion dual handles that simulate rowing on water
  • Long gliding track to accommodate rowers as tall as 6’6”
  • Easy assembly


  • Foot-pedal/ foot-strap design make it difficult to keep feet in place while working out
  • Resistance-level can’t be adjusted while the machine is in use due to the shock getting hot
  • Gas shock can possibly leak
  • Calorie-counter on the fitness meter can be inaccurate

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Consumer Reviews

Users praised the solid frame on the machine. Especially considering its very modest price tag.

They also liked the free-motion handlebars which is uncommon for hydraulic-piston rowers and rowing machines in general.

The biggest complaint was the footrests aren’t the best for keeping your feet locked in while rowing but some users found interesting ways to fix the issue.

Read more here: Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Review

Average Rating: 4.1

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  • Frame: 1-year
  • Parts: 90-days

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Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Price

The price of the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 varies depending on where you buy it but Amazon tends to have the lowest price.

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