Stamina InMotion Rower Review

This thorough Stamina InMotion Rower Review goes in detail about why this is one of the best rowing machines you can buy for under $100!

Unlike most hydraulic piston rowers that have 2 pistons, this single-piston rower allows for a smooth, strong, quiet row that is great for beginner rowers.

At such a low cost, the InTouch Fitness Monitor will track all your workout data to help you stay motivated to loose weight and stay healthy.

For such a great value, most buyers loved this rowing machine but there are a few items you should know about before purchasing.

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Table of Contents
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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 InMotion Rower is a hydraulic piston resistance rowing machine.

Unlike most hydraulic piston rowers that have 2 pistons, the InMotion Rower only has 1 center piston.

The main reasons for only having 1 piston is to make the rower lighter, cost less, and have a single-centered rowing arm.

The single piston also helps to create an even, smooth row that is sometimes a complaint of the dual-piston rowers.

On a dual-piston rower there are two arms, each controlled by separate hydraulic pistons. It can sometimes be difficult to get each arm at the exact same resistance or sometimes one piston may wear out faster than the other.

With a single piston rower, like the Stamina InMotion Rower, you do not have to worry about this happening.

To learn more about hydraulic piston rowers and other resistance types, check out my article here.

If you want to see what a dual-piston rower looks like check out the Stamina 1215 Orbital Review.

The Stamina InMotion Rower has 5 different resistance levels that can be controlled by setting the piston higher up or lower down on the rowing arm. The higher up you set the piston the harder it will become to perform a complete row.

Stamina InMotion Rower ReviewWhen reviewing how strong the resistance levels were it seemed to be perfect for beginner men, women, and elderly people. All users in these categories felt the resistance gave them a hard enough workout and room to grow into the harder levels.

Some advanced women and strong men felt the machine did not have enough to offer as far as difficulty but for the price of this machine you cannot expect it to give the resistance of a higher priced rower like the Concept2 Model D.

Like all hydraulic piston rowing machines there are a few things you should know about before purchasing.

Hydraulic pistons will heat up, due to the oil inside, after working out for about 15 minutes. You must wait for them to cool down before touching, but there are warning labels on the machine to remind you of this.

The pistons can also leak (a majority of the cases they don’t) so it is recommended to put a towel down or purchase a Rowing Machine SuperMat.

One downside of a hydraulic piston rowing machine is that you must stop rowing and get off the machine to change the resistance levels. If you have been rowing for a while at one resistance and want to change it, you may also want to wait for the piston to cool down.

This can be a slight inconvenience but as you use the rowing machine more, you will get a better understanding for what resistance level you want to set it at before you begin your workout.

Another added benefit of the InMotion Rower is that is has a slightly inclined center-beam that the seat slides on. This means that when pushing off, you will have to work against gravity to push yourself up the incline and thus getting a better leg workout.

Overall, users thought the Stamina InMotion Rower resistance was great for beginners and that it was a very quiet, strong, and smooth row.

Monitor/Control Panel

Stamina In Motion Rower MonitorComplete with an InTouch Fitness Monitor that gives you all the tracking information to help you achieve your fitness goals.

The single button multi-function monitor tracks:

  • Count (total number of strokes made)
  • Scan (changes between time, calorie, and strokes/min every 6 seconds)
  • Time (displays workout time)
  • Strokes/Min
  • Calorie (records estimated calories burned per avg. user. This should not be used as an accurate calorie count but to compare between different workouts)

To turn the monitor on, just start rowing or press any button. The monitor will turn off after 4 minutes of inactivity.

Due to the monitor being attached to the rowing arm you will have to pause while in the “catch” position to read the data. The “catch” position is the starting position where your knees are bent and arms extended- more on rowing positions in this article.

Some rowers mentioned that this “catch position” pause made it harder to read the data, but in my opinion it can help some users. Having the monitor on the rower arm means it will be very close to users and easy to read, unlike other rowers where the monitor is built into the flywheel.

Having a monitor on such an inexpensive machine should also just be seen as a bonus considering many rowers in this price range have no monitor at all!

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Build Quality

The Stamina InMotion Rower is built with a solid steel structure and is very lightweight. No users mentioned that the machine felt cheap or unstable.

However, due to it being a lightweight, compact rower it is not built to take a beating like high-end or commercial rowing machines.

Being lightweight does allow for smaller and elderly people to move the machine around easily which is a great benefit for people living alone.

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Being comfortable while rowing is a main concern of many users. The Stamina InMotion Rower comes with a cozy stitched seat, foam hand grips, and pivoting foot plates with adjustable velcro straps to make your experience as comfortable as possible!

This rower is also very quiet with no vibrations so you can watch TV while exercising and you won’t disturb anyone else in the house or below you in an apartment.

The anti-slip floor protectors also protect any hard surfaced floors, prevent your rower from sliding, and act as shock absorbers.

Some users commented about the seat being a little wobbly but other users said they did not experience this and to make sure all the bolts were tightly secured.

Another recommendation would be to start off wearing workout-gloves because it did take some users time to get used to the handle. If you do not currently do any physical activities with your hands, it is common for new rowers to feel like they may form a blister. If you do work with your hands on occasion, you shouldn’t have a problem.

As you will read below, the rower sits low to the ground which makes it more difficult for rowers with bad knees to continuously bend down to get on and off the rower. One owner said they put the rower on a platform to make it higher off the ground, but just beware that this could be more dangerous and cause the rower to be unstable.

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This rower already has a small, compact footprint when in use but it does have the ability to stand upright and store.

Stamina InMotion Rower SilverIt is too tall to store under a bed but it is perfect for standing upright in a corner or closet.

When standing the rower to store, I would suggest having a space that is a 2.0′ x 2.0′ square and 5.0′ high. You can see a demonstration of how to store the InMotion Rower in the video above.

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The manufacturing weight capacity is 250 lbs but there were users over this limit who used the machine with no problem. One user reported that they were 265 lbs and felt the machine was sturdy and safe.

In my opinion, I would stick to the manufacturer’s suggestion and purchase a machine with a heavier capacity if need be.

Some users as tall as 6’3″ reported using this machine but I would recommend anyone over 6.0′ to test the machine out before buying. A user who was 4’9″ also reported using this machine, just to give you an idea how short a user can be.

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Product Dimensions: 56.5″ x 23.5″ x 19.0″ (L x W x H) (inches)

Shipping Weight: 29.1 lbs

Center Beam Heights (Bar the seat is on):  8.5″ at it’s lowest point near the front of the rower. 11.5″ at it’s highest point when your legs are fully extended.

The center-beam height gives you an idea of how low the machine is to the ground and how far you will have to bend to get on the rower. It also gives you an idea of the incline that the seat sits on and how much you will have to push yourself up while rowing.

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Luckily the assembly of the Stamina InMotion Rower is very easy and can be completed in about 30 minutes. The manual has very easy to read instructions with pictures and most owners who are not mechanically inclined said they put it together with no problem.

The rower comes with two 6mm allen wrenches and one 13mm wrench, which are all you need to put the rower together. You will however need 1AA battery for the monitor, so make sure you have this before your InMotion Rower arrives!

Stamina InMotion RowerOnce you receive your rower, lay out all the parts and do not throw away the box incase it needs to be returned for some reason.

A lot of users thought they were missing parts, but don’t panic, a lot of parts are preassembled into the rower and they will already be in place when you follow the instructions.

Another problem I saw with assembly was the mounting of the piston from the “front stabilizer” to the “rowing arm”. When owners put the piston in backwards it would bend the bracket when they started to row. The part of the piston that is “silver and the rod comes out” must be attached to the rowing arm (see picture).

Other than that, the assembly seemed to go great for everyone. If you do come across any problems please contact Stamina’s customer support. I have dealt with them many times and they are great! Don’t forget to mention the full model number: Stamina 35-0123A.

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Pros and Cons


  • Great beginner rower
  • Smooth and quiet
  • Included fitness monitor on inexpensive rower
  • Easy to assemble
  • Low price
  • Great build quality


  • Resistance can lack for advanced users
  • May be small for very tall users
  • Low to ground for people with really bad knees

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Consumer Reviews

Overall, consumers were very happy with the Stamina InMotion Rower and felt is was a good quality rower for the price. Users who understood that this machine was a beginner rowing machine and would not perform like the $1,000 rowers, loved the machine and gave it full ratings.

It also seemed to work best for people who were just trying to get a little more exercise during the day and worked especially well for women and elderly people.

Click to see full Stamina InMotion Rower reviews here.

Average Rating: 4.0

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  • 90-Day Parts
  • 1-Year Frame

The warranty may seem shorter compared to other rowing machines but having reviewed a lot of Stamina rowers I can assure you all their warranties are the same and no users have complain.

I believe Stamina stands behind their products and know they build high quality machines. Stamina also always does a great job of taking care of their customers when they have a problem.

Make sure to register your product by sending in the Product Registration Card or registering your unit online after buying.

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Stamina InMotion Rower Price

For users looking to get into rowing for the first time or just move a little more throughout the day, you cannot beat this price.

The price of Stamina InMotion Rower varies depending on where you buy it but Amazon tends to have the lowest prices around!

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I hope you enjoyed my Stamina InMotion Rower Review! If I missed anything or if you have any questions please leave me a message in the comments section below. Thanks!

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