- Minimalist monitor
- Uncomfortable seat for long training sessions
For an entry-level rowing machine, the Body Trac Glider 1050 holds up well, above the average. It is compact and thus perfect for people with limited space such as those living in big cities or people looking for a quick, full-body workout. The machine has its downsides also, with the straps being the biggest one. For people with narrow feet the straps aren`t providing the solid base they need thus forcing you to stop from time to time for adjusting.
The overall design of the machine is robust, made for purpose. While it lacks finesse with things like the monitor, it provides a good, foldable design that work great for storage purposes. The hand grips are padded and the foot plates are textured. Both features are great considering the price point. The design is future-proof, even if the monitor is placed at a difficult viewing angle.
The machine uses a single piston which is located underneath the main column. The hydraulic principle of the piston allows for a good full-body workout focusing on legs, back, arms and abs. It provides a good workout for the lower and the upper body as it comes with 12 resistance levels. The machine doesn`t support any preset programs which is normal considering the price. There are also no options for saving workout results and thus you need a regular notebook to keep track of your progress.