Most Popular Rowing Machine Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

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One of the most popular rowing machines on the market, the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 is a hydraulic rower that uses a single piston underneath the main column to provide the resistance. 

Some of our reviewers found regular heavy use caused problems with the piston. After about 15 minutes of use the resistance drops and it hardly takes any effort to row. 

Most Popular Rowing Machine Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

This machine is reputed for its unique hydraulic piston-resistance that draws its power from the gas-shock which is found underneath the base. Thanks to this feature, every single muscle of your body is engaged in the workout, hence guaranteeing rapid fat blasting in minimal time.

The seat is quite comfortable for a budget model and the action is fine for short workouts of fifteen minutes or less. If you're planning on training for longer periods you may find this model less comfortable. It's quite sturdy for a compact machine and also folds up for easy storage - something to consider if space is short. The twelve resistance levels should be plenty for most users - but remember this can drop off during longer workouts.

This device measures 58.2 by 42.5 by 18.1 inches and weighs approximately 39 pounds. The machine is listed at $230.00 but is on sale for $118.44.

In fact, with this product, users can expect to lose between 300 to 500 calories per hour, depending of course on their health, gender, age and weight. In spite of its numerous advantages, this product is surprisingly affordable but does not, in any way, compromises on quality.


Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is compacted and “out of the way.” The frame is made of steel and aluminum. It is meant to be tough and withstand rigorous use. Exercising with this machine should not cause users much joint pain or swelling.

The seat is padded and designed for comfort. It is meant to be row for long periods of time without feeling uncomfortable.
Most Popular Rowing Machine Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050
Extremely simple to use, this machine is also suitable to any user who never experimented with rowing before. All you have to do is slide onto the perfectly padded seat, grab each oar, adjust the foot Velcro straps around your shoes and move your arms back and forth. Indeed, this machine is one of the simplest models on the market in terms of ease of use and accessibility. It does, however, provide expert-level training programs and endurance levels for more advanced users.

Thanks to the multi-resistance settings, users of all ages and fitness levels will be able to easily make the most out of this product.

  • The price - it's very cheap
  • It's reasonably quiet  (definitely quieter than an air-resistant rower)
  • A pretty solid steel frame
  • It's compact and easy to store away
  • Good for occasional use
  • The rowing machine comes with a one-year warranty on the frame and a 90-day warranty on the parts.
  • The monitor turns on and off automatically in order to save battery power for the display.


Because of its hydraulic piston resistance feature, a few users did wonder whether the machine would be prone to leaking, but nothing concrete has been reported so far. A small minority of users also claimed that the maximum resistance level was not challenging enough for them. However, this is often related to a poor posture on the rower, which can be detrimental to your workout. As such, users should slide their body backwards to put a considerable distance between the seat and oars. 

The pistons on the unit can heat up when working out for a long period of time. Occasionally, this can cause the machine to stop until it cools. 

A couple of customers also deplored the 250 weight limit on this item.

Customer Comment 

"I've had a few problems with the oars becoming loose and constantly need tightening. This is annoying as apart from that I find it a good machine for the price." - Harriet P

Most Popular Rowing Machine Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050"I've used this machine for 45 min every other day for a year and a half. It is this only exercise that I do and I have seen remarkable results. I am 30 years old and I have lost thirty pounds of fat and have turned an average body type in an athletic one. My back and shoulders have especially benefited. Those are the results you can expect from using this low impact, compact, easy to use and actually pretty fun piece of exercise equipment - all form the comfort of your living room." - oddBobby.

"I noticed immediately that the materials for the rower are pretty solid. However, I found the plastic for the monitor to be pretty flimsy but serving their purpose. Another quality issue is the nylon and velcro foot straps that may break over time. My feet slip into the foot stirrups easily but if the straps aren't tight they can and do slip out occasionally. The monitor conveniently measures time, estimated calories, and number of rows. You can set it to scan through this information while you are rowing so that you don't have to stop to change what is shown. The monitor also cuts on and off automatically, saving power.

The rower was not silent. When I first got it, it squeeked fiercely. But a few squirts of WD40 and the annoying noise was taken care of. The pistons hiss and the seat rolls back and forth making a sound similar to what a skateboard makes.

The seat is cushioned. This is very important for anyone wanting to row for long aerobic workouts. The row arms move nicely...similar to an outrigger but not quite the same movement.

I am six feet tall and immensely pleased that I chose the Body Trac Glider because it has a longer track than most rowers. I am able to extend my legs fully with each row and my arms can go through a full range of motion with this machine." - J. Prince.

Bottom Line

Most Popular Rowing Machine Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050
Overall, the Body Trac Glider 1050 rowing machine has great value. Rowing has shown to works every single major muscle of the body including the abs, glutes, legs, back, arms, thighs and thighs- and the Body Trac Gider delivers just that. Although, it isn't perfect, there have been a few small issues and this rower can't offer the features and experience of the high end models, that are 10x's the amount of this jewel.

This machine is available on Amazon for an amazingly low price in brushed black and silver, and  is protected by a 90-day warranty on the parts and a one-year warranty on the frame.

Features Summary

  • Product Dimensions: 50 x 12 x 10 inches
  • Maximum Supported Weight: 250 lb
  • Machine Weight: 39 lb
  • Color: Black and Silver
  • Storage: Folds away for easy storage
  • Price: $118.44 & FREE Shipping

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About Le Minh Hieu

Le Minh Hieu is a national-level weightlifter and a Singapore Weightlifting sports performance coach. Hieu's biggest passion is helping everyone find confidence, happiness, and health through fitness.


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