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First Degree Fitness Apollo PRO Fluid Rower Review

Quick Take (Discontinued)

Now discontinued, the Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is a light-commercial water rower from First Degree Fitness (FDF). It boasts a sleek steel frame supported by double-lacquered American ashwood. Its water drive provides up to 4.5 gallons of water for resistance, which FDF suggests will suit everyone from “deconditioned seniors to competitive athletes.” Its water resistance simulates a real-rowing feel, and the sound of splashing water makes for a relaxing workout. This rower has been replaced by a range of newer options from FDF. But if you can find one at a fitness store sale or a used one online, read on for the pros and cons of this machine.

Pros

Water Resistance
Data & Workout Apps
Easy Storage

Cons

Belt Drive

Our Review

The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower uses water resistance. Indoor rowers using water tanks for resistance very impressively simulate on-water rowing. The stroke cycle feels natural — there are no “dead zones” — and riders enjoy the tranquil sound of splashing water. On this model, riders can easily adjust the tension via the Min/Max dial. The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower measures approximately 84″ long by 22″ wide by 21″ high and has a maximum user weight capacity of 330 pounds, making it suitable for most trainees. If you have that workout space to begin with but want the rower to be out of sight after use, you can easily store it upright after your workout.

 

Session feedback is provided on the Apollo PRO’s computer monitor. The computer has basic programming, including interval training support, and can be used with FDF apps through its USB port. One of the most engaging apps sets the rower in a virtual reality environment for racing against other Internet-connected trainees.

Positives

  • Variable Water Resistance: The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is designed to deliver variable water resistance. Its tank can hold up to 17 liters of water, but riders adjust a dial to control how much water is actually used against each stroke.  Trainees get the sight, sound and feel of rowing on a body of water.
  • Data and Workout Apps: As well as displaying essential rower data the monitor has a USB port which allows for expanded functionality with workout apps. A popular example is NetAthlon 2 XF, which lets a person train solo or race against other Internet-connected rowers in a 3D virtual reality environment.
  • Hardwood: The Apollo PRO is one of few commercial rowing machines with a wooden frame. Ash hardwood is used for its long-term dimensional stability, but it also allows a bit of natural-feeling flex during exercise. This rower is double lacquered for durability in busy health clubs.
  • Easy Storage: This rower has transport wheels and can be turned upright for storage.
  • High Capacity: It has a high maximum user weight capacity of 330 pounds.

Negatives

  • Belt Drive: The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower has a belt drive rather than a chain drive. The belt drive will occasionally require adjusting by the owner.

Our Conclusion

The Apollo PRO Fluid Rower is a solid entry-level water rower for light-commercial settings. We recommend this model to shoppers who appreciate the look of hardwood and who want a lower maintenance full-body fitness machine for virtually any fitness level.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the weight capacity of the Apollo PRO Fluid Rower?
A: The Apollo PRO Fluid rower has a maximum user weight capacity of 330 pounds.
Q: How large is the First Degree Fitness Apollo PRO Fluid Rower?
A: The Apollo PRO Fluid rower measures approximately 84″ long by 22″ wide by 21″ high.

Rating: 85%

Resistance Type

Water

Dimensions (inches)

84" L x 22" W x 21" H

Maximum User Weight Capacity

330 lbs

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