The Deluxe Conversion II is a unique offering from Stamina, giving you a rowing machine and a recumbent bike in one machine. Although not for the most serious rowers, it appeals to those who want to vary their workouts with different types of cardio movements.
The Conversion II is a very basic rowing machine with a padded seat and pedals allowing you to use it as a recumbent bike as well. You get a basic readout which shows you your time, calories, heart rate, speed and distance. You can use the rowing bar to do upright rows, curls and triceps extensions, which is a nice added feature.
Let's take a closer look at the specs...
The Stamina Deluxe Conversion II Recumbent/Rower has received good reviews from users, as it gives them an opportunity to change up their workouts to keep them motivated.
You have the rowing machine to work the arms and back, the bike to work the legs and the bar to work out your biceps, triceps, shoulders and forearms. So you can really do a lot on this machine.
The machine can be assembled relatively easily. Although you can probably bang it out yourself in a few hours, it's always better to have a little help if possible.
Construction is solid. Although it isn't the most durable machine we have come across, for the price it is pretty good. At the time of this review the cost was around $800 on sale, which isn't bad for two units in one. For comparison, ProForm makes a similar machine called the Dual Trainer Bike/Rower, which is around $1299 on sale. In its defense though, it does offer a lot more workouts and resistance levels.
The display, pictured above, is basic, but gives you all of the necessary workout metrics. You get 8 resistance levels to choose from, and most users are happy with intensity levels as you move up.
You can measure your heart rate with the grips in the handles.
All in all, you can do some nice circuit training with all of the exercise possibilities.
Any negatives to speak of? There are some. A few user reviews speak to the fact that this is more of a rowing machine than a recumbent bike, so if you are thinking about buying it more for the bike portion, it might not be the ideal choice for you.
Also, there have been complaints about the comfort of the seat, and many users have added their own cushion to make it a little more comfortable.
There are no bells and whistles here, e.g. workout fan, water bottle holder, wireless heart rate monitoring, etc., but at this price you really can't expect that.
For those looking for something a little different, the Conversion II is not a bad choice. It's reasonably price for two machines in one, plus you can work out your arms and your legs when you are done rowing/biking.
The machine is perfect for those who want to burn some calories and get into shape, who don't need all of the extra bells and whistles. However, if you're looking for a gym-quality machine, or are a serious athlete, you likely won't be satisfied with what this machine has to offer.
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