York R301 Platinum Foldable Rowing Machine Review

York R301 Platinum Foldable Rowing Machine
York R301 Platinum Foldable Rowing Machine
York R301 Platinum Foldable Rowing Machine

York R301 Features

  • Magnetic resistance levels
  • LCD tracking monitor
  • Pre-set workout programs
  • Foldable in half
  • Comfortable seat

York R301 Specification

  • Dimensions -253 cm x 100 cm x 58 cm
  • Weight – 38 kg
  • Maximum user weight -120 kg
  • 12 month warranty

York R301 Platinum Review

York company is famous for supplying one of the best rowers to the market. Usually their models come packed with different features such as LCD screen, pre-set workouts and comfortable seats.

There is also a heart rate monitor built in for your convenience so you can track your body whilst building strength and endurance.

York R301 has been specifically designed to deliver extra comfort to the user. It has comfy moulded seat that was ergonomically design for you to feel comfort during your rowing stroke.

Foot rests are large and are able to fit small, wide and large feet pretty well. The are made from hard molded plastic, so you will be able to feel power in your legs when rowing thanks to the right amount of flexibility. The straps that come with the machine will keep your feet in place. For additional traction – foot straps have a special texture design. This will suit even a meticulous and fast rower, that is working out and rowing quick to build up stamina.

The flywheel designed to provide resistance with air and magnets. This makes it very quite rowing machine as well as very efficient. There are in total 16 different resistance levels, that will help beginner to build their strength all the way up. Low level of resistance is good for beginners, the higher levels are good for more advanced rowers that want to grow muscles and build up stamina.

York R301 comes with an LCD display console. It can be adjusted to be higher or to be lower, all depending on your height.

York R301 LCD Display Monitor
York R301 LCD Display Monitor

This LCD tracking monitor helps you to keep track of:

  • Pulse
  • Time
  • Strokes per minute
  • Distance
  • Overall Strokes
  • Calories Burned

Heart rate monitor that is included with this machine is using a special wireless receiver and transmitter. You attach heart rate monitor, start working out and then you can see your heart rate. It is very precise as well, unlike other devices on the market.

Users of this rowing machine can either choose from 16 included programs or can go through their own manual session. There are in total 12 pre set workout programs you can follow, each of them will help you to lose weight, improve your endurance and build muscle.

For those of you who want to challenge yourself, you can choose a program that pretty much works off your current heart beat rate. What it will do, it will monitor your heart rate the entire time during your workout, and will make sure that you keep your heart rate above a desired level. Amazing option for those ones who want to lose weight or build stamina, it helps you workout consistently and at an optimal intensity.

To make you safe space, York R301 can fold in half. Then you can simply put it away in a storage room or under the bad. It is perfect for the ones who live in flats, lofts or small homes.


  • Amazing build quality
  • Precise heart rate monitor
  • LCD tracking monitor with a lot of function
  • Space saving – can fold in half
  • 16 different levels of resistance
  • Pre set workout programs


  • No transport wheels included
  • Air resistance produce noise when rowing

What customers say about York R301 Foldable Rowing Machine

I am very happy with the rower. Does what it claims to be good at. Although instructions for the electronic display need significant improvement

This is my third rower and it’s by far the best. I love to use different resistance levels. Really good workout

I love the handle for this rower. It is amazing! I use it in two different grips to make work out more interesting

Very good customer service. Had a broken part. Fitness Superstore have replaced everything quick and free of charge.


What you need to keep in mind when buying this rower is that all rowers of this type produce a bit higher level of noise than other rowers. It is expected for this kind of rowing machines to be noisy, but it still might put off a buyer who would prefer a quiet machine.

Another con that disappointed us a lot is that there are no transport wheels. It can get very tricky when you try to move machine around all by yourself. What surprise us is that most of the models that are foldable in half do provide transports wheels, but not this one.

On the up side, this machine comes with precise heart rate monitor. It would be good for advanced users who want to push their fitness levels higher and work harder and faster.

Apart from these two obvious cons/let downs, York R301 is an amazing rowing machine that would definitely help you put your fitness level to the new higher standard.

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