Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine Reviews

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine Reviews
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The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 gives you plenty of bang for your buck!

This solidly-built workout machine gives you an identical workout offered by rowers that are twice as big and twice as expensive!

It weighs less than 40 pounds and has a compact size.

The dual handles have a full-range of motion so you can emulate real-life rowing.

It has the ability to change resistance levels and comes with a multi-functional fitness monitor to keep track of your workouts.

Overall it’s a great rower but it does have a few shortcomings.

Resistance Type

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 provides resistance in the form of a single gas-shock that’s located underneath the molded seat.

Like other hydraulic piston-resistance rowers this rowing machine is low-priced, offers different levels of resistance, smaller in size, and much quieter than rowers with different resistance types.

Sounds great, right?

Well, I only exposed you to one side of the story.

It’s important for me to mention that just like other hydraulic piston-resistance rowers this rowing machine is susceptible to leaking and doesn’t provide the most realistic rowing motion.

This Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 offers 12 different levels of resistance. Beginners can start at level 1 and work their way up to a fitness guru level 12.

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You can adjust the resistance level by changing setting on the gas-shock. You have to be careful though – as stated in the owner’s manual:

Some users may have been quite strong for this rower and need to purchase a more advanced machine.

As I mentioned before, there is a chance the piston will leak. This’s a problem on all hydraulic piston rowers. you should put down an exercise protection mat to protect the floor underneath the rower.

Although there are a few disadvantages with this resistance-type, I believe the advantages outweigh the disadvantages pretty heavily.

Overall, this rowing machine provides a great resistance for beginner rowers.
Monitor/Control Panel

A multi-function electronic monitor is included with the Body Trac Glider 1050 to help keep track of your workouts.

The fitness meter keeps track of time, the number of strokes completed, and the estimated amount of calories burned.

The metter continually cycles through each function every six seconds when the meter is in ‘scan’ mode,This is very helpful for you because you don’t have to stop working out to toggle through the functions.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Monitor

It is powered by one AA battery (included). The unit shuts down after 4 minutes of inactivity to help save battery.

The monitor can be useful but a few users have complained about a few issues:

  • First, the computer is not backlit the display is difficult to see in low-lit areas.
  • Second, the calorie counter isn’t accurate compared to other calorie counters. Stated in the manufacturer’s instructions, “The calorie readout is an estimate for an average user. It should be used only as a comparison between workouts on this unit.”
  • Lastly, the fitness monitor is not made of the highest quality plastic.

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The monitor is ver basic and good at tracking basic fitness data. This is very fair considering the

Body Trac Glider is on the lower end of the price.

Overall, these minor issues with the fitness monitor is not the sole reason you decide not to buy this rower.

Build Quality

The build quality of the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 frame is excellent. It’s made of steel and has an aluminum center beam. It’s surprising how solid the rower is given that it has a lightweight frame that weighs less than 40 pounds.

The noise can comes from forth on the seat rail and the seat rolling back. It sounds very similar to a skateboard on the sidewalk.
a very small percent users complained that the roller seat make a loud squeaking noise, but it could be fixed easily with a few squirts of WD-40.


Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 RowerThe Body Trac Glider is ideal for someone that’s interested in a full-body workout machine but is also space-conscious.

To store away, all you have to do is unscrew two knobs to unlock the arms, fold the arms away, screw back the knobs to lock the arms in place, and rest the rower on its end so it stands up.

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The whole process can be done in a few minutes tops.

When in storage mode, the rower is 23.5″ x 46.0″.

Not quite small enough to fit underneath your bed but small enough to stow away in your closet or in the corner of a room.

Although the rower weighs less than 40 pounds, the weight is dense and isn’t too easy to move around so it’s suggested you store the rower near the area you’ll be using it.


Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050

Per the instruction manual, the weight capacity for the unit is 250 pounds.

Users as tall as 6’6” used the rower with no issues.

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The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 has a long gliding track and big foot pedals making it ideal for taller rowers.

Users as short at 5.0 have used this product without problems also. The only one problems they did encounter were their feet slipping out of the foot pedals.


58.2″ x 42.5″ x 18.1″ (L x W x H)
Storage/ Folded
23.5.0″ x 46.0″ (Wx H)
According to Stamina’s website
39 pounds
Pros and Cons

– Easy storage
– Solid-construction
– Compact design
– Light weight
– Adjustable resistance to accommodate different fitness levels
– Full range-of-motion dual handles that simulate rowing on –water
– Long gliding track to accommodate rowers as tall as 6’6”
– Easy assembly

– Resistance level can not be adjusted while the machine is in use due to the shock getting hot
– foot-strap/ Foot-pedal design make it difficult to keep feet in place while working out
– Gas shock can possibly leak
– Calorie counter on the fitness meter can be inaccurate

Consumer Reviews

Users praised the solid frame on the machine. Especially considering its very modest price tag.

They also liked the free-motion handlebars which is uncommon for hydraulic-piston rowers and rowing machines in general.

The biggest complaint was the footrests aren’t the best for keeping your feet locked in while rowing but some users found interesting ways to fix the issue.

CAUTION: The shocks get HOT after a few minutes of use, so be sure to let them cool down before adjusting to a new resistance level.

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