Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine: What Makes It Unique?

Review: Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is an excellent rowing machine for your home gym. It’s smaller than the rowing machines you see in gyms, but that’s why it’s perfect for your home. Its steel, and aluminum frame is sturdy enough to withstand rigorous exercise but easy to move if you need to store it while it isn't in use.

What Makes the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine Unique?

It’s small and lightweight, but durable. Some economy rowing machines employ too much plastic in their design which leads to a short life. This rower has a steel frame for support and aluminum components in lower stress areas. The only plastic or rubber on it aid in your comfort. It's built to last and endure your toughest workouts.

You can manually control the gas shock via a knob allowing you to adjust resistance without removing any pins and using tools. Our favorite part is the digital fitness monitor. It gives you feedback on time, count, calories burned, and the total number of your rows during the current session. It helps keep you motivated while you're rowing. This monitor is one of our favorite features.

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine isn't the only rowing machine that uses a gas shock for resistance, but that still makes it stand out from a significant portion of rowing machines. Older devices and a lot of newer ones use a fan for resistance.

The handles are connected in some way to the fan, and the fan creates resistance as you row. The problem is the machines using the fan for resistance are notorious for working one arm more than the other. The gas shock system is more efficient and provides a better workout.

What We Love About the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine

It's affordable, lightweight, and super easy to assemble. The bonuses of the digital fitness monitor and adjustable resistance are uncommon on rowing machines in this price range. We like getting things that feel like they were free bonuses.

Above all else, the workout is excellent. Some rowing machines leave you feeling like you didn't accomplish much because you spent an hour rowing, but the resistance was weak. The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine solved that problem by adding an adjustable gas shock.

It is comfortable. If you set the resistance high, the workout is tough, but the padded handles and molded seat make it comfortable. Nothing is worse than knowing you have twenty minutes left a machine like this and your hands or butt hurts because the chair or the handles are too hard or rough. Workouts are supposed to be tough but stop short of torture.

What We Didn’t Like About It

Our only concern is the warranty. The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is not very expensive, and it’s made of steel and aluminum, so we expect it to last a long time. The warranty covers defects in the parts, but only warranties the frame for a year. A steel and aluminum frame is unlikely to fail in the first year, so we feel like the frame portion of the warranty needs more time.

The only other issue we found is the adjustable seat doesn’t adjust very much. If you’re short, you the machine forces you to stretch to keep your feet in the stirrups and row at the same time. If you are under 5’ 4”, this isn’t the best rowing machine for you. The seat can’t slide up far enough to give you a comfortable workout.

When stored in the upright position, the digital monitor acts as a support leg. We didn't find any customer comments about the monitor breaking or otherwise getting damaged when stored upright, but it concerns us that this sensitive part of the machine props up the weight of the entire rowing machine. None of these issues are major issues or a reason to avoid this machine, except for the height-related problem.

The Technical Details

It comes with all the tools necessary to put it together and get started rowing. It weighs less than forty pounds so that you can move it around quickly. It’s about two feet tall and two feet wide, and measures 46-inches in length. It stores easily in a large closet or under some beds. Unlike most rowing machines, this machine won’t break your back when you need to move it around.

More technical details:

  • Includes a multifunction fitness monitor
  • Rowing handles operate independently
  • The maximum user weight is 250 pounds
  • It folds easily when you’re ready to store it
  • It uses an adjustable gas shock to provide resistance
  • It has a steel frame and an aluminum center beam
  • It uses ball bearings in the roller system instead of plastic bushings
  • It is quiet and operates smoothly

The digital fitness monitor shows your speed, distance covered, workout time, strokes per minute, and your calories burned. It acts as an extra motivator because watching those numbers climb improves your workout. It takes about 30 minutes to get from opening the box on your new rowing machine to starting your first workout. Putting it together does not count as your first workout.

Is It Expensive?

We compared the price on Amazon to similar rowing machines and their prices were about the same give or take. Many of the products we compared it to on price did not include a digital fitness monitor. Roughly the same number of rowing machines missing a fitness monitor also lacked an adjustable gas shock for resistance.

Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine
  • Unique, full-range-of-motion rowing mimics being on the water
  • Multi-function electronic monitor to keep you motivated
  • Comfortable molded seat





Some had a digital monitor but lacked any kind of adjustment for resistance. Others offered adjustable resistance mechanisms but no way to track your progress. The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine has both features. So, while the prices are close, it comes out cheaper because it includes at least one element that is absent on most other gliders or rowing machines.

What do Customers Say

On Amazon, this rowing machine gets mostly positive reviews. Customers are happy with this product overall. We dug a little deeper and checked reviews through Google and other popular places that sell this model and found similar positive reviews. Not all the customer comments are positive, but the negative comments make up less than 10 percent of the comments we found.

Customers that Amazon verifies as owners claim the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine does a great job of replicating what rowing really feels like on the water. At least two commenters rowed in college, so we will assume they know what they are talking about. The fact that this machine feels like you're rowing on the water is a typical comment.

Other customers praised the lightweight design and how easy it is to fold and store the machine. It's perfect for small apartments but just as effective in a home gym. It is easy to assemble, and the entire process takes less than an hour. All the assembly tools are included, and it weighs less than 40-pounds so putting it together is easy without any help.

We did come across a few semi-negative comments. Most of the customers were happy overall, but some claim the straps that help keep your feet in the stirrups did not perform as expected.

People with small feet had trouble keeping their feet in the stirrups because the strap did not adjust to accommodate smaller feet. We found two comments that say the gas shock did not work once they assembled the machine.

One thing all the commenters had in common is their opinion of the workout this rowing machine produces. They all agreed it felt like you just rowed across a large lake when you finished. Ultimately, the goal is the quality of the workout. We overlook minor problems or setbacks if we reach the primary goal without much fuss.

Is It Better than Its Competition?

The competition, for the most part, lacks a genuinely adjustable resistance system. Most either use your bodyweight, or you can choose from two or three different resistance settings.

Without resistance that scales up as you get stronger, most of the competition eventually fails to give you a good workout. The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine adjusts to fit your needs, so the workouts stay tough or casual based on how you set it. You control the resistance.

Most of its competitors lack any type of counter or digital monitor. If you want to know how many strokes you are making an hour or how far you rowed, you’re out of luck unless you count in your head or guess. We think the digital fitness monitor included with this rowing machine pushes it above the competition. It really helps keep your motivation high when you see your progress on the screen.

The Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is the best in its price range. Many other rowing machines in the same price range have fewer features, or customers complain that the workout is not on par with their fitness level. These points and the customer reviews confirm, at least for us, that this is the best rowing machine for the money.

Our Opinion

We’re fans of the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine. The steel materials and solid customer comments won us over, not to mention the digital fitness monitor to which we keep referring.

It’s hard to work out at home, and it gets expensive when you start buying free weights, a weight bench, and other home gym equipment. This rowing machine works your entire body and fits in the closet when you’re finished.

The independent rowing handles are essential to a good workout. Machines that have a single rowing handle or bar leave you at the risk of working one arm more than the other. Both arms are more likely to pull the same weight if they are free to move on their own.

With separate arms, you are more likely to notice if you cheat a little and let one arm pull more weight. In spite of the few minor issues we found, we recommend trying this rowing machine.

The LifeSpan RW1000 Indoor Rowing Machine and the Schwinn Crewmaster Rowing Machine are two examples of rowing machines where both arms pull on the same weight. As your muscles get tired, one arm always ends up pulling more weight. Both of these machines cost almost four times as much as the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050.


Rowing machines are great for a full body workout on a budget. They don't take up much room if you want to leave it on the floor, but most of them fold up or stand up for storage in a corner or a closet. It's an easy decision to buy a rowing machine instead of stocking a home gym.

A home gym, such as the Body-Solid StrengthTech EXM2500S Home Gym that works your entire body will be in the way all the time and a bit pricey.

If your goal is muscle growth, a rowing machine is not the ideal work out tool. Something like the home gym system we mentioned above is better suited for building muscle. If your focus is on losing weight or staying fit, a rowing machine is one of the best options available. You get a great workout in under an hour for an affordable price.

If you want a great workout that hits every muscle group, and burns 800 to 1,000 calories per hour, the Stamina Body Trac Glider 1050 Rowing Machine is the machine for you. It is durable but light enough for anyone to move it around as needed. Couple all that with the adjustable gas shock and the digital fitness monitor and this rower is worth the money. 

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