The Stamina Body Trac Glider is a popular rower most known for its remarkably low price. For just over $100, the Stamina Body Trac Glider has attracted many buyers who seek to get a low impact workout on a machine that is easy to use and doesn’t take up too much space.
If you’re someone looking to tone up your body without breaking the bank, then the Stamina Body Trac Glider could be for you.
Overall Rower Rating: 4/5
- Great value for money
- Small and compact
- Easy to assemble
- Great for beginners
- Adjustable tension controls
- Foot straps not secure and feet may slip out
- Extremely fit people may need a more robust machine
- Weight limit of only 250lbs
- Includes monitor which shows time, stroke count and calories burned
- Foldable for easy storage
- Adjustable hydraulic resistance
- Steel frame construction for increased sturdiness
The Stamina Body Trac Glider is extremely cheap at under $150, nonetheless, there is no need to be deterred from its low price as it is a well-built machine.
The Stamina Body Trac Glider is incredible value for money and will even surprise a lot of sceptics.
Reliability & Warranty: 4/5
Is the Stamina Body Trac Glider reliable? Well, we feel it depends on who’s using it. If someone who has a particularly high level of fitness and is particularly strong, cranks the resistance to the max and starts rowing at a high intensity repeatedly over and over again, we’d have to question how long the machine would hold up for.
At such a low price the Stamina Body Trac Glider isn’t really comparable in reliability to a high-end machine that costs $900+ (such as the Concept2 Model D rower) where the machine is reliable no matter who gets on it.
We’ve rated the reliability at 4/5 because we’re assuming that people who are interested in the Stamina Body Trac Glider would be those who want a light-medium workout a few evenings every week. We would not rate it so highly from a professional rowing point of view.
The Stamina Body Trac Glider should be more than capable of standing up to light-medium usage and will likely last a good few years. Will it last forever? Probably not, but then even if you did get 10 years out of the Stamina Body Trac Glider you’ve already gotten value for your money.
The Stamina Body Trac Glider’s warranty covers the frame for 1 year and 90 days for the parts. Taking into consideration the price of the rower I don’t think it’s worth making a fuss about this!
Stability and Quality: 4/5
The stability of the Stamina Body Trac Glider is good and there shouldn’t be any rocking or unstableness when working out. It is constructed with a solid steel frame and the quality is much better than what you would expect for the price of the rower.
The Stamina Body Trac Glider has a large user base, however, if there is one common complaint about the rower, it usually is focused on the foot pedals. It seems that a lot of people experience the problem of their feet slipping out of the foot pedals, as the foot straps do not seem to hold their feet firmly in place.
Given that the machine can be purchased for such a low price, nearly all owners have agreed that the issues with the foot straps are an acceptable trade-off. Some people have even gone as far as modifying their rowers by attaching PVC pieces to the pedals to prevent their foot from slipping. You may find that you don’t have to get as inventive as this, as one other way to solve this would be to buy additional cheap velcro straps from a third party.
One of the advantages of the Stamina Body Trac Glider is its small footprint compared to some of the more expensive and bulkier rowers. It’s also easy to fold up and can be stored in an upright position. That being said, it is still somewhat heavy, so I doubt you would be storing this away after every workout.
With the Stamina Body Trac Glider being on the smaller side, it only has a 250lb user weight maximum. Some of the mid-level rowers can accommodate a user weight of 300lb. Therefore, if you are on the heavier side you may need a more robust rower.
The Stamina Body Trac Glider isn’t a noisy machine however it can develop a low squeaking noise. To avoid such a situation it would be advisable to frequently grease the joints, keep the tracks clean, and check that the bolts are tightened every now and again.
Apart from the occasional squeak, it is a relatively quiet machine. Although it isn’t silent, you should be able to comfortably watch TV or listen to music without having to turn the volume up too high when you’re rowing. Of course, the noise also depends on how hard you are working out too.
The monitor that comes with the Stamina Body Trac Glider is as simple as you’re going to find on any cardio machine, in fact, it doesn’t even read distance. You’ll get a reading for the amount of time you’ve been on the rower, the number of strokes you’ve done and the calories you’ve burned during the workout.
I find it highly unlikely that you’re going to get an accurate reading for the number of calories burned given the simplicity of the monitor, however, the time and stroke data should be accurate.
Should I Buy the Stamina Body Trac Glider?
The primary reason you’d want to buy the Stamina Body Trac Glider is to save money. For such a low price the Stamina Body Trac Glider isn’t going to satisfy a user who is already extremely fit or has lofty fitness goals. Such a person should look to purchase a more expensive machine that will remain reliable no matter how hard the rower is worked.
Our final rating of 4/5 was awarded based on the experience you get for the price. If we were to rate the rower regardless of the price then we wouldn’t have been so generous.
To sum up, the Stamina Body Trac Glider is perfect for a beginner looking to start working out from home, or anybody who wants a light workout as they watch TV. Furthermore, the small footprint of the Stamina Body Trac Glider means that it can be easily stored away when not in use.
If you want something cheap, easy to use, and doesn’t take up too much space, then there are not many other rowers that can beat the Stamina Body Trac Glider.