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First Degree Fitness FluidRower Overview and Comparison Guide

The In-Depth Guide to First Degree Fitness FluidRower Adjustable Resistance Rowing Machines

First Degree Fitness (FDF) FluidRowers stand ahead of many other rowers on the market. They are design and engineered to challenge and outperform even the most known rower models. 

FDF rowers have a twin tank water design that allows for adjustable resistance (AR) and a realistic, on-water rowing feel. FluidRowers have an instant catch at the start of every stroke and consistent resistance completely through to the finish, no matter your speed.

In this article, we will cover the basic of FDF's adjustable fluid resistance, the benefits of FDF FluidRowers, and a model by model comparison of the different FluidRower rowing machines.

First Degree Fitness FluidRower Comparison Guide 



Table of Contents
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How Adjustable Fluid Resistance Works
Benefits of AR FluidRowers
Plus Series FluidRower Comparison
V Series FluidRower Comparison
XL Series FluidRower Comparison
Commercial Series FluidRower Comparison
LCD Console Comparison



How Adjustable Fluid Resistance Works

First Degree Fitness FluidRowers come with a patented "Twin Tank" technology. This helps provide distinctly different levels of resistance regardless of how fast or slow the user is rowing. 

The two-tank design consists of passive inner tank for holding water and an active resistance outer tank. 

When you select a lower level of resistance, water will flow from away from the outer tank and into the passive inner tank. If you select a high level of resistance, the opposite will happen - water will flow from the inner tank to the outer tank as you begin to exercise. 

Adjustments to the resistance level can easily be made while working out, to find the perfect resistance level for you. 

This technology allows FluidRowers to provide a challenging workout to people at every fitness level from absolute beginners to experienced Olympians! 


 

The Benefits of Adjustable Resistance (AR) FluidRowers

All First Degree Fitness FluidRowers come with a ton of benefits outside of just improving your cardiovascular conditioning! All FluidRowers come with the following:

  1. No External Power Required: All First Degree Fitness rowing machines run on self-generating power! This means that theres no electricity required. Put your rower on any flat, level surface and they're ready to go. 
  2. Space Efficient Design: All FluidRowers can be stored vertically, moving them up and out of the way! Whether in use, or on standby, these rowing machines will never be in the way. 
  3. Completely Standalone: FluidRowers provide a complete workout on their own. You can get in better stronger, more fit, and create better overall health with just one machine. 
  4. Easy to Move: Every FluidRower comes with built in transport wheels. One person will be able to pick up, stand up or relocate these rowers. 
  5. One Size Fits All: First Degree Fitness Fluid Rowers are meant to be compatible with all heights up to 6' 7" tall. The only adjustment you have to make is tightening the straps for your feet. 
  6. HIIT Ready: if high intensity interval training workouts are your go-to, you'll want a FluidRower in your arsenal. 
  7. Commercial and Residential Ready: There is a FluidRower level appropriate for all training atmospheres. Whether the rower will go in your spare room to be used by one person or be tested day in and day out at commercial facility - there's a model for you. 

 




First Degree Fitness FluidRower Plus Series

 

Each Plus series model rower has horizontal 518mm twin water tanks that provide (4) adjustable resistance levels. The Incremental scale of Fluid Resistance for Plus Series Horizontal Tank Fluid Rowers is:

Level 1 – 25%; level 2 – 50%; level 3 – 75% and level 4 – 100%

First Degree Fitness Plus Series FluidRower Resistance

All Plus series FluidRowers come standard with a high contrast LCD screen. The display shows: time, distance, 500m split time, strokes per minute, calories per hour, watts and heart rate.These rowing machines do not have bluetooth compatibility.

 








First Degree Fitness FluidRower V Series

Each V series model rower has horizontal 518mm twin water tanks that provide (5) adjustable resistance levels. The resistance levels on the V series models is 15% greater than the Plus series. The incremental scale of Fluid Resistance for V series FluidRowers is:

Level 1 – 20%; level 2 – 40%; level 3 – 60%; level 4 – 80% and level 5 – 100%

First Degree Fitness V Series FluidRower Resistance

 All V series FluidRowers come standard with a high contrast LCD screen. The display shows: time, distance, 500m split time, strokes per minute, calories per hour, watts and heart rate. These monitors also display power graphs and have out of the box bluetooth compatibility.



First Degree Fitness Neon Pro V AR FluidRower Rowing Machine

First Degree Fitness Neon Pro V


Dual Rail construction

Robust, sculpted steel frame

All black color

Elevated frame easier to get on and off

Horizontal 518mm twin water tanks

(5) adjustable resistance levels

Bluetooth compatible monitor

Max User Weight: 330lbs

Residential or Commercial Use

Upright Storage: 21" x 26"

Dim: 85" L x 21" W x 26" H

$1,699

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First Degree Fitness Apollo Pro V AR FluidRower Rowing Machine

First Degree Fitness Apollo Pro V


Dual Rail construction

American Ash Wood Frame combined with steel tubing

Brown frame color with dark grey steel components

Horizontal 518mm twin water tanks

(5) adjustable resistance levels

Bluetooth compatible monitor

Max User Weight: 330lbs

Residential or Commercial Use

Upright Storage: 21" x 22"

Dims: 84" L x 21" W x 22" H

$1,699

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First Degree Fitness Apollo Pro V Reserve AR FluidRower Rowing Machine

First Degree Fitness Apollo Pro V Reserve

Dual Rail construction

American Ash Wood Frame combined with steel tubing

All black color

Horizontal 518mm twin water tanks

(5) adjustable resistance levels

Bluetooth compatible monitor

Max User Weight: 330lbs

Residential or Commercial Use

Upright Storage: 21" x 22"

Dims: 84" L x 21" W x 22" H

$1,699

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First Degree Fitness Viking Pro V AR FluidRower Rowing Machine

First Degree Fitness Viking Pro V Rowing Machine

Dual Rail construction

American Ash Wood Frame

Brown frame color

Horizontal 518mm twin water tanks

(5) adjustable resistance levels

Bluetooth compatible monitor

Max User Weight: 330lbs

Residential or Commercial Use

Upright Storage: 22" x 21"

Dims: 84" L x 21" W x 22 H

$1,899

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First Degree Fitness FluidRower XL Series

The XL series represents the largest format for the Twin Tank system. The horizontal 540mm twin tanks that have 3L more fluid in them than standard Plus models. The XL series rowers also have ten (10) adjustable resistance levels and provide up to 65% greater resistance than on the standard Plus rowers. The incremental scale of Fluid Resistance for XL tanks is: 

Level 1 – 10%; level 2 – 20%; level 3 – 30%; level 4 – 40%; level 5 – 50%; level 6 – 60%; level 7 – 70%; level 8 – 80%; level 9 – 90% and level 10 – 100%

First Degree Fitness XL Series FluidRower Resistance

First Degree Fitness Viking Pro XL Rowing Machine

First Degree Fitness Viking Pro XL AR FluidRower Rowing Machine

Dual Rail construction

American Ash Wood Frame

Horizontal 540mm twin water tanks

(10) adjustable resistance levels

65% greater resistance than Plus models

Bluetooth compatible monitor

Max User Weight: 330lbs

Residential or Commercial Use

Upright Storage: 22" x 21"

Dim: 84" L x 21" W x 22 H

$1,999

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First Degree Fitness FluidRower Commercial Series

All Commercial Series FluidRowers have a vertical 525mm water tank design. There is a (9) blade stainless steel impeller that captures the water and additional resistance due to gravity and tank design. There are (10) adjustable resistance levels, with the following increments:

Level 1 – 10%; level 2 – 20%; level 3 – 30%; level 4 – 40%; level 5 – 50%; level 6 – 60%; level 7 – 70%; level 8 – 80%; level 9 – 90% and level 10 – 100%

 First Degree Fitness Commercial Series Vertical Tank FluidRower Resistance


First Degree Fitness E350 Commercial AR FluidRower Rowing Machine

First Degree Fitness E350 Commercial Rowing Erg

Concealed rail construction

Robust steel and aluminum frame

Silver frame color

Vertical 525mm twin water tanks

(10) adjustable resistance levels

Elevated seat height for easy entry and exit

Max User Weight: 330lbs

Commercial or Residential Use

Upright Storage: 40" x 32"

Dims: 84" L x 32" W x 40" H

$2,299

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First Degree Fitness E550 Commercial AR FluidRower Rowing Machine

First Degree Fitness E550 Commercial Rowing Erg

Concealed rail construction

Robust steel and aluminum frame

Silver frame color

Vertical 525mm twin water tanks

(10) adjustable resistance levels

Elevated seat height for easy entry and exit

Max User Weight: 330lbs

Commercial or Residential Use

Upright Storage: 34" x 32"

Dims: 77" L x 32" W x 34" H

$2,895

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FluidRower LCD Console Comparison

First Degree Fitness FluidRower LCD Console

Basic LCD Console

Standard on all Plus Series models

Auto Start

Time - Elapsed time

500M Time - time to row 500 meters

Watt - Unit of power per stroke

Distance - updated every second

SPM - Strokes per minute

Level - Up/Down to align level of selected fluid resistance

Pulse - Requires optional fitted receiver and chest strap (sold separately)

 

 

First Degree Fitness Bluetooth LCD Console

Bluetooth LCD Console

Standard on all V, XL and Commercial Series models

Bluetooth Connectivity

Auto Start

Time - Elapsed time

500M Time - time to row 500 meters

Watt - Unit of power per stroke

Distance - updated every second

SPM - Strokes per minute

Level - Auto to selected resistance level

Power Graph - 2 Options

Heart rate - Polar Compatible

Calories burned per hour