Inspire Fitness CR2 Cross Rower – Review

Article by Elizabeth Cadle
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Inspire Fitness CR2 Cross Rower

Inspire Fitness CR2 Cross Rower



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            The Positives

            • Excellent range of resistance levels.
            • Seat is comfortable.
            • Very quiet and provides a smooth transition between pushing and pulling motions without any abrupt movements.
            • May appear to be a complicated piece of equipment, however, once you get going it is very easy to operate.
            • Provides 4 handle grip options to ensure safety and comfort for all.

            The Negatives

            • Limited upper body range of motion. I believe I would have a better upperbody workout if I were able to pull the handle bars fully to my chest.
            • When the resistance is low, the motion is very strange and the product develops its own momentum.
            • The adjustable straps may be difficult to adjust for individuals with smaller feet like mine. If not adjusted properly can potentially lead to injury.

            The Conclusion

            The Inspire Fitness CR2 Cross Rower motion when used with low or no resistance is very awkward and the flywheel begins to carry it’s own momentum which makes the experience very strange. About 7 minutes into my workout I decided to increase the resistance, so I had to stop the machine (which isn’t ideal of course) and twist the handle quite firmly. I was not optimistic about the workout improving, but it was that ‘Ah Ha’ moment, because after the resistance was up quite high, I really had to drive off my feet and pulling the handles in a row and once I reached the end of the movement I then had to push with a decline-chest press type movement to return to the starting position. Increasing the resistance made the exercise motion much better and controlled.

            While in high school, as well as the first couple years of college, my workouts consisted of running, running, and more running. Striving to build lean muscle I started to do research on effective workout routines that focused primarily on doing just that. It was not until my sophomore year of college that I discovered HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and immediately fell in love with the results I was both seeing and feeling. For the first six months, my weekly workout routine consisted of 3 days dedicated to aerobic exercise (running, rowing, cycling) and 2 days dedicated to HIIT (two 7 minute circuits with 4 exercises in each, repeated twice). Overtime this particular interval training became tough on my knees preventing me from working at my full potential. I quickly became discouraged and started to back off of interval training as I looked for alternative options.

            I was very happy to find that the CR2 movement did not add any discomfort on my knees or joints and so I have another alternative cross-training workout to supplement running, HIIT workouts, and cycling.

            The overall construction of the CR2 Cross Rower provides a smooth/stable transition between the pulling/pushing motions saving my joints from any abrupt motions that may cause irritation. The comfortable seating and multi-grip handle bar was also a major plus. The Cross Rower handle bars provides 3 natural grip options, as well as seat handle bars for those that want to primarily focus on the legs/glutes.

            If there was something I would change about this product it is the adjustable straps on the foot rest. The straps on the CR2 Cross Rower are very easy to adjust, however, for user’s with smaller feet such as mine you will have to use a screw driver to make the straps tighter if they do not fit the initial footing. This is a very important safety feature for the product because if the straps are not adjusted properly one’s foot can potentially slip out and make contact with the wishbone. This happened to me a few times because I was not aware of this issue. Additionally, I think the range of motion for the upper body rowing could be improved. Unless on a high resistance, I feel as if I am restricted to how far back I can pull my arms restricting a full upper body workout.

            With HIIT training taking the fitness industry by storm this product is perfect for individuals, like myself, who enjoy both aerobic and anaerobic training and are looking for a product that incorporates both types of exercise to help build long lean muscle, as well as enjoy a pain free, low-impact workout.

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            Inspire CR2 Cross Rower - Rated and Reviewed

            Inspire Fitness CR2 Cross Rower - Rated & Reviewed

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