Concept2 Model D with PM5 Performance Monitor Indoor Rower Rowing Machine Black
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Concept2 Model D with PM5 Performance Monitor Indoor Rower Rowing Machine Black
  • Low impact workout that engages all major muscle groups; work legs, core and arms with a smooth, high calorie-burning motion
  • Track your progress with real-time reliable data; the Performance Monitor 5 (included) self-calibrates for comparable results; connect wirelessly to heart rate belts and apps (not included)
  • Designed to fit most users: 14-inch seat height, adjustable footrests and ergonomic handle
  • Separates easily into two pieces for storage; caster wheels make it mobile; easy to assemble with only eight screws. Space Recommendations- Assembled- 8 ft x 2 ft (244 cm x 61 cm). For Storage- 25 in x 33 in x 54 in (63.5 cm x 83.8 cm x 137.2 cm)
  • Space recommended for use is 9 x 4 feet; 500-pound user capacity; 5-year frame warranty included.Seat Height:14 inches.Users with an inseam of 38 inches (96.5 cm) or more may require an extra-long monorail

So what’s with the Concept 2 Rowing Machine–Is it the real thing?


I have been interested in rowing machines because I figure they might help keep my knee in decent shape. Since I have had two cartilage and meniscus operations, and one motorcycle plowing into the same knee while riding my bicycle, the last thing I want is to have to get a knee replacement.

And before actually buying a rowing machine, I wanted to try one out first. Fact is, rowing machines cost anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to several thousand dollars. How do we know what’s good and what’s not.

What’s a Fitness Professional Think about Rowers?

  1. With that in mind, I check out local gyms. My own gym doesn’t have rowers. In fact in my small city, I found only one gym with the Concept 2, arguably the best rower on the market. So I went over to the Moo Baa Gym, across the road from Chiang Mai University, Thailand, and met professional fitness trainer, Eric Anderson, tried it out myself, and asked him to demonstrate it in person. You can see the complete ‘unedited’ straight to the point interview right here.


Advantages of the Concept 2 Rower

  1. Easy to use–just hop on and with very little instruction, you’re ready to go
  2. Comfortable–Just sit in the contoured seat, pull on the handle bars, push back with your feet.
  3. Versatile–You can adjust the electronic controls for distance, time, even play games to entertain yourself as you work out
  4. Adjustable–A separate lever allows you to adjust the level of strength needed to pull back
  5. Durable–In a even a professional setting with multiple users, the Concept 2 Rower needs little or no maintenance.
  6. Safe–It is almost impossible to injure yourself because it is low impact, and easy onyour joints


Disadvantages of the Concept 2

  1. The electronic panel, which determines the type of exercise you choose requires a once a year battery change.
  2. Some people complain that the seat is a little hard when using it for longer sessions. Using a foam pad, however, should take care of that issue, should it arise.
  3. In the case of knees, while it does encourage circulation and knee health, it does not improve the knee’s ability to handle impacts such as jumping or going downhill.


How to Use the Concept 2 Rower

When using the rower, simply sit in the seat, and adjust the lever on the flywheel. You have a choice of 1 to 10 in terms of difficulty. You can then use the electronic control to decide:

  1. Length of time for your workout
  2. Simulated distance
  3. You can choose intervals of time to row and rest
  4. You can choose to play games that take your mind of the activity itself, such as ‘the fish eating the fish game’, which many people enjoy


What I personally like about the machine

Since I have had a history of knee problems, I am quite careful with my exercise routine. On the one hand, if I don’t exercise enough, my knee starts acting up, and if I exercise too hard and put too much stress on the knee, it can also create residual pain. With the Concept 2, I can choose the level of strenuousness easily. I don’t have to worry about over exersion, but also can adjust to make it more or less challenging.

The other thing I like about it is that it is meditative. As a kid, I used to row a boat at summer camp. When I use the rowing machine, I can close my eyes, coordinate my breathing with the action of pulling and releasing, and imagine myself on a tranquil lake. Rowing is a way to create a peaceful space in life, drop the hectic cares we deal with, and JUST ROW. Simple. Of course, some people might like to listen to music or maybe even an audio book, which is fine, too. In my own case, I am a firm believer in silence. The world is too much with us.

Get seated, set the time and/or distance, and off we go….no news,no distractions, just breathing in breathing out, feel our heart and muscles respond. When you think about it, that is REAL LIFE. What is more simple than using our body and breathing rhythmically?


So should you get one for home use? Or go to the gym?

For some people, the $900+ price tag may be a little expensive. However you could always finance it by, for example paying with Paypal over several months with little or no interest due. Needless to say, you could buy a cheaper rower, and there are some pretty good ones out there, however, they may not be as durable and trouble free as the Concept 2. Plus, the manufacturer has an excellent reputation for taking care of its customers, should the need arise.

The other alternative is to get a gym membership. These memberships vary in price and quality tremendously. And there are some excellent gyms and membership programs, should you choose that route.

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