Indoor Rowing Machine – Concept2
The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is the best selling indoor rower in the world. I’ve seen it used everywhere from commercial gyms to CrossFit boxes worldwide. At $900, it’s an investment well worth the cost.
When delivered, this indoor rowing machine comes in one, fairly lightweight box and assembled in less than 10 minutes. You literally snap two pieces together and screw on the four legs on the bottom. Boom. You’re ready to row!
Rowing is a full-body workout. What I particularly love about rowing is the “pull” factor. We spend so much of our time pushing weights (bench and other press movements, push-ups, flys, etc.) and not enough time balancing our bodies by pulling. Rows are one of the best methods to pull and build up our backs. The results of pulling exercises? Better posture, balanced bodies, and more upper-body strength. Not only is a rowing machine great for your back, it rocks your legs like no other (depending on how hard you push yourself) and can be an intense cardio, calorie-burning workout.
The harder you push and pull, the more resistance you will feel. This is because the Concept2 Dynamic Indoor Rowing Machine uses wind resistance, which is generated by the spinning flywheel. The faster you get the wheel spinning, the more resistance there will be. You can row as hard or as easy as you wish. The indoor rower will not force you to row at any set intensity level. It is up to you. As you put more effort into your rowing, you will go faster, produce more watts, and burn more calories. All of these outputs will be measured and displayed by the Performance Monitor (PM). The damper setting is like bicycle gearing. It affects the feel of the rowing but does not directly affect the resistance. With a little experimentation, you will find the damper setting that gives you the best workout and results. The Concept2 manual recommends a damper setting of 3–5 for the best aerobic workout. This is the setting that feels most like a sleek, fast boat on the water. Higher settings feel more like a bigger, slower boat. You can view your performance in pace, watts or calories. The PM displays your output in a choice of units and display options. You can choose the units and displays that work best for you.
GET SOCIAL AND COMPETE
The Concept 2 Model D software includes an online logbook that you can upload your data to and even rank yourself compared to others in your class (male/female, age, weight, lightweight/heavyweight). The Concept 2 following is huge; there is a forum for people in the U.S. and a more active one for people in the U.K. There are several training programs developed by different people that you can follow.
COMPARISON BETWEEN MODELS
The Model D comes standard with a Performance Monitor 3 (PM3). It can be upgraded to a PM4 for $150. The Model E comes standard with a PM4. The Model E also sits six inches higher off of the floor, has a fully enclosed chain housing (Model D is partially enclosed), uses steel vs. aluminum on legs and chain, and is 8lb. heavier (57lb vs. 65lb).
The Performance Monitors look the same (have the same buttons and layout) but the PM4 has slightly more options. If keeping track of your heart rate is important to you, make sure you have the compatibility to receive the data between your strap and the monitor. The PM3 only works with Polar heart straps (which is available though Concept2). The PM4 supports ANT sport straps (Garmin, Suunto, Polar). The PM4 also recharges during use or when plugged into a computer while the PM3 takes two D cell batteries. Other than that, they’re nearly identical. So I would base the buy on how much you want to use your heart rate monitor.
Because of its use in large gyms and training facilities, these Indoor rowing machines were engineered to last a lifetime. Every gym owner I know has confirmed this as fact and has had no issues with their machines (which most have owned for several years). If you don’t have the ability to regularly row outdoors on the water, the Concept2 is the next best thing. It simply cannot be substituted by any other machine in the gym. I love rowing when I need a good, quick workout that will get my heart rate pumping, when I’m watching television, when I need a break from working at the computer, when I’m deep in thought (as a form on meditation- it works!), and I row just because I love the machine so much! If you want a one-stop-shop workout machine that takes up hardly any room in your home (it folds up) and leaves you feeling accomplished, this is the machine for you.Date posted: October 28, 2013