Concept 2 Rowers Models Review 2018
Rowing machines are ideal not only for crew training but also for giving your body a total workout from head to toe. Some of the best and most respected machines on the market are the Concept2 indoor rowers. They are constructed of top quality components, are dependable, and will definitely give you good service for every dollar spent.
Concept 2 rowing machines for the home market come in two models: Model D and Model E. Both models feature a flywheel design that reduces noise and maximizes the feel of rowing on water. Both also have a spiral damper that allows you to vary the resistance.
The Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine features a PM3 performance monitor that allows you to accurately check your distance, speed, pace, and calories. The monitor allows you to save your favorite workouts, race against a pace boat and review your past performances. It has five display options for rowers: all data, force curve, rowing with a pace boat, bar chart, and large print.
The Model D has an ergonomic handle that promotes natural arm and hand position, an aluminum rail capped with a stainless-steel track for smooth movement of the seat and Flexfoot footrests that adjust for fast and easy sizing. The monitor arm pivots for storage and its height can be adjusted as well as its angle for easy viewing. The chain is made of high quality steel with partially enclosed housing.
The Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine features a higher seat position. The seat sits 20″ above ground, as opposed the the Model D seat which is only 14 inches high. The Model E seat is about the same height as the usual dining chair and is ideal for those having problems with stability and mobility.
The monitor that comes with the Model E is the PM4. THis monitor not only tracks your performance data but it also includes a chest belt heart rate transmitter that is compatible with the Suunto heart rate technology. It is an automatic performance monitor that turns on as you starts to row, immediately gives feedback and at the same time recharging its battery.
As in a PM3 performance monitor, the PM4 also has five display options: all data, force curve, rowing with a pace boat, bar chart and large print. This new version of the monitor is more high tech than the others. It has a removable log card that stores workout data and personal preferences and has USB interface. The increased memory capacity will allow for future expansion and features.
In Model E, the monitor arm is rigidly fixed but longer, to remain within easy reach of the user; the viewing angle can be adjusted as well. A one-piece leg design of welded steel provides stability and sturdiness. It has a nickel-plated chain for low-maintenance and is fully enclosed for a cleaner look.
Durability is assured as its frame is powder-coated and sealed with a clear top coat. There are also Flexfoot footrests for quick and easy sizing.
Comparison between Model D and Model E Rowers
The Concept 2 Rowing machine Model D weighs 57 lbs, while Model E is slightly heavier at 65 lbs. Both models have a user limit of 500 lbs.
Each rower requires a space of 8′ x 2′ when assembled and 9′ x 4′ area when used. Both models have compact storage features as you need only a storage space of 25″ x 33″ x 54.5″ for the rower.
Although the Concept 2 rowing machine Model D comes with the PM3 performance monitor, it can be upgraded to the PM4 monitor.
Finally, both the Model D and E can be easily assembled by a novice and include a full set of instructions and specialized tools required for assembly.
With either Concept 2 rowing machine, you get an optimum exercise tool: low impact on the knees and ankles but great for legs, arms, chest, back and abdominals. And with the rhythmic nature of rowing, it also serves as an excellent stress reliever.
You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to get the best rowing experience. Try the Concept 2 indoor rower.