The Concept 2 Rower – Better Look at Its Special Features

The Concept 2 Rower – Better Look at Its Special Features

Article by Laura Diamond

Concept 2 rowing exercise equipment appeared some decades ago in 1981. The snowfall in Vermont, where the machines are made, compelled this company to set out in producing them in response to the harsh elements. That was the driving thought to create a means by which rowers would not have to wait for summer to participate their sport. Another serious concern was the desire to make the very best using the highest criteria for design and materials. I have the unique perspective to write about this since I have been using a Concept 2 for almost a decade. I will go further into details relating to the more notable qualities of this exercise equipment.

The options are pretty uncomplicated, you can get the Model D or the Model E. If you want to spend less, then the Model D is what you want to purchase. The basic accessory that comes with each Concept 2 rower is the PM3 or PM4 performance monitor. The Model D is shipped with a PM3, however you can change that to a PM4 at extra cost. The higher priced Model E always includes the PM4 with it as the primary monitor. The Model E is priced two to three hundred fifty dollars more than the Model D depending on which performance monitor you pick out.

You will be able to see how well you are doing with the performance monitors as well as monitoring your heartbeat. There is an enclosed pulse rate sensor that is placed across your chest, and there is a strap that holds it in place. There is no discomfort when using this sensor since it is very thin with an adjustable spandex strap. Once you begin rowing you will hardly notice that it is there. There are no wires either since the data is sent out to the monitor.

The resistance to rowing is done by using an intelligently designed flywheel that is much like a manual fan. There are no safety issues with this because the flywheel is completely enclosed in a plastic assembly. You can modify the amount of resistance using a small lever found on the flywheel housing. If you are thinking this is something that will cause noise, then that is not the case because this exercise machine is very quiet. Since the flywheel is very similar to a fan, you are going to hear a gentle swirling sound. But it is much more silent than any fan because you will not be producing the same amount of RPM’s as an electrical fan. All in all, you could easily use a Concept 2 rowing machine in the next room without waking other people.

You can determine your rowing speed, plus other information, from the PM3 or PM4 performance monitors. It is helpful from the standpoint of your progress to track your total rowing distance, how long it took you to do it, or even how quickly you can do a stroke Your personal needs will help you in determining what you want to keep track of and what is not so important. For example, if you are a competitive rower, you will in all probability pay attention to different stats from other competitive rowers.

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