The Concept 2 Rower – Better Look at Its Unique Features

The Concept 2 Rower – Better Look at Its Unique Features

Article by Laura Diamond

During the early 1980s, the Concept 2 rowers made their introduction to the world. The snowfall in Vermont, where Concept 2 rowing machines are mass-produced, pushed this company to set out in producing them in response to the harsh elements. The main goal is to make it possible to exercise, or train, indoors if the rivers were all frozen and iced over. Another important concern was the desire to create the very best using the highest standards for design and materials. I have the unique position to write about this since I have owned a Concept 2 for about 10 years. So I’ll talk more about some particulars in this review of Concept 2 rowing workout machines.

The choices are pretty straightforward, you can get the Model D or the Model E. If you wish to spend less, then the Model D is the model you want to get. Each rower generally comes with a performance monitor of which there are two types, the PM3 and PM4. The Model D is shipped with a PM3, however you can change that to a PM4 at additional cost. The other option, which is costlier, is the E rowing machine with the PM4 monitoring device. You can expect to spend up to 0 more with the Model E rowing machine, and the Model D has two different prices for the upgrades.

You will be able to check how well you are doing with the performance monitors as well as monitoring your pulse rate. Your pulse rate is monitored by a device that you strap across your chest. You may think heart rate monitor will be noticeable and make you incomfortable, but that isn’t true. I can tell you from my own experience that you won’t notice it’s there while you are rowing. There are no wires either because the info is transmitted to the monitoring device.

The Concept 2 design uses a flywheel assembly that you will use to create the resistance and make you feel that you are rowing on water. The flywheel is enclosed in a suitably designed housing for safety intents. You can adjust the amount of resistance with a small lever found on the flywheel housing. There are also no concerns with noise because the overall rower is virtually silent during rowing. Since the flywheel is very much like a fan, obviously you will pick up a gentle swirling sound. But it is much softer than any fan because you will not be producing the same amount of RPM’s as an electrical fan. Unless someone in the other room is an extremely light sleeper, you won’t have to worry about stirring up other people.

You can pick out the type of performance metrics that suit you the best from a user-friendly menu on either the PM3 or PM4. Among the available performance metrics include total rowing time, total distance rowed, 500 meter split times and strokes per minute. Your personal needs will help you in determining what you want to keep track of and what is not so essential. This mainly depends on whether you are rowing for general fitness, or if you participate in rowing contests and what level you enter in.

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