The Concept2 Model D (Black) with PM5 is our top recommendation for 2016 and that is for all the right reasons.
The Concept2 Model D and is absolutely stunning when it comes to build quality, performance and comfort.. The footrests are adjustable and come with straps to ensure that you maintain control while rowing.
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The handle delivers a firm grip even when you get sweaty after 30-40 minutes of working out on it. The air resistance makes sure that the whole process of rowing flows pretty smoothly, without any jerks.
The machine can be easily dismantled into two parts using quick locks and thus solves the transportation problems that comes with the machines of this size and build quality.
This particular model by Concept2 comes is powered by an aluminium monorail frame.
Secondly, the machine features a spiral damper that allows you to adjust the airflow and keeps noise to a minimum and making it possible to enjoy music during your workouts.
There isn’t much to talk about the seat and it is as it should be. It’s comfortable to sit on and provides the required stability for a good workout.
Another great feature that sets this machine apart is the performance monitor that it comes equipped with. You can use this screen to view the intensity and duration of your workouts as well as how much distance you’ve rowed and how much calories you’ve burnt in a every workout.
You can even set the different levels of resistance you’d like to workout on depending upon your level of fitness
The monitor offers a 160×160 pixels resolution and all your workout data is stored in a USB card that can be downloaded into MyFitnessPal app to analyse your performance growth.
Comfortable and Easy to Use
Concept2 Model D Indoor Rower is very efficient and astonishingly easy to use. You can easily adjust the resistances level according to your fitness and liking.
The seats are prudently designed and perfectly positioned to elevate your comfort. The movement of the handle is very natural and realistic which minimizes the risk of injuries and maximizes the effect on your body.
The aluminum rail, topped by a stainless-steel track ensures smooth and easy sliding. It also makes the maintenance and cleaning fairly easy, all you need is a warm damp wash cloth to clean the dust or grit from the rail.
Single cord positioned handles at the center instead of dual positioned oars generates a natural rowing movement.
The easy-release feature of this rower allows you to separate the rower in two parts, these parts can be vertically stacked against each other, making it really convenient to store in small space. All together this rower is very effective, comfortable and easy to use.
- Product Width: 24”
- Product Length: 96”
- Seat Height: 14”
- Maximum Capacity: 500 lbs
- Materials: Nickel for chain, steel and aluminum for front and back legs
- Storage: Can be sundered in two different pieces for storage
- Monitor: PM3. PM4 can be upgraded
- Product variations: Available in Black or Gray
Assembly and Parts
A fully explained guide is included in the package which guides you through the assembly process and helps you to easily setup the machine. The manual is very well explained and even the novice user can easily understand it.
All the tools required to put together the parts are provided with in the boxed package.
The other accessories included with the purchase are:
- USB cable for transferring you performance data to a computer
- One logo card
- Chain Oil
- Aluminum frame
- Extruded aluminum-coated monorail
- Caster wheels
- Stainless-steel seat track
- Rubber foot pads
It takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour for assembling the rower.
The Model D is priced at premium but if you’re someone who is serious about your health and fitness and you’re planning to use it for the next 2-3 years then it surely appears as more of an investment than an expense.
However, we do realise that not everyone can afford a premium rowing machine and that’s why we’ve reviewed and listed some cheaper alternatives but if you’re someone who can, then this is the best you can get.