The Concept 2 Rower – Ideal Strength and Conditioning for the Home Gym

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Concept 2 rowing exercise equipment began making their appearance a few decades ago in 1981. The snowfall in Vermont, where the machines are mass-produced, caused this company to start producing them in response to the harsh elements. The simple goal is to make it possible to work out, or train, indoors if the rivers were all frozen and iced over. However, they deliberately wanted to make the very best rowing machines possible using intelligent design principles. The person writing this article, me of course, is a Concept 2 customer, and I genuinely can tell you how satisfied I am with their product. This article will review this unique and versatile rowing machine for those who are toying with the idea of obtaining one to enjoy.

The selection to choose from is pretty straightforward, you can purchase the Model D or the Model E. If you prefer to spend less, then the Model D is what you want to purchase. The basic accessory that accompanies every Concept 2 rowing machine is the PM3 or PM4 performance monitor. The PM3 is a standard feature on the Model D with an option to upgrade to the PM4. The Model E rower is accompanied by the PM4 monitoring device as standard equipment. The Model D has the lowest cost of $900 and higher price with the upgraded monitoring device.

What is very helpful during exercising is you can use the performance monitors to watch your heart rate while working out. The way you can do that with the pulse is with an additional small sensor that you strap across your chest area. This monitoring device is very low profile and made of rubber, and the strap you use with it is like spandex and is very elastic. The moment you set out use the rowing machine, you will be preoccupied enough to the point where you will hardly notice it is there. There are no wires either because the info is sent to the monitoring device.

The resistance to rowing is done by using an intelligently designed flywheel that is very much like a manual fan. There are no safety issues with this because the flywheel is entirely enclosed in a plastic assembly. The means by which you change the difficulty level with rowing is a mechanical, and manual, lever on the flywheel. When you are rowing you will hear the seat go backward and forward, the chain movement and the whir of wind from the flywheel, and the noise level is very low. While you are rowing, the fan-like flywheel emits a low whirring sound, and you can feel the air movement at certain angles. This moving air sound from the flywheel assembly is similar to a fan that is running very slowly. Unless the person in the other room is a really light sleeper, you won’t have to worry about waking up other people.

You can watch how quickly you row, plus other information, from the PM3 or PM4 performance monitors. It is helpful from the standpoint of your progress to know your total distance rowed, how long it took you to do it, or even the speed in which you can perform a stroke Your specific needs will tell you what you want to keep track of and what is not so essential. This chiefly based on whether you are rowing for general fitness, or if you participate in rowing contests and what level you take part in.

Although it may be pricey and require moderate space in your home gym, you should definitely look at the various indoor rowers on the market as an addition to your home workout regimen.