For starters, Model D is the go-to and the ideal rowing workout machine for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced rower, this machine can entertain everybody according to their specific needs. Let’s take a glimpse at its features.
Concept2 is a pioneer in the rowing machine industry. Their machinery is heavily used in the gyms and by athletes worldwide. Model D is a commercial model which is suitable for home use. They have the lineage in rowing machines for over forty years now.
Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine With Pm5 Review
ï Performance Monitor 5 for real-time reliable data
ï Self-calibrates for comparable results
ï Wireless connectivity with the heart belt.
Separates into two pieces of storage, easy assembling with only 8 screws, and caster wheels help in fluid mobility
Storage Space when in use
User Weight Accommodation
5-year frame warranty
Adjustable footrests and ergonomic handle
70 lb (32 kg)
57 lb (26 kg)
I believe in the power of USPs (Unique Selling Propositions) that a seller can offer to make his product stand out. I will be discussing them in detail, you might find them general but the trick how has the company put efforts in the general features to make it unique.
#01 – Mobility
When you look at the machine; weight it is heavy, 57 lb (26 kg), but that is where Concept2 makes it easy for you despite this product being heavy.
Caster Wheels – The wheels are definitely placed for the movement but casters are especially engulfed because of its technology of lessening the physical strain, facilitates motion, and reduces the stress on the person who moves it.
#02 – The Science of Rowing
The rowing machines play on the concept of something called “Air Resistance”.
Now any resistance that you will have in any sort of physical training will give you potential benefits as compared to a normal workout.
You can obtain a good resting metabolic rate which helps in losing fat and also the development of muscle.
#03 – Optional Slide
Concept2 sells slides (To be purchased differently) which provides the facility of on-water simulation. By attaching the slides to the machine with bungee chords and then after suspending they will give you a floating sensation. You can also connect them with multiple rowing machines to practice as a team.
#04 – Assembling
Now you don’t want a product which takes hours in assembling and separating the machine back and forth.
Such home-based equipment should always be time-savvy. The first time handling can take you some time but once you get the hang of it you are going to take 20-25 minutes maximum;
And that is because it takes only eight screws to assemble the entire machine.
#05 – Performance Monitor/Control Panel
Concept2 has developed an interesting monitor and control panel which shall fascinate you the most.
The monitoring technology of PM 5 has held its ground and proven its mark in the growing fitness industry.
The above mini-gaming device as I would like to call it is loaded with several options and is super easy to operate at the same time. You can enjoy certain games and will also provide you with comparable data organized by PM 5 which shall enhance and motivate you to workout daily with the machine.
#06 – Amazon Reviews of the Product
The real test of any popular product takes place in the reviews section.
Under this products timeline, a thousand reviews are mentioned. And to be honest it was really hard to find an unsatisfied customer with logical concerns.
The product is sold uncontroversially once it passes the window of the intense debating reviews of the users.
#07 – Build Quality
The D-model’s structure has been manufactured with aluminum and steel which are considered the best raw materials in designing the fitness equipment worldwide.
#08 – Storage
It just separates into two different parts and will be to equal half the size of the total machine. It will only take you seconds to pull it all apart and another few seconds to pack it up.
This 9×4 feet machine gets packed up like how a large piece of paper gets folded several times over and over.
It is no exaggeration when I say it actually looks like a stunning showpiece in the hall. It has got some aesthetic value attached to it.
#09 – Concept2 Online Community
The Concept2 has got an active online forum where you can find other rowers for exchanging information regarding the workouts, tips, and feedback.
It has got quite a good presence on Instagram as well.
Concept2 also encourages fitness by initiating different ideas for creating the spur of enthusiasm among the users, by conducting several contests and rewarding competitions.
#10 – Capacity
The Model-D can easily accommodate up to 500 pounds.
The height is also not the concern for this machine as it provides with the considerable in-seam length.
However, if you still find any issues with the length, the Concept2 gives you the option of buying an additional add-ons length 5.0 with an additional cost of $250.
#11 – Comfort
Now the comfort of the rowing machine can be decided by studying these four important factors:
Rowing Stroke – I personally would prefer something after spending over $900 for it to be smooth. The swiftness of rowing in this machine will definitely make you realize that it is an easy going machine which allows you to focus much on the workout rather than thinking about the movement. Lubricants are essential for the maintenance.
Seat – It has been placed at 14 inches which according to me is actually the perfect height, however, some people might need some changes according to their height and comfort. But the logic behind 14 inches is to give you the movement from the distance of the ground which gives you a certain challenge and resistance. You don’t want it to be easy.
Handle – The handles are ergonomic which provides you with an easier grip and also with the advantage of not being prone to injury while an intense workout.
Footrests – They have not been installed to remain fixed at one point. It is friendly in the adjustability aspect. The grip won’t feel like slipping or anything.
Enough with the features!
Let’s sum it up with Pros and Cons
1. The confidence of the previous users in numbers is too high and that is an instant selling point.
The machine is too large and will take some space.
2. Mobility with caster technology makes it movable quite fast.
The seat and handle durability will reduce in terms of comfort level.
3. Capacity wise, the upper limit of weight is a good sign for bearing load capacity.
This is something every rowing machine faces and even this will and i.e. the sound of the fan. It will get higher with the speed.
4. The online networking provides the customer with an external feature of engaging and staying updated.
5. Air Resistance movement will help with the fat loss and somewhat muscle gain.
6. When it comes to comfort, the Concept2 has tried their best to accommodate the comfort level for the masses.
7. They almost have a provision for every other shortcoming that someone would face due to exceptional reasons.
8. Assembling is way too easy with a short time span of seconds.
9. PM5 monitored performance will always serve you with the truth of your workout.
10. Optional Slide gives you the option to advance in rowing by taking it to the next level and also an opportunity for socialization.
Verdict: When you have got so many selling points in comparison with the reason of why not to buy; you end up buying it. This product has achieved the right to be called as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) in rowing machines.