Overall Best Rowing Machine
Concept D has a lot to offer for your rowing needs and this fact has been proven by the high ratings it received from its customers. Priced at $900, this 68 lb.-rower is one of the best of its kind. It accomplishes variable resistance by adjusting the baffle to the flywheel, which has the blades that move air.
It features their ever-functional Performance Monitor that tracks your distance, speed, pace, calories, strokes per minute (spm) and watts. It can also track your heart rate if you have a heart rate monitor. Its monitor also allows you to control your workout as you perform your exercises and offers five display options for your data, force curve, rowing with a pace boat, bar chart, and large print.
The Model D also has caster wheels which makes it easy to transport. Aside from that, it can be stored away easily by folding the rowing machine. It can be broken down into two parts using a quick-release mechanism. It’s long compared to other machines but since it can be folded, you can just keep it somewhere or at one corner of your house when it’s not in use.
This powerful rowing machine also allows you to change how the stroke feels. Like mentioned earlier, you can adjust the settings while exercising. Depending on the intensity of the setting you choose, you can row a light boat or simulate the rowing of a hefty boat. This is an advantageous feature especially if you’re not in the mood for an intense workout.
Other features include its stainless steel track, nickel-plated chain, ergonomic handle and (Flexfoot) adjustable footrests.
Before we move on to the pros and cons, I’ll allow you to imagine how big (or how small if you’re a bulky person) the Model D is. Weighing 26 kilograms, this machine is 24 inches high and 96 inches long, and its seat height is 14 inches. Made with steel rear legs and aluminum front support legs, it requires a space of 8 feet by 2 feet once assembled. However, to avoid hitting anything as you perform your strokes, you will need a space of 9 feet by 4 feet. But when it is folded, it only requires a space of 25 in. x 33 in. x 54 in. Now that you know the specifications, consent me to enumerate the pros and cons to help you decide.
• Dependable performance
• Easy to assemble
• Has durable parts
• Simulates a realistic rowing motion
• Allows you to row as you charge
• Has an astounding Performance Monitor
• Sturdy and durable
• Accommodates users weighing up to 500 pounds
• Used by professional rowers
• Has a smooth flywheel
• Great value for the price
• Can be stored effortlessly
• Can be transported easily
• Provides uninterrupted workout using air resistance
• Great for home use
• You can perform both light and intense workouts
• Has over 500 positive reviews to date
• Known for its durability and great performance
• Produces noise because of air resistance
• Its resistance doesn’t hold
• Uncomfortable and fixed seat
• Longer than other rowing machines
• Limited workout programs
The only major negative review about the Model D is its hard seat that tends to be uncomfortable after hours of exercising. However, you can always buy a seat pad to ease the butt pain. Though that’s the case with the seat, at least its footrests are rounded with a higher seat, allowing you to row even if you’re barefoot. You don’t have to worry about calluses in your hands, too, because they won’t exist with the ergonomic handle of the Model D.
Granted that it’s being used by professional rowers for their practice, this fitness machine is not just for them, it’s also for anyone who is willing to exercise with a rowing machine. Thanks to its adjustable settings, it can be used by any person of any size, gender, and age.
The Concept2 Model D has a two-year warranty on the moving parts and the performance monitor and a five-year warranty on the frame. It also comes with Concept2 chain oil and a user manual.