The Concept 2 Model D is an air resistance rowing machine. It has a high-quality build and is not known to break down. It offers a variety of workout options that will suit anyone from beginners to high level athletes.
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Pro Air resistance provides smooth and even performance
This is an air rowing machine which means that the resistance is provided by an internal flywheel. The flywheel creates wind as you pull on the handles which creates more resistance. Pulling harder means the flywheel will spin faster and create more wind, thus creating more resistance. This creates a similar feeling as rowing on water.
Pro Great build quality
The Concept 2 Model D is made of high quality material that is built to last.
The front legs are made of aluminum and rear legs are made of steel. The cord is a nickel-plated steel chain, the monorail itself is made out of aluminum, and the seat track is made of stainless-steel.
Pro The control panel has a variety of helpful features
The Model 2 is equipped with Performance monitor 5, a mini-computer that is full of features and workout preferences. Along with tracking 5 different stats, it has built-in pre-set workouts or you can customize a workout routine. You can even play games on it.
Pro You can race yourself for more motivation
You can set your previous workout as the pace boat, so you can race against yourself.
Pro For an extra $50 you can buy a heart rate monitor
You can get a compatible heart rate monitor which is strapped to your chest and monitors your heart rate on the display.
Pro Can be folded up when not being used
The machine can be easily taken apart and stored while it's not being used. When folded up the rower measures in at 25 x 33 x 54 in, which is about the same size as a mini fridge.
Pro The monitor gives great information on your workouts
The display shows total time of your workout, the number of strokes per minute, the distance that you have achieved, and the 500m split time.
Pro Resistance levels can be adjusted
The settings on the damper can be adjusted from level 1 to level 10. Different levels will give you a different sense of rowing. Lower levels give you a perception of a smaller and faster boat, while higher levels will feel like rowing a heavier boat.
Con The wind created inside the flywheel can get loud
It creates a “whooshing” sound. The harder you row, the louder this machine gets.
Con Takes up a lot of space while working out
You will need a space of 9 x 4 feet to be able to workout on this machine.