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Top Concept2 Fitness Equipment Review (Indoor Rowing & SkiErg Floor) Review

Top Concept2 Fitness Equipment Review (Indoor Rowing & SkiErg Floor)

1# Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 Review

The dependable performance of our Model D Indoor Rower has made it the bestselling indoor rower in the world. Recognized by competitive rowers as the standard for indoor training, the Model D delivers an effective cardiovascular workout that will increase your fitness level and improve muscle tone.

The Model D is efficiently engineered and will last a lifetime. Model D is the same machine used by Olympic-level athletes to train for their sport-it’ll take the abuse of heavy training day after day. The Model D is a solid piece of exercise equipment offered at a great value.

ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity allow you to pair with compatible heart rate monitors for wireless heart rate monitoring. The wireless capabilities of the PM5 also support machine-to-machine racing and connectivity to computers and smartphones.

Included with every purchase: User Manual, Performance Monitor Quick Start Guide, tools and assembly instructions.

The Model D is covered by a limited 5-year warranty on the frame and 2-year warranty on the PM and moving parts.

Features of Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

Performance Monitor 5

The Performance Monitor is what sets Concept2 Indoor Rowers apart from other training devices, and every Model D includes our most advanced monitor, the PM5. Sophisticated yet easy to use, the PM5 provides accurate, comparable data for every row.

A backlight increases visibility, compatibility with USB flash drives makes storing your workout data a breeze, and you can wirelessly monitor your heart rate. The adjustable monitor arm on the Model D lets you position the monitor where you prefer.

Flywheel and Damper

Our indoor rowers respond to your effort on every stroke, so you are in full control of your exertion and resistance at all times.

The spiral damper allows you to easily adjust the airflow to the flywheel, so you can change the feel of the stroke to suit your preference. The flywheel design minimizes noise while maximizing a smooth feel.

Storage and Mobilty

The Model D features a quick-release (no tools required!) framelock mechanism, so you can easily separate the machine into two pieces for storage. Caster wheels on the front foot allow you to roll the fully-assembled machine into position.

Adjustable Footrests and Ergonomic Handle

We use adjustable footrests on our indoor rowers for quick and easy sizing. (Footrests accommodate a wide range of shoe sizes.) comfortable, ergonomic handle features a 10 degree bend that allows you to row with a natural arm and hand position.

2# Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 Review


The Model E offers presence and durability with its 20 inch frame height, nickel-plated chain, and double powder coat with glossy finish. From a practical standpoint, the higher frame means easier on-and-off for those with tired knees or mobility considerations.

The nickel-plated chain (also featured on the Model D) requires less-frequent oiling. The finish protects against scratches.

Aesthetically, the Model E is the luxury machine of the indoor rower world. Solid and sleek in light gray or black, the Model E will hold its own in a fitness center, your home gym, or the living area of your midtown loft.

Best of all, it does all of this while providing the unparalleled full-body workout of our other indoor rowers.

If you’re familiar with our equipment, the Model E is everything you’ve come to expect in a Concept2 Indoor Rower and more. If you’re trying us for the first time, the Model E will satisfy even the most discriminating buyers.

The Model E is available in two colors: light gray or black.

Features of Concept2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5

Performance Monitor 5

The Performance Monitor is what sets Concept2 Indoor Rowers apart from other training devices, and every Model E includes our most advanced monitor, the PM5. Sophisticated yet easy to use, the PM5 provides accurate, comparable data for every row.

A backlight increases visibility, compatibility with USB flash drives makes storing your workout data a breeze, and you can wirelessly monitor your heart rate. The longer monitor arm on the Model E keeps it all within easy reach.

Flywheel and Damper

Our indoor rowers respond to your effort on every stroke, so you are in full control of your exertion and resistance at all times.

The spiral damper allows you to quickly adjust the airflow to the flywheel, so you can change the feel of the stroke to suit your preference. The flywheel design minimizes noise while maximizing a smooth feel.

Storage and Mobility

The Model E features a quick-release (no tools required!) framelock mechanism, so you can easily separate the machine into two pieces for storage.

Caster wheels on the front foot allow you to roll the fully-assembled machine into position.

Seat Height

The Model E stands tall in a crowd. You’ll have the comfort and ease of getting on a machine that’s at chair height.

The 20 inch (50.8 centimeter) seat height is particularly helpful if your knees don’t bend like they used to, if you’ll be getting on and off the indoor rower from a wheelchair, or if you just prefer sitting higher off the ground.

To support the 20 inch frame height, we went with a one-piece leg design for both the front and rear legs. The end result? Stability and a sure, solid feel.

3# Concept2 SkiErg with PM5 Review


The Concept2 SkiErg makes the sport of Nordic skiing available to everyone.

Long recognized as delivering one of the toughest workouts around, Nordic skiing develops both strength and endurance and exercises the legs as well as the arms and core.

The SkiErg can be used for both double pole and classic alternating arm technique.

The SkiErg uses the same flywheel resistance and electronic monitoring systems as Concept2’s Indoor Rowers, the proven choice of rowing athletes around the world since 1981, so you can rest assured that the machine is made to last.

As well as being durable and well built, the SkiErg is sophisticated too, with an advanced monitor that provides immediate, accurate performance data.

Whether you’re an elite cross-country skier looking to improve your poling power, a weekend enthusiast wanting to get into shape for the ski season, or just someone looking for a great workout, the SkiErg will help you achieve your goals.

The SkiErg can be either mounted on a wall (hardware included) or used with an optional floor stand (sold separately).

4# Concept2 SkiErg Floor Stand, Black


The floor stand provides an alternative method of supporting the SkiErg if wall mounting is not an option. It makes the SkiErg free standing, allowing you to use the SkiErg anywhere.

With a steel support and wood interior, the floor stand is tough and well-built, yet has caster wheels to move it easily into and out of place.

The anti-skid, wear-resistant base offers firm footing. The floor stand is suitable for use with most wheelchairs. Not compatible with SkiErgs built prior to August 2014.

Features of Concept2 SkiErg Floor Stand

  • Allows skiers to use the SkiErg with PM5 without mounting to a wall
  • Compatible with SkiErgs manufactured from August 2014 to present
  • Anti-skid, wear-resistant base
  • Steel supports; Wood interior
  • Caster wheels make it mobile