Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 Review

Concept 2 Model with PM5 has everything a fitness admirer can ask for to have a smooth and intense workout. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced level fitness fanatic, this rowing machine has all the features to satisfy your needs. The durability of this machine is good enough to use in gym or rowing training facilities. The price is meager and affordable sufficient to have it for your personal use at home. Lets see why this machine is one of our best inexpensive rowing machine!

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Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is an air-resistance machine. This rower’s flywheel design makes sure a quite row. Resistance level will determine by the effort you put in while you row. To increase the resistance spin, the flywheel faster, and vice versa. If you are unhappy with the feel of the rowing stroke then with the damper setting, you can adjust it to your preference. You may not find this kind of air resistance in treadmill, elliptical or recumbent exercise bike.

Large LCD Display

The Concept 2 Model D Rowing Machine comes with PM5 (Performance Monitor 5). This large LCD shows the details of your workout, such as time, strokes per minute, calories. The PM5 monitor also tracks the distance. The monitor starts when you start rowing. This backlit monitor is easy to read even in the low light as well as in the standard view.

And, this little computer have bluetooth and ANT+ conectivity facality.

Comfortable Seat

The seat is contoured and features a slight tilt, which helps to maintain the posture and offers comfortable rowing. The ergonomically designed handle is easy to use and has molded rubber grips. The footrests are large enough to fit various shoe size and have enough grip to stop you from slipping. The footrests are so flexible that it allows you to get your shin vertical. It’s so comfortable that you can even use it barefoot.

Weight Capacity

The weight capacity of this model is 500 pounds as per the instruction manual. This solid built machine’s weight capacity is huge as users feedback after using a long period of time. And, Model D is most popular for its hulk-solid construction.

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Easy Storage

You can store it almost anywhere in the house, while you are not using this rowing machine. All you needs to do is, just separate front and back part from middle. As you see in the picture left, it has only a screw mechanism as attachment.  It has only 8 (eight) screw and you can easily unbolt them by a general screw driver at your house, and store both part anywhere in your house. 

And, it will need only you are going to hibernate this machine for a while. If you use this awesome godsend machine regularly, you don’t need to worry about detachment , because literally you can store this small machine anywhere at your house!

Workout Data Sync

You can also store your workout data in a USB flash drive. So, later you can access it on the computer and track your workout and fitness level. Heart rate can also be monitored with your own separately bought compatible chest strap and heart rate attachment. In addition to that, PM5 supports ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart to track your heart rate wirelessly. There are also options available to take a brief lesson on accurate rowing techniques or to play a game.

Easy Assembly

Assembling of the Concept 2 Model D requires eight screws and washer. Putting together all that doesn’t need anything but the included wrench. With the easy to follow instructions, a user should be able to put together the rowing machine in 10-25 minutes. While putting it together is easy, putting it away for storing is much more comfortable. You can separate the Concept 2 rower into two sections without any tools for secure storage. It also has transport wheels on the front to help the user to move the assembled machine.


  • Easy Assembly
  • Air Resistance
  • Performance Monitor
  • Optional Slide
  • Ergonomic Handle
  • Wireless Heart Rate Data
  • Low Profile
  • Adjustable Footrests
  • Easy to Store
  • Transport Wheels
  • High Capacity
  • Good Warranty


  • Some Maintenance Required
  • Plastic Monitor Arm


The Concept 2 Rowing Machine is one of the most modern and durable machines. It is well worth the money. With its high-quality engineering and a useful computer monitor its easy to use. This amazing rower is suited for an athletic level workout as well as for the beginner level.

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