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Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine
Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine review

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Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review


Ever since the Model A Indoor Rower came onto the market in 1981, Concept2 have set the standard for rowing machines, and with the release of the Concept2 Model D the company is likely to hold onto this position for the foreseeable future. (Rowing machine)

Concept2 rowers, including the Model D and Concept Model E, are so highly regarded because they are incredibly reliable, come packed with a range of technological features, and are able to provide users with an excellent workout, to name just a few reasons, yet are still reasonably priced when compared to other high-end rowers.

Rowing MotionConcept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

Its rowing motion is just one of the areas in which the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine with PM5 exceeds expectations. Much of this is down to the fact that you are able to adjust the airflow to the flywheel, via the spiral damper, allowing you to change the feel of the stroke to your liking so you are in full control of the resistance and exertion at all times.

However, the flywheel must not be forgotten, and has been designed in a way so to produce the least amount of noise while maintaining a smooth, lifelike rowing motion. There’s a reason why the Concept2 is used by professional rowers.


The Concept2 Model D is certainly a comfortable rowing machine to use, which perhaps explains why there have been reports of users being able to row over a million meters in under a year (you get a free t-shirt when you join the million meter club).

The footrests are adjustable and keep your feet securely in place as you row, allowing all users, regardless of their foot size, to get into a comfortable rowing position.

The handle has been ergonomically designed and features a 10 degree bend, enabling you to mimic the natural arm and hand position of rowing on the water. Therefore, there is no chance of any strain being felt in the hands, wrists, or forearms as you row.

The seat, which keeps a low profile thanks to its 14″ height, also glides along very smoothly on the aluminum monorail. It’s also worth noting that a maximum user capacity of 500 pounds is supported, which attests to the machine’s build quality – i.e. it’s clear that high quality parts and components have been used in the design process.

Computer MonitorConcept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

The Concept2 Model D comes with a PM3 computer and is able to provide you with feedback on all of the information that you have come to expect from exercise equipment, including speed, distance, watts, pace, and calories burned. However, the PM3 computer differentiates itself from the performance monitors found on other rowing machines, thanks to coming packed with an array of useful technological features.

You can use the preset workouts, save your favorite workouts, row against a previous performance or pace boat, row along with an animated rower, giving you the opportunity to master the correct technique used for rowing, review past workout results, choose from multiple language options, and play the FISH or Biathlon game.

However, while all of these built-in features certainly keep motivation levels up and do an excellent job of varying your workout, making it unlikely that you will give up on your fitness regime, we love the free online motivational tools. For example, there is an online logbook, allowing you to record your results, a training forum (the biggest in the world when it comes to indoor rowing) so you can chat to like-minded people, and even a plethora of rowing challenges.

The computer monitor can either be operated via the included AC adapter, or by two D cell batteries. If you happen to go down the battery route, then it’s good to know that the monitor draws power from your workouts so to extend battery life.


Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine
Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is very easy to store due to its quick-release frame-lock mechanism. This means that you can separate the machine into two parts, and thanks to the caster wheels on the front of the rower, you can roll the Model D into a closet, under a bed, or up against a wall.


The Model D is backed by a 5-year frame, and 2-year parts warranty.


8 ft x 2 ft

25 x 33 x 54 inches (storage)

57 pounds

Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review by User

The response to the Model D indoor rowing machine has been astounding. It currently has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 from over 250 reviews, which is unheard of, not just for rowing machines, but also for any kind of exercise equipment, as they have a tendency to have quality control issues and break down after years of use.

For example, while users have praised the rower’s smooth, lifelike rowing motion; performance monitor, complete with a range of motivational tools; and comfort; its construction quality and particularly durability must not be overlooked. There have been reports of users having rowed millions of meters over several years without any sign of any of the parts letting up.

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Any Complaints?

There is very, very little to complain about; however, considering the price of the Model D, it would’ve been nice if you didn’t have to purchase additional equipment to monitor your heart rate.

Anything Else You Should Know?

As mentioned, there is a reason why Concept2 rowing machines are used by professional rowers, and can also be found in schools, gyms, rowing clubs and even Olympic training centers.

While it’s a bit of a shame that you have to purchase additional equipment to monitor your heart rate, you shouldn’t let this put you off what is otherwise an excellent rower, and in our opinion, the very best rower on the market.

The truth is that whether you go for the Model D or another model manufactured by Concept2, you won’t be disappointed.

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