Just like Model D, Model E is a tough and sturdy rowing machine that can take daily heavy training. It’s bulletproof and commercial grade; the first choice of professional rowers and health clubs. It is one of the most expensive rowing machines out there. It is the best-selling air resistant rower in spite of its huge cost; everything about the machine is first class; most users feel the cost is justified. Concept 2 has set the industry standards with its range of high quality fitness equipment and model E is one of its best and newest inventions. It is an upgrade from Model D with extended functionality, but it also has prominent features that set this model apart from all its predecessors.
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Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machine Review
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It is an air resistant rowing equipment, which is best known to closely emulate the feel of rowing on the water. Many professional rowers prefer this machine for their professional rowing training. It has a flywheel that spins when the handle is pulled. The amount of wind, and resistance created is determined by how hard the rower is pulled. The direct relationship between resistance and rowing intensity makes this resistance type easily adjustable on the fly.
Apart from the resistance level, Model E allows the user to adjust the feel of the rowing action as well. There are 10 settings to choose from. Settings 1 to 5 give the feeling of a faster, sleeker boat. Settings 6 to 10 give the feeling of a slower boat. The recommended settings for great cardiovascular workout are: settings 3, 4 and 5.
Performance monitor: It includes the latest PM4 monitor. Some refer to this monitor as training partner and also the coach (it can teach one how to row the right way). It records important workout statistics; there are three pre-loaded workout games; it has wireless heart rate monitoring feature; users have the option of racing against a pace-boat or their previous workout data. It is a very powerful, nice looking mini-computer with a user friendly interface.
It tracks speed, calories, distance, pace and watts (power of previous stroke). It includes a 2MB flash memory so one can save plenty of workout data. There are several working options to choose from: a user can choose one of five present workouts, customize the workout routine, or just start rowing. There are three different games to choose from: fish game, darts and target training.
The display is large and easy to see with adjustable display angle. There are five different display options: force curve, bar chart, all data, pace boat and large print. It is armed with ANT technology, which allows the heart rate to be monitored wirelessly. It includes a chest belt but it is also compatible with polar-heart rate belt.
The LogCard is an interesting feature of this model. It has clever utility that allows one to record workout statistics for up to 5 different users. The workout data can be uploaded to an online logbook. There are also third party softwares that can be installed in PC or MAC; they helps to further analyze the workout data. These features make rowing more fun and motivate a user to maintain a good exercising regimen. The monitor is encased in hard plastic. It contains buttons that feel like hard rubber.
The machine turns on automatically when the user starts rowing. It turns off on its own after 4 minutes of inactivity. It comes with batteries that get recharged as the user rows the machine.
Concept 2 has a good reputation for creating high quality equipment and the beat goes on with Model E. It is specially designed to withstand heavy use in rowing and health clubs. No component of the rower looks or feels cheap — from the flywheel housing to the footrests. The frame consists of steel seat track and aluminum beam monorail. It is powder-coated to make it even more durable. The legs of the machine are made of welded steel and designed to provide great stability to the user. The chain that pulls the flywheel is an upgrade from the steel chain in Model D. It is made of nickel-plated steel chain that requires less maintenance and is highly durable. The chain is enclosed in the housing for extra protection.
The seat height in Model E is a major improvement over Model D. It is 6 inches higher than model D and most rowers. The height is close to the height of standard chairs. This is a major development since it is very beneficial for people with bad knees or who are on wheelchairs. It makes getting on and off the rower much easier. The seat is padded and contoured. The handle is ergonomic with a few degrees bend to reduce stress on the forearms and wrists. It allows the user to row with a natural hand and arm motion.
Concept2 is a well reputed rowing machine manufacturer and Model E holds it value very well. It has a weight capacity of up to 500 pounds. Users of all ages and fitness level can use the machine without any issues. It is relatively quiet for an air resistant rower. It has a good five years warranty. It can be easily assembled, stored and maintained.
It has very few disadvantages. Some users found the seat to uncomfortable. It does get harder with regular usage. The handle can be rough for amateurs. It can be too noisy for some people.