Piha SLSC Boaties have used the Concept 2 rowers now for the past decade. Many things go into developing a Champion team of boat crews, many hours of dedication and training sweat, if I had to single out in key piece of apparatus that has made a big difference it would be the concept 2 rower. No hiding places on these babies... you can gauge the steady improvement if you’re doing the work and weed out the imposters who don’t. The multiple training strategies that we imply across the Concept 2 tests & training rows is vast and differing, it’s like all sports where winning is the ultimate objective – you do the work and the results will come. One of the best things with the concept 2 is rowing can be such a differing sport, Wind, tides, water depth can all effect the boats movement, having a gauged apparatus like the concept 2 gives the competitors’ something to gauge their fitness / power / strength by that is always an even spread. We couldn’t have won without them.
-Piha Surf Club NZ
The Dynamic is a great tool to feel how a boat moves. It doesn’t have the draw you get from the chain on the standard model and therefore you ‘have to’ create a momentum and flow to your stroke similar to that of rowing a single. There is a small amount of elasticity in the machine but you have to keep your hands moving etc like you do when you row on the water. You also have to have a ‘hang’tobe able to drive your legs and have a natural body open through the stroke. A constant rhythm will allow you tobe efficient and sustain and good training pace. I personally feel that I have been able to adjust my technique on the Dynamic to that of what we are trying to achieve on the water. Ithas helped a lot with being able to work on what I perceive tobe the best way of moving a boat outon the water. My advice is: don’t be afraid of it! People can be reluctant to change, but change can also be a good thing. Persevere with it, as your numbers may be a little lower to start with, but the more you use it and get the feel ofhow you should be rowing it, the better your numbers will be. The feel is a lot different and if you do a period on the Dynamic and then switch to the standard, you will notice a HUGE difference in what is happening with the way you ‘have’to row the machines. I'd recommend the Dynamic Indoor Rower to anyone who wants to progress their technical ability. Itis a great machine and a great step forward into a more technical specific boat feel machine. Anyone willbe able to use the machine, but will they be able to use itto the best of their potential! That is what people need to ask themselves and then train, train, train, to achieve it!
-Eric Murray is part of the famous Kiwi Pair and is an eight-time World Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist(Professional Athlete)
The Concept 2 indoor rower has been an awesome addition to my training for motocross over the past year. It has helped with whole body strength asitis a full body work out. I replace the standard bars with motorbike handle bars to replicate riding a motorbike as much as possible tohelp use the muscles I use when riding my bike. I highly recommend a Concept 2 indoor rower tonot just all motocross riders but to anyone that is looking for a full body work out.
-Rhys Carter (NZ Motor Cross)
Just wanted to send you a note of appreciation for your wonderful company and product. I have been searching for a form of cardio that my dysfunctional knees/hips can handle, and that I can also have inmy small studio apartment. Turns out, your rower fits PERFECTLY in the only open floor space I have left. And it faces my TV. Which is key. Your rower was delivered quickly and was packed to perfection. And, because itisto lightweight, I was able to get the machine up four flights of stairs by myself—and I'm a 5ft 4inch blond girl!! that would never be possible with an elliptical ortreadmill. So happy. Then, as I unpacked it, I was even more happy to find out how easy it was toput everything together. And now, I have a fully functional gym inmy home! I'm blown away byevery step of this process, from the ease of ordering all the way to the quality feel and attractive look of the machine. I'm in love. And as a beginner rower, I'm having to keep myself off the machine so I don't go too hard too fast! Amazing. And, on top of the quality of your rower, your customer service is top notch. I had a couple exchanges both over email and on the phone with your company, and everyone was helpful and friendly. And those two characteristics are increasingly hard to come byin customer service these days. So, kudos for that, too! I willbe suggesting the Concept2 rower toas many people as I can get to listen. Keep up the good work. You are changing people's lives. And not just the real-serious-rowing-types, but regularpeople like myself, too.
-A.S (Home User)
I want to thank your company for making the equipment that turned me into what my orthopedic surgeon calls a "medical miracle." He has never seen a patient recuperate so quickly from a total knee replacement. I could walk without crutches two days after surgery, drive my car in ten days and was totally off pain medication in two weeks. It's been six weeks now, and I'm still not perfect but I'm getting there. I give a lot of credit for my quick recovery to the pre-surgery exercise program I developed that featured a Concept II rowing machine. For two months before the operation, I simply rowed for atleast 35 minutes a day and also did an easy series of basic physical therapy leg strengthening exercises. In addition, I worked onmy upper body so I could work with crutches, as needed. My only question is why don't you have more information available about how your product can help those with bad knees and other leg-related problems? Rowing isan ideal way to strengthen muscles and encourage weight loss without putting undue stress on the joints. I've really become a 58-year-old evangelical preacher when it comes to your rowing machines. I'm now back onone every day in preparation for replacing my other knee. I'm also spreading the word to others. Your equipment could save a lot of people a lot of pain—so please, let more people know!
-Amy Vander Stoep Karraker (Rehab- Knee Replacement)
I had to email you and tell you my story because I am so excited! I actually hugged my Concept2 Indoor Rower because I love it!! I was a runner for 7 years and was in the best shape of my life until about 2011 when I let life’s issues get in the way. I weighed 192, at5'6" and was 43 years old. I was atmy absolute worst for my sister’s wedding in June 2011. After seeing myself in the wedding photos, I decided to join a gym and from 2011 to July 2013, I had managed to lose only 10 pounds. I had an exercise bike at home that broke and needed tobe replaced. Inmy quest tofind the best home gym equipment replacement, I stumbled across articles, radios shows, and information about the indoor rowers in the CrossFit Games, and decided to further research the rowing machine. I purchased my Concept2 Model D Indoor Rower in August 2013. Once I got the correct posture and the rhythm down, I began to seriously work atitin September of 2013. The rhythm of rowing and sliding back and forth was somehow soothing and stress relieving. I became so addicted and had developed such will-power tobe persistent with it! I began noticing results immediately. By January 2014, I had lost 40 pounds in 5 months, rowing 30 minutes to50 minutes a day 5 days a week. In February, I decided to add other activities tomy routine like hiking and running again, because I think that the rower has motivated me and has given me such energy, strength and endurance. I began noticing muscle toning as soon as I began rowing in September, and I actually have visible lean muscle mass now! It’s amazing how toned I’m am looking now, just after my 46th birthday. I continue toget compliments constantly onmy amazing transformation, and I have become such a spokesperson for Concept2, you have no idea. I think I may have even sold a few. I have continued rowing every other day and plan on continuing todo so forever!!! The indoor rower became something I really stuck to, and it really worked for me.
-Carolyn Watson (Weight Loss)
My name is Shawn Ramirez and I am a CrossFit Games 40-44 Masters Competitor. I wanted tofirst, Thank You for putting out the absolute BEST product that enabled meto keep my endurance and met-con up without putting stress onmy joints and ankle in particular. In 1999, I sustained a devastating blow tomy calcaneus inan accident in Europe, which left meunable to walk. The Doctors in Spain, woke meup with a prognosis that I possibly wouldn't be able to ever walk again. This gave me a surge ofwill and power that motivated me beyond measure. Within just 3 months of intense therapy, I was back onmy feet, ready to take on the world. Fast forward several years later, to the 2014 CrossFit Games, and I was able to "walk" off the podium, crowned as "The Fittest Man on Earth." I'm writing this letter to Thank You from the bottom ofmy heart for producing a product that allowed meto overcome this tragedy, enabling meto avoid compound pressure onmy heel, which led meto become the CF Games World Champion! Keep doing what you do, truly making a difference in many lives!
-Shawn Ramirez (Crossfit)
I started rowing to cross-train and give my knees a break from running. After 10 years, it's myfavorite indoor exercise. I especially like catching upon all myTV shows while I row. I enjoy all the contests to keep me motivated. One of these days, I may actually try rowing on the water!
-Jennifer Norr (Cross Training)
Wanted to say thanks. Two days after ordering it was atmy door. And what a beauty it is. So much better than the 'competition.' I'm using itasan adjunct toan exercise bike (though it may supplant that for the most part) in losing weight. I decided I needed something for the upper body, too. I find
it great to get in the rhythm and just go. And I would say that the more that I use it the better I like it. I haven't given up the exercise bike but use itto warm up for about twenty four minutes. Then atleast 30 minutes on the Concept2, which feels like a down hill ride even as I try to keep up a strong pressure. I do each of them twice a day so I do get a good workout. Since my purpose isto lose weight, I have almost reached the bottom I think and then I will taper off some and use itto keep up the fitness I have gained. Have lost over forty-five pounds and reached my first goal—the weight I had when discharged from the Army sixty years ago. I would never been able to keep atitjust using the exercise bike. I just wanted you to know how great the machine is. Thank you!
-Wally Many (Weight Loss)
When I started rowing I had a shoulder problem that doctors had worked on for some time and in spite of x-rays, injections with cortisone and exercises it did not get better, the pain was waking me up at night; this was a real problem, however as soon as I started rowing, instead of aggravating it, the problem disappeared. That was the first step inmy recovery. I decided rowing was going toreplace my running, swimming and other activities, and I became addicted to this form of exercise. In due course I regularly rowed 10 kilometers daily and noted I could row at the same pace I could run. I worked my way to a half marathon, marathon, Ultra marathons and then decided since I had run around the world by keeping a log I would do the same on the rower.
-Stan Brierly ( Rehab)