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We've heard from many customers over the years who have used the Concept2 Indoor Rower to rehabilitate an injury, as well as recuperate from and even prepare for surgery. When rehabilitating an injury or coming back from a surgery, it's important to work at a pace instructed by your medical professionals. Since the indoor rower puts you in control of your resistance, it is especially well-suited to working at the appropriate pace compared to other machines where resistance is a "set-it-and-forget-it" proposition. You also have the freedom to use partial or no leg compression, if needed.
We are not medical professionals, and as every person's situation differs, we recommend you consult with your doctor before embarking on an exercise regime. Also, improper form and/or technique can cause or exacerbate injuries. If you have any questions about this, consult with a qualified professional before using the Concept2 Indoor Rower, or you can use our technique videos, to review good form and technique. You may also want to talk to your doctor about using the Concept2 SkiErg. The SkiErg offers the same flexibility as the indoor rower in terms of pace and leg compression, and additionally, can be used with a stool to limit the movement to upper body only.

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  • 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, NZL, 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, NZL, Rehab- Knee Replacement

  • 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, NZL, Rehab

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