Damper Setting & Rowing Intensity


The best damper setting for a great cardiovascular workout is in the range of 3-5. Rowing with the damper setting too high can be detrimental to your training program because it may reduce your output and increase your risk of injury.



  • The harder you pull, the more resistance you will feel. This is because the Concept2 Indoor Rower uses wind resistance, which is generated by the spinning flywheel. The faster you get the wheel spinning, the more resistance there will be.
  • You can row as hard or as easy as you wish. The indoor rower will not force you to row at any set intensity level. It is up to you. As you put more effort into your rowing, you will go faster, produce more watts, and burn more calories. All of these outputs will be measured and displayed by the Performance Monitor(PM). Keep your goals in mind. For example, if your goal is to burn a lot of calories, it is more important to row for a long time than to row hard. If you row too hard, you won’t last as long.
  • The damper setting is like bicycle gearing. It affects the feel of the rowing but does not directly affect the resistance. With a little experimentation, you will find the damper setting that gives you the best workout and results. We recommend a damper setting of 3-5 for the best aerobic workout. This is the setting that feels most like a sleek, fast boat on the water. Higher settings feel more like a bigger, slower boat.
  • You can view your performance in pace, watts and calories. The PM displays your output in a choice of units and display options. You can choose the units and displays that work best for you.
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