So there you are, you’ve just finished an intense weight lifting session. And when I say intense I mean you went beast mode in the gym. But as you were heading toward the locker room for a shower it suddenly dawned on you… CARDIO! You completely forgot to do your daily cardio routine, so reluctantly you head upstairs to the dreaded “machine area”.
But this poses a little bit of a problem, what machine to hop on for 20 minutes of self inflicted hardship (Okay, that was a little dramatic but surely you guys understand the struggle). Anyway, your usual go to cardio machines are the treadmill, elliptical cross trainer and the good old trusty stationary bicycle.
But as it goes in most health clubs/gyms all your go to cardio machines were occupied. And then out of the corner of your eye you see some signage that reads: Concept2
So you decide why not give the rower a go for a change. Now whether or not this story sounds familiar or even at all relatable, this notion is far from uncommon. In fact, as a seasoned Athletic Trainer and rehabilitation specialist, I spent more hours in gym and training facilities than most people spend in their homes.
When it comes to cardio equipment the rowing machine remains a cut above the rest. Yes, it remains one of the most under utilized pieces of equipment in most gyms. But my clear bias toward the Concept2 rower stems from years of personal user satisfaction.
It’s ideal for home and gym based use, easy to set up and maintain. Honestly, the Concept 2 Model D Rowing Machine is in my professional opinion, one of the most versatile, effective and valuable pieces of cardio equipment on the market today.
I can testify to the fact that the rowing machine is one of the most under utilized pieces of equipment. I mean think about it? In your local gym, how many stationary cycles and treadmills are there in comparison with Concept2 rowing machines ? And don’t get me started on home gym set ups, there is little to no chance that most people will have a rower as opposed to the trusty treadmill or classic elliptical cross trainer.
Pros & Cons of the Concept2 Model D Rower
However, this doesn’t make sense? The Concept2 rower is one of the most effective cardio machines on the planet. It is after all, the world’s best selling rowing machine. Which begs the question, why is it so widely unpopular?
Let’s break it down and try to understand the rower a bit better. The test subject I chose for my study (It’s actually just a personal experience review, but study sounds way cooler) is the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine. The reason we chose this specific model is because despite the fact that Concept2 has a few models on the market, the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine is undoubtedly the most common.
Alrighty, let’s start off with a few of the things we don’t like about the Concept2 Model Rowing Machine:
And that’s about it. No seriously, in terms of genuine cons there aren’t many more issues I can find wrong with the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine. Why, you ask?
Well lets list a few of the pros of this specific model:
So the next time your favorite cardio machine is held up at your local gym, don’t be shy, give the Concept2 Rowing Machine a go and experience it for yourself!