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Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine Review

Rowing is a great alternative to running on a treadmill. See how the Concept 2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine compares to your typical workout.

The Concept2 Model D rowing machine is an efficient piece of exercise equipment designed to give users the best rowing workout possible.  Since the early 80’s Concept 2 has been at the forefront of the indoor rowing niche with their top of the line equipment. The company not only prides itself on high quality machinery but also on customer satisfaction. The Model D Indoor rower boasts many features like being easy to assemble or taking apart for storage, easy to transport, minimal noise and the option to connect with other Concept2 rowing machines for a group rowing experience.

Warranty – 8/10

Concept2 offers a 30 day money back guarantee on the machine. Additionally, there’s a 2 year warranty on the monitor and moving parts. The rest of the machine, including the frame, is under a 5 year warranty. The warranties are transferable if you are to sell or give the machine to someone else.

Price – 8/10

The Model D costs roughly $900 dollars on average. If you want to upgrade the monitor and add various accessories, the price will climb a few hundred dollars. However, this price is on par with the industry’s average for quality and size.

Size –  9/10

The Model is 8′ long, 24 inches wide, and the seat is roughly 14 inches off the ground. A space of 9′ X 4′ is required for properly using the machine. When stored, the rower is only 25 inches long, 33 inches wide and 53 inches high; perfect for storage and transportation.

Assembly –  10/10

The Model D Indoor Rowing Machine weighs roughly 57 pounds and takes less than 20 minutes to assemble. Concept2 provides clear-cut instructions with diagrams for putting the machine together. There are 8 screws to attach the front legs and the rest of the pieces come assembled, ready to connect. You don’t need any tools to take the machine apart for storage as the machine can be stored in two large pieces.

Programming – 8/10

The Model D comes with a PM3 monitor which has the following features: turns on and off when rowing begins and ends, is self-calibrating, 1 mb flash memory, memory card, options to review and store data, and pre-designed workouts. The monitor is only 3 inches by 3 inches, and has a 160X160 resolution. Concept2 offers an upgrade to a PM4 monitor which has more games, display options, supports wireless communications with other devices, can sync up against other Concept2 machines for racing and more.

Noise – 10/10

The Concept2 Model D’s flywheel design minimizes noise to provide a quieter and more enjoyable workout. The quietness of this machine will not disturb others in the house or drown out your music.

Comfort – 9/10

The seat is comfortable to sit on and smoothly moves when rowing due to the aluminum rails. The foot rests can adjust for various sizes and the handle is ergonomically fitting to allow for a natural positioning of the arms and hands. The flywheel technology is not only quite but also provides for a more fluid rowing motion.

Overall – 9/10

The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing machine is truly at the top of its class. The fluid motion, ease of using, various programming options, and reasonable price make this machine a must have. The simple assemblage, and storage of this rower, caps off what’s easily one of the best machines on the market.



  • Great cardio workout
  • Great anaerobic workout as it targets the muscles in both the upper and lower body
  • Low-impact on the knees and ankles
  • Burns a lot of calories compared to other cardio exercises
  • Helps to improve joint health and strength
  • Great workout for the core region
  • Helps to burn off body fat and lose weight


Here are a few workouts that consumers can do once they purchase the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine. Also, make sure to perform a warm up period before the workout and a cool down period after the workout.

Trial Period – before performing any workouts, try out the machine for 3 to 5 minutes to get a feel of how it functions both with the monitor and the movement of the machine.

Beginner’s Workout – A good beginner’s workout should focus on duration and a comfortable intensity level. Shoot for a steady SPM (strokes per minute) over the duration of the workout. Try to row for 20 to 30 minutes.

Intermediate Workout – Row for 20 to 30 minutes. Increase intensity and resistance level every minute until you reach near maximum efforts. Then lower both the intensity and the resistance level until you reach your cool down period.

Advanced Workout – Row at a high intensity and resistance level (at least 90% of maximum efforts) for 1 minute then drop down to 50% maximum effort for the next minute. Do this for 20 to 30 minutes straight.