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Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine

Concept2 Model D
Model D
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Air96 x 24 x 2857 lbs500 lbs5 years frame
2 years parts

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The Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing Machine has been specially designed to greatly improve cardiovascular performance while promoting fat loss and keeping a plethora of diseases at bay. Perfect for beginners and more experienced athletes, this machine is built from solid and long-lasting material which can accommodate up to 500 pounds. The wide comfortable seat makes it perfect for long hours of incessant training while limiting the risk of any unnecessary stress or strains on the lower body.

The Model D is manufactured by Concept 2, a leading figure in the fitness and training industry. Indeed, this company is reputed for its excellent craftsmanship and strong, reliable parts that are often designed to last a lifetime. This is why we reviewed not just this rower, but also the Model E, which is a bit higher on price due its more advanced features, but equal in quality and popularity.

Product Specificationsconcept2 model d workout

  • Maximum User Capacity: 500 lbs
  • Product Length: 96”
  • Seat Height: 14”
  • Product Width: 24”
  • Materials: Nickel for the chain, aluminum and steel for front and rear legs
  • Storage: Can be separated in two difference parts for storage
  • Monitor: PM3. PM4 available upon upgrade
  • Product variations: Available in Black or Gray

Assembly and Parts

The rowing machine comes with a fully illustrated manual that delivers clear and conscious instructions about the assembling process. It is fairly easy to put together, but first-time users might have to re-read the manual a couple of times before setting the machine up. Most tools are also included with your purchase.

The boxed package also comes with various other accessories including:Concept2 Model D

  • Chain Oil
  • USB cable to access your performance tracking on a computer
  • One logo card
  • Aluminum frame
  • Flywheel
  • Extruded aluminum-coated monorail
  • Rubber foot pads
  • Caster wheels
  • Stainless-steel seat track

I found the manual to be quite clear and easy to understand and it personally took me around one hour to put the rower together. The provided tools are practical enough to handle, even for novice users.

Ease of Use

The Model D is surprisingly simple to use, in spite of its efficiency. Its cord resistance can be adjusted to your liking and it provides enough friction to really engage every muscle in the body. The seat is ergonomically shaped to enhance your comfort. Also, thanks to the perfectly positioned seat, users won’t have any trouble watching a movie during their workouts. Most importantly, the handle is positioned in such a way so as to encourage a natural hand and arm movement, hence minimizing the risks of injuries.

To ensure smooth and easy gliding, the aluminum rail is topped by a stainless-steel track which also encourages easy cleaning. A warm damp washcloth is enough to remove any dust or grit from the rail and maintain easy sliding. Instead of dually positioned oars, this item is equipped with a single cord positioned at the far center of the machine to mimic a natural rowing movement. Additionally, if you have a limited storage area, you can use the easy-release feature to separate the rower into two parts and vertically stack them against each other to save up on space. All in all, this equipment is quite easy to use and the cord handles are sturdy and textured enough to provide a firm, confident grip.


The Model D is one of the most popular fitness equipment on the market, and for a good reason. Indeed, it’s the most solid, efficient and practical rower that I’ve ever used: durable and comfortable, this machine is even equipped with floor protectors and remains quite steady even if you opt for a vigorous workout. It provides a full body workout with particular focus on the arms, thighs and abdomen area. Some users even reported that the resistance is flexible enough to imitate the natural movements of a real boat.Concept2 Model D

Best of all, this rower includes a Personal Monitor which displays a plethora of comparable and accurate information, hence allowing users to keep a close watch on their progress. The monitor boasts of a 160 X 160 resolution which is clear enough to read even from a distance. In comparison with other models, this machine even saves your previous data which you can very easily access on a computer through the provided logo card and USB cable, and then upload to, how cool is that!

The rower is equipped with a specially designed flywheel which promises noise reduction, hence leaving you free to enjoy some music, a movie or a good chat during your workout. Now, while other rowers normally require gloves to prevent slippery hands, the handles on this particular model are crafted from mildly textured rubber to ensure a firm hold even if your hands get sweaty. The chain and other areas prone to friction are generously coated with nickel for extra durability. With this machine, you can expect to lose between 300 to 500 calories per hour, depending on your resistance level, gender and overall fitness level. Lastly, thanks to this nickel coating, you will also be able to cut back on lubrication and maintenance.


While this rowing machine comes with an exceptionally comfortable design, the seat is rather low, which can be problematic for any person with a knee or back injury to climb on and off. A couple of customers also had a few issues with adjusting the resistance but this was quickly fixed after a quick glimpse to the instructions manual.

Overall Rating

With an eyebrow-raising 5-star rating on most major review sites, this product certainly live up to its overwhelmingly impressive reputation. There are certainly a couple of very minor drawbacks but then again, the pros do outweigh the cons by a very wide range. This item is also extremely easy to use, even if you’ve never tried a rower before. In fact, new users reported a drastic difference in their physical health after just a few weeks of use, with many claiming improvements in their cardiovascular and lung capacities.

Overall, this is quite a recommended purchase to individuals who want to lose weight, tone up or simply maintain a perfect health. However, if you’re in a limited budget it’s you should also consider models such as the Velocity Exercise Magnetic Rower. The Model D is covered by a solid 30-day Money Back Guarantee, a 2 year warranty on the monitor and moving parts and finally, a 5-year warranty on the frame. This product is available on Amazon and the Concept2 website.