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  • PAUSE. IS THAT A PEARL JAM TATTOO?! swoon

    Siouxsie Q. July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Thanks for the review. Just ordered one to get some exercise during quarantine. From my research, this was the best for the price. Most people buy exercise equipment, use it a few times and that's it. I'm willing to gamble a couple of hundred bucks on my ephemeral good intentions, but not more than that.

    NameRequiredSoHere July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Thanks for the great info! I've noticed that all lower-end rowers seem to have the issue of the cord-stop being right above the feet, which would probably always cause the issue you mentioned related to not being able to do a full stroke (that is, to being able to bend your knees entirely). Do you think that's a deal breaker for a newbie who plans to row 4 times per week? (I used to row at my gym on a high-quality machine.) Thanks again, Austin!

    Kristine Henry July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Thx man, so what do I get instead? lol

    Noel Arzola July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Thanks for this review. I got one of these as a Christmas gift in 2019 and it's been a good intro to rowing for me. I enjoy rowing and I intend to use this machine until I can justify an upgrade (mainly just proving that I'll stick with it in the longer-term). What would you suggest for a higher-quality but still inexpensive machine? My guess is that by the end of the year, there will be a bunch of people selling lightly used equipment that they got during the lockdown and then didn't really use, so I might look to upgrade fall/winter 2020. Just found your channel last week and the content is excellent. Thank you.

    Moustaki July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • UPDATE: my machine just came in, and it is great. Unlike what was stated in the review, I was able to get full strokes without a problem. I am 5’2, 130 lbs, and the footplates did NOT get in the way of making a full stroke. Nor was the tension setting a problem. The only downside was the monitor, which is basic. SINCE THE ROWER IS NOT IN HIS STUDIO….MAYBE HE WAS REVIEWING SOMEONE ELSE’S USED MACHINE??? EITHER WAY…HIS REVIEW WAS NOT VERY ACCURATE!!!!

    Black Queen Genius 7 July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Wow. Seems they could resolve a lot of issues all in the foot rest.
    1) Move it back 6 inches.
    2) Make it less flimsy, and also immobile.
    3) If it won't adjust, then add straps to accommodate different foot sizes.

    squealer July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • I just bought this rower, and your review did not pop up when I was looking for detailed reviews on it.

    Black Queen Genius 7 July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Good video! Exactly the reasons why I switched from a Kettler magnetic rower to Concept2 8 years ago – I "outstronged" the magnetic one. Never regreted the money I spent on the Concept2.

    BhavaSindh July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • I bought this as my first rower. I was disappointed that it has such a short stroke. My sister has one of these also. Compared to mine, her resistance settings feel much heavier. My level 8 is like her level 5. So they are apparently not manufactured with much consistency. One other thing that bothers me is the bolts on the foot plates keep backing out. I can not really afford or justify a $1,200 rower. But I would like to have a better one than this. It sure beats my fan bike!

    williambilse July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • I'm new to rowing. I've been watching your videos and am really geared up to start. Can you recommend a decent rowing machine for a beginner that won't break the bank?

    Gerry Cimino July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Have you used the Hydrow?!? I’m REALLY interested in it because of the fact it could give me the similar feeling of rowing with people and on a team again. I used to row competitively in college and it’s been a year. I just came across Hydrow so I’d like to know your opinion and thoughts on it. Thank you!

    Melanie Marshall July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Hey Austin, need an honest unbiased opinion: does the WaterRower provide good resistance compared to the C2? I've read comments saying that the WaterRower provides poor resistance regardless of how hard or fast a person rows. Just wanna make sure i dont spend $1,200 only to end up disappointed. Thanks.

    Sam Weirich July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Do you have a video on the best budget rower? I miss rowing and would do join your 20 day thing but without access to one I can't. Unless concept 2 does a payment plan.

    Gigg_a_licious July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Due to the covid house confinement I have purchased a senior bike trainer and am now going to acquire a rowing machine to maintain body movement and fitness, thanks for your helpful clips

    Mack Dream July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Any initial thoughts on the Echelon Rower?

    marvin barnes July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Any initial thoughts on the Echelon Rower?

    marvin barnes July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • I wonder if you ever plan to review a NordicTrack rowing machine? I recently bought a NordicTrack 850. First thought of buying a Concept 2, but it's just a little too long, it doesn't fit it anywhere in my house :-D. The NordicTrack is 25 cm shorter. So far, I think it's a nice machine, it's monitor isn't as advanced as the Concept 2, but it has all the relevant data.

    It has magnetic resistance combined with air resistance, which both can be set independently. It can by used in combination with an iFit subscription, and it also has some build in training exercises.

    Instead of an iFit subscription, I watched your videos and also bought your book. I think it's well written, offers useful insights, and I probably would have hurt myself without it 😛

    I was wondering about the following: You're method is based on a set resistance, which would also be the case in a real boat, and you generate heavier resistance by simply pulling harder. However, the idea behind the build in exercises (and also iFit) on the NordicTrack, is that it automatically changes the magnetic resistance during the exercise, for example alternating between level 16 (of 26) and 24, to create some sort of interval training.

    What is your view on that? Does it have any specific advantages/disadvantages or does it accomplish more or less the same in a different way?

    Simon Goudswaard July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Hmmm. I was actually going to buy this off Amazon and now I'm more reluctant then ever. I used to row all the time at the gym, but well, that's not happening. You said that for a couple hundred dollars more you'd get a better machine. I'm wondering what that would be, and is it quiet. I'm the one you spoke for in the video, I live in an apt, want something that doesn't take up a HUGE amount of space, and is quiet. What would you suggest? Thanks.

    tigergreg8 July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • This is the exact rower I have. I don't even use the monitor I just put my phone over it and follow along with your workouts and try to keep up. I just moved my resistance up to 5. The weight has been coming off though so I'm happy with it

    datdudedre July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • What about reviewing a First Degree Fitness Newport Rower? Have you ever got on one? I’m curious your thoughts

    NWLA FCA July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • I soooo wish I had this info 4 months ago…no wonder I can't get my legs to connect during the workout 🙁

    Cara Caplinger July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • I've been saving up for a concept 2 since January. I finally have the money to buy one, now I can't get one.
    So have managed to order a £230 one. I'll keep the rest of the money I saved.

    Galaxi 7 July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Sculled in college 50 years ago and have used Concept 2 intermittently since. Got one of these for less than a third of the price of a Concept 2 and have been more pleased than I thought I would be . Agree that the monitor is useless. Not bad for a retirement machine.

    Henry Wagner July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Thanks for the review but dont forget, at 6-8 you are not the average Jo. I’m « only » 6-2 and I can do complete stroke with this rower.

    Gaétan Bergeron July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Hey Austin, I had a Problem.
    I have a Cheaper Version of a Waterrower.
    The computer on it, sets 7 Meters per Stroke.
    So I had to do 286 Strokes for 2000 Meters.
    I do that in 8.40 Minutes.
    I don't know how much the Concept2 sets per stroke?
    How much Time did an average Rower have for 286 Strokes on a Concept2?
    Greetings from Germany.
    OH, and your Videos are very good.
    My English is, (in Germany we say:solala), it means: i can talk, I can understand but it can be better.

    Michael Meis July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • #buttshaped : ))

    Leslie Wanner July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Keeping me fit and saving me money 🤑 🔥

    Amy Kendrick July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Not being able to get to OTF these days has me dying to row again; was really honing in my 2000m technique for Dri-Tri. I would love to drop a grand for a Concept 2 but that price is a little rich for my blood.

     Do you have any other recommendations for something comparable but a little less expensive?

    Chuck July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Being a "shorty" (5'8"), is it possible I might be able to complete more of a full stroke? My thighs and arms are not as long as yours.

    gar412 July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Great review – I was looking at getting one of these but decided against it last minute. My workplace are loaning me an Oartec Slider Air Rower which is fantastic, waiting to get a Concept 2 once they are back in stock in the UK. Totally get what you say about Magnetic Rowers, i'm new to rowing and tried a magnetic rower a few weeks ago but really found it too easy resistence wise and didnt feel like I got a good workout …

    NMACog July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • My current conclusion on quarantine:

    The best thing about a family: you are never alone

    The worst thing about a family: you are never alone

    Andreas Staudigl July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • If you have access to an angle grinder plus a mig welder you could rectify the obvious design faults or just save time and buy a good second hand Concept2 ModelC or newer? 😎

    Steve L July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply
  • Brand new to rowing, I snagged one of these right at the beginning of the stay-at-home measures. I just needed something to keep me moving every day cooped up at home. I’m 6’4” and agree with everything except strangely I find the seat super uncomfortable and can only take it for about 25 minutes at a time. Definitely planning to upgrade to a better one eventually.

    SJ B July 5, 2020 7:31 am Reply

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