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Old 05-05-2011, 06:57 PM   #21
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I love concept2, I lucked into a find on Craigslist-- a woman had half her model D lost in a move, so she was selling just the top half for $100. I was able to order the missing rail and seat from Concept2 and between the two purchases I now have a whole rower for a total of $350. The company is glad to support older models (even back to model B) with parts and instructions and advice, I have never in my life experienced such helpful customer service!

My only problem is everytime I went for a max effort 500m or 1000m, I end up suffering an asthma attack that lasts a day and a half, I can't tell if it's just the effort or that maybe the fan kicks up a lot of dust in my face, but the results are not fun.
No, that sounds horrible. Can you take the fan cage apart and clean it thoroughly?

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Old 05-05-2011, 09:06 PM   #22
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I love concept2, I lucked into a find on Craigslist-- a woman had half her model D lost in a move, so she was selling just the top half for $100. I was able to order the missing rail and seat from Concept2 and between the two purchases I now have a whole rower for a total of $350. The company is glad to support older models (even back to model B) with parts and instructions and advice, I have never in my life experienced such helpful customer service!
I have read virtually nothing but glowing accolades about both the rower and the company...impressive, in this day and age. The rower seems to have an almost cult-like following. Some speak of the meditative-like effect they get from using it.
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I have read virtually nothing but glowing accolades about both the rower and the company...impressive, in this day and age. The rower seems to have an almost cult-like following. Some speak of the meditative-like effect they get from using it.
I love the Concept2 rowing machine, mostly because of the great effect that a moderate amount of effort has on my weight loss efforts. When I am on the machine, I am busy both watching the watts (and trying to keep them within the range I find to be acceptable for me) and also paying attention to form.

I am amazed that even though my gym has over half a dozen Concept2 rowers, they are seldom used. I don't think I have ever seen more than two in use.
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:46 AM   #24
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All was fine when I was only doing weights and relying on walking for my cardio, but I have started again to row on the Concept2 erg. Going to the gym 5-6 days a week takes too much time. It is downtown and there is no parking that I could afford, so I mostly take a bus. By the time I walk to the bus stop, leaving enough margin so that an early bus doesn't evade me, and catch the bus downtown i have used 30-45'. Then another 10' to walk from the bus stop to the gym. 10 minutes or so to get dressed and get back up to where the ergs are, 40' or so on the erg, 15 minutes or more to shower and dry- then I usually walk home rather than wait for a bus. So I am away about 3 hours. I arrive home semi-starved, sometimes I have to go out to buy food-another 2 miles round trip, etc.

Concept2 recently developed a model called the dynamic which can be used in a 6'x4' space rather than the 9'x4' space required by their classic model D. Actually less width for me, as I am not all that big.

They are not cheap, (the Dynamic is about 50% more than the Model D), but I have used the older model D for years, and I found a place to try out the Dynamic and I find I like it even more. So I ordered one. Now I will continue to go to the gym 2-3x/week to lift weights, but I can get my cardio and intervals here at home without devoting nearly so much time to it.

So far I have been doing 3 sets of 2000 meters, at what is for me at my current condition a fairly demanding but not overwhelming pace, and every 400 meters doing a "power 10", where I pull as hard as I can and go into oxygen debt.

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Just read this note and smiled as my never having joined a Gym my entire life is due to all the time and hassle that I felt it took to actually get to and from a gym. I have run all my life and supplemented that with a few dumbbells and push-ups for strength and toning - activities that are obviously Spartan but effective. Given the fact that you clearly don't mind walking, have you tried light jogging for your cardio? The best thing about a running session is that by the time you are really sick of it that you are prob at least a mile away from home which means that you've guaranteed yourself at least a two mile run!

Anyway, I did have a child recently which has forced me to join the local LA Fitness in order to get a decent run in since they have two hour daycare. The treadmills don't feel as good as the road and the trails and being around so many roided up Guidos is not pleasant, but it's still the most peaceful time of the day nowadays as my little girl doesn't give this Mr Mom a time-out otherwise!
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