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Old 22 January 2008, 17:05   #11
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Our sister Centre has 12 Concept II rowing machines, and as far as I can tell from the rowing guys, they think their one of the best you can get at present.

The Concept II is also what the Indoor Rowing Championships are held using so they must be sturdy to hold up to that sort of beating

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Old 23 January 2008, 01:43   #12
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I use a Concept II at my gym. F********g kills me every time - but that's pretty much what it's supposed to do!

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Old 23 January 2008, 05:34   #13
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No brainer, Concept 2. It is the preferred training machine of ALL the rowers, it is the machine that is recognised for all indoor rowing competition, it is pretty much unbreakable and is so robust and easy to use.
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Old 23 January 2008, 07:36   #14
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Rowing Machines

As an overweight 61 year old I am trying to stay alive by doing some regular (very painful !!!!) exercise. As a consequence I purchased a Concept II model D machine for 930 from Whilst collecting the machine from their Chester shop the salesperson/fitness expert sugested I try the First Degree S500 water-based machine. His view was that the Concept II was great for competitive users but that the water rower was much better for home fitness training. Cost for the S500 was 999.
I would have purchased the S500 but they had none in stock and I was rushing to catch the ferry back to the IOM !!!
I am very happy with my Concept II (still alive!!!) so the choice is yours, they are the two best value models on the market IMHO.
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Old 23 January 2008, 12:28   #15
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Originally Posted by eilean mor View Post
water rower is the way ahead!, .........
My water rower is called an Avon Redstart. Is it similar?
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Old 23 January 2008, 17:07   #16
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Originally Posted by Andy Moore View Post
Ever used/heard of/seen one of these?
Yeup - got one and even been known to use it occasionally.

I really like them on a number of counts:
- Good smooth rowing action - very realistic in my view
- Very well built, in everyway the equal of Concept 2.
- Compact - much shorter than Concept 2
- Looks like a nice piece of furniture and easy to store (stands up)
- Sounds great when you row - real whooshing swirl.
- Seem to recall it was a reasonable amount cheaper than Concept 2

Worth finding somewhere where you try it out.

Of course you see the Concept 2's in all the gyms but much prefer Waterower at home.
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Old 25 January 2008, 04:38   #17
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Another vote for the Concept 2. A rather snazzy feature of it is you can link it to your PC and compete in "regattas" online!
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Old 25 January 2008, 06:07   #18
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water rower

concepts get bought cos of the mass numbers in use- and they are good, but, get some style and get the water rower, some of the lewis's have them as shopfloor models- saw one in Glasgow lewis's last week
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Old 25 January 2008, 06:27   #19
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When I used to do a lot of rowing I found that the resistance of these machines was very low - why?

Reading about the water ones you can't increase the resistance - unless you fill the tank with oil I suppose!!!
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Old 25 January 2008, 13:47   #20
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C2 every time if your serious about it, I've used them all,,the PC link is good, however the LCD screen is motivation enough with split times, averages ETC. Quality is superb I've had one for ten years and never had an issue it's used every day.

Before you buy, look at Nordick track incline trainers if you really want your ticker to go bang..

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