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The Concept 2 Model D indoor rower with PM5 performance monitor
I’ll bet you will not regret to invest in this commercial grade rowing machine. In the long run it pays to invest in a high quality product with a big fan base. The second hand price is relative high, so it is a safe investment if you decide to sell it again.
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Clothing for indoor rowing
I recommend using lightweight synthetic clothing with some kind of moisture / fast drying technology instead of cotton. When exercising you sweat a lot so this material provides better drying and feels more comfortable. If you prefer tight or loose fit is up to you. Clothing with short legs and arms provides better air circulation. Running tights works well. Wash your clothes immediately after use to prevent it from smelling.
Remember hydration – buy a water bottle
When rowing with high intensity or for longer duration you have to compensate for the liquid you loose when sweating heavily. Buy a nice water bottle that is easy to clean, fill and does not leak.
Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor
The Polar H7 heart rate chest belt is popular and compatible with the PM5 performance monitor.
You can pair a compatible chest belt to your PM5 and display your heart rate on the monitor. Compatible chest belts with a heart rate transmitter must use ANT+ or Bluetooth Smart (please note that this protocol is different from Bluetooth).
Wireless music for your ears via headphones
You might like listen to motivational music when doing your workout but do not want to disturb your surroundings. The solution could be a wireless headphone paired to your phone with your favourite playlist. You have to select a product that is designed to withstand sweating. You might like this waterproof Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones.
USB memory stick for the PM5 performance monitor
On the back side of the PM5 performance monitor you find an USB port to attach your USB flash drive stick. The PM5 records your workout data including heart rate (if using a heart rate belt) in its internal memory, and on the USB stick if attached. I will recommend this USB stick because of its sturdy construction and its loop hole, so you can have it in your key hanger. Do not attach it with your keys hanging on it as it can shake loose during use or break the USB port. It is a good idea to write your name and contact details if you bring it to the gym – it is easy to forget in the rowing machine. How to initialise your USB flash drive.
Heavy duty non-slip mat for Concept 2 Model D
This durable non-slip PVC mat has a size of 3 x 8.5 feet, and fits the Concept 2 Model D indoor rower which has a footprint of 2 x 8 feet. It is approximately 1/4 inch thick and protects your floors from scratches, chain oil and most importantly sweat.
The mat is delivered rolled in a box. It should not stain light coloured surfaces. It has somewhat of an odor initially, but it quickly disappears. Easy to clean with a damp cloth.
An alternative seat for Concept 2 rowing machines
I have not tried this seat myself so I can not give you my opinion. I think the two holes might help some people with seating problems. Usually you just have to get used to the standard seat.
The EndureRow seat is is made in USA. It is made of lightweight carbon fibre and has a soft non-slip cushion with holes for your sitz bones and a cut out for your tailbone. The seat is made specific for the Concept 2 rowing machines and comes with installation tools and instructions – mounted with 4 fasteners. It is slightly lower than the original seat.
Gloves to prevent blisters in your hands
Normally you do not need gloves to protect your hands from blisters when using your rowing machine. But if you experience problems with blisters I will recommend trying this type of glove. It is lightweight and breathable. You have a comfortable and tactile grip on the handle. Use it for gardening instead if it does not work for you.
Rowing machine chain oil
This oil is for lubricating the chain of the rowing machine. When you buy a new Concept 2 Model D rowing machine there is not a bottle of chain oil included in the standard shipping box. So you need to buy this little 4-ounce bottle of clear oil for lubricating the chain. You can also use ordinary lubricating oil, but this bottle is very handy. Beware that oil soaked cloth can burst into fire.