Closeup of the Concept2 PM5 backlit performance monitor on the RowErg®.

The 3 Main Buttons Quick Guide

The backlit PM 5 performance monitor turns on automatically when you start to row or press Menu.

Your results are saved automatically if you row longer than 1 minute. The results are stored in the internal memory – or in the USB LogBook if a USB flash memory stick is attached on the back.

It has 3 main buttons in the bottom of the monitor – from left:

  1. Units – Push anytime to change display units between Meters, Pace, Watts or Calories
  2. Display – Push anytime to change display between All Data, Force Curve, Paceboat, Bar Chart or Large Print
  3. Menu – Push to access all features or go back in the menu structure levels. Press several times and you return home to Main Menu.

The 5 Select Menu Buttons

The right side stacked smaller Menu Buttons are used to select between all the monitors features.

The buttons access the Main Menu features:

  1. Just Row
  2. Select Workout
  3. Games
  4. Memory
  5. More Options

Each selected feature has a deeper menu level, and you navigate through the different levels or settings by pressing the same Menu Buttons. If you want to go a level back – just press the bigger Menu button once.

How to use the PM5 monitor

This brief video is an introduction on how to use the backlit PM 5 performance monitor on the Concept2 Model D indoor rowing machine. Learn how use the 5 standard workouts or program your own workouts.

Select Workout

Standard List

  • 2000m
  • 5000m
  • 10000m
  • 30:00
  • 500m/1:00r

Custom List

  • :30/:30r
  • v1:00/1:00r…7
  • v2000m/3:00r…4
  • v1:40/:20r…9
  • 42,195m

*(v=Work, r=Rest, …digit=Laps)

You can replace the 5 custom listings with your own favorite workouts.


Select to race against your previous workouts in the memory list.

New Workout

  • Single Distance
  • Single Time
  • Intervals: Distance
  • Intervals: Time
  • Intervals: Variable

Here you can preset your own workouts and eventually copy them to the Custom List as your own favorites.


The Fish Game on the Concept 2 PM5 performance monitor.

Fish Game

A rowing game with the goal of getting points by eating the smaller fish and avoiding the big predators.

You modulate your rowing intensity to move up and down in the stream of fish that swims toward you.

Each game lasts 4 minutes and reveals your score.

A fun game for all ages.

The Dart Game on the PM5 performance monitor.


The Darts game is about keeping consistency in your Stroke Rate per minute (tempo) and Pace (intensity / power output = speed in minutes per 500 meters).

You start the game by setting a target Stroke Rate and Pace with your first 5 strokes. Each game consists of 300 darts. Bulls eyes gives 50 point and the next 3 rings are worth 25, 10 and 5 points respectively.

Slowing or quicken your Pace and Stroke Rate will make your dart fly lower or higher.

A perfect game is 15,000 points.

The Target Game on the PM5 performance monitor.

Target Training

This game is similar to Darts but differs by having 2 play modes – Just Play or Advanced:

Just Play: Your first 5 strokes defines your target Stroke Rate and Pace. Row as long as you want. Your success of keeping a constant tempo and pace is measured in a Score %.

Advanced: You preset the duration, a target Stroke Rate and Pace before each game. Your first 5 strokes allows you to get into the target pace and tempo before the duration timer counts down.

A perfect score is 100%.

PM5 – Setting up a Race wirelessly.


This game menu makes it possible to set up a race between several rowing machines. The PM5 monitors needs to be connected via cables.

You can set up a an informal race between up to 8 PM5 monitors connected with standard Ethernet cables (RJ45).

If you want a formal race with more than 8 PM5 monitors and an audience display then you need a PC with racing software (Venue Race Application or RowPro). In this setup the monitors are connected via Ethernet or USB cables. Read more here.

The Biathlon race on the PM5 performance monitor.


This game gives you the opportunity to combine two sports with or without a rowing distance penalty.

You setup the game by choosing intervals from 2–15, the interval rowing distance and whether to use penalty or not. Penalty distance can be chosen from none to 250m in 50m increments.

  • Without penalty – No penalty distances are added. Rest time is undefined of up to 10 minutes between the laps.
  • With penalty – Penalty distances are added after each lap and must be completed before the next begins.


(PM5 internal or external USB flash stick)

An USB memory stick from Concept2.

See your previous workouts sorted by type, date and summary. The LogBook data is read from the internal memory or from an USB memory stick if attached to the back of the monitor.

The workout details include total time, split times, meters, pace (time per 500 meter), stroke rate per minute, heart rate per minute (if compatible wireless heart rate monitor is used).

Note: The PM5 monitor generates a 16-digit verification code based on your workout date, distance and duration making it eligible for recognition as a world record.

How to check your PM5 firmware version.

How to update your PM5 firmware version.

More Options

Display Drag Factor

When pulling the handle you can here read out a calibrated measure of the fan load. Adjust the Drag Factor by rowing and moving the damper lever (1–10) on the flywheel housing.

Setting 1 will show a Drag Factor about 90–100 and setting 10 about 210–220 on a new rower.

Setting the damper lever between 3–5 is recommended. Find the damper setting = Drag Factor that works best for you.

Connect Heart Rate

A list of active wireless heart rate monitors nearby is shown to select from and pair with the PM5 if they belong to the compatible types of heart rate belts:

  • Bluetooth Smart
  • ANT+
  • Garmin
  • Suunto


  • Overview
    A description on how to use the monitor
  • PM5 Details
    Information about Buttons, Basic Data, Graphic Displays, Workouts, USB Flash Drive
  • How To Row
    Includes a brief technique lesson and rowing animation
  • Drag Factor
    Explaination about how to adjust the Drag Factor
  • More
    Information about Games, Racing, Battery and Heart Rate


Set Date and Time, Set Language, Adjust Display, Battery (% remaining), Product ID.

*( The Model D indoor rowers serial no. is located on the metal frame front near the fan housing facing down. )