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Installation is very do-able on your own, but I used this helpful article which included video walkthrough, tips and step-by-step instructions: www.reviewsbylance.com/concept2-setup

In my opinion, most people won't need help, it shouldn't take you more than 15-20min, but might take longer if you're not used to put… see more
Installation is very do-able on your own, but I used this helpful article which included video walkthrough, tips and step-by-step instructions: www.reviewsbylance.com/concept2-setup

In my opinion, most people won't need help, it shouldn't take you more than 15-20min, but might take longer if you're not used to putting things together, etc. The article I mentioned also had a lot of helpful advice on whether to get a mat or not and which ones work best w/ the Concept2 rower (it's length makes it a bit too long for several of the popular exercise mats) as that was something I wasn't sure I wanted to have under the rower or not before putting it together. Honestly, instead of paying for a pro to install, I would do it yourself as it's not like trying to install a treadmill. There are a few parts of the installation that could be confusing if you're just trying to use the included instructions, but you can check the walkthrough in the article and you'll definitely be able to tell if it looks like something you could do on your own or not. Hope that helps! see less
Installation is very do-able on your own, but I used this helpful article which included video walkthrough, tips and step-by-step instructions: www.reviewsbylance.com/concept2-setup

In my opinion, most people won't need help, it shouldn't take you more than 15-20min, but might take longer if you're not used to putting things together, etc. The article I mentioned also had a lot of helpful advice on whether to get a mat or not and which ones work best w/ the Concept2 rower (it's length makes it a bit too long for several of the popular exercise mats) as that was something I wasn't sure I wanted to have under the rower or not before putting it together. Honestly, instead of paying for a pro to install, I would do it yourself as it's not like trying to install a treadmill. There are a few parts of the installation that could be confusing if you're just trying to use the included instructions, but you can check the walkthrough in the article and you'll definitely be able to tell if it looks like something you could do on your own or not. Hope that helps!

Matthew
· January 28, 2019
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I was able to set it up solo in about a 1/2 hour! Just bolts to fit and then of course, 2 large pieces to couple. I am a 60 yo woman, not exactly a mechanical dunce, but close, so I would really expect that you would not need a professional.
It is a wonderful piece of equipment for me and my husband.

susan
· November 19, 2014
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I am 6'5" (with a 36" inseam) and this is the machine I prefer. I use the Model D and Model E at my local YMCA (Which is why I am here looking to buy one). If you need a more exact answer; according to Concept2 themselves, the default monorail is made for users who have a 38" or shorter inseam. If your inseam is lon… see more I am 6'5" (with a 36" inseam) and this is the machine I prefer. I use the Model D and Model E at my local YMCA (Which is why I am here looking to buy one). If you need a more exact answer; according to Concept2 themselves, the default monorail is made for users who have a 38" or shorter inseam. If your inseam is longer than 38" you should purchase the extended rail available through Concept2. The only difference between the Model D and Model E is the height off of the ground, and the adjustability of the arm that holds the Performance Monitor (computer). The rail is identical. see less I am 6'5" (with a 36" inseam) and this is the machine I prefer. I use the Model D and Model E at my local YMCA (Which is why I am here looking to buy one). If you need a more exact answer; according to Concept2 themselves, the default monorail is made for users who have a 38" or shorter inseam. If your inseam is longer than 38" you should purchase the extended rail available through Concept2. The only difference between the Model D and Model E is the height off of the ground, and the adjustability of the arm that holds the Performance Monitor (computer). The rail is identical.
SZap
· July 5, 2019
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It is probably as close to an all body workout as you can get with a single machine as it uses all the major muscle groups during the stroke, the only muscles that get off a little lightly are the pectoral and triceps muscles (easily remedied with a few press ups). Since, it uses a large number of muscles it is a great… see more It is probably as close to an all body workout as you can get with a single machine as it uses all the major muscle groups during the stroke, the only muscles that get off a little lightly are the pectoral and triceps muscles (easily remedied with a few press ups). Since, it uses a large number of muscles it is a great way to maximize your calorie burn for the time spent exercising. How much weight you lose and how well you shape up largely depends on the effort you put into it. I would recommend if those are your goals and you want to be as time efficient as possible to use the concept2 for interval type training. It can be very easy on the knees as there's no real impact as in running on a treadmill. Additionally you need not apply maximum effort for when your legs are fully bent and save the bulk of the power for when your legs approach straight. see less It is probably as close to an all body workout as you can get with a single machine as it uses all the major muscle groups during the stroke, the only muscles that get off a little lightly are the pectoral and triceps muscles (easily remedied with a few press ups). Since, it uses a large number of muscles it is a great way to maximize your calorie burn for the time spent exercising. How much weight you lose and how well you shape up largely depends on the effort you put into it. I would recommend if those are your goals and you want to be as time efficient as possible to use the concept2 for interval type training. It can be very easy on the knees as there's no real impact as in running on a treadmill. Additionally you need not apply maximum effort for when your legs are fully bent and save the bulk of the power for when your legs approach straight.
Philip G. Penketh
· January 18, 2015
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PM5 uses USB stick to store workout logs. PM3 uses a smart card (LogCard). I have an Ant+ Heart Rate Monitor synched to my PM5. PM3 uses Polar Monitors and requires a receiver and cable.
Robert W.
· November 30, 2014
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No more than 30 seconds. There is a video of assembly/dis-assembly on the Concept 2 web site.
Kuma
· September 8, 2015
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In Vermont. It's American made and assembled by hand. You can attend a factory tour on request.
Kuma
· May 6, 2016
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Though you don't need one, it's a really good idea to get one. Besides adding extra protection to your floors from the rower itself, and insuring it won't start moving during your workout, it also provides a barrier between sweat just dripping onto your floor. And considering it doesn't cost that much to get one, i thi… see more Though you don't need one, it's a really good idea to get one. Besides adding extra protection to your floors from the rower itself, and insuring it won't start moving during your workout, it also provides a barrier between sweat just dripping onto your floor. And considering it doesn't cost that much to get one, i think it's well worth it. I'm glad we got a mat to use w/ this. Just make sure to get the right one as not all mats are created equal and a lot of them aren't quite the right size for this rower. see less Though you don't need one, it's a really good idea to get one. Besides adding extra protection to your floors from the rower itself, and insuring it won't start moving during your workout, it also provides a barrier between sweat just dripping onto your floor. And considering it doesn't cost that much to get one, i think it's well worth it. I'm glad we got a mat to use w/ this. Just make sure to get the right one as not all mats are created equal and a lot of them aren't quite the right size for this rower.
Glen
· August 3, 2017
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about 9 feet x 2 feet. You need a 1'-2' of extra width for your arms to use it. Folds up in seconds with no tools. Stores in about 2 feet x 3 feet of floor space.
Amazon Customer
· January 13, 2017
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I've had bilateral knee repacements (and am 83 yr. old) and find this is one my most efficient and comfortable ways to exercise at my gym. Am in process of purchasing from Amazon for home use at 2nd home when away from gym. Helping me to lose weight, lessens my lower back pain, feel generally stronger and with better… see more I've had bilateral knee repacements (and am 83 yr. old) and find this is one my most efficient and comfortable ways to exercise at my gym. Am in process of purchasing from Amazon for home use at 2nd home when away from gym. Helping me to lose weight, lessens my lower back pain, feel generally stronger and with better balance. Has bothered my knees not at all. see less I've had bilateral knee repacements (and am 83 yr. old) and find this is one my most efficient and comfortable ways to exercise at my gym. Am in process of purchasing from Amazon for home use at 2nd home when away from gym. Helping me to lose weight, lessens my lower back pain, feel generally stronger and with better balance. Has bothered my knees not at all.
Theodore Ford, MD
· January 7, 2017