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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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Yes, It works a lot of muscles! I would be more worried about one's back than the knees. Test a rower out at a gym first if you have back problems - it does work the back in a bent position. And if you're having knee trouble, I suggest Bulletproof Your Knees for some knee exercises. Hope this helps!
Mary Q.
· March 27, 2017
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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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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
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We are very new owners of this rowing machine, so we're not experts! My suggestion is you call the Concept2 company to make sure what I am going to tell you is correct. The machine definitely has a flywheel with settings from 1-10. The owner's manual says this: "The harder you pull, the more resistance you will feel. T… see more We are very new owners of this rowing machine, so we're not experts! My suggestion is you call the Concept2 company to make sure what I am going to tell you is correct. The machine definitely has a flywheel with settings from 1-10. The owner's manual says this: "The harder you pull, the more resistance you will feel. This is because the Concept2 uses wind resistance, which is generated by the spinning flywheel. The faster you get the wheel spinning, the more resistance there will be." Then they talk about the damper settings (the ones I mentioned above as being between 1-10): "The damper setting is like bicycle gearing. It affects the feel of the rowing but does not directly affect the resistance. With a little experimentation, you will find the damper setting that gives you the best workout and results."
All I can say is that this was the top-rated rowing machine in Consumer Reports, and it also was the recommendation of a person we know who does a lot of rowing on a river and a lot of training on the Concept2 D. Go for it! Hope this helps, and Happy New Year! see less
We are very new owners of this rowing machine, so we're not experts! My suggestion is you call the Concept2 company to make sure what I am going to tell you is correct. The machine definitely has a flywheel with settings from 1-10. The owner's manual says this: "The harder you pull, the more resistance you will feel. This is because the Concept2 uses wind resistance, which is generated by the spinning flywheel. The faster you get the wheel spinning, the more resistance there will be." Then they talk about the damper settings (the ones I mentioned above as being between 1-10): "The damper setting is like bicycle gearing. It affects the feel of the rowing but does not directly affect the resistance. With a little experimentation, you will find the damper setting that gives you the best workout and results."
All I can say is that this was the top-rated rowing machine in Consumer Reports, and it also was the recommendation of a person we know who does a lot of rowing on a river and a lot of training on the Concept2 D. Go for it! Hope this helps, and Happy New Year!

Polly M.
· December 26, 2014