General Fitness/Lifelong Fitness Testimonials | Concept2

General Fitness/Lifelong Fitness Testimonials

I will be suggesting the Concept2 rower to as many people as I can get to listen. Keep up the good work. You are changing people's lives. And not just the real-serious-rowing-types, but regular people like myself, too. Read More ›

—A. S.

I absolutely love the feeling I get after a rowing workout, it is the best total body workout there is: legs, arms, core, everything. Read More ›

—Jason Butler

I can't thank you enough for inventing such a great product and marketing it so that it's widely accessible to almost everyone. Your rowing machine is by far the best piece of gym equipment available. I will continue to work hard and use your erg for the rest of my life and make sure I share the benefits of using one to my friends and family. Read More ›

—Jonathan Doyle

I instantly took a liking to this fantastic machine and the excellent workout I got from it...It's been 9 months since I started, and I feel confident that this will be a lifetime association. Read More ›

—Dharmen Samant

I find that rowing is an ideal low impact way to keep in shape. Read More ›

—Derek Wegner

I am really enjoying the workout that this machine gives me. The low impact on the body is key. Easy to set up, easy to store, I can vary my workout in so many ways. This is a really wonderful, American-made product. I am glad I chose your company's rower, as I believe it is the industry standard. Read More ›

—Leonard Tollerton

I quickly installed the retrofit PM5 monitor, with the essential help of my 3 year old granddaughter who lives with us.

I have one HUGE complaint: What the heck took me so long to order this upgrade! STUPID ME! I should have gotten it when it first came out! It's phenomenal! My Concept2 utilization will definitely increase a lot in 2017! Read More ›

—Bill M

Truthfully, this is better than any equipment I used at my physical therapy gym for three months after surgery. Read More ›

—Margaret Gualtieri

I want to say thank you for making a product that literally changed my life. It’s because of your machine that I am able to prove my neurosurgeon wrong. Read More ›

—Chris Stevens

My Ten Million Metre Club sweatshirt arrived in the mail today. I will be 61 years old next month, but opening this package was like being 10 years old again on Christmas morning. Thank you so very much for the sweatshirt of such excellent quality. Also, a much belated thank you for my Five million and One million metre t-shirts. I cannot think of another company that supports its customers the way you do. I am facing another cold wet Pacific Northwest winter, but I have my Concept2 to get me through it. Now I just need to find room in my garage for a SkiErg. Read More ›

—Rick Allen

And it is—without a doubt—the only exercise equipment that I’ve used on a continuous basis (three to four times a week) over such a long period. Read More ›

—Dick Goldsmith

I consider your rowing machine the single finest piece of exercise equipment bar none! Not only does it work a variety of muscles, but the device itself is of superior material, precise fittings, excellent workmanship and built to last! On a scale of 1 to 10, I will give it a 12. Read More ›

—Peyton H Cook Jr

There are just not enough good things I can say about your products, your outstanding customer service and your company. Read More ›

—John Warkala

I have lost over forty-five pounds and reached my first goal—the weight I had when discharged from the Army sixty years ago. Read More ›

—Wally Many

I am 57 years old. I am a superior court judge, now in my 21st year in that position. I started using a Concept2 Indoor Rower about six years ago at the urging of a lifelong friend who learned about fitness through his training in an elite special forces unit.

In May of last year, I suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Doctors told me that my level of fitness helped me survive it. It is not a stretch to say that I owe my life to my friend and to Concept2. I will wear your T-shirt proudly. Read More ›

—Matt Simmons

About three years ago I was told by my doctor that I had to change my lifestyle to improve my health. In fact he said, "Improve your nutrition, lose weight, do sports." As I live far away from any public gym, I decided to build my own. I bought a few pieces of exercise equipment, including the Concept2 Model E, and a big flat screen television. Read More ›

—Hermann Hartmann

While I wish I had taken advantage of an opportunity to row in college, the use of an erg has played a part in my fitness ever since college. For many years, I used ergs at a variety of health clubs as part of my routine workouts. In 1998, I purchased my first Model C Indoor Rower. I don’t claim to be completely faithful year round. I always come back to my machine—a core training that I can always do regardless of weather. Around 2005, I ended up buying a second machine, Model D this time. The old faithful keeps my exercise always at hand at our second home. Read More ›

—David Miller

Maintaining an exercise program over the long haul is sometimes difficult. Concept2 individual and team challenges are great incentives to keep working. Thanks for both the great rowing machines and the ongoing encouragement. Read More ›

—Judy Abbott

The past year was a challenging one. I awakened on June 17, 2011, planning to go for a personal best in the Half Marathon, and instead discovered I’d lost part of the vision in my left eye, due to a macular hole Read More ›

—James Steiger

I have been rowing since January, 2008. It is a family affair. My son and his wife introduced it to my wife and me and we have been rowing regularly ever since. My Concept2 Indoor Rower makes it possible to exercise at home, in any weather, any time of day, in A/C comfort and choose what I watch on TV while rowing! It's a great way to keep in shape. Read More ›

—Dean Catoe

The Concept2 Indoor Rower has changed my life, and I so look forwards to my workouts. Read More ›

—Heather Davison

I needed something that kept me at home, so I started rowing more and doing more of the challenges. Read More ›

—Elizabeth Downie

I love the Model D as you control the workout from a relaxed, watching-TV state to an all out kill-yourself if you desire. Read More ›

—Bob Freitag

We are still in winter in Upstate New York, so I have not been rowing on-water this year. I just got my Dynamic in the Fall of 2010. I know it will help me or at least give me a jump start when I get on the water. When on the Dynamic, I focus on technique and get a good aerobic workout. I believe it has helped me to stay flexible and improve core strength. Read More ›

—Karen Stocker

I was introduced to the sport by a patient who came to my office significantly lighter and firmer than when I had last seem him; he attributed his transformation to joining the ARC. I met him at the river the following weekend and have been hooked ever since. Today most of my rowing is on the erg, spurred on by the C2 website and my hopes of turning back the clock. Read More ›

—Harold Sours

I began rowing over 20 years ago when I decided to get in shape in my late 30s. I joined a health club that had all kinds of weightlifting machinery, cycles, and whatnot. After trying all the machines, I found myself constantly returning to the rowing machines. Eventually I bought a model C and put more than 11 million metres on it. I recently retired and bought a model E as a retirement present. I workout five days a week and try to do at least 40,000 metres each week. Read More ›

—Gary McCollim

Rowing on the Concept2 is a fabulous exercise especially in high-threat environments where it is not possible to run or bike. The Concept2 rowers are also suitable for locations where power problems make devices such as treadmills risky and dangerous. Read More ›


I feel that rowing is a good all around workout. Read More ›

—Steve Crouch

My husband and I are retired and live in the middle of the Adirondacks in northern NY. The cold, snowy winters here sometimes make it difficult to get outside and get much exercise so in Oct 2005 we got our rower. We have both really enjoyed it and have found it to be such a good form of exercise. I find being a member of the Ducks in a Row, along with all the C2 challenges, are great motivators to keep me rowing. Read More ›

—Carol Murray

While comparing fitness routines with a friend at work several years ago, he described his Concept2 rower and how well it was working for him. My gym has a Concept2 rower so I tried it and became hooked immediately. My goal is to reach a consistent six 10K sessions per week habit, and the March Madness challenge is a great motivator. Read More ›

—Paul Anderson

Since rowing regularly, I seldom get migraines. I've lost weight. I look better and am in better shape than I was 20 years ago, I'm 38. The kids and I started Tae Kwon Do last September and I love the cross training rowing provides. The great people at Concept2 and the fantastic website motivate me, and I feel privileged to be part of such a wonderful community. Read More ›

—Ian Nordon

I taught physical education and coached football and other sports for 38 years. I got into using the erg as a means to get in shape for alpine climbing about 9 years ago. I had been running, but old age caught up with the knees. About 5 years ago I realized I couldn't climb effectively anymore, so I took up erg workouts on a regular basis. Read More ›

—William Silva

I decided to get a Concept2 machine to get in shape and lose weight via a low impact exercise. My son of two years is my primary source of inspiration, one day I decided that I needed to get into shape to be able to keep up with him in the years to come. Although, I have had my rowing machine for over two years, it had been collecting a fair amount of dust. Then in late June of this year I finally decided to take the jump and have not looked back since. That was 550,000 metres ago. Prior to Christmas, I am aiming to break the sub-200 pound mark and the million metre mark. Read More ›

—Stephen Anderson

I took up exercising seriously upon the diagnosis of diabetes in late 2003. By the end of '04 I had reversed all blood sugar chemistries and achieved blood pressure and cholesterol milestones after shedding 45 lbs. But, I gradually became bored with only cycling and lifting; convinced of the benefits of lifestyle changes I looked for alternatives and variety; along came Concept2 in March '06. I am now hooked and well underway for my Mkm year have already lost a further 9 lbs. Read More ›

—Paul Beech

After struggling to make it to the gym all last winter, we decided to invest in our own Model D, and love the convenience of rowing at home. Read More ›

—Andrea Day

I work as a physical therapist. I find that the Concept 2 rowing ergometer is an essential part of any exercise program to help strengthen your back, while at the same time also giving you a fantastic cardiovascular workout. On a personal note, it helps keep me fit for dancing, Tango and Waltz, since the women partners are always in such great shape. Read More ›


The health benefits were unbelievable. Read More ›

—Rich Kellner

I purchased the rowing machine for several reasons. The main reason being is because it can help produce great workouts. Another important consideration was the durability of your equipment, which has an excellent reputation. I have also worked with Special Olympics for over eight years. Your rowing machine allows for year-round conditioning with no excuses due to inclement weather. Read More ›

—Ken Petterson

As an ex-jock with a bad knee, I've found rowing to be a terrific no-impact exercise for all-around fitness. Read More ›

—Chuck Hood

I bought my erg last October and have logged over 1 million metres so far. I have been able to dramatically increase my endurance and I see the results in the boat. Even though I have come to the sport late, I intend to row for many years to come and I suspect rowing will give me those years. Read More ›

—Shelly Warden

I bought my erg to help my back. Read More ›

—Scott Stalder-Skarmoutsos