Written on: 29/05/2010
The plus points for the Beny rower is that it is cheap, relatively speaking(to Concept2)easy to assemble with good instructions. Simple read out for strokes per minte, disctance covered, timer, calories used and number of strokes made. It has a comfortable seat for long ergs. It does the job and the air resistance feels about right compared to water.I have only ever rowed Concept 2 rowers for about 4 years in gyms so all this to compared to them.
The negatives compared to Concept2 rowers are that Beny cannot be linked to the internet to race with others online and the times on it seem a lot faster than the Concept2, that is my times are about 30% less for a given distance. The resistance cannot be varies as the Concept2 (10 settings) and your training cannot be stored on a memory card. The Beny is also slow to change on its read out as I was doing bursts of 10 sprints, 10 slow pulls and it took 5 strokes to register my faster strokes per minute.
Overall the Beny does the job for good cardiovascular on almost every muscle group but if you are training seriously for competition then you will have to speak nicely to your bank manager and pay approx 5 times as much for a new Concept2. firstname.lastname@example.org best 2k 6mins 37secs, best 500m 1min 23.4secs , these are concept 2 times