I am a 57-year-old man who was a distance runner for fifteen years. About two years ago I began looking for alternative exercises as a way of staying in shape and not pounding my knees, hips, and back. I went back to rowing because it was an old piston type rowing machine that got me started on the fitness trail twenty years ago. In January, my doctor told me that I had developed a pre-diabetic condition and suggested that I lose twenty pounds and get back on the exercise path. So I (dragged) out my old rower and started to watch what I ate. In early spring, I discovered your company while surfing the net and purchased one of your rowers a few weeks later. I am pleased to tell you that I have lost nearly forty pounds and my blood glucose levels are now normal. I row four to five times a week for an hour trying to row 10K in under 43:30 while maintaining my heart rate at a level of 145 or less. One day a week I row 20K in under ninety minutes using the same parameters for MHR (maximum heart rate). A few days ago I passed one million meters and, at the moment, my odometer reads 1037K. I love my rower and wanted to offer my thanks for allowing me the means to get into the best total condition of my adult life.