THANK YOU for designing such a great rowing machine and getting it into schools and local gyms. I have been lucky enough to use your machines since high school back when they had the wood handles! After I rowed for a university varsity team, I stopped working out and gained a lot of weight. My confidence dropped, and I noticed my friends disappearing since I lost sight on what was important. My New Year's resolution this year was to lose the weight and get involved more with my community. I had no idea how I was going to accomplish this since I'm not great at dieting and unfamiliar with ways to lose weight. I was inspired by your Workout of the Day on your website to start on the erg again. Since then, I have only used the rowing machine in my local gym and have been doing about 40–60 minutes of rowing, four days a week. I'm 6'2", and I started at 284 pounds in January and now weigh 239 pounds. I went from being a size 44" waist to 36"!! I purchased a Concept2 LogCard so now I can race against my best times. Lately, I have been doing 10,000m in the morning. My confidence has come back, and I have been reconnecting with lost friends. 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.