How to Use Your PM5

The instructions in this section apply to the most current version of PM5 Firmware. If your PM5 is running an older firmware version, your menu options may be different. We recommend running the most current firmware version available.

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PM5 Front


Allows you to view your workout intensity in different units of measurement: pace, watts or calories. Also displays total time or meters elapsed as appropriate for the workout type.

At any time during a workout or while viewing workout results, press Units to view your workout intensity in a different unit; the PM cycles through the different units with each successive push of the button. For more information, see Understanding and Changing Units at right.

Allows you to choose another display (All Data, Force Curve, Pace Boat/Skier, Bar Chart, Large Print). When you are rowing or skiing, press Display to cycle through the various display options. For more information, see Understanding the Monitor Display options at right.

All Data

Force Curve

Pace Boat/Skier

Bar Chart

Large Print

These buttons allow you to:

  • Make menu selections
  • Increment or decrement numbers when setting up workouts or setting the date and time
  • View alternate displays (All Data, Force Curve, Pace Boat, Bar Chart, and Large Print) while rowing/skiing

PM5 Back

Battery Cover
Provides access to the two D cell batteries that power the monitor.

Race System Jacks
RJ45 jacks for cabling PM5s together for racing. Typically used in conjunction with the Venue Race Application. For more information, visit

USB Flash Drive Port
Port for connecting the USB flash drive to the PM5 for storing workout data. For more information, see the USB Flash Drive section at right.

USB Cable Port
Port for connecting the PM5 with a USB cable to:
  • A computer for uploading workouts to the online logbook or updating firmware
  • A phone or tablet for use with rowing apps such as ErgData

Reset Button
Button used in some troubleshooting steps. If you are ever instructed to reset the monitor using the button on the back, this is the button to use. Depress it gently using a paper clip or pen.

Sensor Port
Port access for the flywheel sensor cable (to see the actual port, look at the bottom of the monitor). The cable must be plugged in for the monitor to operate.