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How To Use the PM2/PM2+

The instructions in this section apply to the PM2 and the PM2+.

Basic Functions

 

The Performance Monitor turns on automatically when you begin rowing or if you press On/Off.

The PM turns off automatically after about four minutes of inactivity or if you press On/Off.

The Performance Monitor displays the following information:

  • Elapsed Time—Keeps track of how long you’ve been rowing.
  • Stroke Rate—Indicates your stroke cadence in strokes per minute (spm) and is updated on every stroke.
  • Stroke Output—Displays how hard you pulled on the last stroke. This can be displayed in a choice of three units; press the Display button to cycle through the three units:
    • Pace/500m—Indicates how long it would take you to row 500 meters if you keep the same pace. The faster you go, the smaller the number.
    • Calories/hour—Indicates the rate at which you were burning Calories during the last stroke and displays the approximate number of Calories you would burn in an hour if you keep the same pace. When calculating Calories burned, the PM2/PM2+ bases the calculation on a 175 pound (80 kg) person with a base rate of 300 Cal/hour. The formula used is as follows:
      Calories = (4x average watts/1.1639) + 300 Cal/hour x time rowed (in hours)
      Watts—Indicates the power you exerted during the last stroke, in watts. The larger the number, the faster you are going.
  • Total Workout—Keeps an average or cumulative record of your workout.

The PM2/PM2+ contains two built-in odometers: one that resets automatically and one that doesn’t.

To view the non-resettable odometer:

  1. Press On/Off.
  2. Press and hold OK and then press the right arrow. This odometer displays the cumulative distance rowed in kilometers and does not reset.
  3. Release the OK and right arrow buttons to stop displaying the odometer.

To view the odometer that resets:

  1. Press On/Off.
  2. Press and hold OK and then press the up arrow. This odometer displays the cumulative distance rowed (in kilometers) since the last reset. Press RECALL to reset to 0. The PM automatically resets this odometer to zero after the monitor reaches 99,999k. Press READY or ON/OFF to exit this function.

To view drag factor on the Performance Monitor:

  • Press and hold OK and then press Rest. “Drag” will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. Take a few strokes and the PM2/PM2+ will display the drag factor.

To turn drag factor off, repeat the above sequence.

A brand new indoor rower will have a drag factor of about 90–100 at a damper setting of 1 and about 210–220 at a damper setting of 10.

The Performance Monitor contains a built-in function that allows the PM to perform a test of the display, including all the segments. To initiate this test:

  • Press and hold OK and then press Display. The PM will cycle through the various screens and numbers. If there are faded or incomplete segments, refer to Troubleshooting.

To end the test, press On/Off.

The Performance Monitor takes two AA batteries.

For instructions on replacing the batteries, refer to PM2/PM2+ Battery Removal and Replacement(PDF).

Setting Up Workouts

Use Automatic Mode when you want to do a workout without a preset distance or time. To use the Performance Monitor in Automatic Mode, simply start rowing. The PM will come on and begin displaying your workout data.

After your workout when you have stopped rowing, the PM will shut off after about four minutes of inactivity. You can also press On/Off to turn the PM off.

  • Press On/Off.
  • Press Time.
  • Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
  • Press the up arrow to change the digit.
  • When you are done setting the time, press OK.
  1. Press On/Off.
  2. Press Meters.
  3. Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
  4. Press the up arrow to change the digit.
  5. When you are done setting the distance, press OK.
  1. Press On/Off.
  2. Set up the work interval:
    1. Press Time.
    2. Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
    3. Press the up arrow to change the digit.
  3. Set up the rest interval:
    1. Press Rest.
    2. Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
    3. Press the up arrow to change the digit.
  4. When you are done setting up the interval workout, press OK.
  1. Press On/Off.
  2. Set up the work interval:
    1. Press Meters.
    2. Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
    3. Press the up arrow to change the digit.
  3. Set up the rest interval:
    1. Press Rest.
    2. Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
    3. Press the up arrow to change the digit.
  4. When you are done setting up the interval workout, press OK.

When the Performance Monitor powers up, splits are off by default. To turn splits on:

  • Press and hold OK and then Recall.

To turn splits off, repeat the above sequence.

You can set up custom time or distance intervals for split measurement. Custom splits are not retained if the Performance Monitor shuts off.

Setting Up a Custom Time Split

  1. Press On/Off.
  2. Press and hold OK and then press Time.
  3. Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
  4. Press the up arrow to change the digit (the default value is two minutes).
  5. Press OK.

Setting Up a Custom Distance Interval

  1. Press On/Off.
  2. Press and hold OK and then press Meters.
  3. Press the right arrow to navigate to the digit you want to change.
  4. Press the up arrow to change the digit (the default value is 500 meters).
  5. Press OK.

At any time during a preset distance or time workout, you can successively press Display until “PROJ” appears above your workout time or distance. This display shows your projected finish (time or distance) if you were to keep up your present pace.

The Performance Monitor stores your most recent workout in memory, even if the PM is turned off. To view your workout, press Recall.

Viewing Splits or Intervals

The first time you press Recall, the PM displays the end result of your workout. Each successive press displays information for the previous split or interval for up to 20 splits or intervals, and “Split” will appear on the screen. You can also use the right arrow button to cycle through splits or intervals. Click the up arrow to show information for the next split or interval in succession.

When viewing splits or intervals, you can also access additional information:

  • Press Display to view the split or interval in different units (pace/500m, calories or watts).
  • Press Rest to show splits in cumulative mode. The PM displays “CU” on the screen to indicate that cumulative mode is active. Press Rest again to exit cumulative mode.
  • The Heart Rate box shows your heart rate at the end of that split or interval.
  • The SPM box shows your average strokes per minute for that split or interval.

Racing

Indoor rowers with PM2s cannot be connected together so racing with a computer is not possible.

To race with PM2s:

  1. Preset all the PMs to the race distance.
  2. Start the race.
  3. Use paper and pencils to record the times displayed on the PMs as each competitor finishes.

If you have PM2+s you can use the e-Row software, a deprecated Concept2 software that was an interactive training software compatible with Windows 2000 and Windows XP computers. While Concept2 can answer questions regarding the e-Row software, the software itself is no longer being actively updated or supported. If you are running a large race, Concept2 recommends using PM5s and either the ErgRace software, or ErgRace Online application.