asensei allows you to workout with a number of different brands of rowing machine such as Concept 2, WaterRower and FluidRower, and supports a number of different models from each manufacturer.
However it is important to note that each of these brands of rowing machines has a slightly different characteristic behaviour, so achieving a target time on one machine may be easier than on another. asensei does not currently make any adjustment for the different types of rowing machines and takes data received from all supported brands and models at face value. For this reason we do not recommend that an athlete works out using different brands of rowing machines with the same asensei account (e.g. WaterRower and Concept 2), we recommend you do all of your workouts on a single brand of machine so that the targets and goals that are set are consistent.
Does asensei attempt to 'normalize' between rowing machines?
No, currently asensei takes the data from all supported rowing machine at face value. So if for example you achieve a 1min30s split time on a WaterRower, asensei will use that to set a target for you next time even if you are on a Concept 2 rowing machine.
It is generally accepted that WaterRower is a little easier to row on that Concept 2 - i.e. you will achieve a faster split for the same effort. So if you do a lot of asensei workouts with WaterRower and then switch to a Concept 2 you will find your split time or distance targets are suddenly more challenging (and vice versa).
It's also worth noting the following about WaterRowers (from the WaterRower user manual), which means that you should consider trying to keep the water level consistent when using such a machine:
"The amount of water in the tank simulates the weight of the boat and crew as it glides down the river. Changing the water level does not change the resistance, it simply changes the mass which the user is trying to move. Increasing the water level simulates a heavier boat and crew mass, similarly reducing the water level simulates a lighter boat and crew mass.
The water level is adjusted according to one’s personal preference or user type; the intensity of course is altered simply by moving the chosen mass faster or slower. A level gauge is positioned on the tank just below the computer. Typical settings are:
- Children 12-14 liters
- Women 14-16 liters
- Athletes 16-18 liters"
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