Don't forget to maintain your RP3

Easy to maintain

Like everything with moving parts, our RP3 models also need regular maintenance.

The typical dynamic rowing character of our models is provided by a mechanically ingenious operation that simulates rowing on water. The moving parts with the chain and bearings that drive the flywheel require regular maintenance. Obviously the more use, the more wear and tear.

Cleaning after each workout is self-evident, as is cleaning and drying your rowing boat after a session. The dynamic rowing character of our models

If you suspect your rowing machine requires a repair, please contact us. If your machines are ‘club owned’, they require servicing annually to keep them in top condition. Please visit our contactpage to book a machine service.

Easy to maintain


The instructions in this guide are applicable to both the RP3 Model S and the RP3 Model T.

In order to keep your machine in top condition please follow the advice below:

  1. Always clean the main bar (S) / bars (T) after every session. This prevents dirt building up inside the machine. Paper towel and anti-bacterial spray are ideal for this.

  2. Lubricate the chain every 3 months. This is especially important if you plan to keep the RP3 in humid or damp conditions. This is easier to do with two people. Lock the machine onto the bar and ask a helper to pull the handle to its full extent. Wipe the chain with an oil-soaked rag to coat the chain in a thin layer of oil. A light 3 in 1 oil is recommended.

  3. If you have a Bluetooth compatible model S, the Bluetooth module is powered by a rechargeable powerbank. This powerbank will need recharging roughly once a month. It is recharged with a standard micro-USB charger and accessed by unscrewing the black thumbscrew on the back of the machine and lifting the panel (see below). The powerbank can be unplugged from the machine to recharge it.

    The Model T powerbank is charged by the machine itself.

  1. It is also worth connecting the tablet to WIFI occasionally to ensure you have the latest version of the RP3 App installed. The App is updated on a regular basis to provide additional functionality and fix any bugs.

  2. If your RP3 develops a fault or cleaning the bar does not result in the machine running smoothly, please contact us to arrange a machine repair or service.

Maintenance Maintenance

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Frequently asked questions

(3) How does training on an RP3 differ from rowing in a boat?


First of all, rowing on water is, of course, rowing on water. An RP3 stands on the mainland, on the ground, and that of course gives more stability. It is possible to use a ‘wobble seat’, which also simulates the lateral imbalance of a rowing boat. With a ‘wobble seat’ you can train to sit more upright and prevent imbalance.

In the boat, the catch; where the blades of the oar go into the water, is more difficult than on an ergometer. After the catch, the feeling of rowing is very comparable to the rowing stroke in the boat. Hang, build up pressure, finish with back and arms. The final part of the stroke is good to practise with RP3, where most – even experienced rowers – often lose pressure too quickly. The recovery is also comparable to a recovery in the boot.

Technique is a factor for better scores, whereas on a static ergometer just more force is also an option for better results. On RP3 Dynamic indoor rowing machines you are implicitly ‘forced’ to improve and be as technical as possible.

With RP3 you get direct feedback via the monitor (App on smartphone or tablet) about the shape of the power curve and the figures such as joules, watts and stroke length. There are many other fields (30) to select, besides the standard ‘stroke rate’, ‘split’ (time / 500m) and ‘average split. Rowing on RP3 therefore gives much more real time feedback over the rowing stroke. This makes RP3 a very suitable training machine for better rowing and improving your rowing technique.

With RP3 it is also possible to physically link 2 or more machines. This allows the synchrony of the pressure curve of the team of rowers to be trained. The software offers the possibility to analyse your own curve after the workout, but also the curves of the team (overlay) and expose the differences. This is input for improvement.

RP3 is also busy adding rowing data from boat training sessions to the log, so that this data can also be compared with rowing data from an ergometer training and vice versa.

(1) What is the difference between Dynamic and Static rowing on an ergometer?


On a Dynamic Indoor Rowing machine the flywheel is also moving as the seat does. So ‘everything’ is loose. The athlete even moves relatively much less than the flywheel, which corresponds to the situation and the feeling in the boat. That is the reason we are using “True Rowing Experience” as our motto.

> Static -> Body Mass turning, instead of just flywheel on Dynamic, very similar as in the boat

> Less stressful lower back, injury prevention and often even used for back injury recovery

> Dynamic rowing is much more like rowing on water and better useful as part of rowing event preparation or during the season

> Difference in scores: less hard in extensive (longer: 30min +) workouts, harder on fast (high pace) parts, but above all: dynamic is more like what you do in the boat during a race

(2) How can I compare RP3 to the static ergometer I'm used to?


We get this question very often. The short answer is: it cannot be compared. Static and dynamic ergometers are just completely different. When reversing the movement of the rower’s body weight in static rowing, more energy is lost. And the body takes a hit with every stroke. Often and especially it causes (lower) lower back complaints and even injuries, and joints can also play up.

On RP3, the acceleration of the flywheel is measured for the score and the real time feedback and numbers in the monitor. Static machines usually measure the movement of the chain. Therefore, with a rowing style in which a firm final stroke is made with the arms, the score can be higher on a static machine.

However, this is not a natural and logical movement in the rowing boat. On the RP3 it has no (minimal) effect on the score. Better rowing does though!

Although the scores are not really comparable, it can be said from experience:

> more power rowing: higher scores on static ergometer
> more technique: better score on RP3

The technically better rowers score relatively better on RP3. The difference between RP3 and the common static ergometers on a 2,000m score is approx. 1-3s per 500m in favour of the more technical rower.

One of the big advantages, often mentioned by the users who do have much experience on both: on RP3 you can practise higher stroke rates more easy, so really can train at (boat) race pace and have very similar experience or feeling.


We often get all kind of questions about RP3. From people who first did not know us and also from the most experience and best rowers in the World, that are using RP3 as their best trainings device to go for Gold on the next Championship and Olympic Games. And all people in the middle.

We collected the most asked questions and provide the answers here! If you can not find the answer on your question, please let us know by sending a mail.


What do the experts say?

'The advanced data analyses enable us to continuously make improvement on our rowing performance. '

Niche Lee Parker

- Niche Lee Parker

- Head coach, lightweight rowing at Columbia University

'I enjoy using RP3, it made winter training bearable due to similar feel to on the water training and, what is more important, safer in terms of back injuries.'

Ozren Tošić

- Ozren Tošić

- Public health docter