Owners Manual - First Degree Fitness

Owners Manual - First Degree Fitness
Owners Manual
Training with the Trident Challenge AR
1. As with any piece of fitness equipment, consult a physician before
beginning your Trident Challenge AR Exercise Program.
2. Follow instructions provided in this manual for correct foot position
and basic rowing techniques.
3. For detailed rowing techniques refer to our international website at
1. The Trident Challenge AR can stand vertically for storage. Make sure
a secure location is chosen, such as in the corner of a room.
2. Keep hands and fingers away from moving parts, as indicated by the
warning sticker on the mainframe of your machine.
Trident Challenge AR Box Contents
Installing the Seat and Rear Leg to Seat Rail
Fine Tuning the Trident Challenge AR
The Fluid Adjustable Resistance Tank
Getting Started
Developing Your Routine
Tank Filling and Water Treatment
Removing/Changing Tank Water
Slider Footplate
How to Row?
How Often?
Trident Challenge AR Computer
Computer Instructions
Using the First Degree Fitness USB Interface
Detaching the Rower Belt
Reattaching the Rower Belt
Removing the Bungee Shock Cord
Replacing the Bungee Shock Cord
Trident Challenge AR Box Contents
Main Frame
Seat Rail Bracket
Seat Rail (boxed separately)
M10x120mm Rear Leg Bolts
Rower Seat
AA batteries (x2)
M10x120mm Horizontal Seat
Rail bolt
M10 Washer
8mm Allen Key
M10 Nylock Nut
6mm Allen Key
M10x150mm Vertical Seat Rail
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Plastic Dome Cap
Rear Seat Rail Bumpstop
Water Treatment Tablet (4x tablets)
Seat Rail End Cap
Vertical Seat Rail bolt Damener
Rear Leg
Internal Seat Rail bolt Bracket
Installing the Seat and Rear Leg to Seat Rail
Install the Rower Seat[3] onto the Seat Rail
[2] as shown, with seat indentation facing
Seat Rail
Rear Leg[11]
M10x120mm Bolts[13]/Washer[5]
Rear End Cap[10]
Internal Seat Rail Bracket[22]
Seat Rail Bracket[12]
First insert the Internal Seat Rail bolt Bracket[22] into the rear of the Seat Rail[2] and
align it to the second hole from the rear of the
rail. Then use M10x120mm Dome Head
Bolts[13]/Washers[5] install the Rear Leg[11]
to the Seat Rail.
Do not tighten.
1.Install Rubber End Cap[10]
2.Hold the End Cap in place, thread the Rear
Rubber Bumpstops[9] onto the end .
3.Tighten both bolts to complete Rear Leg assembly.
Use care when tightening bolts to avoid
M10x120mm Bolt[4], 2x M10 Washers[5]
and Nylock Nut[6].
Insert the Seat Rail until it just slightly protrudes behind the Footplate. Shown here
is the installation/alignment point for the M10x120mm Horizontal Seat Rail Bolt
[4], M10 Washers[5] and Nylock Nut[6]. Install and secure.
Install and secure the two bolts and two washers with the nylock nuts
Install the Vertical Seat Rail Tensioning Bolt
through the Seat Rail as shown, then fit the
Vertical Seat Rail bolt Dampener onto the bolt
between the bottom of the Seat Rail and the
lower frame (not shown) before securing bolt
into lower frame.
Do not tighten. See following page for correct height adjustment.
NOTE:The Vertical Seat Rail dampener is designed to take up the slack between
the seat rail and mainframe when
standing in the vertical position
150mm Vertical Seat Rail Tensioning Bolt,
Vertical Seat Rail Dampener and Plastic
Dome Cap. .
Fine Tuning the Trident Challenge AR
The Vertical Seat Rail Tensioning Bolt is designed to hold the mid leg 3-5mm off the
ground when the rower is unweighted, and just lightly touch the ground during a
rowing stroke.
Tighten the assembly until the Mid Leg begins to lift off of the ground as shown below.
Note:If excessive head shaking/hopping of the tank occurs during rowing, this indicates the Vertical Seat Rail Tensioning Bolt being out of adjustment.
Tension the Vertical Seat Rail Bolt as shown
here until mid-leg rises off the floor approx. 35mm.
The Fluid Adjustable Resistance Tank
The Adjustable Resistance (AR) Tank, developed and patented by First Degree Fitness, offers a true multi-level experience. Water is moved between the "storage"
and "active" chambers of the AR Tank. Your new Rowing Ergometer can adapt - at
the turn of a dial - to the resistance preferred by each user in the home environment.
MAX:This setting allows the maximum
amount of water to reach the flywheel for heaviest resistance
MIN:Keeps a portion of the water in reserve creating light resistance.
Getting Started
To achieve minimum resistance, select "MIN" on the tank adjuster. It takes 10
strokes to fill the central (storage) tank, leaving a minimal amount of water in the
outer (active) tank. This process is always required if minimum resistance is desired. Row hard at a steady pace (20 to 25 strokes per minute [SPM]) and put
some effort into the stroke, ensuring that good form is maintained. You can make
adjustments to the resistance level while you row. Your Rowing Ergometer will
adapt almost instantly to increases in resistance but will take up to 10 strokes to reduce the effort required, as the central (storage) tank fills up.
Developing Your Routine
Once you have found a level that gives you the exercise required, changes can be
made to SPM and to stroke intensity to further vary your energy input. Interval
training is used by most Rowers, where a period of low intensity is combined with
short intervals of high intensity. Your FDF Rowing Ergometer allows for changes
'on the fly', to achieve multi-level resistance profiles during a single workout. For
more information on exercise routines, please visit our website on
Tank Filling and Water Treatment
Tank Filling and Water Treatment Procedures
Note:17 liters of water is required for
maximum filling.
Tank plug
Fill tank
handle set
to “MAX”
1.Remove Rubber Fill Plug from the top of the tank.
2.Place a large bucket of water next to the rower and position siphon with the rigid
hose in the bucket and the flexible hose into the tank as shown. Note: Make sure
small breather valve on the top of the siphon is closed before filling.
Tank Filling and Water Treatment
1.Remove Rubber Fill Plug from the top of the tank.
2.Place a large bucket of water next to the rower and position siphon with the rigid
hose in the bucket and the flexible hose into the tank as shown. Note: Make
sure small breather valve on the top of the siphon is closed before filling.
Note: Where water quality is known to be poor, FDF recommends the use of distilled water.
3.Begin filling tank by squeezing siphon. Use Level Gauge Decal on side of tank to
measure volume of water in tank.
Note:Failure to set adjuster handle to max prior to filling will cause inaccurate fill
levels and possible leakage.
4.After filling tank to the desired water level, open the valve on the top of the siphon to allow excess water to escape.
5.Ensure that Tank Plug is replaced once filling and water treatment procedures
are complete.
Tips on Siphon use: Putting the fill bucket higher than the tank will allow the siphon to "self-pump" when adding water to the tank.
Water Treatment Procedures:
Add Chlorine tablet
Note: The amount of water treatment can vary widely depending on the Rower’s
location and exposure to sunlight. DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES USE
ROWER. Your rower box contents include 4x water treatment tablets, which is sufficient for several years of water treatment. Treat when water becomes discolored
or shows signs of Algae/Bacterial growth. To purchase additional chlorine tabs,
please consult your nearest regional dealer/distributor or check our website
at www.firstdegreefitness.com
Use a drop cloth under the tank both when filling the
tank to avoid staining floor or carpet
Removing/Changing Tank Water
To Change Tank Water
Rigid end of Siphon in tank
Set Adjuster handle to “MIN”
Row a minimum of ten complete strokes before commencing tank draining. Remove tank plug, insert rigid
end of siphon into tank and begin draining.
NOTE: Approximately 40% of tank water will remain. It is
not possible to completely drain the A/R tank without disassembly.
1.Set Adjuster handle to “MIN”
2.Row at least ten strokes to fill the storage reservoir as completely as possible.
3.Remove Tank Plug.
4.Insert rigid end of siphon into the tank, and flexible hose into a large bucket.
5.Drain tank (approx. 40% of water will remain) and then refill following directions
for Tank filling as described in the Tank Filling section of this manual.
Note:The valve on top of the siphon must be closed to allow proper drain
Note:Water treatment will preclude the need to change tank water if the
treatment schedule is maintained. Additional chlorine is required only when discoloration appears in the water.
Note:Exposure to sunlight affects the water. Moving the rower away from direct
sunlight .
Slider Footplate
To adjust, lift and slide
Mounting pegs
The Slider Footplate is designed to fit a wide range of foot sizes, and is very simple
to use.
To adjust, lift the top of the sliding portion of the footplate and slide up or down. The
numbers 1-6 represent a guideline from which the proper length can be determined. Secure the plate onto the mounting pegs and push down firmly to lock into
Tighten the Footstraps securely and begin your workout.
WARNING:Never operate this rower without feet properly
secured in Footstraps, or without the sliding portion
of the Slider Footplate locked into position!
How to Row?
1. Begin the stroke comfortably forward and push strongly back with your legs while
keeping your arms and back straight.
2. Begin to pull your arms back as they pass over your knees and continue the
stroke through to completion rocking slightly back over your pelvis.
3. Return to the starting position and repeat.
4. For further details regarding rowing technique please refer to our international
website at www.firstdegreefitness.com
How Often?
Begin with 5 minute training sessions once a day and aim for around 2:30 to 2:45
for 500m time. Row at a pace that keeps the water circulating continuously between strokes.
Progress a few minutes more each day until you are comfortable with 30-45
minutes training time 3 or 4 times a week.
This will provide aerobic endurance benefits, muscle toning and sufficient calorie
burning to form part of a weight loss program.
Always consult a doctor before beginning an exercise program
Stop immediately if you feel faint or dizzy.
Comfortably forward with
straight back and
Push with the
legs while arms
remain straight.
Pull through with
arms and legs rocking slightly back on
your pelvis.
Upper body tips
Catch and begin
forward over your again.
pelvis and move
Trident Challenge AR Computer
Auto Start: Commence rowing to activate.
Reset all values: Hold button down for 3 second first to RESET.
Distance: Add 100m distance, up to 1000m then add 500m, each button push to accumulate required distance then begin rowing to initiate distance count
Auto-Pause: A temporary halt in exercise will result in the following:
For over 5 seconds and under 5 minutes:
SPM/500METER/WATT to zero.
Distance/TIME values are saved.
CAL per hour defaults to Total CAL.
A Resumption in exercise in less than 5 minutes will resume Distance/
TIME/ from saved values automatically.
Auto Power Down: Over 5 minutes. All values revert to zero after restart.
Computer Instructions:
TIME: Auto start elapsed time.
500M TIME: Time to row 500 meters, updated at the completion of
each stroke.
PULSE: Requires optional receiver and
chest strap (sold separately).
SPM: Strokes per minute updated each
WATT: Unit of power updated per rowing
CAL HOUR: Updated each stroke.
Use the LEVEL UP/ DOWN buttons in
conjunction with the Fluid Tank Resistance
Adjuster handle for accurate 500M/
Using the First Degree Fitness USB Interface
The USB connectivity now built in to all new models of FDF Console and IPM allow
you to enhance your exercise experience by connecting to your home PC or Laptop.
Using FDF's own sample applications you can exercise while enjoying your favorite
movies. NetAthlon 2 XF for Rowers lets you race with other Internet connected rowers in a Virtual Reality 3D environment or train solo.
Setting up USB connectivity
1.Download and Install the USB Device Driver (CDM2xxxx_Setup.exe for 32 and
64 bit Windows 7/Vista/XP) from the FDF Website.
2.Download and Install the Sample USB Applications from the FDF Website
Download and Install NetAthlon 2 XF for Rowers from
Connecting your console
- The USB Connector is located on a flying lead at the rear of the IPM, along with
the Sensor and Heart Rate Monitor Connectors.
- Connect to a Laptop or PC using a standard USB cable, you may need to wait
while Windows starts the USB Device Driver.
Note: Please refer to computer manual where applicable or for further
information refer to our website at www.firstdegreefitness.com
Detaching the Rower Belt
1.To detach belt, simply pull beyond the
range of the normal rowing stroke until the belt detaches from the Belt
Bungee Pulley.
Tip:You’ll hear the Velcro separating
just before the belt detaches.
2.Cut plastic tie holding bungee at the
Bungee Attachment Point, pull the
Cord through all three pulleys and
leave excess on top of the tank for
Bungee Shock Cord
Bungee Attachment Point
Reattaching the Rower Belt
Velcro facing
1.Begin reattaching the Rower Belt by
threading around the Rower Belt Pulley with the Velcro side facing upward
as illustrated.
2.Next, thread the Belt around the Idle
Wheel as shown. Once around the
Idle Wheel, attach the Rower Belt to
the Belt/Bungee Pulley. There is an
obvious “lip” at the attachment point.
Idle Wheel
3.Wind the Rower Belt onto the Belt/
Bungee Pulley until the Rower Handle
is as it’s furthest forward position.
Rower Handle
Belt/Bungee Pulley
4.Rethread the Bungee Shock Cord (on
opposite side of the Idle Wheel) back
through the Bungee Pulleys and tie off
at the Attachment Point.
Bungee Pulley
Bungee Shock Cord
If Bungee Shock Cords previous tension seemed
correct (a good way to judge is if the Rower Handle can make it to the furthest point forward on
the top of the Mainframe under bungee tension
alone) then simply tie off at previous position. If
the return is too slack, experiment by tightening
the tension in
small increments and testing until the correct tension is achieved. If the Rower
Handle cannot reach the end of the seat rail during a rowing stroke, then the
Bungee Shock Cord is over-tensioned.
Removing the Bungee Shock Cord
First, move the Rowing Handle to it’s farthest forward point on the Mainframe,
then cut the plastic end tie and follow the
drawing above for bungee removal.
Next, remove the Upper Frame Plug to
allow the Bungee Shock Cord to be
threaded through the top of the frame.
Note: You will need to rotate the Belt/
Bungee Pulley to align the holes properly. Should the belt drop off of during the
bungee change, please refer to the previous pages for “Attaching/Reattaching
the Rower Belt”.
Upper Frame Plug
Shock Cord
Bungee Attachment Point
Once Bungee Cord and Upper Frame
Hole are aligned, push the Bungee Cord
up and through the frame as shown
Upper Frame Hole
Belt/ Bungee Pulley
Replacing the Bungee Shock Cord
Reinstall the Shock Cord through the Upper Frame, along the opposite side of Idle
Wheel, through the Mid Frame and Lower Bungee Pulleys and then tie off with plastic tie wrap to correct tension. Replace Frame Plug
Pull Bungee
through until
seated securely
Bungee Attachment
Tip: Correct bungee tension is achieved when enough recoil is present for the Rowing Handle to easily reach the front of the Rower Pulley Belt Bracket at the far front of the frame. If the Rowing Handle will
not reach rearward to the end of the Seat Rail, the Bungee Cord is
over-tightened and will require adjustment.
Probable Cause
Water changes color or Rower is in direct
Change rower location to reduce
becomes cloudy.
sunlight or has not had direct exposure to sunlight. Add
water treatment.
water treatment or change tank
water as directed in the water
treatment section of this manual.
Consider using distilled water to
refill tank.
Rower belt slipping off
belt/ bungee pulley.
Bungee not under
enough tension.
Tighten bungee cord following
the instructions in "Replacing
the Bungee/Shock Cord" section
of this manual.
Front of rower lifts
slightly during vigorous
M10X150mm Vertical
Seat Rail Tensioning
Bolt is slightly too
Tighten bolt 1/2 turn and row
again. Tighten as needed until
problem stops. Note: Over tightening this bolt can damage the
seat rail. Only tighten bolt in
small increments until fault is
The Trident Challenge
AR computer does not
illuminate after battery
Batteries installed
incorrectly or need
Reinstall batteries in correct
position and try again. If the
LCD screen fails to illuminate,
try rotating the batteries slightly
in the computer. If this fails,
contact your local service center.
Trident Challenge AR
Computer screen illuminates, but does not
register when rowing.
Loose or failed connection.
Check that the computer lead is
connected properly. If it is connected then contact your local
service center.
This product is designed and constructed for use in any Health Club / Fitness Studio application.
First Degree Fitness Limited warrants that the Trident Challenge AR Rower (model TRIAR), purchased from an
authorised agent and in its undamaged original packaging, is free from defects in materials and workmanship. First
Degree Fitness Limited or its agent will, at their discretion, repair or replace parts that become defective within the
warranty period, subject to the specific inclusions and exclusions below.
Metal Frame – 10 Year Limited Warranty
First Degree Fitness will repair or replace the metal Main Frame of the Rower should it fail due to any defect in materials or workmanship within 10 years of the original purchase. Warranty does not apply to frame coating.
Polycarbonate Tank & Seals – 3 Year Limited Warranty
First Degree Fitness will repair or replace the polycarbonate tank or seals should they fail due to any defect in materials or workmanship within 3 years of the original purchase.
Mechanical Components (of a non-wearing nature) – 2 Year Limited Warranty
First Degree Fitness will repair or replace any mechanical component should it fail due to any defect in materials or
workmanship within 2 years of the original purchase.
All Other Components (of a wearing nature) – 1 Year Limited Warranty
First Degree Fitness will repair or replace any component should it fail due to any defect in materials or workmanship within 1 year of the original purchase.
Specific Inclusions
Bungee recoil cord, belt and pulley
Hand grips & foot straps
Polyester rowing belt
All pulleys, rollers & bearings
All rubber components
Computer & speed sensor (excluding replaceable batteries)
All drive belts
Aluminum seat rails
Sliding footplates
General Exclusions
Damage to the finish of any part of the machine
Damage due to neglect, abuse, incorrect assembly or use of the machine
Any charges for freight or customs clearance associated with the return or dispatch of parts
Any damage to or loss of goods during transport of any kind
Any labour cost associated with a warranty claim
General Conditions
 The serial number of the machine must be correctly registered with First Degree Fitness Limited or one of its
appointed distributors
 First Degree Fitness Limited reserve the right to examine any part where replacement is claimed under warranty
 Warranty period applies only to the original purchaser from the date of purchase and is not transferable
 The product must be returned to your place of purchase in original packaging with transportation, insurance
and associated charges paid for by you and risk of loss or damage assumed by you
 First Degree Fitness makes no other warranties except as stated here and expressly disclaims all warranties
not stated in this warranty. Neither First Degree Fitness nor its associates shall be responsible for incidental or
consequential damages
 Manufacturer's warranty automatically commences upon sale of the product to end user or upon the expiration
of one (1) year from month of manufacture, whichever occurs first
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