Individual Record Requirements

Requirements

All World and national records must be:

  • rowed on a Concept2 Indoor Rower on a level surface.
  • single distance or timed pieces (no interval pieces).
  • started from a non-moving flywheel.

All records (with the exception of 2000 meters, see below) must meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Verified with a verification code obtained for the piece from the PM3, PM4 or PM5.
  • Rowed in public with witnesses present who can be reached for confirmation of the performance. “Public” is defined as a health club, fitness center, rowing club, indoor rowing race, trade show or regatta where Concept2 is present, school, university or special event in a public setting (for example, a fundraiser in a mall).
  • Recorded on video. It must be one continuous video shot and include setting up the monitor, all the rowing and the monitor displaying your final results.

We do not accept any records rowed on a Dynamic Indoor Rower. Ultra-distance records may have the monitor set for an interval workout. For more information, see the Ultra-Distance Records section below.

Note that a photo of the PM screen is not an acceptable form of verification unless the verification code is displayed on the screen as well.

Please contact us at ranking@concept2.com if you have broken a record and met the requirements outlined on this page. Concept2 reserves the right not to accept a row as a record.

2000 Meter Requirements

All 2000 meter record-breaking times must be rowed at a Concept2 sanctioned indoor rowing event with witnesses present. In addition, all 2000 meter record-breaking times must be rowed on Concept2 Indoor Rowers without Slides.

Weight Requirements

In accordance with regulations from on water events and indoor rowing championships around the world, lightweights must be weighed in no earlier than two hours before their race. Records from lightweights weighed prior to two hours before their row will not be recognized.

  • Lightweight Women: <= 135lbs (61.5kg)
  • Heavyweight Women: > 135 lbs (61.6kg)
  • Lightweight Men: <= 165lbs (75kg)
  • Heavyweight Men: > 165lbs (75kg)

Age Categories

Ultra-Distance Records
For ultra-distance records only, we recognize the following age categories: 19 & under, 20–29, 30–39, 40–49, etc.

All other Records
For all other records, we recognize the following age categories: 13–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, etc. in both heavyweight and lightweight categories for men and women. For 2000 meters, age categories from 40 onwards are split into five-year bands: e.g. 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59 etc.

Ultra-Distance Records

There are additional requirements/guidelines for the following records:

Individual Million Meter Row

  1. If using a PM3, PM4 or PM5, set the monitor using Variable Intervals. On the Main Menu, choose Select Workout > New Workout > Intervals: Variable. This will enable you to set 10 distance intervals of 99,999 meters and one distance interval of 10 meters with rest intervals of 0:00. If using a PM3, it is recommended that you upgrade to firmware version 88 or above. Be aware that the monitor will automatically shut down after a couple of minutes of inactivity, so you will have to reset the monitor after rest breaks unless you have someone press the Display or Change Display button to keep the PM alive.
  2. On a PM2, the monitor will count meters up to 99,999, then start at 0 again, so be sure to keep track of the flips back to 0. You'll need 10 of them!
  3. We recommend you take regular rests throughout the row, and the flywheel can stop spinning before the target is reached; however, your final time must include the periods when the wheel is not spinning.
  4. Keep a record of your row, including the start time and finish time of each rowing session, and the meters rowed in each session. Have the log signed by a witness who can verify your performance.
  5. Send us the results from your USB flash drive or LogCard in the form of a .csv file, or send your signed manual record along with a photo, if possible, and copies of or links to any publicity that your record attempt received.
  6. New records will be recognized with a special certificate of achievement, a Concept2 T-shirt and a pair of Concept2 rowing shorts.

Individual 24 Hour Row

  1. Use a Concept2 Indoor Rower with Performance Monitor (PM2, PM3, PM4 or PM5).
  2. The PM3, PM4 and PM5 will count up to 50,000 before it flips back to 0. Alternatively, on the Main Menu, choose Select Workout > New Workout > Intervals: Variable. This will enable you to set a single time interval of 24 hours, with a rest interval of 0:00. If using a PM3, it is recommended that you upgrade to a PM3 firmware version of 88 or above. Be aware that the monitor will automatically shut down after a couple of minutes of inactivity, so you will have to reset the monitor after rest breaks unless you have someone press the Display or Change Display button to keep the PM alive.
  3. The PM2 monitor will count meters up to 99,999, then start at 0 again, so be sure to keep track of the flips back to 0.
  4. You must row within each hour of the 24 hours in order for the attempt to qualify as a 24 hour row. We recommend you take regular rests throughout the row, and the flywheel can stop spinning.
  5. Keep a record of your row. You should have your support crew keep a record of how long (time) and how far (meters) you row each hour, and of course cumulative meters rowed. Have the log signed by a witness who can verify your performance.
  6. Send us the results from your USB flash drive or LogCard in the form of a .csv file, or send your signed manual record along with a photo, if possible, and copies of or links to any publicity that your record attempt received.
  7. New records will be recognized with a special certificate of achievement, a Concept2 T-shirt and a pair of Concept2 rowing shorts.

Individual Longest Continual Row

  1. Use a Concept2 Indoor Rower with Performance Monitor (PM2, PM3, PM4 or PM5).
  2. The PM3, PM4 and PM5 will count up to 50,000 before it flips back to 0. Be aware that the monitor will automatically shut down after a couple of minutes of inactivity, so you will have to reset the monitor after rest breaks unless you have someone press the Display or Change Display button to keep the PM alive.
  3. The PM2 monitor will count meters up to 99,999, then start at 0 again, so be sure to keep track of the flips back to 0.
  4. You must row at least 50 minutes of every hour in order to call this a “continuous” row. You are allowed to take up to 10 minutes of rest per hour. We recommend you take regular rests throughout the row, and the flywheel can stop spinning. Any rest time taken counts toward your elapsed time.
  5. Keep a record of your row. Individuals should have their support crew keep a record of how long (time) and how far (meters) they row each hour, and of course cumulative meters rowed. Have the log signed by a witness who can verify your performance.
  6. Send us the results from your USB flash drive or LogCard in the form of a .csv file, or send your signed manual record along with a photo, if possible, and copies of or links to any publicity that your record attempt received.
  7. New records will be recognized with a special certificate of achievement, a Concept2 T-shirt and a pair of Concept2 rowing shorts.

Individual 100,000 Meter Row

  1. Use a Concept2 Indoor Rower with Performance Monitor (PM2, PM3, PM4 or PM5).
  2. If using a PM3, PM4 or PM5, on the Main Menu, choose Select Workout > New Workout > Intervals: Variable. This will enable you to set a single distance interval of 100,000 meters, with a rest interval of 0:00.
  3. If using a PM2, set the monitor for 99,999 meters (that’s as high as it goes).
  4. We recommend you take regular rests throughout the row, and the flywheel can stop spinning before the target is reached; however, your final time must include the periods when the wheel is not spinning.
  5. Keep a record of your row, including the start time and finish time of each rowing session, and the meters rowed in each session. Have the log signed by a witness who can verify your performance.
  6. Send us the results from your USB flash drive or LogCard in the form of a .csv file, or send your signed manual record along with a photo, if possible, and copies of or links to any publicity that your record attempt received.
  7. New records will be recognized with a special certificate of achievement.