Runner Testimonials

I find the erg a great way to exercise and find I am in much better cardiovascular shape from erging than I ever was with running. Read More ›

—Jim Corkal

I started rowing to cross-train and give my knees a break from running. After 10 years, it's my favorite indoor exercise. I especially like catching up on all my TV shows while I row. I enjoy all the contests to keep me motivated. One of these days, I may actually try rowing on the water! Read More ›

—Jennifer Norr

I am a 57-year-old man who was a distance runner for fifteen years. About two years ago I began looking for alternative exercises as a way of staying in shape and not pounding my knees, hips, and back. I went back to rowing because it was an old piston type rowing machine that got me started on the fitness trail twenty years ago. In January, my doctor told me that I had developed a pre-diabetic condition and suggested that I lose twenty pounds and get back on the exercise path. So I (dragged) out my old rower and started to watch what I ate. Read More ›

—Bob J

I had to give up jogging (knees) and started using the indoor rower there. I returned home, purchased one and have been rowing regularly since. Read More ›

—Vance Millar

I first saw the Concept2 demo'd in IMPACT fitness mag. Prior to purchase, I briefly tried out another Concept2 model in a fitness store. I could tell that the Concept2 was well made, and I was more impressed with it than the other models they had available. Now I love my rower. It was what I'd expected. When rowing, I usually close my eyes and envision being on the water. Listening to music helps me keep a beat. I find it to be very meditative and a great stress reliever. I haven't used it as much as I wanted to, or would have, to date. Read More ›

—Carol Perlau

I found the erg a marvelous workout without the pain of running. Read More ›

—Ed Connor

After completing 28 road marathons, I ran into some medical challenges that meant I needed a fitness activity in a "safe" environment (such as a gym). Endurance sports are my favorite, and I was looking for something that would challenge me as much as my long road runs. Read More ›

—Brenda Burke

I started rowing instead of treadmill running whilst going to the gym regularly about 4 years ago (as running used to affect my Achilles tendons badly). Read More ›

—Dave Plumb

I took up erging in 2002 after I hurt my knee running. Read More ›

—Edward Rossotti

Having been inspired by these rowers and having knackered my knees through running, I bought a Concept2. I try to bash out about 3 x 10,000 metre rows each week and in doing this I lost nearly three stone in nine months. My MS has been in remission for 5 years, and I feel sure that keeping fit must help. Read More ›

—Robert Platts

I taught physical education and coached football and other sports for 38 years. I got into using the erg as a means to get in shape for alpine climbing about 9 years ago. I had been running, but old age caught up with the knees. About 5 years ago I realized I couldn't climb effectively anymore, so I took up erg workouts on a regular basis. Read More ›

—William Silva

I got into rowing because I could not run very much and the pool that I was using got to be kind of crummy. I'm a marketing and entrepreneurship professor who has kept rowing while on visiting academic positions at Georgia Tech (real good rowers), Cambridge (even better rowers and very interested in rowing), and the University of Otago (Kiwis who enjoy rowing). Read More ›

—Morgan Miles

Like so many I started erging when the knees wouldn't let me run anymore. I found Concept2 via a New York Times ad over 10 years ago and I'm glad I did. My main exercise form is cycling (I did 5 centuries and almost 5000 miles in 2004) but when the evenings get too short for that, and I'm not ready to ride my rollers in the basement I take the erg out. I enjoy trying to climb up the ranking lists. Read More ›

—Jim Rech

My brother got me interested in C2 rowing eighteen months ago and since then it has been a love affair. Read More ›

—James Sundheim

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