Challenges

Rowing Resolutions: Getting Started on the Concept2 Indoor Rower

Jan 05, 2012

Did you find a shiny new rowing machine under your Christmas tree? Or perhaps you’re ready to take on the indoor rower at the gym as part of a New Year’s fitness resolution? However you use it, there’s nothing quite like the Concept2 Indoor Rower to help you reach your fitness goals, and the Concept2 website has an excellent Tips and General Info section to get off to a great start with your indoor rower. The basic keys to success are: Continue Reading ›

Back on the Erg Again

Dec 16, 2011

You know how, during the holidays, you find yourself reverting back to childhood family dynamics with your family? Your sister steals the bathroom, your mom starts nagging, and your parents inquire about your whereabouts as if you have a curfew again. Well, for ex-collegiate rowers, the Concept2 Holiday Challenge can feel like a similar homecoming with the indoor rower. It is familiar, annoying, and loving all at the same time. Continue Reading ›

World Erg Challenge Ends Friday!

Apr 12, 2011

The World Erg Challenge (WEC) ends Friday at midnight! The WEC is a one-month team-based challenge to row or ski as many meters as you can between March 15 and April 15. There are 242 teams from around the world participating with a total of 4839 individuals, averaging 87,464 meters per person for a grand total of 423,239,969 meters erged—and we still have a few days to go! Among the participants are some individuals who have been rowing remarkable numbers of meters for their teams. So how do they do it?I’ll start with our own in-house hardcore rower Don Zukswert. The amazing thing is that he also manages to keep up with his day job, which is serving as half of our IT team here at Concept2. Don started the challenge with a goal of 750,000 meters, which would mean rowing about 25K per day. Partway through the month, he went on a weekend trip and took an erg along with him so he could row while watching TV in his hotel room. He had a couple 60K days on that trip and started thinking that he might be able to reach a million before April 15. He upped his daily total to 40K–20K in the morning and 20K in the evening. He’s currently over 910K and on target to make the million if all goes as planned. Don’s secret is movies—mostly action adventures and mysteries. A good movie gets him through 20K. He also likes three layers of bubble wrap for a seat pad and has been using some light cotton gloves more recently. Continue Reading ›

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