Indoor Rower

Here's the Trick to Earn Some Treats: the Skeleton Crew Challenge

Oct 25, 2012

It’s a short, sweet challenge: Row and/or ski at least 31,000 meters between October 25 and October 31. You can do it on the SkiErg, the indoor rower, or a combination of the two. It’s an average of less than 5k per day—so no excuses! Get the kids to do it, too!

Here’s what you’ll get for completing the challenge: Continue Reading ›

Another Fall Team Challenge is in the Books

Oct 24, 2012

A total of 188 teams, composed of 3247 people, logged 308,256,325 meters on the indoor rower and SkiErg between September 15 and October 15. The average number of meters rowed per person was about 95,000 and there were 485 individuals who surpassed 200,000 meters!

Here at Concept2, we had a team of 29 people and were excited to hold on to 19th place overall and 2nd place in the Corporate Fitness Facility division. Continue Reading ›

Updating the Update

Oct 23, 2012

We first started sending out our Ergo Update newsletter back in December of 1982. The first issue was largely dedicated to covering the first-ever CRASH-B Sprints. It was a single 8.5 x 14” double-sided sheet.

As our customer base grew to include many people who weren’t on-water or competitive rowers, we expanded the Update to include a broader range of stories and information. By Spring 1991, the Update was an 8-page booklet; by Fall 1992 it had jumped to 12 pages. We first hit 16 pages in Fall 1994. Continue Reading ›

20 x 30 Seconds Full Power with a CrossFit Champion

Jun 04, 2012

Rowing is not like rowing. This is something I (painfully) learned last weekend during the CrossFit Regionals in Ballerup, Denmark, while I was working out with Mikko Salo and Juha Puonti from Rogue Fitness (manufacturer of CrossFit equipment). Mikko won the CrossFit Games in 2009. As a competitive on water rower, I usually row for 30–45 minutes at low intensity and a heart rate near 145. From time to time I go for 250 or 500 meter sprints for interval work. The workout on the indoor rower with Mikko and Juha, however, was totally new to me: 30 seconds full power followed by 30 seconds rest for 20 repetitions. Continue Reading ›

From the Gjessing-Nilson to Concept2 and Beyond

Apr 10, 2012

As I prepare for my last 2k ergo test of the season (and potentially my last ever), I’ve been reflecting on the countless tests I’ve pulled, where I was, what model I was on, what team I was trying to select for and of course, how painful it was. Every rower seems to have an outrageous story about an epic erg test. The account always seems worse than anything imaginable, and I often wonder if the story has been grossly distorted, but why get in the way of a good story, right? Continue Reading ›

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Eric Murray: Dynamic 2k vs. Model E 2k

Mar 05, 2012

It is not easy to find athletes willing to do a maximum effort 2k on the Dynamic Indoor Rower then turn around and do it again on a Model D or E in the same season, but we are gathering as much information as people are willing to share on how times compare between the types of machines. Fortunately for us, Eric Murray of the New Zealand pair did just that with a 2k on the Dynamic Indoor Rower in January and then on a Model E last weekend at a New Zealand team test. Eric has been an early adopter of the Dynamic erg and has had about as much time on it as anyone. Continue Reading ›

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