As we follow the research on exercise and health, we’re finding more and more reasons to incorporate intervals into our training. Below is a summary of the benefits they may offer, with some links to further reading if you’re interested. Continue Reading ›
The annual SkiErg World Sprints will be held November 9–12, 2017. Make it your training goal and plan to participate! We offer a training plan and tips for getting the most out of your technique. Continue Reading ›
Here’s a training program designed to get you ready for the SkiErg World Sprints 1000 meter challenge. Josh and Ben, skiers and members of the Concept2 Customer Service team, used this program last year. The program requires just two workouts per week on the SkiErg, preferably not on back-to-back days, and assumes that you are getting exercise on 3–4 other days per week—whether rowing, biking, running or another choice. Continue Reading ›
Concept2 CTS will be on site at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida, September 23–October 1. The Concept2 CTS trailer will be located in the athlete area where the CTS regatta service team will be available to competitors who need oar repairs and service. There will also be a CTS booth in the spectator area, where people will be able to try out the new BikeErg, as well as Concept2 indoor rowers and SkiErg, when not watching the competition.
The World Championships is exciting—it’s Olympic-caliber racing in non-Olympic years. This is the first time in 23 years that the World Championships will be held in the USA! Come join us! These are some of the athletes and events we’ll be watching. (World Rowing provides a helpful explanation of boat classes.): Continue Reading ›
At the end of July, world records fell at The World Games. Olena Buryak (Ukraine) set a new 2k world record of 6:22.8. In addition to setting a new fastest time in the Olympic distance, she also set a new world record in the 500m sprint distance. Her world record now stands at 1:24.5. Continue Reading ›
The 500 meter row. A staple for many; an all-out fly and die effort. For the fast it’s over quickly yet feels like it takes forever when done at max effort. Many, such as Sam Loch, have tried to chase down a two-decade old world record and come close, but it still sits out there beckoning challengers to try it. Others excel in their age group and dominate many different distances, such as Anne Bourlioux, who owns 35 world records.
Some people battle records for months; others break their own records, almost daily. Shawn Baker has done just that: he’s broken the 500 meter record for heavyweight men, age 50–59, over ten times in 2017. The previous record holders? Shawn Baker himself. Shawn likes to push to that dark mental place often, way more often than this writer does. A brutal 500 meters isn’t something that often crosses my mind as a piece I’d like to do every day.
What pushes someone to want to do such a challenging piece over and over? Continue Reading ›
This past April, New Zealand played host to the World Masters Games, an international sporting event held every four years. It’s an opportunity for masters athletes in 28 different sports to compete on an international level. Concept2’s Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer made the trip to New Zealand and took part in the rowing portion of the Games. Continue Reading ›
To get faster, row slower. This seems like contrary advice, but by varying your stroke rate you can actually improve your technique and overall speed.
As we explain in our Rowing with Greater Intensity video, a higher stroke rate (strokes per minute, spm, or “s/m” on the Performance Monitor) doesn’t necessarily mean greater intensity. To row with greater intensity, you need to push harder with your legs and connect the leg drive through the back and arms into the handle and spin the flywheel. Intensity requires a faster drive. To row at a low stroke rate with intensity, you need to take a little more time on the recovery. Continue Reading ›