After a one-year absence, the SkiErg Performance Series will return with the start of the new Online Logbook season on May 1, 2016. We’re excited to bring back this series of events, which is designed to help you benchmark your training progress and see how you compare to other participants around the world. Continue Reading ›
Every four years, the Olympics bring out wonderful stories of strength, courage, and passion. Concept2 recently met an athlete with a unique path to Olympic rowing. Two years ago, Daniel Marquardt weighed around 300 pounds and realized that he had to do something about it. So he bought a Concept2 Indoor Rower and started training. Once he realized he had potential in the sport, he set his sights on the Olympic Games. He’s currently preparing for the FISA Asian and Oceanic Olympic Qualifying Regatta in the heavyweight single scull (M1x) as a representative for Samoa. Continue Reading ›
Concept2’s annual Tour de SkiErg is named after the FIS Nordic World Cup Tour de Ski, a series of Nordic races which takes place every January. The SkiErg version runs the month of February with a different SkiErg event each week. Continue Reading ›
This is the second in a three-part series of cues to help you with SkiErg technique. After having introduced hundreds of athletes to the SkiErg, I’ve noticed three very common faults that appear in new adopters. I’ve developed these memorable cues to help them work through those technique flaws. Furthermore, these are the same cues that I use to take an experienced athlete to a higher level of performance. By learning and understanding these cues, you will hopefully gain a better grasp on the mechanics and flow used in good SkiErg technique. Continue Reading ›
A month or so ago I posted about some tips I learned in my first few months here. I’ve passed my six-month mark at Concept2 and am allegedly doing this thing called C.R.A.S.H.- B. World Indoor Rowing Championship on February 28. Apparently, I’m supposed to compete in a division where the behemoths will go below six minutes on a 2k row, and I’ll be happy if I can even manage a personal best. I’m 99% sure I’ll be sub-seven minutes; this is based on the two tests I’ve done lately and how my interval training has been going, but then again, the day of CRASH-Bs, I will be getting up at 3:30 a.m. to begin setting up for said event. Continue Reading ›
Before working at Concept2, my fitness background included running, avoiding leg day, and in the past two years, CrossFit (where I began working on my chicken legs). Needless to say, I was versed in the Concept2 Indoor Rower in more than enough workouts to consider myself “good.” Maybe it was my height, my extra large biceps, or my endurance background that lead me to enjoy pain on the “erg.” Fast forward just a few months into working at Concept2 and rowing next to some “real live” rowers (collegiate and national team athletes, etc.); it was clear I was highly misinformed. The little I’ve learned in the past few months has made an amazing impact in all of my workouts. I am by no means trying to gloat about my improved times; what’s valuable are the improvements I’ve made compared to my level of current fitness.
Seven Tips from a non-elite CrossFitter ("scaled" is the term here) to Improve Your Rowing. Continue Reading ›
New participation and fundraising records were set in this year’s Holiday Challenge, which ended at midnight on Christmas Eve. Over 7000 people rowed and/or skied at least 100k meters toward the challenge, and nearly $30,000 was raised for water-related charities. Continue Reading ›
This is the first in a three-part series of cues to help you with SkiErg technique. After having introduced hundreds of athletes to the SkiErg, I’ve noticed three very common faults that appear in new adopters. I’ve developed these memorable cues to help them work through those technique flaws. Furthermore, these are the same cues that I use to take an experienced athlete to a higher level of performance. By learning and understanding these cues, you will hopefully gain a better grasp on the mechanics and flow used in good SkiErg technique.
My husband has a small butt. There, I said it. A Tiny Hiny. Minimal Maximus. Diminutive Derrier. The two lumps of muscle on the backside of his pelvis are underdeveloped, and I have been curious about that for a while. Turns out, the term “use it or lose it” is at play here, and it seems to be a common problem for a slice of the athletic population. So we're going to look at the symptoms and see if we can help some of you “under-utilizers” out there. Continue Reading ›
The annual Holiday Challenge is one of our longest-running “meter” challenges. The Challenge was first held in 2000 with 300 participants, and by last year we had over 5000 people pass the 100k meter mark to help raise about $22,000 for selected charities. Continue Reading ›