Sit, Stand, Kneel or Wheel—Using the SkiErg for Rehab

Oct 27, 2015

Proper SkiErg technique uses the legs as well as the arms and core. However, the SkiErg also works well as an upper-body-only training tool. This can come in handy when you’re dealing with a lower body injury.

If it’s an injury that still allows you to stand, this will probably be the most effective position for a workout. If standing is not an option, you can also use the SkiErg from either a sitting or kneeling position. And it’s also possible to wheel right up in a wheelchair. Continue Reading ›

Slip Slidin’ Away

Sep 17, 2015

I’ve been using my indoor rower on a (smooth surface) floor and it moves back and forth while I row. I was surprised by that. Do I need a mat or other surface for my indoor rower?

The Concept2 Indoor Rower has rubber caps on the feet to help keep it from slipping, but some athletes may experience movement from the Model D or Model E while in use. This movement can be caused by very high stroke ratings and fast rowing; but excessive movement, during ordinary use, signifies a possible technique error. Continue Reading ›

10-20-30 Training

Aug 28, 2015
A recent story posted on the New York Times blog prompted us to try a 10-20-30 workout with rowing. This workout is a motivating way to include interval training in your training. The whole workout takes about 12 minutes! Intervals have been proven to improve health and cardiovascular fitness. Continue Reading ›

SkiErg Skills and Drills: Bracketing Good Technique

Jul 14, 2015

When working on improving your technique, it can be helpful to bracket proper technique by spending a little time doing it “wrong” in certain ways. I use “wrong” loosely, since the SkiErg does allow a lot of room for creativity in the technique and motions used—especially if you are not training for competitive Nordic skiing. However, proper technique will generally offer the greatest efficiency and power. Continue Reading ›

Keeping Your PM5 Firmware Up-to-Date

Jun 02, 2015

Your Performance Monitor (PM) comes with the latest firmware (on-board software) preinstalled. However, new versions come out on a fairly regular basis—whether to add new features, fix bugs or make other improvements. With a goal of making it easy for you to keep your PM up-to-date, we offer free software called the Concept2 Utility, which enables you to download and install the latest PM firmware at any time. It also enables you to do other things with your workout results—but for now, this article will focus on the firmware update capability. Continue Reading ›

Spice Up Your Summer SkiErg Training

May 14, 2015

One of the best features of Concept2 ergs (ski or rowing) is that they accurately measure the work you’re doing. In addition, the flywheel calibrates itself on every rundown to take ambient conditions into account, so someone at altitude can compare their erg time with someone at sea level, regardless of the weather and environmental conditions.

What’s so great about this? It means you can race! You can compare your times and distances with friends and competitors in another state, country or continent. It also makes the SkiErg a great tool for tracking your training progress by comparing your performance in a certain workout from one time to the next. Continue Reading ›

500m Split. What does it mean?

Mar 17, 2015

Pace on the PM5

For the on-water rowing community, the common measure of pace is generally “time per 500 meters,” which can be more clearly stated as “how long it takes you to row 500 meters.” This traditional measure has been brought indoors to the erg as well, and is now used by a majority of indoor rowers. But what does it mean? Why is it used? What are the other options? Continue Reading ›