Training

Ready to Give Indoor Rowing a Try?

Aug 31, 2012

Ahhh, rowing in the Olympics. Ballet on water. Power and grace on display with every stroke. Nothing short of inspiring.

You want some of that?

We’re not all Olympic-level athletes, but all of us can get a piece of that feeling of synchronicity, and that athletic look, regardless of our age or starting fitness level. Continue Reading ›

Training around the Bend

Jun 11, 2012

Greetings SkiErg Followers! Coming to you from Bend, Oregon, I am finishing up my first ski training camp for the 2012–2013 season. That’s right, it’s time to start up again! I had a good season this past year, despite chasing snow most of the winter and skiing on man-made snow for the most consecutive days in a row ever. After spring series in Craftsbury, Vermont, Nordic skiers all over the country took most of April to recover and are now back at it. This year there is a World Cup in Canada in December, meaning the US takes more athletes to compete, so everyone is ramping up with quality training. Before Bend, the US team had a testing camp in Park City, Utah, at the new Olympic Training Center, and were put through many different physical challenges. One of their tests was using the SkiErg! It’s good to see it being utilized at the highest level. Continue Reading ›

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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 ›

Could a Little Deception Help Me Break My Personal Bests?

Jan 19, 2012

Last fall I read an article in The New York Times, “A Little Deception Helps Push Athletes to the Limit,” that really made me reflect on my own athletic abilities and the value of sport psychology. I’ll admit that I was a bit reluctant to accept the premise of the study; it’s not every day that a newspaper article makes me question how hard I push myself, and if I truly have found my physical limits! Continue Reading ›

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 ›

In Development: ErgCoach

Dec 21, 2011

I enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Saratoga Springs, New York with Peter Dreissigacker for the Joy of Sculling Conference December 9–11. Jim Joy has done an amazing job of building this conference into one of the largest gatherings of rowing coaches from both the US and Canada. The success of this conference was further confirmed by several of the award recipients who mentioned that they attended when they were first starting out as coaches, and the influence it had on their careers. I was impressed with the variety of talks and the different coaching backgrounds that the conference presented to the attendees. 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 ›

What you missed at the USRowing Convention

Dec 12, 2011

It’s been quite a few years since I attended the USRowing Annual Convention. I went this time primarily to complete my Level III coaching certification, meet up with some old rowing buddies, and hopefully pick up a few new tools for my toolbox as coach of the Michigan Technological University crew. As someone who has always loved the indoor rower and has used it as a critical part of my own and my athletes’ training, I was prepared for lots of references to the erg as the machine rowers hate and coaches rely on to separate the fitness levels of competitive rowers within their crews.   Continue Reading ›

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