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 ›
This year's World Rowing Championships highlighted new faces, fast rowing and an impressive new North American regatta venue: Nathan Benderson Park (Sarasota, Florida). We're honored to have crossed the finish line in the hands of the world's best: 90% of all medalists rowed with Concept2.
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 ›
The Concept2 ErgData app provides a number of additional data options for your workouts, including Drive Length. Why is drive length important, and how can this information be used in your training? Continue Reading ›
You may have heard the term “Power Ten” in reference to rowing and racing. Specifically, this term is often said by the coxswain to motivate a crew. A “Power Ten” is, traditionally, ten hard strokes of power. The coxswain often will count out each stroke for the crew. Contrary to common belief, the coxswain doesn’t yell “row” with each stroke that the athletes take. (After all, the athletes all are well aware that they are rowing.) More frequently, the coxswain is providing motivation, giving feedback, or executing a race strategy. The coxswain’s first job is steering (and safety), but that responsibility is usually a silent one.
A Power Ten is an all-out effort, but the term is a bit ironic in a race where every stroke should be pulled your hardest. So why does a coxswain call a Power Ten? 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 ›
My older daughter, now three years old, has already raced in her first regatta, albeit in utero. Rowing offers pregnant women a low impact option for exercise (always check with your doctor first) that can accommodate a changing body.
In the last weeks of my pregnancy, my stroke on the indoor rower was shorter because of my basketball-sized bump. Continue Reading ›
Both the indoor rower and the SkiErg offer high quality exercise that is impact-free, user-controlled, and measurable. Both are based on exhilarating sports that involve legs, core, back and arms. Either one alone will provide a convenient, effective form of full body exercise.
What may be less obvious is that the two motions are highly complementary. Continue Reading ›
Have you ever hit a plateau—that place where your progress seems to stagnate? You’re not getting faster or fitter—in fact, it feels more like the opposite.
Sometimes this can mean that you’ve been doing too much for too long and without making sure to get enough recovery time. Recovery is a necessary part of improving fitness, so be sure to give your body some time to rest and prepare to go harder again soon.
But a plateau may also mean that you’re not doing the right kinds of workouts for you. Recent research is pointing out several things: Continue Reading ›
Just as the indoor rower is used by many people who are not on water rowers, the SkiErg is not just for skiers. It’s a great option for anyone wanting an aerobic exercise that uses the arms and core and can be done with or without the legs. When the legs are used, it’s a full body exercise. When the legs are not used, it’s a terrific choice for those who may be dealing with a leg injury or other lower body limitation. Continue Reading ›