Olympic Dreams

Mar 24, 2016


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 ›

Will CRASH-B for Donuts

Mar 03, 2016

Photo: Igor Belakovskiy

The 2016 C.R.A.S.H.-B. Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championship was a unique and sure to be memorable experience for me. I went in knowing I trained well, or at least well enough. I’d pulled a 6:55 and a 6:54 in back-to-back weeks before I even started training, so I had a pretty good baseline. I was fairly consistent with my training program; I did plenty of other exercise so I knew I was in good physical shape.

Waking up at 3:20 a.m. is not my normal day, but we all adapt. We set up the ergs, the race system, taped the lines etc. and stayed plenty busy until the event started. I was on the film team (apologies for the shaky camera) and was on my feet until 45 minutes before my 4:15 p.m. race time. Warming up was…meh. I knew I was off, but I also knew race adrenaline would kick in. Let’s just put it this way: I went into the race in some funky conditions, but hey, so did a lot of my competitors. Continue Reading ›

Tags: CRASH-B, Racing

SkiErg Technique: Part Two

Feb 24, 2016

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 ›

Tags: SkiErg, Training

CRASH-B Prep: A Tragedy

Feb 12, 2016

"Donut" Fly and Die

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 ›

Tags: CRASH-B, Training


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