All Mom Wants for Mother’s Day is to Row

May 12, 2017

Eager to scull with mommy

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 ›

Can a 2-Hour Marathon Be Rowed?

May 11, 2017

This weekend, three athletes, sponsored by Nike, tried to break the 2-hour (running) marathon barrier. Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) came close by covering the 26.2 mile distance in 2:00:25. This begs the question: can a 2-hour marathon be rowed?

The current world record on the indoor rower is 2:21:08.7 by Ben de Wit (Canada). Compared to the current officially-recognized running world record of 2:02:57, this seems a long way off. Concept2 employees Meredith Breiland and Jameson Halnon discuss if a 1:59:59 marathon row is possible. There are a few more days left in our Global Marathon Challenge to try!

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Happy 30th Birthday, Million Meter Club!

May 04, 2017

Lisa Washburn's office wall decorated with Million Meter certificates

The Million Meter Club began in 1987 to inspire our customers to row more meters, keep track of those meters, and then celebrate the achievement. The goal was simple: reach one million meters on the indoor rower no matter how long it took to get there.

On the Club’s 30th Anniversary, we thought we would take some time to reach out to some of the individuals who embody the spirit of million meter rowing (and skiing!). Continue Reading ›

Indoor Rower, SkiErg, or Both?

Apr 11, 2017

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 ›

Rowing Faster by Going Slower

Mar 31, 2017
Attempting a stroke rate of 10 s/m (upper right corner) at low intensity

To get faster, row slower. This seems like contrary advice, but by varying your stroke rate you can actually improve your technique and overall speed.

As we explain in our Rowing with Greater Intensity video, a higher stroke rate (strokes per minute, spm, or “s/m” on the Performance Monitor) doesn’t necessarily mean greater intensity. To row with greater intensity, you need to push harder with your legs and connect the leg drive through the back and arms into the handle and spin the flywheel. Intensity requires a faster drive. To row at a low stroke rate with intensity, you need to take a little more time on the recovery. Continue Reading ›

On Plateaus and Progress

Mar 15, 2017

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 ›

Improving Your Rows with the Force Curve

Mar 01, 2017

The Force Curve display may be the most underutilized screen on the Performance Monitor. For many of us, it’s not clear what we’re looking at or striving for. However, the Force Curve can be a helpful tool to help you work on your rowing technique indoors.

A "blip" in power during my workout. To fix this, I focus on engaging my core along with my legs during the drive of each stroke.
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