World Erg Challenge Ends Friday!

Apr 12, 2011

The World Erg Challenge (WEC) ends Friday at midnight! The WEC is a one-month team-based challenge to row or ski as many meters as you can between March 15 and April 15. There are 242 teams from around the world participating with a total of 4839 individuals, averaging 87,464 meters per person for a grand total of 423,239,969 meters erged—and we still have a few days to go! Among the participants are some individuals who have been rowing remarkable numbers of meters for their teams. So how do they do it?I’ll start with our own in-house hardcore rower Don Zukswert. The amazing thing is that he also manages to keep up with his day job, which is serving as half of our IT team here at Concept2. Don started the challenge with a goal of 750,000 meters, which would mean rowing about 25K per day. Partway through the month, he went on a weekend trip and took an erg along with him so he could row while watching TV in his hotel room. He had a couple 60K days on that trip and started thinking that he might be able to reach a million before April 15. He upped his daily total to 40K–20K in the morning and 20K in the evening. He’s currently over 910K and on target to make the million if all goes as planned. Don’s secret is movies—mostly action adventures and mysteries. A good movie gets him through 20K. He also likes three layers of bubble wrap for a seat pad and has been using some light cotton gloves more recently. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Challenges

Rowers: Get a Grip!

Apr 08, 2011

Watching a crew row by, one’s technical eye will typically spot the slow catches from the faster ones, inconsistent blade work and maybe even the body movements that are out of sync. Yet, I think the coach should not be totally responsible for influencing the change of a quicker catch or improved timing. It seems to me the rower should also take the responsibility of correcting these flaws. Continue Reading ›

Rowing: The Other "Multisport"

Apr 05, 2011

The Multisport World Conference and Expo helps athletes prepare for competition by providing them with information on training, nutrition and racing from top coaches and athletes. “Multisport” refers to combined events such as duathlons and triathlons, but many athletes at the conference also participate in marathons, ultra-marathons, cycling, skiing, paddling, adventure racing, and… you guessed it, rowing. Continue Reading ›

Tags: Training

The Concept2 SkiErg is a Hit at IHRSA

Mar 23, 2011

Concept2 CTS has just returned from the biggest international trade show of the year—The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association show, or IHRSA, for short. IHRSA is the fitness industry’s only global trade association. It represents over 9000 health and fitness facilities and over 650 supplier companies in 75 countries. Continue Reading ›

Tags: SkiErg

Shoe Choice

Mar 18, 2011

In my last post, I discussed the significance of foot position on the Concept2 Indoor Rower. Another important consideration is shoe choice. For some, this is as simple as using whatever shoes are available. If you are incorporating rowing on the indoor rower with running or other forms of exercise, then you’ll probably just use whatever trainers (shoes) you have and that’s fine. Shoe choice is largely personal, but I’ll throw you a few thoughts on the matter so you can make an informed choice. Continue Reading ›

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