This was my third trip to India to continue to support and help grow the rowing market, and it was, by far, my most exciting trip. Continue Reading ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Meredith Breiland came to Concept2 in 2007 with the sport of rowing already in her blood. Continue Reading ›
In the first week of January 2016, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center hosted a ParaNordic Continental Cup, including both ski and biathlon races. Competitors included members of Team USA and Team Canada as well as developing athletes. Races included categories for sit ski, standing adaptive, and visually impaired skiers. The week included three Nordic ski races and two biathlon races. Continue Reading ›
Before working at Concept2, my fitness background included running, avoiding leg day, and in the past two years, CrossFit (where I began working on my chicken legs). Needless to say, I was versed in the Concept2 Indoor Rower in more than enough workouts to consider myself “good.” Maybe it was my height, my extra large biceps, or my endurance background that lead me to enjoy pain on the “erg.” Fast forward just a few months into working at Concept2 and rowing next to some “real live” rowers (collegiate and national team athletes, etc.); it was clear I was highly misinformed. The little I’ve learned in the past few months has made an amazing impact in all of my workouts. I am by no means trying to gloat about my improved times; what’s valuable are the improvements I’ve made compared to my level of current fitness.
Seven Tips from a non-elite CrossFitter ("scaled" is the term here) to Improve Your Rowing. Continue Reading ›