Challenges

BikeErg World Sprints Training Plan

May 20, 2019

This year kicks off the inaugural BikeErg World Sprints: a virtual 4000 meter (4k) race, July 3–7, 2019, raced anywhere you can compete on a BikeErg.

We’ve put together a training plan to help you prepare. Many athletes are outdoors this time of year cycling or training in other sports. Two sessions per week on the BikeErg, however, can keep you focused on the strength and power you’ll need for a time trial. Continue Reading ›

Spring Transitions

Mar 29, 2019

Contributed by Linda Muri, Rocket Science Rowing:

With this year’s last 2k of the indoor season in the proverbial rearview, I am ready to shift gears. Post race season is a time to refocus and refresh, to evaluate last year’s goals and set new ones for the coming year. It is a natural time to examine things like technique and training plans--what worked, what did not, and how you can make changes. For a range of what works during this transition, I checked in with a few indoor stalwarts who medaled at the 2019 World Rowing Indoor Championships in Long Beach, California, USA. Continue Reading ›

100 Million Meters Strong: Richard Califano

Mar 25, 2019

Richard Califano (New Jersey, USA), 47, is a retired attorney and full-time running coach and tutor to his 12 year old twins, Matt and Alex. On February 6, 2019, he became the first member of the 100 Million Meter Club.

What does it take to be the first 100 Million Meter Club inductee?

A love of rowing and unwavering commitment.

Meet Richard Califano, whose accomplishments in rowing are much larger than his coxswain physique may suggest. Continue Reading ›

The 2019 World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints Is Here!

Mar 06, 2019

The fourth annual World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints begins on March 6 and runs through March 10. The Indoor Sprints are an exciting joint initiative between Concept2 and World Rowing. To take part, all you have to do is row 1000 meters on the Concept2 Indoor Rower (Model A–E indoor rowers only, no Dynamic or indoor rowers on Slides) at any point between March 6-10 and post your time to the Concept2 Online Logbook. Continue Reading ›

How to Keep a Challenge Interesting from an Old Dog of Meter Madness!

Jan 14, 2019

Editor's note: Terry Smythe was a long-time friend of Concept2 and champion of indoor rowing. Terry passed away on November 27, 2018, after a fierce battle with mucosal melanoma. We remember her with fondness and want to share her rowing tricks of the trade.

Ah, the Concept2 Challenges. Those monthly team and individual competitions that help fans of flywheel fitness stay consistent on their rowing machine, SkiErg or BikeErg. In my 35+ years of experience as an indoor rowing instructor and on-water college coach, I can tell you the Challenges have been the hook to introduce new people to the Zen of the flywheel, and also offer ongoing goals that help keep my rowers fit.

Challenges are great for several reasons... Continue Reading ›

4 Steps for Goal Setting

Jan 02, 2019

Whether you’re new to Concept2 or trying to get back in shape, sometimes "Just Row", "Just Bike" and "Just Ski" doesn’t cut it. You want to be faster on the erg(s), feel stronger and healthier, but you feel like you’re just going in slow circles. This is where setting clear goals can be helpful and motivating. Continue Reading ›

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