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A Visit with Arshay Cooper: A Most Beautiful Thing

Jul 01, 2020


Arshay Cooper with Concept2 co-founder Dick Dreissigacker, Judy Geer and Josh Carlson.

Arshay Cooper is a rower, author, speaker and activist. His story of rowing with the first African American high school team in America is now available for preorder in hardcover (launches June 30) and is coming soon to movie screens nationwide.

Last November, Concept2 invited Cooper to visit Concept2 and share his story. The visit was long overdue: Josh Carlson, in Concept2 Customer Service, originally connected with Cooper in 2015 when a copy of Cooper’s first book, Suga Water, arrived at Concept2 addressed to him. Carlson had been working with outreach in schools, building programs in physical education classes. He started reading, and couldn’t put the book down. Since Josh first reached out, the relationship between Cooper and Concept2 has developed as one of mutual respect and admiration. We feel fortunate to provide ongoing support for his work. 

Cooper’s movie, A Most Beautiful Thing, opens in select AMC theaters starting July 10. Watch a preview of this inspiring—and beautiful—new film. Continue Reading ›

Concept2 Compatible Apps: Try asensei

Jun 05, 2020

“asensei” is an iOS App that connects with the Performance Monitor 5 (PM5) via Bluetooth. With the app, you can join coached video workouts with others around the world. Choose from a growing list of world-class coaches including two-time Gold Medalist and World Champion Eric Murray, YouTube rowing instructor Shane Farmer of Dark Horse Rowing, and San Francisco Studio Rowing coach Johan Quie. Continue Reading ›

Internal Improvements at Concept2

May 05, 2020

During these uncertain times, we at Concept2 are focused on so many things—the most important of which is doing what we can to help frontline workers in our community (link to mask blog). We’re also trying to take care of our customers as they are homebound, answering questions and responding to inquiries from the safety of our remote offices. Continue Reading ›

6 Questions with Steve Whelpley

Apr 29, 2020

Steve Whelpley started coaching in 2016 after 19 continuous competitive years in the sport of rowing. He is now the Head Coach of Craftsbury's Green Racing Project, an elite training group based in Craftsbury, Vermont. We last checked in with Steve in our 10 Questions blog series in 2018. We've reached out again to see how he is navigating these unpredictable and unsettling days, and to see he's continuing to train, both himself and his rowing athletes. Continue Reading ›

Getting Started? Try these Workouts

Apr 23, 2020

Are you just starting out on your Concept2 machine and not knowing where to begin? While there’s a wealth of information on getting set up, training and staying motivated available on our website, we understand that you may be excited to get just right to it. What should your first few workouts look like? Let us point you in the right direction! Continue Reading ›

Concept2 Provides Masks for Essential Workers in the Community

Apr 20, 2020


As the coronavirus hit Vermont, Concept2 did several things. First, we made a rapid transition to working from home...The next thing that came to mind was “How can Concept2 help?” We quickly realized that the strongest assets we could bring to the problem might be our reliable parts suppliers in Asia, and our experienced shipping logistics contacts here in the US. Continue Reading ›

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