Getting Started

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 ›

How to Build a Concept2 Home Gym

Dec 21, 2018

A home gym can be your own fitness oasis. Whether it is in the corner of your basement, a spare bedroom, converted office or in your living room, a home gym offers convenience and can be an affordable alternative to gym membership fees. Concept2 ergs all offer great value, both in terms of being efficient workouts and reasonably priced. Continue Reading ›

The Damper and Drag of Olympians

Jul 30, 2018

Concept2 generally recommends a damper setting on the indoor rower between three and five. Damper Setting is not resistance. The damper controls the air flow into the flywheel. It affects the feel of the stroke, but does not directly determine the resistance—which is generated by the speed of the rotating flywheel. A setting of “10” is not “better” nor indicating strength or speed. In fact, we asked some of our favorite Olympians and coaches what damper setting they use and why. The answers and their reasoning, below, may surprise you.

The athletes we interviewed prefer to adjust their indoor rowers to a specific drag factor instead of to a damper setting. Drag factor is recalulated on every run-down of the flywheel and takes local conditions into account. Indoor rowers adjusted to the same drag factors will feel similar, regardless of what damper setting is used to achieve that drag. It is important to note that the Performance Monitor self-calibrates, so regardless of damper setting or changing conditions, your true effort is measured. Here's how to Display Drag Factor on your Performance Monitor. Continue Reading ›

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