Indoor Rower

8 Erg Workout Ideas for Kids

Mar 19, 2020

If you have an erg, and kids, there are many fun ways to get those kids active at home. Here are a few of our favorite workouts, suitable for all ages. We also offer suggestions for setting up the RowErg for kids.

  1. Music makes working out fun. Put on your favorite song(s) and take turns rowing, skiing or riding to the beat. Try to match the rhythm of the song. You can try working harder through each chorus or row every other song. (Pop songs tend to be about three minutes long each. Add stretches and additional exercises as you rest.)
  2. Draw a pyramid. What does it look like? Try a “pyramid workout”. Why is it called a pyramid? Workout: 100m row / 1:00 rest / 200m row / 1:00 rest / 300m row / 1:00 rest / 400m row / 1:00 rest / 300m row / 1:00 rest / 200m row / 1:00 rest / 100 row. Continue Reading ›

How to Clean Concept2 Equipment

Mar 11, 2020


RowErgs, SkiErgs, and BikeErgs

Mix a dilution of ¼ cup of standard household bleach per gallon of water to clean indoor equipment. (Note: Too much bleach can corrode electronics.) Wipe off excess or, if possible, with a damp (water) paper towel. Do not spray electronics directly. Air dry. Clean before and after every row, ski or ride. Clean handles, grips, handlebars, and other surfaces you touch.

If cleaning with a disinfectant or household cleaner, please follow manufacturer’s instructions.

Wipe the monorail with a cloth or non-abrasive scouring pad after use. You can use soap and water or any glass cleaner. Do not use mineral acids, bleach, or coarse abrasives on the monorail. Continue Reading ›

The Rowing Finish: How Much Layback is Ideal and Why

Mar 10, 2020

At the finish of the rowing stroke, the upper body is leaning back slightly, using support of the core muscles. Biceps and back muscles also help to maintain the finish position of the upper body. Legs are extended, stabilized by the contraction of the glutes and the quads. Shoulders are low, wrists are flat, the grip is relaxed, and the handle is pulled in to just below the rib cage.

What do we mean by “leaning back slightly”? In rowing, the backward lean of the upper body is called the “layback”. What is an ideal amount of layback? Is it the same for everyone? What are the determining factors? And why is it important? Continue Reading ›

World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints

Mar 02, 2020

The World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints is a 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 4-8 and post your time to the Concept2 Online Logbook. The results are then compiled into worldwide leaderboards, so you can see how you compare with people from across the world. Continue Reading ›

Low Stroke Rates: Rowing Faster by Going Slower

Jan 31, 2020
Attempting a stroke rate of 10 s/m (upper right corner) at low intensity

To get faster, row slower. This seems like contrary advice, but by varying your stroke rate you can actually improve your technique and overall speed.

As we explain in our Rowing with Greater Intensity video, a higher stroke rate (strokes per minute, spm, or “s/m” on the Performance Monitor) doesn’t necessarily mean greater intensity. To row with greater intensity, you need to push harder with your legs and connect the leg drive through the back and arms into the handle and spin the flywheel. Intensity requires a faster drive. To row at a low stroke rate with intensity, you need to take a little more time on the recovery. Continue Reading ›

Instructor Certification Could Be for You

Jan 03, 2020

Through our partners Dark Horse Rowing and UCanRow2, Concept2 offers an instructor training program that is popular with gym owners, group rowing instructors, and personal trainers. This training is also a great way for individual athletes to unlock the mysteries of the flywheel. The courses explain how to make the most of the Concept2 RowErg by looking at body mechanics, stroke ratio, stroke rate, and damper setting. Continue Reading ›

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