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Using the Online Ranking as a Training Tool

Jul 31, 2020

For those who haven’t discovered it yet, the Concept2 Online Ranking is a very large and constantly growing database of best times for twelve different distance/time pieces on the RowErg, SkiErg and BikeErg. Results have been submitted by users from around the world. Its thousands of entries can be readily sorted by event, age group, gender, weight class, country, state, adaptive category and more. The online ranking can be a very useful resource and training tool, even if you never choose to post a PR and rank yourself. 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 ›

12 Erg and Body Weight Workouts

Mar 20, 2020

As much as we all love our Concept2 equipment, sometimes we want to mix in other movements. Concept2 employees wrote up a few of their favorite body weight workouts—no other equipment needed besides your favorite Concept2 machine. Some of these workouts may list a specific erg as the ideal one for that workout, but any of them—a RowErg, SkiErg or BikeErg—can be substituted or combined for any of the workouts below. Continue Reading ›

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 ›

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 ›

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