Indoor Rower

10 Questions with Mike "Coach B" Burgener

Oct 08, 2018

The legendary "Coach B ", Mike Burgener, is a Level 5 Senior International Weightlifting coach for the United States. He is a graduate of Notre Dame and obtained his MS degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky. He was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Coach Burgener is currently the head coach of CrossFit Weightlifiting. He runs Mike's Gym out of his garage, where he regularly works out with his crew of geezers and provides Olympic weightlifting coaching to athletes of all ages. Coach B took some time to answer our 10 Questions...

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10 Questions with James Hanson

Sep 28, 2018

James Hanson is the Global Motocross Manager for Rockstar Energy Drink. He handles all of the brand's off-road motorcycle racing around the world, and loves and appreciates the fact that he is able to stay in the sport he is so passionate about.

When did you first hear the name Concept2 or try one of our products?
I knew of the (rowing) machine and that a lot of moto guys used it for training but that was about it. I then met Greg Hammond (Concept2 Sales) in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, just up the road from Loretta Lynn's Ranch and the Amateur National Championship around 2007. Seiji Ishi, who was a moto trainer at the time, introduced us. I was excited to try it out and soon after I had one in my house. Continue Reading ›

Three Bodies, One Brain: The Unifying Power of the PM5

Sep 05, 2018

Besides the flywheel, awesome engineering and recognizable logo, the latest generation of the three Concept2 ergs have another major thing in common: The PM5 monitor. This black box of numbers is a very powerful tool, and for those of you who have two or three ergs at your disposal, the PM5 can be a unifying force, bringing consistent, measurable data across multiple machines. Continue Reading ›

Concept2 at the CrossFit Games: Surprise!

Aug 22, 2018

A view of the CrossFit Games Marathon

The first week in August found several members of the Concept2 team at the 12th annual CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, providing event support, giving tips and technique coaching on our equipment, catching up with old friends, and making new ones. Concept2 has a long history with the CrossFit community, and this year was an especially exciting one as we saw Concept2 equipment in more events than ever, including the much-discussed, first-ever-for-CrossFit marathon row. What an experience. Continue Reading ›

10 Questions with Peter Park

Aug 06, 2018

Peter Park is a three-time winner of the World’s Toughest Triathlon and current record holder of several endurance competitions including the Catalina 50-mile ultra-marathon. As a strength and conditioning coach, Peter has 28 years of experience training elite athletes, big-screen celebrities, top touring musicians and common citizens that are serious about their fitness, mobility and longevity. 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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