The 2016 CrossFit Games was an exciting event for competitors and Concept2 CTS for a variety of reasons. Not only was it the 10th anniversary of the CrossFit Games but also the 10th anniversary of Concept2 CTS’ participation. Athletes saw their week start with a surprise trip back to original Games location, “The Ranch”, in Aromas, California, and were also introduced to a new element from Concept2, the SkiErg.
The countdown to the Olympic Opening Ceremony is underway (as of today, 60 days and counting!) and athletes’ tickets are being stamped for Rio. For rowers, the qualification process involves many steps including qualifying both the boat class and the athletes. Continue Reading ›
Before working at Concept2, my fitness background included running, avoiding leg day, and in the past two years, CrossFit (where I began working on my chicken legs). Needless to say, I was versed in the Concept2 Indoor Rower in more than enough workouts to consider myself “good.” Maybe it was my height, my extra large biceps, or my endurance background that lead me to enjoy pain on the “erg.” Fast forward just a few months into working at Concept2 and rowing next to some “real live” rowers (collegiate and national team athletes, etc.); it was clear I was highly misinformed. The little I’ve learned in the past few months has made an amazing impact in all of my workouts. I am by no means trying to gloat about my improved times; what’s valuable are the improvements I’ve made compared to my level of current fitness.
Seven Tips from a non-elite CrossFitter ("scaled" is the term here) to Improve Your Rowing. Continue Reading ›
New participation and fundraising records were set in this year’s Holiday Challenge, which ended at midnight on Christmas Eve. Over 7000 people rowed and/or skied at least 100k meters toward the challenge, and nearly $30,000 was raised for water-related charities. Continue Reading ›
My husband has a small butt. There, I said it. A Tiny Hiny. Minimal Maximus. Diminutive Derrier. The two lumps of muscle on the backside of his pelvis are underdeveloped, and I have been curious about that for a while. Turns out, the term “use it or lose it” is at play here, and it seems to be a common problem for a slice of the athletic population. So we're going to look at the symptoms and see if we can help some of you “under-utilizers” out there. Continue Reading ›
I’ve been using my indoor rower on a (smooth surface) floor and it moves back and forth while I row. I was surprised by that. Do I need a mat or other surface for my indoor rower?
The Concept2 Indoor Rower has rubber caps on the feet to help keep it from slipping, but some athletes may experience movement from the Model D or Model E while in use. This movement can be caused by very high stroke ratings and fast rowing; but excessive movement, during ordinary use, signifies a possible technique error. Continue Reading ›
A recent story posted on the New York Times blog prompted us to try a 10-20-30 workout with rowing. This workout is a motivating way to include interval training in your training. The whole workout takes about 12 minutes! Intervals have been proven to improve health and cardiovascular fitness. Continue Reading ›
The handle, the seat, the foot straps. What do these three things all have in common? They are the parts of the indoor rower that connect to your body. Let’s look in depth at the foot straps, why they’re needed, and how to use them. Continue Reading ›