Whether you (or your loved ones) are new to working out or are seasoned competitive athletes, Concept2 has gift ideas that work well for both your fitness and your wallet. Continue Reading ›
Concept2 is excited to share resources for adaptive athletes and feature the experiences of athletes who use our products. Todd's story is the first of our series of blog posts focusing on adaptive athletes.
Todd Vogt fell in love with the sport of rowing as a college freshman at the University of Buffalo in 1992. He was able to make rowing his career and became a rowing coach while continuing to row competitively himself. “I love the physical and mental challenge of the sport,” Vogt explains. But in June of 2018, when Vogt was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s disease at the age of 43, he was crushed. “I thought my athletic life was over,” he recalled.
For many adaptive athletes like Vogt, Concept2 provides options for adaptive athletes to find (or rediscover) sport and fitness. Continue Reading ›
Concept2 was saddened to learn of the tragic drowning of PR1 athlete Dzmitry Ryshkevich (Belarus) during a training session at the World Championships in Linz, Austria. Our condolences to his family, friends and teammates.
The World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria, kicked off the Olympic and Paralympic qualification process for many crews with their sights on Tokyo 2020. 86% of all medal-winning boats at the 2019 World Rowing Championships rowed with Concept2 oars and sculls! Countries race to qualify in each boat class, qualifying the boats, not the athletes. This year's event attracted nearly 1200 competitors from 80 countries, including two outstanding "older" elite competitors of note: Continue Reading ›
Concept2 Bantam Sculls are low-cost and durable; they are also proving themselves to be a versatile option for athletes of all ages.
Narragansett Boat Club (NBC)—also known as America’s Oldest Boat Club (in operation since 1838!)—offers rowing for recreation and competition for athletes of all ages. Member Ruth Berenson considered the Bantam as a good club oar because of the price ($350 per pair), durability, and their ease of handling. The small and efficient blade size on the Bantam is a nice fit for many of their athletes. Continue Reading ›
The Skinny shaft for our oars and sculls is deceiving: the smaller diameter looks elegant—but it is also strong.
To create the Skinny shaft, a similar amount of carbon is used as our standard Ultralight shaft. Due to the similarity of the components, fully assembled Skinny and the Ultralight shafts weigh nearly the same. Continue Reading ›
We’re ready for Bob Beeman, of our Oar Manufacturing Team, to audition for reality TV show “The Amazing Race.”
Our Regatta Service team travels to assist competitors at races all around the world. At the helm of many of our international regattas is Bob, who started working at Concept2 over 30 years ago. Bob brings his wealth of experience to help elite athletes in the World Rowing Cup series: the highest level of competition in the sport. (The World Rowing Championships are replaced by the Olympics every four years.) Continue Reading ›
Concept2 recently traveled to the San Diego Crew Classic where our team provided free Regatta Service for competitors’ oars and talked to many coaches about the great cross-training benefits of the BikeErg. The rowing season "starts" at the Crew Classic. It's a great time to check in on equipment.
Here are 10 tips to help make your oars and sculls last: Continue Reading ›
Concept2 builds custom oars for all types of boats. This includes rowing shells used by teams, clubs and scullers for training and competition, but it also includes a wide range of other “boats that go backwards” like ocean and open water rowing boats, skiffs, wherries, guideboats and dories (to name just a few!). Even a stand up paddleboard (SUP) can be rowed! Continue Reading ›