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Pete Reed: An injury, a SkiErg and the Pursuit of Progress

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Aug 31, 2021

In September 2019, Pete Reed had just retired from full-time rowing to return to the Royal Navy. One of Great Britain’s most decorated Olympians, he won gold in three consecutive Olympics and was famous in testing for having the world’s largest recorded lung capacity.

During naval training, Reed started to feel ill and went to the hospital where he suffered a stroke in the middle of his spine. The condition is extremely rare and doctors are unsure what caused it. It left Reed paralyzed from the chest down. The Olympian was determined to make the best possible recovery.

The first step was to enter rehab, where Reed started to gain back his strength. One of the tools in his pocket?: the SkiErg. “Getting settled into rehab, I knew that I wanted to try the SkiErg,” Reed says. “There were a few reasons. I knew the movement pattern, I knew that I could do it. It's important to me that it's very accessible, so it's easy to just roll up to it, in my wheelchair and then just grab the handles and off I go.” It is hard to take the athlete out of someone like Reed, and accordingly, he made himself a plan. He started in small increments.

Pete Reed (right) training on the SkiErg
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Should I Get a SkiErg? Or a BikeErg?

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Apr 22, 2021

There are a number of reasons to expand your home gym. A prime reason is to add a variety of workouts to your routine to keep it fresh and exciting. Another reason is because it makes it easier to do a longer workout by combining a wider range of movements in one session. Additionally, it can often allow you to workout with another member of your household at the same time. Continue Reading ›

Balancing Indoor and Outdoor Exercise

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Mar 08, 2021

As spring comes to the northern hemisphere, indoor exercise loses some of its appeal as we long for more time outdoors. Up here in northern Vermont, we know we still have a couple months before it’s really spring—but we feel the same transition coming. We’ll ski until the snow is gone, but we’ll also start running and riding our bikes on good days—and we’ll jump on the RowErg, SkiErg or BikeErg when the weather is just nasty. What’s the best way to balance indoor and outdoor exercise so that you can take advantage of the weather? Continue Reading ›

Is my Time (or Distance) “Good”?

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Jan 12, 2021

New athletes who try rowing, skiing or riding often wonder how their personal successes stack up against certain benchmarks. Of course, what is “good” for one athlete may not be comparable to another, whether based on gender, age, general fitness or experience. Individuals have their own goals and frames of reference. Still, the Concept2 Rankings can help. Continue Reading ›

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