Training

Try this Training Plan for the SkiErg World Sprints

Sep 17, 2018

Here’s a 6-week training plan to get you ready for the SkiErg World Sprints, November 8-11, 2018. We’ve been posting this training program for the last few years now—it’s a great plan, so we’re posting it again! This program requires just two workouts per week on the Concept2 SkiErg, preferably not on back-to-back days, and assumes that you are getting exercise several other days per week—whether rowing, biking, running or another choice. 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 ›

BikeErg Cycling Class

Jun 28, 2018

Concept2 tries out a BikeErg class at our recent global meeting.
Concept2 employees are always trying new and different workouts to keep our training room fun and to test out ideas we can share with the broader Concept2 community. The BikeErg inspired us to try a more typical indoor cycling class workout, with a class leader, music, inspiration and motivation—the whole experience. Since we don’t have an in-house cycling class instructor (yet!), we used an app. We have mostly used CycleCast for different length workouts, but there are many options and we recommend that you test a few to find one that works for you. Continue Reading ›

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