On-Water Rowing

2019 World Rowing Championships

Sep 11, 2019

The finish line bridge on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic course.

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 ›

Don’t Miss a Beat of Training: BikeErg

May 15, 2019

Any injury rehabilitation should be performed under the supervision of an appropriate medical professional. The information here is not provided as medical or rehabilitation advice.

Injury can sideline even the most well-trained athletes. Depending on the type of injury, the BikeErg can provide an alternative workout for rowing athletes. The familiar Performance Monitor on the BikeErg provides similar training feedback and workout options as the RowErg, which allows for continuity of training goals and measurement. Some coaches have even held “erg tests” for injured athletes on the BikeErg, allowing individuals to continue to train side by side with teammates. Athletes and coaches share with us how they have used (or are using) the Concept2 BikeErg as part of a rehabilitation program. Continue Reading ›

Benefits of Cycling: The BikeErg for Rowers

Apr 30, 2019

When you train for rowing, you row a lot. There are benefits, however, in using other equipment and exercises to balance out the muscles and increase general fitness. It can be motivating to add variety to workouts, too!

When Peter and Dick Dreissigacker looked at building their latest erg, the BikeErg, they knew that cycling was popular in boathouses. Cycling engages similar major muscle groups used in rowing: the quadriceps, glutes and buttocks. Continue Reading ›

Kicking Off The On Water Season

Apr 04, 2019

As the rivers and lakes begin to melt here in Vermont, we’re eager to start training on water—while many programs are already kicking off the regatta season! The San Diego Crew Classic declares “the rowing season starts here”. Year-round, there's great rowing to watch here in North America—coast to coast from San Diego to Boston. Here’s what we look forward to throughout the year. Continue Reading ›

Oars for Every Boat

Mar 27, 2019

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 ›

10 Questions with Tom Darling

Dec 14, 2018

Thomas Darling is the Director of Para Rowing for USRowing. His job is to identify and develop nine para athletes to race in the Paralympics. Tom is a three time Olympian: 1980 (boycott), 1984 (Silver Medal, Men’s 8+) and 1988 (5th, Men’s 4+). He graduated from Syracuse University in 1981 with a BA in Psychology and earned a MEd from Boston University 1991. In 2008 he started volunteering at Community Rowing in Newton, Massachusetts, with the Adaptive Rowing program and created the first Adaptive Indoor Rowing Championships (AIR-Cs) in 2009, and subsequently introduced para events at the CRASH-Bs. He was hired by USRowing as Director of Para Rowing in 2013. Continue Reading ›

10 Questions with Charlotte Hollings

Oct 15, 2018

Charlotte Hollings is a successful Masters rower with a deep commitment to the sport. Charlotte spent five years on the USRowing National Team (1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994), during which she won a Silver Medal (World Championships, 1985) and a Gold Medal (1994), both in the lightweight four. She started rowing in 1978 at TC Williams High School (Alexandria, Virginia) and then rowed four years at the University of Virginia when it was a club program. She has coached at Stanford University, Boston University and Cornell University. In 2001, she started Calm Waters Rowing (a full-service sculling camp) with her husband, John. She will be rowing Bow #1 in the Women's Grand Master Singles (age 50+) at this year's Head Of The Charles Regatta Continue Reading ›

Concept2 Employees Learn to Scull

Sep 25, 2018

Concept2 is full of athletes. Some of these athletes come from the core sports of our business like rowing, Nordic skiing and cycling. Others are CrossFitters, runners, equestrians, golfers, snowboarders and tennis players. For the employees who haven’t spent much time in a boat, we make sure to offer the opportunity each summer. This year, we headed up to Craftsbury Sculling Center so that our employees with less experience behind the oar could try rowing.

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