Adaptive Athlete Michael Mills: CrossFit, Core and Concept2

Oct 18, 2019

Wheelchair athlete Michael Mills gives practical advice to other athletes considering trying the RowErg or SkiErg: “Really, just start.”

Michael Mills says he has “found so much JOY from CrossFit and what it has given me.” Mills is in charge of the Mayhem Adaptive Online Program, a program that follows side by side with the Mayhem Athlete program created by CrossFit legend Rich Froning. Mills adapts workouts for adaptive seated and standing athletes. Continue Reading ›

Adaptive Athlete Todd Vogt: Finding Strength and Fitness with Concept2

Oct 16, 2019

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.

Andy Wigren (stroke) and Todd Vogt (bow) represent the US in the PR3 Men's Pair.

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 ›

5 Common Errors on the SkiErg

Oct 11, 2019

The SkiErg technique that we teach is based on the traditional sport of Nordic skiing. It is time-tested technique that has propelled skiers very effectively on snow. The beauty of the SkiErg is that it allows for a range of technical variations that can still be safe and effective depending on your goals and what works best for you. Continue Reading ›

8 Classic Running Workouts to Row

Oct 09, 2019

Running training plans incorporate a variety of workouts to help you build up to your goals: daily runs build base fitness, track workouts improve speed and pacing; fartleks vary intensity; long runs build endurance; hills improve strength; recovery days address fatigue and rest.

Some of our favorite running workouts translate nicely to rowing. Continue Reading ›

Rowing for Runners

Oct 03, 2019
Rowing is a “leg sport," working the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings and calves. Runners can benefit by incorporating more rowing into their training.

A leg sport? Yes! Think of each stroke as a horizontal “jump.” Strong rowers engage their quadriceps and glutes to push their oars through the water. Each stroke moves through the knee, hip and elbow joints to create a full-body low-impact workout. Of course, rowing doesn't work only the legs: the core and upper body on each stroke results in a dynamic high-Calorie burning workout. Continue Reading ›

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Tips for a Successful Training Program

Sep 26, 2019

From 1991 to 2003, Larry Gluckman served Concept2 as our Human Resources staff and everyone’s personal coach. Larry had coached numerous Olympic and National Team crews in the years before he joined Concept2 and went back to coaching after he left us.

Larry's workout wisdom is evergreen, and well worth reposting 24 years later—with a few updates to reflect that fact that we now have the SkiErg and BikeErg in addition to our RowErg.

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SkiErg World Sprints—Start Your Training Now!

Sep 13, 2019

This year’s edition of the SkiErg World sprints takes place November 7–10, 2019. This is a virtual 1000 meter race—you can participate from your home, school or club—or you can join a physical event near you. Find out more info about the SkiErg World Sprints. If you are a club or box wishing to host a Sprints event, contact joshc@concept2.com for information on submitting results. Continue Reading ›

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