10 Questions with John Mark Seelig

Feb 20, 2020

John Mark Seelig is captain of the USA Men's Rafting Team and 9-Ball Watermen, a group of passionate paddlers who expand their adventures beyond paddling on rivers. He is also the owner of GOAT Training in Edwards, Colorado, a strength and conditioning gym geared towards mountain athletes. 

The USA Men's Rafting Team competes all over the world, paddling some of the best rivers with the International Rafting Federation. This group recently chased a Grand Canyon Speed Run attempt, looking to break the fastest time down the 277 miles of the Grand Canyon.

The team designed a unique boat consisting of six rowers on a cataraft frame and inflatable tubes.  They nearly missed the record three years ago after their boat broke and the record became out of reach.  They recently attempted the record again and succeeded with the fastest inflatable record (38 hours, 5 minutes).  They used "nearly indestructible" oars from Concept2 and configured their boat to mimic their training on the indoor rower.  Continue Reading ›

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Kendall Chase: Riding Her Way Back to Rowing Fitness

Feb 17, 2020

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.

Kendall Chase, member of the USRowing National Team, faced a frustrating dilemma: two years into a four-year Olympic cycle, she was dealing with a serratus (rib) strain and nerve pain, potentially jeopardizing the fate of her rowing career. A member of the senior team since 2017, she needed a way to stay fit so she could stage a comeback. Injury can be frustrating, but that energy can best be focused on recovering.

Chase stayed competitive while recovering. How? She focused her efforts on setting new records on the Concept2 BikeErg. Continue Reading ›

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PM5: Upgrade or Retrofit for Connected Fitness

Feb 13, 2020

The Performance Monitor 5 (PM5) was introduced in 2014. It was engineered to include all of the best features that have evolved over time in our long line of PMs—reliable workout data, easy navigation, preprogrammed and custom workouts, heart rate monitoring capability, and games, to name a few.

The addition of ANT+ and Bluetooth technology in the PM5 has made it possible to connect to a wide range of wireless devices for a variety of entertainment and fitness apps, including our own ErgData. This has become a compelling reason for many people to upgrade to the PM5.

And you can be assured that workout data is comparable from monitor to monitor, regardless of its vintage. Continue Reading ›

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5 Workouts from the Concept2 Workout Room

Feb 11, 2020

Concept2 employees are a lucky bunch: We’re able to fit in workouts during lunch breaks, in between meetings, and before and after work. The Concept2 workout room isn’t huge, but it’s a busy and practically-built space for our 80 employees to row, ski, ride, lift and train.

We asked a few employees what workouts they did last week. Here’s a peak of what happens in the Concept2 Workout Room. Continue Reading ›

Low Stroke Rates: Rowing Faster by Going Slower

Jan 31, 2020
Attempting a stroke rate of 10 s/m (upper right corner) at low intensity

To get faster, row slower. This seems like contrary advice, but by varying your stroke rate you can actually improve your technique and overall speed.

As we explain in our Rowing with Greater Intensity video, a higher stroke rate (strokes per minute, spm, or “s/m” on the Performance Monitor) doesn’t necessarily mean greater intensity. To row with greater intensity, you need to push harder with your legs and connect the leg drive through the back and arms into the handle and spin the flywheel. Intensity requires a faster drive. To row at a low stroke rate with intensity, you need to take a little more time on the recovery. Continue Reading ›

Employee Profile: Kate Smith

Jan 16, 2020

Kate Smith played a lot of sports growing up: soccer, dance, swimming, basketball, alpine skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, running, yoga… and rowing. Kate’s experience rowing at Tabor Academy and Bates College helps her understand the oar business at Concept2.

As the stroke seat in her rowing career who leads the crew, Kate brings the same leadership skills to the oar team. Continue Reading ›

SkiErg: 4 Leg Drills for Better Technique

Jan 13, 2020

The SkiErg greatly engages the upper body and core but don’t underestimate the role of the legs on each pull. A bend in the knees helps drive the body weight as the core is engaged in a forward crunch.There are four drills to help understand the value of involving the legs in your drive. Continue Reading ›

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