In the first week of January 2016, the Craftsbury Outdoor Center hosted a ParaNordic Continental Cup, including both ski and biathlon races. Competitors included members of Team USA and Team Canada as well as developing athletes. Races included categories for sit ski, standing adaptive, and visually impaired skiers. The week included three Nordic ski races and two biathlon races. Continue Reading ›
Before working at Concept2, my fitness background included running, avoiding leg day, and in the past two years, CrossFit (where I began working on my chicken legs). Needless to say, I was versed in the Concept2 Indoor Rower in more than enough workouts to consider myself “good.” Maybe it was my height, my extra large biceps, or my endurance background that lead me to enjoy pain on the “erg.” Fast forward just a few months into working at Concept2 and rowing next to some “real live” rowers (collegiate and national team athletes, etc.); it was clear I was highly misinformed. The little I’ve learned in the past few months has made an amazing impact in all of my workouts. I am by no means trying to gloat about my improved times; what’s valuable are the improvements I’ve made compared to my level of current fitness.
Seven Tips from a non-elite CrossFitter ("scaled" is the term here) to Improve Your Rowing. Continue Reading ›
New participation and fundraising records were set in this year’s Holiday Challenge, which ended at midnight on Christmas Eve. Over 7000 people rowed and/or skied at least 100k meters toward the challenge, and nearly $30,000 was raised for water-related charities. Continue Reading ›
This is the first in a three-part series of cues to help you with SkiErg technique. After having introduced hundreds of athletes to the SkiErg, I’ve noticed three very common faults that appear in new adopters. I’ve developed these memorable cues to help them work through those technique flaws. Furthermore, these are the same cues that I use to take an experienced athlete to a higher level of performance. By learning and understanding these cues, you will hopefully gain a better grasp on the mechanics and flow used in good SkiErg technique.
My husband has a small butt. There, I said it. A Tiny Hiny. Minimal Maximus. Diminutive Derrier. The two lumps of muscle on the backside of his pelvis are underdeveloped, and I have been curious about that for a while. Turns out, the term “use it or lose it” is at play here, and it seems to be a common problem for a slice of the athletic population. So we're going to look at the symptoms and see if we can help some of you “under-utilizers” out there. Continue Reading ›
Indoor races often allow you to have a coxswain (or coach) to cheer you on and encourage you during your row. But the job of “cox-sin” is harder than you might think. Here is some practical advice for both indoor racers and their coxswains. Continue Reading ›
Proper SkiErg technique uses the legs as well as the arms and core. However, the SkiErg also works well as an upper-body-only training tool. This can come in handy when you’re dealing with a lower body injury.
If it’s an injury that still allows you to stand, this will probably be the most effective position for a workout. If standing is not an option, you can also use the SkiErg from either a sitting or kneeling position. And it’s also possible to wheel right up in a wheelchair. Continue Reading ›
I’ve been using my indoor rower on a (smooth surface) floor and it moves back and forth while I row. I was surprised by that. Do I need a mat or other surface for my indoor rower?
The Concept2 Indoor Rower has rubber caps on the feet to help keep it from slipping, but some athletes may experience movement from the Model D or Model E while in use. This movement can be caused by very high stroke ratings and fast rowing; but excessive movement, during ordinary use, signifies a possible technique error. Continue Reading ›