The SkiErg is a pretty simple device—two handles that connect to two cords that accelerate a flywheel for resistance. The cords are free to be pulled in any number of directions. So, is there a proper SkiErg technique, and if so, why? Continue Reading ›
"From the moment I started rowing, I fell in love with the speed, the feeling of executing the perfect stroke, and the overall energy involved in the sport." Ailsa, age 13
Propelling yourself on the water in a rowing shell can be a thrilling experience, especially when you’re a kid! My friends here in Vermont own a Little Sculling Boat that their 7, 11 and 13 year old children can row. We’ve enjoyed seeing how easy it is for young kids to pick up the sport of rowing! Continue Reading ›
An “ergometer” (“erg” for short) is a device that measures work. Concept2’s Indoor Rowers, SkiErg, and BikeErg are all ergometers and this is a feature that sets them apart from many other exercise machines on the market. Continue Reading ›
Some people associate rowing with a traditional rowboat, where you sit on a fixed bench and row using just your arms, back and core. While these boats have been used for ages for recreation, fishing and transportation, they are not particularly speedy, streamlined or efficient. With the addition of a sliding seat, rowing (for recreation or racing) is a full-body motion that engages all of the major muscle groups of the body—most notably adding the legs. Continue Reading ›
In our minds, we often “see” ideal rowing technique: A fluid motion that initiates the stroke with the legs, engages the back and core, and finishes with the arms. The drive is strong and the recovery is relaxed and long. And yet, why is it that we always seem to find faults with our technique? We are all constantly looking for improvements (or we should be!).
It is difficult to demonstrate “perfect” technique, even when working with the most decorated athletes in the sport. If you watch Olympians, you’ll see many variations in how they row. Different body shapes, sizes, styles and biomechanics guide our actions. If we find the “perfect” stroke, how do we sustain it? What is ideal technique? Can you see it in your mind? Or are we all chasing something unattainable? Continue Reading ›
Kyle Senesac spent time in Bend, Oregon, and Bozeman, Montana, before returning to his native Vermont to complete his college education. “I decided that I missed the people and the lush vegetation of Vermont, so I enrolled at Johnson State and finished my degree in Psychology.”
For a while after college, he worked at a local residential program for troubled teens. He then joined Concept2 in 2011 to become a member of our Oar Production Team. Continue Reading ›
If you have access to more than one rowing, skiing or cycling erg, there are some great combined workouts to be had. Multi-erg workouts use muscles in complementary ways—and they’re even better with friends! Here are some ideas to get you started. Continue Reading ›
Graduation is ahead, and in addition to the midterms and finals, you may be eager to put the stress of erg tests behind you. Some high school and college athletes continue rowing on the national team level, many bound for international competition. But what is there for the rest of us?
Luckily, rowing is a lifelong sport, so there are many ways to stay involved in the sport you love.
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