The Rowing Finish: How Much Layback is Ideal and Why

Mar 10, 2020

At the finish of the rowing stroke, the upper body is leaning back slightly, using support of the core muscles. Biceps and back muscles also help to maintain the finish position of the upper body. Legs are extended, stabilized by the contraction of the glutes and the quads. Shoulders are low, wrists are flat, the grip is relaxed, and the handle is pulled in to just below the rib cage.

What do we mean by “leaning back slightly”? In rowing, the backward lean of the upper body is called the “layback”. What is an ideal amount of layback? Is it the same for everyone? What are the determining factors? And why is it important? Continue Reading ›

Meters for the Military Challenge

Mar 09, 2020


Concept2’s Military Challenge was created specifically for active duty and retired members of all armed services branches worldwide. It’s been our hope that the Military Challenge provides a bit of respite and healthy competition to keep these individuals strong. Continue Reading ›

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World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints

Mar 02, 2020

The World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints is a joint initiative between Concept2 and World Rowing. To take part, all you have to do is row 1000 meters on the Concept2 Indoor Rower (Model A–E Indoor Rowers only, no Dynamic or Indoor Rowers on Slides) at any point between March 4-8 and post your time to the Concept2 Online Logbook. The results are then compiled into worldwide leaderboards, so you can see how you compare with people from across the world. Continue Reading ›

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 ›

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