Contact Us


United States

    • Damper Setting 101
    • First Time Race Advice
    • Getting Comfortable on the RowErg
    • Getting The Most Out Of The PM5
    • How To Find Your 2k Pace
    • Muscles Used While Rowing
    • How to Row/Ski/Bike Harder
    • Multi-Erg Workouts
    • Using Concept2 Ergs For Injury Rehab
    • Muscles Used While Skiing
    • Setting Up the BikeErg
    • Managing Resistance and Intensity On The BikeErg

Multi-Erg Workouts

As an increasing number of individuals and facilities now have a Concept2 SkiErg and/or BikeErg in addition to the original RowErg.  Here are some ways to use 2 or 3 Concept2 ergs together in one workout. 

What are the benefits of a mixed-erg workout? 

  • Balances opposing muscles. Rowing opens at the hip while skiing closes at the hip. 
  • Alternates muscle groups. Resting different muscles can allow for longer workouts. 
  • Adds variety. Work in different positions, such as seated vs. standing. 
  • Equipment can be shared. Join a partner and workout together. 

Workout Ideas

Swapping Equal Intervals

Alternate a 4-minute piece on one erg with a 4-minute piece on another, with 1–3 minutes of rest in between. Your work intensity should be just under your maximum effort. Repeat for a total of 4 to 8 pieces. 

Note: Shorter rest will shift the workout’s focus toward endurance; longer rest will shift it toward maximum power development. 

PM Setting Tip: Set up intervals of 4 minutes work with undefined rest time on both machines. 

For variety: The piece can be any time or distance you like. 

Rotating through a Step-Down Workout

This is one of our favorites! Step down from 10 minutes to 9 minutes, and so on, down to 1 minute, alternating from one erg to another. As the pieces get shorter, increase the intensity.  

Total time: 55 minutes. Rest time is just the length of time it takes you to get from one machine to the other, though you can add a longer rest if desired. 

For Variety: This could also be done as a pyramid, from 1 minute up to 6 minutes and back down. Or you could use distance rather than time for the steps. For example: 2000m ski, 1750m row, 1500m ski, and so on. Remember that you’ll need to do twice the meters if you’re on the BikeErg. 

Long Pieces/Back and Forth

The goal is to break up a long workout into equal parts on the available ergs. 

Example: Warm up on any erg for 5 minutes (minimum). For a 45 minute workout, do 15 minutes on each of three ergs, taking an easy 3-5 minutes in between ergs. Then a 5 minute cool-down on your erg of choice. If you prefer to measure your workout in distance rather than time, do half the distance on each machine. For example, for a 10k workout, do 5k on the indoor rower and another 5k on the SkiErg. 

For Variety: The work pieces may be shortened or lengthened. 

Partner Workouts

Most of the above workouts can work with one or more partners—one person for every available erg. 


Switching to “the other erg” can be a welcome change of pace for the cool-down after a hard workout. Plus, it’s a good way to add some muscular balance to your workout.