UCanRow2’s mission is to help people of all ages, sizes and abilities create healthier minds and bodies through the rhythm and synchronicity of rowing. The company was founded in 2008 by Terry Smythe, a life-long rower who spent years training at the elite level and now coaches Michigan Technological University’s crew, as well as indoor rowers of all ages and stages as a master trainer for Concept2. In 2010 she was joined by Sarah Fuhrmann, a 25-year communications and brand management veteran with a passion for indoor rowing.
UCanRow2 was created because Terry wanted to share her love for the sport of rowing with people of all athletic and physical abilities, but particularly those who due to their age, size or physical or cognitive challenges find it difficult to use other kinds of workout equipment or participate in traditional exercise. UCanRow2 is also passionate about sharing the sport with people who can benefit from its total body workout and the meditative relaxation produced by its rhythmic movement, as well as those pursuing competitive athletic goals at any age.
Headquartered in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula, UCanRow2 brings indoor rowing to people and groups across the United States, using both the latest collaborative technology and the Ergs On Wheels program, which takes rowers to physical locations to introduce novice rowers to the sport. UCanRow2 also offers on-the-water rowing instruction on a pristine 21-mile canal that runs across the Keweenaw Peninsula, in between the towns of Houghton and Hancock.
UCanRow2 is affiliated with Concept2, maker of the world’s gold-standard indoor rowing machine, which is used by recreational athletes and competitive rowers across the globe who want to work out on the best rowing equipment available. As a certified master trainer with the company, Terry has trained both rowing instructors and individual rowers on the Concept 2 rowing machine since 1980.