When the Weather Fails You: Using the Rowing Machine to Train for On-Water Racing

Updated June 12, 2018

 

Summers in Michigan’s scenic Upper Peninsula are nothing if not variable.  So when UCanRow2’s Terry Smythe was training to race at the 2010 FISA World Masters Rowing competition she knew she’d need a backup training plan for inclement days.

 

As it turned out there were many days that forced her to go to Plan B, the Concept2 rowing machine that she has in her basement.

 

“Rowing on a Concept2 machine is a critical tool for on-water rowers at every skill level,” Smythe says.   “What …

A Weekend to Remember

(A reflection by Terry Smythe on her weekend participating in the Louisville Rowing Club’s adaptive rowing program for disabled athletes)

“To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?”
— Katherine Graham

I can’t sum up my weekend rowing on water with adaptive athletes at the Louisville Rowing Club any better than this quote.  I went to Kentucky in great anticipation of an incredible learning experience.  What I got was that and so much more.  This is a phenomenal program …

FISA Retraction on Adaptive Rowing a Call to Action

The decision by the international rowing federation FISA to keep on-water rowing for cognitively impaired athletes out of the 2012 Paralympic Games should spur supporters of adaptive rowing to work even harder to promote that area of the sport, says UCanRow2’s Terry Smythe.

FISA announced in a news release that it was retracting an earlier decision to include cognitively impaired rowers in the 2012 Paralympics, saying that after surveying member national federations “there was not yet an adequate number of federations ready or able to prepare crews …

Keweenaw Rowing Video Now Available on UCanRow2.com

Pulling Together: The Little Community that Could, the documentary that highlights the Keweenaw Memorial Rehabilitation and Fitness Center and its participation in the Concept2 North American Rowing Challenge (now the World Rowing Challenge) is now available on the UCanRow2.com website.

The documentary chronicles how a diverse group of residents (including adaptive rowers) of the small town of Houghton, Michigan, came together in 2007 to beat out competitors from around the country and take top honors in the rowing challenge sponsored by Concept 2, maker of the …

Special Olympics Michigan Officials Eye Indoor Rowing

The efforts of UCanRow2’s Terry Smythe to make rowing on an indoor rowing machine an official Special Olympics sport has drawn the attention of Special Olympics Michigan officials.  In a story summarizing indoor rowing at this year’s Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games the Daily Mining Gazette featured the progress that has been made in the three years since Terry began working towards that goal as part of her role as fitness director for Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.

While it is …

UCanRow2 Brings Indoor Rowing to Michigan Special Olympics

For the 3rd straight year, indoor rowing will be front and center at the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games, being held June 3-5th on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI.

Aspirus Keweenaw Fitness Center and UCanRow2 offer indoor rowing as an open, demonstration sport at the Games, which attract more than 5,000 athletes, coaches, chaperones and volunteers from nearly every county in Michigan.  Athletes from children to adults participate in 11 types of competition at the annual event, including swimming, bowling, weightlifting …

Concept2 Trainer Certification Classes Now Available Through UCanRow2

If you’re serious about using Concept2 indoor rowing equipment in your facility it’s important that you know how to teach your students to properly use the rower, identify and correct errors in technique, and maintain the equipment.  Concept2’s one-day Indoor Rowing Foundations basic instructor certification gives you the information you need to build workouts that are technically sound, fun and provide great results for every population with which you work.  The trainings are offered at locations across the country; visit the Instructor Certification page to …