Wow, you look amazing! How did you do it?

Wow you look amazing!  How did you do it?
My journey to 2 million meters
By Sarah Fuhrmann

On October 28, 2010, I watched the monitor on my Concept2 indoor rowing machine as it ticked just past 10,000 meters.  Surrounded by the women who have been my constant cheerleaders and companions throughout this journey I celebrated rowing 2 million lifetime meters.  For those of you who are wondering that’s 1,243 miles and more hours than I’d care to count over the course of a year and a half.

It was …

Different Strokes for Different Folks: Indoor Rowing at Sweat for a Vet

(Terry Smythe’s impressions of her participation on behalf of Concept2 at the first annual Sweat for a Vet event)

On November 13th, hundreds of people in fitness centers around the world came together to Sweat for a Vet to celebrate Veteran’s Day and one of the greatest lessons we have to learn from them, their resilience.  I represented Concept2 at the main Sweat for a Vet venue, Tysons Sport & Health, where well over 100 able-bodied and disabled people pedaled Spin bikes, Krankcycled and rowed for …

Indoor Rowers Ready to Sweat for a Vet

The flywheels will be spinning nonstop this Saturday, November 13, when a group of adaptive rowers take to the Concept2 rowing machines at Sweat for a Vet, a three-hour indoor cycling, Kranking and rowing event to raise funds to buy fitness equipment for disabled veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

The main Sweat for a Vet event will be on-stage from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. eastern at Tysons Sport & Health Club in McLean, VA.  Not …

Indoor Rowing Hits Miami

Rowing machines and rowing shells converged this past weekend when UCanRow2 led the first indoor rowing instructor certification at Miami Beach Rowing Club.

Participants representing crews from the University of Miami and Barry University, joined with home users and an aspiring elite competitive rower for a day with UCanRow2’s Terry Smythe learning the ins and outs of indoor rowing.

The session included individualized critiques of rowing technique, discussion of the best ways to teach on the Concept 2 rowing machine, critical tips for erg maintenance and pointers …

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

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 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 …