Head Games: Tips and Tricks to Beat the Long or Hard Indoor Rowing Workout

Updated June 16, 2020


Let’s face it, we all have days where we have to drag ourselves through a workout.  Training for rowers is no different than training for runners or cyclists or any other sport.  Sometimes you just need to find ways to make the meters tick off faster.


Concept2 has a blog post with rowing tips to help you keep the flywheel spinning.  Check that one out.

Here are some of our favorite endurance tips and strategies:

– Count strokes to get through the tough periods of the …

Rocking the Row: Music for Indoor Rowing Workouts

Great article from the American Council on Exercise about how to pick music for your fitness class. Good timing, too, since Shape magazine included a rowing playlist in their January 2012 issue. ACE says there are four factors you should consider in putting together the playlist for your class, and they are all important when you’re teaching indoor rowing:

1. Role of the Music: ACE says to begin by looking at how important music is in your class. In rowing classes, as in Spinning or most …

Concept2 Indoor Rowing Foundations Coming to Florida — and more — in 2012

 After getting more requests than we can even keep track of, we’re starting 2012 off right, bringing indoor rowing instructor certification back to the Sunshine State!  Our host will be Rowland Rowing Studio in Juno Beach (Palm Beach County).

The master instructor for the full-day training on Feb. 25 will be UCanRow2’s Terry Smythe, a former US national team rower with more than 30 years of indoor rowing experience.  Other workshops on the books include Chicago (at RowFit Chicago) on Jan. 21, Montclair (NJ) High School on …

Olympic Medalist Sheila Taormina to Offer Clinic for Swimmers, Triathletes

Houghton, MI (Feb. 16, 2011) – Olympic gold medalist Sheila Taormina, the only woman ever to have competed in four consecutive Summer Games in three different sports (swimming, triathlon and pentathlon), is bringing her unique experience and coaching to students, swimmers and triathletes in Houghton in April.

Taormina, who won gold in swimming at the Atlanta Olympic Games, will offer a clinic focused on the vital aspect of the freestyle stroke – the underwater high elbow catch position that is the source of propulsion for a …

Ask the Coach: Correcting Others’ Bad Rowing

UCanRow2’s Terry Smythe, an indoor and on-water rowing coach with nearly 20 years of experience, answers your questions about rowing technique, rower workouts, teaching rowing and training for rowing.

Q: I row at my gym, and the “erging” technique some people have is driving me batty! I don’t want to offend anyone and I’m no expert, but how do I tactfully correct their form so they don’t get hurt and I don’t have to watch it anymore?

A:  This is the downside of the growth in indoor rowing’s popularity.  People …

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 …