4 SkiErg Sprint Tips and a Race Strategy

Have you tried the Concept2 SkiErg yet? Short-distance pieces and sprints on the SkiErg are one of the best ways to get comfortable on the machine. It’s a great way to get your blood pumping, and a nice change of pace from a lot of the other equipment you’ll find in the gym. So if a sprint piece (like 100, 250, 500 or 1000 meters) is on your workout agenda, we’ve got some tips for you. Read on…

Rowing Playlists: Row 2K’s Winter 2015-2016 Hits

When winter ice arrives, on-water rowers move inside whether they like it or not. So each year, Row2k is only too happy to oblige with crowdsourced music to make the indoor meters go by a little easier. Bonus for those of us who like to row indoors all the time. We’ve tested this year’s Winter Erg Playlist 2015-16 in our own rowing workouts, and we like it! Read more…

10 Indoor Rowing Workouts to Kill 10K

When the workout calls for a larger number of meters, or you’re trying to hit a big number in the Concept2 online challenges, how do you keep it interesting? By breaking the workout up into smaller chunks and changing it up. Longer indoor rowing workouts don’t have to be boring. You just need to have a plan that brings variety into the mix, and we’ve got 10 choices for you. Read more…

Rowing Machine Workouts: Chad 2

You know how much we love birthday rowing workouts around here. People always look forward to them, even though they know they’re designed to be a little harder than your average swing row. When we found out it was our master instructor Chad Fleschner’s turn, we could resist putting together a special sweatfest just for him. Read more…

Rowing Workouts for the Dog Days Challenge

The Concept2 Dog Days of Summer Challenge has begun! This one starts out easily, with a goal of only 10,000 meters total skied or rowed in the whole week. Easy peasy compared to the 40,000-meter target you have to hit in the last week of the month. As with all of Concept2’s online challenges, it’s a good idea to have a strategy for how you’re going to approach the month. Covering the week’s distance in one go is one option. But if you’re a rowing instructor with classes to teach or you like more variety in your SkiErg and indoor rowing workouts, try splitting up the distance over several workouts. Here are a couple of sample workouts we’ve done at the UCanRow2 Bodyshop. Read more…

Rowing Certification Hits Central Florida!

It’s been too long since we last offered one of our rowing instructor certifications in Florida. It’s high time we fixed that, and we are! Thanks to our kind hosts, Villages Indoor Rowing in Summerfield, we’ll be offering both our Indoor Rowing Basic Course and the follow-up Programming Intensive the first weekend in December – December 5 & 6 to be exact. Read more…

Living With Cancer: What a Concept … 2

Just over a year has passed since I had major surgery for rectal mucosal melanoma. I was diagnosed with this very rare and aggressive cancer on Nov. 5, 2013, with surgery on Jan. 9, 2014 and immunotherapy at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute beginning in August, 2014. It’s been a roller coaster year, with a background theme of questions: Frequent thoughts of WHY, HOW DARE IT, WHY ME??? I have spent my life, like all active and athletic people, doing the best I can to take care of myself so that my body can perform. There is anger hidden behind the game face that I am so accustomed to putting on.