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Bodyshop Workout 4-4-2015

Another good one for racking up the meters…

Row, SkiErg or mix:

3000 meters
30 mountain climbers (L/R = 2)
10 sit-ups

2000 meters

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Body Shop Rowing Workout 3-18-15

This is a great rowing workout to break up a big meter target, like the kind you might have during a rowing challenge. Keep in mind that heavy cardio, even on a rowing machine, will eat into your strength over time unless you balance it with off-erg work.  Do this series again if you need…

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We Heart Valentine’s Day Workouts!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Themed rowing workouts – we love them around here. They’re a great way to add variety and fun, while still getting in a great workout. Here’s a selection of what we’re heart-ing for Valentine’s Day.

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Try A Home Rowing Machine Workout That Works

You can’t make it to the gym every day, and let’s face it, some days you don’t even want to. It’s snowing, raining, butt cold, broiling hot, or you’ve got a sick kid or you simply don’t feel like it. We get it, we’ve been there. Much as we love them, you certainly don’t need a formal rowing program at a gym (hopefully taught by a certified instructor) to get a great workout. Try these home-based options.

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Upcoming Indoor Rowing Certification

Get your sweat on and get certified! Certified indoor rowing instructors have increased credibility and marketability. Why? Because their students get the optimal results that come from rowing their best. See the list of upcoming trainings here.

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Rowing Through the World Cup: The Soccer Fan’s Workout

The World Cup is here! So many hours of game time, SO many hours waiting for something to happen. Why not set up your rowing machine in front of the TV so you can cheer your team on while still getting in a great workout?

Sure, you could row steady-state through the whole thing, but a typical game runs around 100 minutes with stoppage time, and no commercials to break it up! Give the game a little variety by following these rules for the UCanRow2 Soccer Fan’s Workout:

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Post Workout Recovery Food: Pancakes Three Ways

Did you just finish a long workout, or a particularly intense one? An endurance row like a 10k or a marathon? There’s nothing better after a long, hard workout than getting a little sustenance from a great post-workout recovery meal.

What’s better for recovery than pancakes? We have two great recipes for you, both of which are served often in the UCanRow2 kitchen. Both taste great, and provide a combination of carbs and protein, both of which are important for proper post workout recovery and rebuilding the muscles you’ve taxed in your workout. Read more…

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Special Olympics AND Rowing? Count Me In!

UCanRow2 and Concept2 are headed to the Special Olympics 2014 USA Games!  It’s the first time ever for these national games, and we need your help. If you’re in the Princeton, NJ area, or could be on Thursday, June 19, we’d love to have you join us for a day you won’t soon forget.  Promise!…

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Mother’s Day Workout to Celebrate Mom

What does mom want on Mother’s Day? Marketers would have you think it’s flowers, candy, jewelry, breakfast in bed (ok we agree on that one). But our favorite way to celebrate mom is with an awesome rowing workout. Choose one of the workouts below, and do them with her! Read more…

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Row Like an Olympian: Favorite Rowing Workouts From a London Medalist

Indoor rowing is hotter than ever! Awesome, but where do you begin if you’re just getting started with the sport? And what about if you’re ready to ramp it up? We asked Natalie Dell O’Brien for her thoughts. She ought to know, she was in the first boat ever to medal for the US in the women’s quad sculls event, at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Check out her story, and some suggested rowing workouts.

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Rowing Recovery Workout – Burn Fat, Get Back on Track

We all have times during the year where we can stray from an otherwise stellar fitness program. Vacation, the Holidays, a busy time at work, summer at home with the kids, can all move fitness to the back burner temporarily. Hey, it happens to the best of us! Just get back on the rowing machine as soon as you can and you’ll be back up to speed in no time. Read on for a couple of rowing recovery workouts that will help you get there. Read more…

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HuffPo: “Watch Out, Stationary Bike,” Here Comes Indoor Rowing

There’s been a veritable media frenzy of coverage lately of indoor rowing, which once again is enjoying a well-deserved and long-overdue day in the sun. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is the Huffington Post, which launched a shot over the bow of indoor cycling: “Watch out, stationary bike. Across the country, boatloads of…

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Marketing Tip: Short Tweets Get Retweets

Are you on Twitter? We hope so! Want retweets?  Yes you do because the more your content is shared the more impact and following you will have. We’ve said before that you need to keep your tweets to 120 characters or less to make it easy for people to simply RT and go.  New data…

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Rowing Music: Fall 2013 Electronic Playlist

Need a new playlist to put the spark back in your erg workout or get you through that 30-minute piece?  Who doesn’t?? Rowing website Rowing Related has come to the rescue with its Fall 2013 Rowing Playlist.   They’ve crowdsourced a rowing playlist featuring 11 “heavy-base, electronic” tracks that will “get you ready to tackle your…

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Ramp Up Your Rowing Workout With Undefined Rest

What is “undefined rest” in the Concept2 monitor and how do you set it up? We explain all of that here, as well as give you an interval rowing workout you can use to try it.

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What a drag! Comparing drag factor on the rower and SkiErg

Have you ever referred to the drag factor on your Concept2 indoor rower or SkiErg?  It’s the number that tell you how much resistance is on the flywheel and gives you an indication of how hard you have to pull (or push-pull in the case of the rowing machine).  Traveling ergers and competitive indoor rowing…

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Meters and More Rowing Workout

The Concept2 Fall Team Challenge has begun!  From now until Oct. 15th, join or create a team and row as many meters as you can. We have lots of meter munching SkiErg and rowing workouts and will be posting more, but here’s one we did to kick it off.  Lots of meters, plus variety, and…

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5 Keys to Nailing the Half-Marathon Row

So you want to row a half marathon… “They did it at The CrossFit Games,” you say to yourself. Or maybe Concept2’s Global Marathon Challenge has hit your radar screen. It’s definitely a doable goal, but you’ll need to train for it and have a strategy in place for when the big day comes. You’re looking at spending a couple of hours on the rowing machine (or SkiErg) so preparation is key.

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Rowing Technique: Dial in Your Damper Setting

Updated August 6, 2020         How many times have you walked over to the rowing machine at the gym and found the damper set at 10, or put it there yourself?  If rowing seems like a whole lot of pain and very little gain, that may just be why.   Experienced rowers,…

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Marketing Tip: Instagram Video vs. Vine

The social media world is abuzz with the latest salvo in the who’s-trendiest wars: Instagram, a recent Facebook acquisition and super-fun photo sharing space (we think) has come out swinging against Vine, which is owned by Twitter and brought microvideo to microblogging. Vine has quickly made an impression with its easy-to-create 6-second videos.  So much…

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Beat Boredom With a Playground Rowing Warm Up

Does the sound of yet another 3k rowing warm up make you want to stick needles in your eyes? Or has your usual warmup turned into a chatfest because your students are getting a little too comfortable with the steady-state routine? Boredom is the enemy of progress, even in the warmup. Mix it up! Try getting outside and back on the “playground” for your next rowing workout warm up. Off-erg warmups in general are a super smart – and super fun – way to get your athletes prepped and sweaty for a good SkiErg or rowing workout. Read more…

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3, 2, 1, GO ROW! Rowing at the Special Olympics

And they’re off! For the 7th straight year we are rowing with the athletes of the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games. We work a lot of different trainings and events through the year, but this one, and its winter counterpart, are among those we look forward to the most. As it is for most people,…

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14 Ways to Get More Out of Twitter

Are you on Twitter yet?  If you’re promoting yourself or your business it should be one of your first or second social media stops after Facebook (the one must-have outpost in social media).  Twitter offers a couple of great advantages over some of the other social media spaces, principal among them: 1. Forced Brevity –…

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Your Rowing Technique Mantra: Legs, Body, Arms – Arms, Body, Legs

Indoor rowing sometimes gets a bad rap, and so does rowing technique. Too often people make rowing sound much harder than it has to be, both in terms of the effort needed to get results and the technique required to get there.  Sure, there are some finer points to rowing technique that can make it challenging, but that’s all part of the fun and shouldn’t scare you.

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Photo of the Day: Spring rowing training in the UP

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Finish, please!

Today’s post comes courtesy of Certified Rowing Instructor Leeny Hoffman.  You can find her at CrossFit St. Louis, teaching rowing class M, W, F at 8:30 a.m., and blogging regularly about nutrition and rowing on the CrossFit St. Louis blog.  For more technique tips be sure to follow the UCanRow2 video channel and our Trainer Tips…

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Chain Drive the UCanRow2 Newsletter is Here!

  Can’t get enough UCanRow2?  Never fear, Chain Drive, the UCanRow2 newsletter is here!  All things indoor rowing, delivered right to your email inbox.  Workouts, playlists, technique tips, upcoming trainings, marketing advice, basically the best of the best of what we can find to help you get the most out of your erg or ergs,…

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Row with an Olympian! Indoor Rowing Basic Course Comes to Seattle

Have you ever wanted to learn to teach indoor rowing – or just perfect your own technique – from an Olympian?  Here’s your chance: Heather Alschuler, a former Canadian Olympian, national teamer and now accomplished indoor rowing evangelist in Seattle, is bringing her talents to UCanRow2’s Indoor Rowing Basic Course. Heather will be leading the…

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Biggest Loser Rowing Offer: Home Users, Buy an Erg, Get Trained Free

After a long hiatus the Concept2 rower is back on The Biggest Loser for the current U.S. season.  And this season you’ll be seeing the SkiErg as well. Great news!  For the most part… If you saw the first episode you saw some rowing (not on Concept 2 machines), but unfortunately virtually none of it with…

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Fitness Marketing: Flickr’s Revamped iPhone App: New Home for Your Best Erging Pics?

The New York Times says the new version of Flickr’s iPhone photo app may well be a force to be reckoned with, and stiff competition for Instagram.  Flickr has long been THE place to post photos for Web optimization, but in recent months has lost some ground to hipsterish (for now) Instagram. Where the Times says Flickr…

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NJ Indoor Rowing Foundations Training Benefits Sandy Relief Effort

Things are slowly but surely coming back together in New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy’s wreaked havoc across many areas of the Garden State in November.  It’s been a rough road and continues to be one, but Navesink Indoor Rowing, which hosts our New Jersey Indoor Rowing Foundations trainings, is finally back up and running and ready…

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Rowing Machine Maintenance Tip: Tighten the Screws

The Concept2 rowing machine is one of the most durable and some of the best exercise equipment there is.  With just a little bit of regular maintenance your machine should last a lifetime.  That said, that regular Concept 2 rower maintenance is critical, both for optimal performance and for safety. One of the most important…

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Candlelit Rowing, Hurricane Sandy Style

Guest post by Shoshana Pritzker, RD, CDN of ShoDelicious, Superstorm Sandy survivor and a new Concept2 indoor rower You know what really stinks about storms like Superstorm/Hurricane Sandy? Being stuck in your house without power, light, or cable entertainment. Back in my Florida days we’d have hurricane parties to pass the time. Friends would bring…

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MyFitnessPal Calorie/Exercise Tracker Gets a Huge Upgrade

The MyFitnessPal app for tracking calories and exercise, already our favorite, has just gotten even better.  MyFitnessPal wrote on their blog today that the tracker, which with 30 million registered users and 2 million food listings is one of the most popular and complete diet trackers there is, will now synch with some of the…

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TRAINER TIP: Close Your Eyes for the Cooldown

Here’s a tip to help your rowing students get better flow in their rowing stroke: The cooldown of a workout is a great time to focus in on the zen of rowing. Use that time to close your eyes and feel the motion. Remind your students to FEEL the connection of the stroke, from the…

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Marketing Tools: Sniff Out the Twitter Fakers

Sure, it’s great to have lots of Twitter followers, particularly as the service’s influence grows.  But are your followers real people, or spam accounts that are meaningless and useless fluff that won’t share your content? StatusPeople, a British social media management company, has a cool Twitter follower tool that will help you separate the wheat from…

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Sweat This (Rowing), Not That (Other Cardio Stuff)

Great to see Men’s Health magazine and the terrific Eat This, Not That series recognizing the calorie torching benefits of rowing in a Sweat This, Not That post.  “Rowing burns the most calories and works the most muscles, including muscles in your back, and also improves posture,” the magazine notes, and it even references a Brazilian…

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Generating Power on the Rowing Machine

How’s your rowing workout been lately?  Would you like to get more of the benefits of rowing machine workouts?  

The difference between a good workout and a great one is in how you apply power on every stroke.  That’s true whether your goals are getting a PR on your next 2K, losing 20 lbs or simply making the most of the time you have on the machine.

In this video, UCanRow2’s Terry Smythe shows you how to use your performance monitor to gauge your power output and a drill that will help you get faster and stronger on the machine.

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Indoor Rowing in the News: Rowing a Low-Impact Workout with High Results

We travel all over the United States doing indoor rowing training and generally turning people on to the sport. One of the coolest places we’ve ever been is Fitness Pointe in Munster, IN, where we had the good fortune to visit the day that member Judy Abbott hit 2 million meters rowed during last year’s…

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10 Fitness Apps to Rev Up Your Workout and Boost Performance

If it’s true that rowing is the ultimate cross-training sport (and of course we heartily agree with that idea), then there must be other fitness activities that are worth doing, or that are great cross training for rowing – like cycling.   And anything worth doing is worth tracking, especially if you’re looking to improve your…

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Introducing Personalized Indoor Rowing Technique Reviews

Do you have a Concept2 indoor rower at home, or use one at your gym? Are you a competitive indoor rower who’s interested in improving your indoor rowing technique and your performance on the machine? Maybe you’ve been rowing for a while and would like to brush up on your rowing technique or get new rowing workout ideas.

A new offering from UCanRow2 may be just the ticket: Personalized rowing technique reviews

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The Ultimate Erging Playlist

Music for rowing classes or a great rowing playlist is always a big topic of discussion around the UCanRow2 office and Concept2 instructor trainings.  We usually tell people to aim for workout music with little to no lyrics and relatively slow beats per minute, usually in the 120 bpm range or slower.  Indoor cycling music…

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Bob Harper’s Six Weight Loss Rules

Say what you will about The Biggest Loser (and we’ve definitely got our opinions about the show and the extreme levels of exercise it prescribes, along with the quality of the rowing training), trainer Bob Harper has had great success helping people on and off the show lose weight over the years. He’s out today with…

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Infographic: Down and Dirty Guide to Social Media

Admit it.  You could be spending more time promoting yourself and your business with social media.  We all could.  But there’s a lot of water there to be rowed with only so many hours in the day.  As we often tell people in our Programming Intensive course, some involvement in social media — well executed…

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Your Blueprint for Fitness Social Media Success … and Sanity

We hear comments like this in our trainings all the time (or see it in the eyes of those who don’t dare say it out loud): “You want me to work really hard at being a good rower myself, a good rowing instructor / personal trainer / CrossFit coach / pied piper/Energizer bunny for rowing…

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Facebook Timeline Toolkit

For those of you where were hoping against hope that Facebook would change its mind and not implement the Timeline, your erg has run out of chain: Timeline went into effect for all business pages on March 30; there’s no going back now (unless of course they change their minds again). The good news is…

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Flywheel Frenzy! Indoor Rowing Training for Home Users and More

If you’re a home or gym user of the Concept2 rowing machine, we’ve got something new coming just for you: A half-day training that will get you tuned up and ready for new (or renewed) action on the world’s #1 indoor rower!  The workshop is part of our Flywheel Frenzy event at Owens Community College in Toledo, OH on…

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Biggest Loser Rowing: Get Certified and Be the Biggest Winner

It was a big night of rowing last night on The Biggest Loser.  It’s about time!  First the contestants had to row a 10k piece for their challenge, then the last chance workouts included a number of meters, too, most courtesy of recent CrossFit convert and Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper. This kind of exposure…

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Fitness Marketer’s Rant: No More Naked Videos!

  Naked videos?  What?  Are we talking about cyber indecency here?  No, but this is almost as big a crime in online and social media marketing: Posting video without any accompanying text that neither search engines nor us mere mortals can see and use to decide if your video is what we’re looking for and…

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Is Using Calories to Track Your Workout a Good Bet?

  We often hear people say they go into the gym with a goal of burning X calories on the cardio equipment, be it on the treadmill, rowing machine, elliptical or in a CrossFit WOD.  And we often tell them, that’s great, as long as you’re a 5’10”, 150-lb. man.  If not, you’re probably getting…

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