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.

Read More

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:

Read More

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!…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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 –…

Read More

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…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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.

Read More

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…

Read More

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

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Shape Magazine Joins the Indoor Rowing Revolution

We love, love, LOVE that Shape Magazine is so taken with the rowing machine (and a Concept2, even better!).  Their latest tweet on the subject: “OBSESSED with the rowing machine! Works your whole body & cardio? Why weren’t we doing this sooner?” Better late than never we say, and glad to have you!! Shape included…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More