Marathon Row Tips

  The marathon row. The Big Kahuna of endurance rowing events.   How many meters in a marathon? 42,195 to be exact.   That’s ALOT of meters.   Sitting on a rowing machine for that length of time definitely isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.   For some though, it’s a crowning-glory moment that’s worth all…

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Rowing Technique: Learn the Catch Position

“How can I get more out of my rowing?” Very often, good rowing machine technique begins with getting set up properly at the catch. A strong catch = more power from the drive = more results from the workout. UCanRow2/Concept2 Certified Instructor Alicia Clark explains (video included!)

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Crush the Gym With A Rowing Workout Warm Up

Let’s talk workout prep! What’s your typical workout warm up?

If you’re like most people, you spend less than 5 minutes doing something where you’re randomly moving, probably paying more attention to the TV, a magazine, or your friend on the machine next to you than you are actually preparing for your workout.

Don’t waste the warmup! It’s super important, both physically and mentally. Try these and get ready to go fast!

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The Best Warmup to Do Before a Rowing Workout

Let’s talk workout prep! What’s your typical workout warm up?

If you’re like most people, you spend less than 5 minutes doing something where you’re randomly moving, probably paying more attention to the TV, a magazine, or your friend on the machine next to you than you are actually preparing for your workout.

Don’t waste the warmup! It’s super important, both physically and mentally. Try these and get ready to go fast!

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Your 2K Rowing Strategy

  Somewhere along the way in pretty much every rower’s career, the time comes to take on that most iconic of racing distances, the 2000-meter row.   In fact, competitive on-water rowers often live or die by their ability to cover that distance as quickly as possible on the rowing machine.  And for high-school rowers,…

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3 Tips for Better Rowing Technique

There’s nothing we love more than getting a juicy question in our social media DMs or blog comments. Like this one:
“I’ve been rowing for a while and I know I’ve developed some bad habits that I need to shake. Help!” Does that one resonate with you? If it does you’ll want to read on to get our 3 best tips to help you row better.

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Rowing for Weight Loss

What’s your biggest goal related to rowing? If you’re like most people, you’d love to use the machine to drop some weight. “Rowing for weight loss” and similar terms are perennial favorite Google searches. New year, new month or just new week, it’s the number one goal that people have when it comes to rowing and their health. And with good reason! The rowing machine is a GREAT tool for weight loss, one of the best around. But you need to know how to do it correctly to get great results that also last.

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Best Gifts for Rowers

Need a gift for the indoor rower on your list? We’re here to help! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite indoor rowing and rowing-related products to help you the next time you need the perfect birthday, holiday, or anniversary present. UCanRow2 rower tested, and approved!

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5 Row Machine Workouts Rowers Love to Hate

A longer row machine workout could be the key to helping you build your endurance and crush your next hike, long bike ride or day out with your children or grandchildren. Not to mention helping build the engine you’ll need for your next 2K. We call these the workouts that rowers love to hate.

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Try This: Father’s Day Workout for Rowers

    Fathers get no respect when it comes to their special day.   Tools and ties, yes. But do a keyword search for “Father’s Day workout” and the term isn’t even searched enough to rank as something that’s highly sought after. Never mind a father’s day workout on the rowing machine, which we think…

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Rowing Workouts: Fourth of July Workout

    Updated June 27, 2019   Need a Fourth of July workout?  Try these.  Plenty of meters, but you’ll also get in and out fast, and sweaty.  Here we offer you two versions, pick the one that best fits your fitness level and how hard you want to work.  And, in the spirit of…

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Interval Workout of the Day RAMP IT UP

  Try this interval workout of the day on your own or in a group.  Pick whatever kind of weight you want to use on the weighted portion of the workout (the cleans, squats and presses).  You can use kettlebells, dumbbells, bars, milk jugs, cement blocks, or nothing at all.   Remember that our muscles…

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The World Cup Workout 2018

Are you a soccer fan, do you love watching it on TV? It’s great fun for sure but the average game goes 100 minutes or more. Why not row your way fit with a soccer-themed rowing workout? Get your sweat on and don’t miss a minute of the action.

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Tricks to Dominate Endurance Rowing Workouts

Endurance rowing.  Character builder.  “Ugh,” (say some). When you’re used to rowing intervals of 500m or just a couple of minutes that’s A LOT of work.  Some of us would rather stick hot needles in our eyes than row or SkiErg that much! Endurance rowing workouts are both a physical AND mental challenge, they take a longer time to do and they can be suuuuper boring.  That’s IF you don’t have the tricks we’re about to give you. Read on…

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Indoor Rowing Workout 11-9-2016

The indoor rowing workout with a little bit of everything: it’s wicked Row/Ski 4 mins 10 goblet squats 15 medball sit-ups Row/Ski 3 mins 10 DB press 10 DB row Row/Ski 2 mins 10 pull-ups 10 walking lunges Row/Ski 1 min – ALL OUT Done!

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Row for a Cause at Meters for Melanoma

Melanoma is one of the deadliest cancers there is. Someone dies every hour from the disease. Sun-baked on-water rowers are especially at risk for the cutaneous form of melanoma. Meters for Melanoma was created to support the Midwest Melanoma Partnership’s work to support research to find a cure. Read on to find out how you can take part…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Celebrate the Big Day With a Big Workout

We love birthdays and other big life events around here! They’re a great way to celebrate those special moments and build your fitness community. Plus, they’re a convenient way to add variety to your workout day. People never get tired of them, and in fact they look forward to that shared sinking feeling you get when you know there’s a challenging workout coming up.

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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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