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.

 

It’s low-impact and at the same time, it targets virtually every muscle on every stroke, allowing you to burn as much as 800 calories per hour or more. Super efficient, super effective and safe, especially when you do it with a certified instructor.

 

Rowing has helped countless people in our UCanRow2 community lose weight and keep it off. Me included!

 

what’s the best way to lose weight on the rowing machine?

 

We often hear from people who have set BIG meter targets rowed in a short period of time as their strategy for losing weight.

 

That’s great if it works for you, but it may not be what works well over time, and there are definitely some important factors to consider in implementing such a strategy.

 

A decade ago, my approach to rowing and weight loss was to row as many meters as I could, as many days of the week as I could.

 

If I’m completely honest, hours and hours of straight cardio was probably never the right thing. It just worked in the beginning because I was moving consistently.

 

Here’s the deal: Particularly when you’re rowing for weight loss purposes, doing hours and hours of steady-state training can be counterproductive.

 

Whaaaat? You mean my 20k-a-day-every-day strategy isn’t a winner?

 

Quite possibly not, especially over the long haul.

 

Here’s the problem with that kind of “chronic cardio”:

 

  • It doesn’t help build significant strength as much as resistance training does

 

 

  • Even though rowing is a great calorie burner, it’s still easy to eat back those calories – and more – if you’re not careful. Especially since rowing can make you really hungry. The laws of thermodynamics haven’t changed, friends. To lose weight you need to create a calorie deficit.

 

 

  • Rowing is a repetitive motion as well as being a great total-body non-impact activity. Too much of a good thing is still too much. I dealt with a lot of tennis elbow when I was rowing 2+ hours a day back when I initially lost my weight. All these years later, it still comes back on occasion when I go too hard.

 

 

  • Particularly as we age, too much exercise can be perceived by the body as a stressor. The body doesn’t distinguish between “good stress” and “bad stress.” If you’re menopausal or dealing with other issues where stress management is critical, you really want to pay attention to this.

 

 

So if your “Just Row” workout won’t get you there, what will?

 

 

  • SOME steady-state, moderate-intensity long rows yes, one or two workouts a week.

 

  • Higher-intensity workouts. The kind that get you really breathless and that you can’t do for very long. Think a few minutes of rowing hard followed either by an easy-rowing (paddle) break or getting off the machine and doing other exercises or stretches.

 

  • Lifting Heavy Things: Your bodyweight is a great place to start for this, but also adding additional weight with dumbbells, kettlebells, or machines if you have them. You don’t have to get fancy though. Soup cans or milk jugs filled with water or sand make good weights, too. 

 

  • A good amount of NEAT aka non-exercise activity thermogenesis. That’s just plain no-sweat movement to you and me. Walking, fidgeting, super easy peddling on a BikeErg or other stationary bicycle. Even very light rowing might fall into this category as long as you’re not getting breathless. That 10k-steps-a-day goal you have? It fits here. So does stretching and restorative yoga. The more the better on this one.

 

  • Don’t forget the rest! Resist the temptation to work out 7 days a week. Your body needs rest and recovery, too. That’s when your muscles rebuild from the strain you intentionally put them under during your workouts. Keep this mantra in mind: “You progress in the rest.”

 

Plan on at least 1-2 days of rest per week and as many as 3 depending on how hard you’re going in your workouts.

 

How can you tell if you need more rest? If you’re feeling tired all the time, if your results in the gym go down rather than up, if your sleep quality declines, if your previously easy workouts consistently feel hard, if you’re super sore all the time. More info on overtraining here.

 

  • Get Your Zzzzs: You’ve heard a million times that sleep is essential for so many of our body’s functions and processes to work their best. It’s just as true for weight loss.

 

If you’re not getting adequate sleep losing weight will be SO much harder. So make bedtime and sleep hygiene a priority! Want more help with this? Check out this interview we did with a sleep expert.

 

 

Sample Rowing Workouts for Weight Loss

 

 

Ok! So what workouts can you do to get started down the road to a lighter you?

 

[As always, check with your doctor before beginning any rowing program and be sure that you are cleared to do this exercise.]

 

If you’re brand new to rowing, start by rowing for a few minutes at a time. Once that feels comfortable, and you can row for 20-30 minutes without stopping, you are ready to move on to more.

 

For that long workout we mentioned above, set a goal of getting to where you can row 30 minutes to an hour at a moderate pace. Pop in your headphones and your favorite tunes or a movie. Row steadily at a pace where you could talk but don’t want a long conversation.

 

If you’d like to break that workout up to keep it interesting, try working up to doing 3 rounds of 10 minutes of rowing with 5 to 10 minutes of easy rowing recovery time in between. For a shorter workout try doing 3 rounds of 6 minutes with 3 minutes rest in between.

 

Mix up your workouts! Variety is the spice of life and the antidote to boredom. Do, however, try to do the same type of workout on the same day each week. Having a framework like that has been shown to support fitness.

 

Once you’re feeling more comfortable with your rowing and are ready to progress, mix in some interval training (the undefined rest feature on the Concept2 rowing machine makes this easy).

 

For starters you could try:

 

workout 1

 

3 rounds of 10 minutes of rowing at 22-24 strokes per minute

10 push-ups

10 high knees

10 sit-ups

 

If you have weight equipment available try:

 

workout 2

 

3 Rounds

 

Row 1000 meters

 

10 dumbbell presses

10 bicep curls

10 dumbbell lateral raises

10 bodyweight or weighted squats

 

Want more help with this?

 

  • RowReady on Demand is our online course for beginners or anyone who wants a comprehensive, done-for-you way to master the rowing machine.

 

 

What questions do you have on this topic? Drop them in the comments, we’d love to help!

Best Gifts for Rowers

 

If you’re like us, you’re always on the lookout for the best gifts for rowers. We can be hard to buy for!

 

If you’ve got a rower on your gift list you know what a challenge it can be to find things they’ll love. You have YOUR favorite seat pad or pair of erging shoes, but what if your gift-ee doesn’t roll that way? 

 

Ah, the struggle is real! 

 

Have no fear, 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 gift.  UCanRow2 rower tested, and approved!

 

Scroll on down for the list. Check back often, too. We’ll update this list with new products as we get a chance to test them and love them. 

 

Happy gifting!

 

 

Best Gifts for Rowers

 

ROWING JEWELRY

 

We asked our friends at Rubini Jewelers to make us some special pieces that would celebrate the indoor rower on your list. We’re biased, of course, but these are some of our favorite gifts for rowers!

 

1. Erger Pendant

Sterling Silver Erger Pendant 

This raised, sterling silver pendant is another UCanRow2 exclusive design. Make your allegiances known to the world: Shout it from the rooftops, “Indoor rowing is MY sport!”

 Buy it now!

 

 

2. Erg Flywheel Post Earrings

Rowing Ergometer Flywheel Post Earrings

 

These iconic, classic circle stud earrings are a must-have! Designed for us exclusively by Rubini, these sterling silver, flywheel-inspired earrings are subtle, but will catch the eye of all your erging friends, who will instantly be in on the joke.

 

Want them as dangles? Or cufflinks? Rubini can do that too! Drop them an email at info@rubinijewelers.com and ask. Tell them we sent you!

 Buy it now!

 

3. Erging Rower Brooch

Erging Rower Pin

 

This intricate brooch is crafted with quality sterling silver will be a finishing touch for all rowing lovers.

Buy it now!

 

SNAX!

4. Erg! Bars

Assortment 60 ERG! Bars - Event or School Program?

Could there be a more perfect snack for an indoor rower?? We think not!

 

Bonus, these energy bars taste delicious! They’re also minimally processed and nutrient-dense, pretty much the perfect snack for your next Hour of Power erg session.

 

12 flavors to choose from! (A favorite: Apricot P’Butter.)

 Buy it now!

 

GEAR

 

 

It’s so hard to pick a favorite here. We love so many fitness apparel brands (Athleta especially!), but the gear from JL Athletics that’s made by rowers, for rowers, is hard to beat. Here are our go-tos. 

 

 

6. Compression Wick Trou

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Moisture-wicking compression shorts are our go-to shorts. Basic but super comfortable, durable and affordable.

We LOVE Athleta tights too, but these last better than anything.

 Buy it now!

 

7. The Fat Ergos Collection 

bottoms tights trou workout pant sweats sweatpants shorts capri bibshorts Fat Ergos Trou Navy Fat Ergos $10-$50, Bottoms, Men's, Original Trou, Trou, Women's $42.95 Size XSmall JLAthletics

 

 

If the erg is your jam, is there really any other way to play? We especially love these shorts that are festooned with ergs (especially because the seat is double-lined to protect your back end during those long erging sessions). They’ve got other styles, too, including unis. Dress it up for your next 2k race!

Buy it now!

 

 

 

8. Vertical Houndstooth Comfy Tights

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These tights are so comfy; you won’t want to take them off.

 

Perfect if you row in the garage or anywhere else that’s chilly.

 

High-performance knit with a cotton-comfy stretch is designed for comfort and durability.

 Buy it now!

 

9. Women’s Polyrpro Erg Trou

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Dreaming of a longer erg short with a yoga-style waistband (no drawstring)?

You’ll love this soft and flexible construction.

 But it now!

 

10. Tablet Mount for Indoor Rower

 

 

 

If you know a Concept2 rower who likes to watch movies or do online workouts while they row (or BikeErg), this might be JUST the thing to put under their tree!

No more propping the iPad up on a random collection of boxes and books and hoping against hope it doesn’t fall over on your next power 10!

 Buy it now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need other ideas?

A stocking stuffer, perhaps, or a small thank-you gift? Our certified instructors are FULL of great ideas!

 

  • Seat pads

 

  • AirPods for wireless rowing

 

  • Phone cradle for Concept2 monitor

 

  • Spotify subscription

 

  • Deep blue essential oil rub from DoTerrra for sore muscles

 

  • Tower fan so you can row with a breeze

 

  • Rock My Run music app subscription

 

  • Wod & Done thumb protection tape for long rows

 

  • 3-in-1 oil and a fresh rag for chain oiling and other maintenance

 

  • Batteries for the monitor

 

  • Cycle by Body Glide to prevent chafing on long rows

 

  • Microfiber cloths for erg and sweat cleanups

 

  • Spray bottle of glass cleaner to wipe down the erg. antibacterial clothes for the handle and seat

 

What did we miss?

 

What’s missing on this list that you can’t live without, and we shouldn’t either? Drop it in the comments below and maybe we’ll add it to the next update!

Crush the Gym With A Rowing Workout Warm Up

 

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

 

If you’re like most people, left to your own devices you’ll spend less than 5 minutes doing something where you’re randomly moving. You’re like to be 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.

 

We get it, we’ve all done it. Especially when we’re in a hurry or coming into the workout feeling frazzled and still “buzzing” from the rest of our day.

 

Here’s our CALL to you: Don’t waste the WORKOUT warm up!

 

A few minutes of chatter or TV is totally fine and a welcome respite. But after that, you need to get serious about ramping it up.

 

It’s super important, both physically and mentally.

 

The warmup is your chance to:

 

  • prepare your heart, muscles, and joints for the harder effort of the workout ahead

 

  • refresh your muscle memory and drill into your rowing technique so you can get the most out of your workout and prevent injury (if you’re doing a rowing workout that day

 

  • shake off the rest of the day and transition mentally into your workout

 

Your workout time is self-care, friend! Give yourself the gift of giving it your full attention.

 

Don’t just think you can spend 2 or 3 minutes and call it good, either.

 

The older we get the more workout warm up we need.  But no matter how old we are, we still need to dedicate at least 5-10 minutes to getting our engine going.

 

A quick way to tell if you’ve warmed up properly: You’ve broken a sweat by the end of it and you’re breathing a little harder, but you’re not completely out of breath.

 

Even if your main workout doesn’t involve rowing, the erg and its total-body, non-impact exercise is a fantastic place to prepare for any other kind of effort.

 

PS: They also make fabulous beginner rowing workouts. Pick one you like, do a round, and check in with how you’re feeling. Then do a second or even a third time through if you’re feeling up for it!

 

Try This: Workout Warm Up on the Rowing Machine

 

Here are three warmups we love. They’ll get you ready for your workout, and you’ll have fun doing them, too!

 

Whichever workout you pick, do a few minutes of easy rowing first. If rowing at full slide (coming all the way to the catch position) doesn’t feel good at the very beginning, this is your chance to warm up into it. Start out rowing at half- or three-quarters slide first!

 

Want some technique refreshers and drills to work on while you warm up? Our YouTube channel and our RowReady training program are chock-full of drills and other helpful rowing hints.

On to the workouts!

From our RowReady workout program

4 minutes at a stroke rate of 22 strokes per minute

3 minutes at 24 spm

2 minutes at 26 spm

1 minute at 28 spm

 

From our upcoming book 101 Best Rowing Workouts

For each round, row 10 strokes at the prescribed stroke rate, then 20 strokes at whatever rate feels comfortable for a warmup. On the early rounds, that rate may actually be higher than what you’re doing on the 10 “on” strokes.

 

Round 1: 10 strokes at 20 spm

Round 2: 10 strokes at 20 spm

Round 3: 10 strokes at 22 spm

Round 4: 10 strokes at 22 spm

Round 5: 10 strokes at 24 spm

 

An on-water rowing classic

Total time: 15 mins (approx.)

1 stroke hard, one easy

2 strokes hard, two easy

And so on up to 10 strokes hard, 10 easy

 

No prescribed stroke rates here, just do what feels like a good effort on the hard strokes and catch your breath on the easy strokes.

 

BONUS: Row Along With This Workout Warm up

Do the all-important pick drill plus a stroke rate pyramid with Master Instructor (and Olympian) Heather Alschuler! Ready to row in under 10 minutes!

 

 

Try these warmups and let us know in the comments which one was your favorite!

 

Want to add on a full-on workout after the warmup?

These should do the trick:

 

UCanRow2 Basic Workouts

Meter Monster & Flywheel Frenzy training programs

Monster Meter endurance rowing workouts

 

Tweetables:

 

 

 

5 Row Machine Workouts Rowers Love to Hate

 

5 row machine workouts that rowers love to hate - use these to build your rowing machine endurance

 

 

When was the last time you did a longer row machine workout? Like one that took you 30 minutes or more.

 

Does the very thought make you want to tear your hair out? We get it! These days everyone wants to stick to the workouts we can get through in 25 minutes or less.

 

We LOVE that approach too, and they’re the bread and butter of our UCanRow2 workouts.

 

But there are very good reasons why you should mix in a longer workout or two a week:

 

3 reasons why you should do endurance workouts

 

They help build your cardio base, which will not only give you more stamina on the rowing machine, it will help you do things like take long walks in the woods, ride your bike for multiple miles or chase after children or grandchildren for hours.

 

They give you a different kind of challenge. Research has found that in general, the more you switch things up, the better your results (unless you’re following a specific training plan, of course.

 

They help you get better at rowing. Better rowing = better results.

 

There’s tremendous value in simply putting in the time to master your rowing technique.

 

Can you learn to row well 500 meters at a time? Eventually, maybe. But you’ll get way more bang from your buck with at least some dedicated time.

 

With that in mind, we asked Cassi Niemann and Cheryl Arends, two of our master instructors who also do quite a bit of on-water racing, for some of their favorite dryland rowing workouts.

 

Or maybe better put, erg workouts they love to hate.

 

These workouts are all-rowing, sometimes longer than usual, and often more specific about the prescribed stroke rating (the number of strokes you take in a minute).

 

Try these workouts as a nice way to switch it up, build some cardio base or practice your sprints. And channel your inner on-water racer.

 

5 row machine workouts that rowers love to hate

To warm up:

 

Here’s a 10-minute warmup number that Cassi’s boat club likes to do:

4 minutes at 22 strokes per minute
3 mins at 24 spm
2 mins at 26 spm
1 min at 28 spm

NOTE: We’re old, so we would try to do a few more minutes at 22 spm if we have time.

 

To work on speed:

 

WORKOUT 1

Three rounds of 6 minutes with a 3-minute paddle rest in between:

2 mins at 20 strokes per minute
1 min at 26 spm
2 mins at 22 spm
1 min at 28-30 spm

 

NOTE: In rowing you don’t stop until the workout (or the race!) is over. Instead, you “paddle,” by rowing easy with no pressure.

 

 

WORKOUT 2

6 rounds of 1000 meters at mid-race pace (you could give a one- or two-word answer to a question but not more).

 

Do the first three rounds using a racing start. On the last three rounds ramp up as you start the piece, then sprint to the finish.

 

 

WORKOUT 3

Row the following pyramid:

250m – 500m – 750m – 1000m – 750m – 500m – 250m, with 3 mins paddle rest between each piece.

 

To work on endurance:

 

WORKOUT 1

2 25-minute rounds at 18-20 spm

 

NOTE: Our 10 ways to kill 10K post might help you get through this one.

 

 

WORKOUT 2

12-minute rounds at 16-19 strokes per minute, working on driving powerfully and a S-L-O-W recovery.

 

Cheryl’s crew does 6 rounds of this (OMG!).  Listen to your body and cut that back as needed. We recommend starting with no more than TWO rounds and taking it from there.

 

If you’re doing this correctly, by driving HARD (but smoothly) off the catch and then really taking your time on the recovery, you’ll be breathing hard despite the slow stroke rate and you’ll probably feel it in your glutes.

 

 

 

5 rowing workouts that rowers love to hate

 

Whew! We’re sweating just thinking about these row machine workouts.  If you try one we’d love to hear how it goes; drop a comment below.

 

And we’re always looking to help you with your fitness, nutrition and mindset challenges, so let us know what’s on your mind and we’ll cover it in a future post.

 

 

 

For further reading:

 

Want to try some other meters-only row machine workouts? Check out our endurance rowing workouts.

Need help to get started with rowing? Our RowReady beginner rowing program is perfect.

Want a done-for-you training program of row machine workouts? Have a look out our #MeterMonster program.

Test your newfound endurance skills with our 10 ways to kill a 10K row.

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Try This: Father’s Day Workout for Rowers

What better way to honor dad than by doing a rowing workout out with him? Grab a Father's Day workout - or three!

 

 

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 is the best kind of workout for dads, obvi.

 

We’re here to change that.

 

We put our heads together with our certified instructors and came up with 4 brand new rowing workouts (or SkiErg or BikeErg) that would be great ways to celebrate dad on Father’s Day, or any other time. Because every day is a great day to lift up the big guy, right?

 

 

Three of these sweat fests are interval workouts that will have you on and off the rowing machine. The fourth is a chance to see what you can do with a challenging rowing-only workout. That’s just how some dads like to roll with their Father’s Day workout, and we’re cool with that.

 

Try them and see what you think, then post your thoughts and results in the comments.

 

A NOTE BEFORE WE BEGIN: These workouts assume that everyone rowing has some experience on the machine. As always, let your fitness and your gut be your guide.  The rowing machine meets you where you are and takes you as far as you want to go. That means that YOU can decide every day how hard you want to work.

 

If this will be your or dad’s first rowing workout, or one of them, be sure he checks with his doctor before beginning any new physical activity.

 

Bring on the Father’s Day Workout!

 

Father’s Day Workout #1

 

This workout, a descending ladder of push-ups mixed with rowing, one comes courtesy of Certified Instructor Jake Ballestrini of ErgX Fitness in Uncasville, CT.

 

“Growing up, my dad always used to base one’s strength on how many push-ups you could do in a row,” Jake says. “So this screams Father’s Day to me.”

 

PUSH-PULL

Do a descending ladder of 15 down to 1 push-ups, with a 200-meter row in between each set of push-ups.

That means that you will first do 15 push-ups then row 200 meters. Then do 14 push-ups, row 200 meters, and so on until you get down to 1 push up and 200 meters.

 

For those of you counting at home that means you will do a total of 3000ish meters of rowing and a whooooole lot of push-ups (120 to be exact). Adjust as needed as fatigue sets in by making the push-ups easier.  Form first always, so if you need to drop to your knees, do your push-ups with your hands on a box or off a wall, do that.

 

Ain’t no shame in scaling, and this one will catch up with you!

 

It’s a great workout for any time of year, though, because push-ups are a perfect complement to the pulling motion of rowing. Yay for muscle balance!

 

 

FATHER’S DAY WORKOUT #2

 

Here’s a workout they love at Elite Athletic Development / CrossFit Arlington Heights in Arlington Heights, IL. Certified Rowing Instructor Karen Inman dreamed up this CrossFit-style workout. It’s a bit more advanced than the first workout and it follows a theme we love to do with holiday and birthday workouts: Include the month and date in the class design.

 

KEEPIN’ IT 1600

Buy In: 1600m Row or SkiErg (double the meters on the BikeErg)
+
16 Dad (Man) Makers
* 6 Sculling Sit-Ups or regular every 4 Man Makers
+
Cash Out: 1600m Row or SkiErg (Double the meters on the BikeErg)

 

 

Father’s Day Workout #3

 

Do IT For Dad

Six rounds:

 

Row 600m (double the meters on the BikeErg)

16 KB swings

20 Thrusters / squats

19 Sit-ups

 

 

Father’s Day Workout #4

 

This one isn’t Father’s-Day specific, but it will DEFINITELY give dad a good chance to sweat. From the cauldron of Master Instructor Heather Alschuler.

 

Mountain Climb

 

Set your monitor for variable intervals and enter the distance you’d like to go for each one, with 30 seconds rest time.

 

Row 100m at 20 strokes per minute

Rest 30 seconds

Row 200m at 22spm

Rest: 30

Row 300m at 24

Rest: 30

Row 400m at 26

Rest: 30

Row 300m at 24

Rest: 30

Row 200m at 22

Rest: 30

Row 100m at 20

 

Finished and feeling like you want more? Try adding one more mountain climb and repeat the entire set once again.

 

How did you do?

Did you try the workouts? How did you like them? Let us know in the comments, we’re seriously curious!

 

Need more workouts?

Want even more? Grab our FREE #GetFlywheelFit workout set. You get 11 classic UCanRow2 workouts that will get you burning fat and building strength. No more thinking about what kind of workout to do!

 

Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist Is Here!

Get your St. Patrick's Day row on! Irish pub songs and modern melodies combine in TWO great rowing playlists. #rowing #stpatricksday #fitness #workout #playlist

 

St. Patrick’s Day playlist anyone? How about two? Because the only thing better that one St. Patrick’s Day playlist is two!

 

We couldn’t decide which workout and playlist we wanted to do more in advance of the corned beef and cabbage. So we decided not to decide! Instead, we made one grouping that’s a standard playlist and another to fuel your best interval workout.

 

Both lists combine classic Irish pub songs and more popular music by Irish artists. Leprechaun-approved, and we hope you’ll like them too! If you have suggestions for songs we should add, post them in the comments and we’ll give them a listen.

 

ABOUT THE PLAYLISTS’ TEMPO

 

In general, we’ve tried to respect the guidance to keep the beats per minute around 100-120 for rowing, with some latitude to bump it up when the band really gets going. Mostly though, we think you’ll find that music that’s too fast will result in bad rowing and fewer meters than you might expect.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Row Playlist

 

The main list, St. Patrick’s Day Row, is set up so you can “press play” and get a few minutes of warmup before getting into a generally higher-tempo workout for about an hour.

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day Intervals Playlist

We also created a separate playlist, St. Patrick’s Day Intervals, that allows you to do about a half hour of intervals of 3 minutes of work with equal amounts of paddle rest (no-pressure rowing). If you want a workout where you can just hit “play” and go (starting with a bit of warmup), that would be the one.

 

 

Try both and let us know what you think!

 

Want some killer workouts to go with your new St. Patrick’s Day playlist? Download our free #GetFlywheelFit workout set. 11 workouts to keep you sweating, and guaranteed to bring you luck! ERIN GO ROW!

 

Rowing Workouts: Fourth of July Workout

 

Make your Independence Day glory-ous with this 4th of July rowing workout! For more like this visit https://ucanrow2.com #ucanrow2 #rowingmachine #rowingworkouts

 

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 independence, you can choose whether you want to do this on the rowing machine, SkiErg or BikeErg (double the meters if you choose the BikeErg).

 

If you’re doing this outside of the 4th of July season, just change that warmup to 2000 meters and you’re good.  By the way, you should be working hard on the cardio intervals of the main workout.  Keep it in that 70-80 percent effort range of “you can talk but you’d rather not.”

 

 

Sparkle With Glory: Fourth of July Workout A

1776-meter row warmup (or make it 2000 meters if you’re doing this at some other time of year)

 

Then do 3-5 rounds of:

76-calorie row

7 burpees

6 manmakers

 

Or scale the workout to make it easier and more inclusive:

 

Sparkle with glory: Fourth of July Workout B

1776 meter row warmup (or make it 2000 meters if you’re doing this at some other time of year)

 

Then do 3-5 rounds of the following:

 

776-meter row, ski or bike

7 push-ups

6 squats

7 jumping jacks

6 sit-ups

 

DONE!

 

Get 11 free rowing workouts

Want more workouts like this? Download our FREE #GetFlywheelFit workout set to burn fat and build strength in 25 minutes or less. Do them at home, at the gym, or with your rowing class.  However you do it, you’ll get in, get out, and get on with your day.

 

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3 Rowing Machine Workouts to Get You Back On Track

Crossrow workouts

 

Try this Fourth of July workout on the 4th or any other day! 1776 meter row warmup, then do: 3-5 rounds: 76 cal row, ski or bike 7 burpees 6 manmakers. Or scale it to make it easier: 1776 meter row warmup, then do: 3-5 rounds 776 meter row, ski or bike 7 push-ups 6 squats 7 jumping jacks 6 sit-ups DONE! #rowingworkout #intervaltraining #indoorrowing #workout

Interval Workout of the Day RAMP IT UP

Interval Workout of the Day: Burn fat and build strength fast with this AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout. Adjust your weights as needed to keep yourself challenged, but also working hard to squeeze out the last couple of reps of each exercise. If your form fails, put the weight down and take a quick break until you feel ready to go again. #rowingmachineworkout #crossfitworkoutsforbeginners rowermachineworkout #intervalworkout #skiergworkout

 

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 don’t have eyes or egos, they only care about being challenged.   Pick up the weight that challenges you but also allows you to do the move correctly.   

 

Never sacrifice form for the sake of picking up heavier weight.  The minute your form fails, either move to a lighter weight or take a quick break until you feel ready to go again.  If you can’t do it correctly at all, call it a day for that exercise.

 

If you’re doing this interval workout of the day at the gym, don’t worry about how you look.  Just get busy!  Nobody’s looking closely anyway, they’re too worried about how THEY look.  Ha!

 

Interval workout: A NOTE FOR INSTRUCTORS

 

If you’re a personal trainer or group coach, this is a great one to do with multiple athletes, especially if you don’t have enough ergs for everyone.  You can easily have everyone start at a different point in the workout and work their way around the circuit.

 

Be sure to review each off-machine move before you begin class.  Remind your athletes of no more than a couple of key technique pointers for each exercise.  They won’t be able to keep much more than that in mind as they get tired.  

 

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Got an interval workout like this you’d like us to try?  Post it to the comments, we might add it to our online repertoire, and give you credit for it! 

 

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The World Cup Workout 2018

World Cup Workout: Row your way to fit through the World Cup and have fun doing it! The US may not be in it this year, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun and work up a good sweat. Game on! #worldcup #rowingworkout #rowerworkout

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The2018 World Cup is here!  So many hours of world-class soccer, SO many hours waiting for something to happen.  Why not set up your rowing machine in front of the TV  and do a World Cup Workout?

 

We know some sports fans who are happy to row stead-state through the whole event.  But a typical soccer match runs around 100 minutes with stoppage time, and, unlike almost any other televised sporting event in the US, no commercials to break it up!

 

We’re all about banning boredom on the erg, so we highly recommend trying it our UCanRow2 World Cup Workout way:

 

THE WORLD CUP WORKOUT

 

PREGAME: While the previews are on, set up your rowing machine with a straight view of the TV so you don’t have to crank your neck upwards or to the side.  After the national anthems, start off with easy rowing for 6-10 minutes at 20-24 SPM.

 

THROUGHOUT THE GAME: Once you’re in your zone, hold a steady pace at 22-24 SPM or lower, but make sure you keep it controlled and don’t get too sidetracked by the TV in front of you.  Remember, hold good technique!

 

UP YOUR WORLD CUP WORKOUT GAME: Once the action begins, every time something happens – a yellow card, goal, injury, etc., – do the following things to keep it interesting.

 

YELLOW CARD – Bad boy! 20-stroke sprint at race pace.

 

CORNER KICK – Drop your stroke rating to 20 strokes per minute or lower for the duration of the play. Remember to s-l-o-w your slide on the recovery to help you row low.

 

SUBSTITUTION – Water break!

 

INJURY – Wish them luck to get back in the game with 10 hard strokes, 20 if the player is taken off the field on a stretcher.

 

GOAL – Celebrate really loud with a big “GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!” and then put the handle in the hook and do 10 jumping jacks or burpees.  Get back on the erg and grab a sip of water.

 

PENALTY KICKS – Handle in the hook and do 5 bodyweight squats during each kick.  In between kicks, get back on the erg and row, but don’t strap in (This is a good opportunity to practice rowing with your feet out of the straps).

 

HALFTIME – If you need a break, put the handle in the hook and record your total meters.  That’s the number you want to try to beat in the second half of the game.  Bathroom break if you need it, or grab a healthy snack like a banana or an energy bar.  Make sure to stretch and get back on the erg for the start of the second half.

If you don’t need a break, just keep rowing!  Do 6 rounds of 1 minute hard, 1 minute easy, then just row easy for any remaining time.  Remember to get fluids before the start of the second half.

 

GAME OVER – At the end of the game, record your meters in your online logbook and try to meet or exceed your meters for the next game.

 

Great job, soccer fan!  Hopefully, your team took the WIN!  Got suggestions for other ways to spice up the World Cup Workout row?  Pop down to the comments and share!

 

Need a structured workout plan to help you get your fitness headed in the right direction?  Check out our rowing workout programs Meter Monster and Flywheel Frenzy.

 

Row your way through the next soccer game on TV! Row your way to fit fandom. Game on! #worldcup #rowingworkout #soccer #soccerfan

Find Your Perfect 10K Erg Strategy

If you're thinking of doing a 10,000-meter row or ski, it's best to go into it with a strategy.  We give you everything you need to know to nail your goal. ucanrow2.com #endurancetraining #10kergstrategy #indoorrowing #skierg

 

What’s your 10K erg strategy?  Do you have one?

 

If you’ve ever done one of these endurance workouts, you know that they’re a huge mental challenge, almost more than a physical one.  It’s best to go into them with some sort of goal, especially since simply gutting it out over the course of a long distance is HARD, and often unproductive.

 

It’s an interesting distance, 10,000 meters.  Less than a quarter of a marathon but 5 times longer than a 2K.  Among the endurance distances it’s relatively doable and a great place to get started with longer rows or skis.

 

But it’s not a distance you want to go into without a plan, even if your goal is simply to do it as quickly as possible.   For most people and depending which machine you’re on, you’re looking at spending something on the order of 45 minutes to an hour working in that “you can talk but you’d rather not” range.  Not everyone’s idea of fun.

 

If you just “jump on and go,” the machine will punish you.  Especially the Ski Erg.  Even more especially if you’re doing the Concept2 Tour de SkiErg, that crazy series that has people skiing a different distance every week throughout February.

 

Your 10K Erg Strategy

 

There are several ways to approach putting together your 10k plan. You can base it off existing online records, your own past times, or simply set a survival strategy of mind games to get through.  Whatever you do, approach this as a challenge, one that you will be proud of accomplishing.  Or at least saying it’s done!

 

Here’s how we approach the 10k erg strategy:

 

CHECK THE RECORDS

 

Start by heading to the Concept2 website and checking the 10,000-meter rankings for your age group and gender on either the rower or SkiErg.That will give you a sense of what to aim for if you have a big goal in mind.   You can also look there at the world and American records in case you want to go really big.

 

The Concept2 rowing and Ski Erg rankings are a great place to start to calculate your 10K time goal. More help and tips: ucanrow2.com #endurancetraining #indoorrowing #skierg #10Kergstrategy

 

 

Play the percentages

When you’re in the rankings you’ll be able to see what sort of times people are logging for the current ranking year.  So in the example below, the current average 10k row time for women in the 30-39 age group is 47:40.1.

 

Now look under the Percentiles header on the right.  You’ll see the range of times for people in this age group and below them the corresponding average split or pace.   10K times in this age group range from 50 minutes plus down to just over 36 minutes (the current leader in the rankings).

 

 

Use the Concept2 rankings search tool to find your target 10K row, ski, or bike range for your age group. #indoorrowing #skierg #10kerg #endurancetraining #10Kergstrategy ucanrow2.com

 

That gives you an excellent sense for how long it might take you to go the distance.   Think you ‘ll do it faster or slower?  Head over to the Concept2 PACE CALCULATOR to crunch the numbers on what that might look like.

 

Another option is to check your ONLINE LOGBOOK for your previous time(s) at this distance.  How are you feeling?  Ready to PR?

GET ON PACE

OK!  So now we know what target you’re trying to hit.  How to stay on pace?  One of our favorite 10K erg strategy tips is to use a pace rower, skier or rider.

 

Decide beforehand if you’ll be more motivated by trying to keep up with the pacer, stay ahead of it, or keep even.  Adjust your pacer’s split time accordingly.   Everybody’s different – Do you like to be ahead or do you like the chase?  For some of us, there’s nothing better than leaving that little guy in the dust.  For others, it’s all about the thrill of trying to catch him.

 

Use a pacer to row, ski or bike your best 10K. Set the pacer either at the target you want to hit, or use it to beat a past time. Many more tips at ucanrow2.com. #10kergstrategy #endurancerow #indoorrower

 

 

How to set your pacer:

 

  1. From the main menu hit Select Workout > New Workout.
  2. Set your distance, then set your pacer time under Optional Pace Boat (or Skier, etc.).
  3. Hit the check box on the right.4. If needed, hit the Change Display button until the pacer screen appears.

 

NOTE: You cannot reset the pacer during the workout, so think carefully about how you want to use it before you start.

HELP WITH THE HEAD GAME

In the final analysis, 10K erg strategy comes down to how you handle the mental challenge.  Here are our best tips for that:

 

  • Take it 1000 meters at a time
  • Once you get the flywheel going, lock in your pace and keep your breathing under control.  Don’t let adrenaline get the best of you.
  • Every 500-1000 meters take a hard 10 or so strokes to pick up the flywheel if you start to see your split drop or just need a mental pick-me-up
  • Have a best-case and worst-case split or finish time in mind.  Know what your goal is, but also have a bar below which you refuse to drop.
  • If you go out too hard or too fast, the machine will punish you.  If that happens, give yourself a few hundred to 1000 easier meters to recover, then get back in and readjust your finish goal accordingly if needed.
  • For some, the Zen of the flywheel is all they need in their ears to get the job done.  For others, a really good playlist is clutch.
  • When you hit the last 500-1000 meters, empty your tank.  Give it all you’ve got!

 

If your “10K erg strategy” or goal is simply to survive the distance, think about staying at a pace where you can talk but you’d rather not.  Never mind carefully calculating a target finish or split time.   For more ideas on how to “make a game of it,” head over to our post about 10 indoor rowing workouts to kill 10K

 

whew!  Glad that’s over

 

It’s a sweet feeling when that monitor ticks over to 0 meters left.  Once you’re done, make sure to hydrate right away with water or a diluted sports drink and stretch.

 

Depending on your usual workout length and whether this was a big effort for you, you might need a post-workout snack or protein shake.  We’re partial to easily digested whole foods like bananas and sweet potatoes with a good hit of protein to help rebuild all those muscles you just used.

 

Don’t forget to record your time in your logbook, and give yourself a high five for a job well done.  Or better yet, hop over to our RowStrong Facebook group and share your success!

 

Questions? Comments?  PRs?  Post ’em down below, we’re excited to see!

 

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