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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Play This Game for Better Rowing Technique

  Rowing used to be a well-kept secret. Those of us who knew that the rowing machine is the perfect solution for total-body, non-impact fitness for people of all ages, sizes and fitness levels were few and far between.   Not any more!   Rowing has been called the new spinning, and you now see…

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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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Concept2 Rower Workout: Triple Trouble

Need a new interval workout for your Concept2 rower? Do this one with just the rower, or combine it with the SkiErg or BikeErg, it’s up to you. Add some off-erg weight work and you’ll be feeling fitter in no time.

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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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Workout 5-4-2016

  This workout is designed to be done alternating between the rowing machine and the SkiErg.  If you don’t have access to a SkiErg you can row the whole workout. Or, if you want a bigger challenge, make it an all Ski Erg workout.  If you do that aim for the lower number of rounds.…

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4 SkiErg Sprint Tips and a Race Strategy

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

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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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Rowing Certification Hits Central Florida!

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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