How to workout with a face mask

What’s the right way to wear a mask to workout, and what are some of the considerations if you’re going to do it, or if you’re going to be teaching with one on? We dive in on the latest.

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Row for Good: Rowing-related efforts that need your donation

  It’s Giving Tuesday, a great time to row for good!  In the spirit of the day, here are 4 rowing-related giving opportunities that we’re especially passionate about at UCanRow2.  Efforts large and small, spanning a range of interests, they are all connected in some way to our UCanRow2 family of certified instructors and master…

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Swing It Out: Rowing + Kettlebell Workout #2

Updated Sep. 25, 2018     Today’s rowing and kettlebell workout at the UCanRow2 Bodyshop.  All you need is a rowing machine and a kettlebell and you’re good to go sweat!  Makes it easy to hold on to the rower at the gym, too.  We know what it’s like to work out at a gym…

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Valentine’s Day Playlist

Need a Valentine’s Day playlist for your indoor rowing workout? We’ve taken the work out of it and put one together for you. It’s a digital mixtape of upbeat songs about love, although not necessarily “love songs.” A pretty eclectic mix, we’re happy to say. Give it a listen and tell us if you have additions. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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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…

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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…

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