After a long hiatus the Concept2 rower is back on The Biggest Loser for the current U.S. season. And this season you’ll be seeing the SkiErg as well. Great news! For the most part…
If you saw the first episode you saw some rowing (not on Concept 2 machines), but unfortunately virtually none of it with good technique or cuing from the trainers. And viewers noticed. Twitter users, for example, had a lot to say about it: “It kills me watching people erg on The Biggest Loser,” wrote @kdbug313. “Like that’s not how you do it.” “I truly cannot watch people on the biggest loser erg because they all have the worst form and do it wrong,” said @laurenndriscoll.
It’s a shame that the Biggest Loser contestants don’t get a better chance at learning and using proper technique. Properly done, there’s no better machine for fitness and weight loss than the Concept2 rowing machine. But it’s like everything else, you have to do it right to get the best results.
So to support Biggest Loser viewers across the United States and Canada, and as part of our mission to Stamp Out Bad Rowing we’ve created a new deal: Buy your Concept2 erg or SkiErg from us and we’ll give you a free Skype training session with a master instructor to get you set up and rowing/skiing right.
Here’s what to do to get the deal: Contact us, either by email (email@example.com), or phone (906-482-8748) during business hours, mention that you want the Biggest Loser deal and let us know if you’d like to buy a rowing machine or a SkiErg (or both!).
Money saved on a UCanRow2 remote training session: $65. Weight loss and fitness results from learning to erg correctly: Priceless.
Questions? Post ’em to the comments. Row on!!!
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 a new book — and judging by how much he’s out there promoting it already he must be needing all his CrossFit strength just to get through it! He was on NBC’s Today show this morning giving a quick overview of his rules. Watch the video link and you’ll get the gist.
Anyway he’s got some good, commonsense ideas about what he calls the “non-negotiable” rules for losing weight, including drinking lots of water, eating lots of protein, and going to bed hungry (not eating within three hours of bedtime). It’ll be interesting to see if what he’s done is also compatible with the Paleo diet, which is a such a big part of so many CrossFitters’ life.
Anybody planning on reading the book? How do you see this fitting into the lifestyle of rowers who want to lose weight? Is it realistic with early mornings, heavy-duty workouts and intense erg sessions? Tell us in the comments.
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 would be great for indoor rowing (although they should have been on Concept2 ergs) EXCEPT for two things:
1. The contestants’ technique left a whole lot to be desired and in some cases was downright bad and potentially dangerous.
2. The rowing machine was portrayed only as a torture tool, even leaving one contestant panting on the ground with a medic looking over her.
Those of us who row for a living or for love or for fitness know that one of the great things about the erg is that it responds to you and your effort level: The harder you row, the more resistance; back off and the handle is easier to pull. And it is one of the best exercises for weight loss. There is no better workout for total-body non-impact cardio fitness that can lead to significant weight loss.
BUT – to get good results on the rowing machine you have to have good technique, and the best way to learn it is from a certified rowing instructor. The basic rowing stroke is easy to learn but, like golf, the quest for the perfect stroke is eternal. And if you or one of your clients is overweight or obese it’s even more important to do it right. What’s the quickest way to get there? GET CERTIFIED!
What did you think of last night’s episode? A good or bad thing for rowing?