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Get your sweat on and get certified! Give us a day at our indoor rowing certification and we’ll give you all the fundamentals of teaching indoor rowing on the Concept2 rowing machine. Certified indoor rowing instructors are more credible and are in high demand. Why? Because they have what it takes to help their students get their best results.
As one of our recent rowing training attendees puts it, “Certifications aren’t just for knowledge, they’re for networking, brainstorming and experience sharing in our overwhelming world of fitness. We don’t have time to work out and experiment on our own to learn the best about new workouts. So why not rely on our peer professionals?”
Here’s the list of upcoming indoor rowing certification trainings. Don’t see the location you want? Let us know in the comments or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re always up for adding more dates and locations. There’s a lot of bad rowing to be fixed out there!
The rowing machine is finally getting its due. Hallelujah! Where once it was the Rodney Dangerfield of the fitness world, sitting sad and lonely in a corner of the gym, the machine that on-water rowers have used for decades has become the IT home and gym fitness machine.
Today, with the arrival of indoor rowing in studios, gyms, CrossFit boxes and homes around the world, people are starting to pay a whole lot more attention to this wonder of a total-body fitness machine. That growth is a great thing, but it also means that there’s a lot of bad rowing technique out there.
At UCanRow2 we’re on a mission to stop bad rowing, in part by helping to demistify it. Yes, you can absolutely become a complete rowing nerd and analyze every little bit of your stroke. Rowers and coaches alike at facilities like the Craftsbury Outdoor Center love to do that. Indeed, it’s a great part of the sport: the relentless pursuit of the perfect stroke.
how to simplify the rowing stroke
Too often, people make indoor rowing sound much harder than it has to be, both in terms of the effort required to get good results and the technique needed to get there. Sure, there are plenty of finer points to rowing technique that can make it challenging. Golf is the same way. But both are fun, even if you don’t have everything mastered.
Yes, you can use the erg as your personal torture device (ask anyone who’s ever rowed 2000 meters for time) but the rowing machine is good for so much more than that. Whether you want to row hard or just take it easy, the rowing machine is there for you. It will meet you where you are, and then take you as far as you want to go.
Your 6-word rowing technique mantra: Legs-Body-Arms, Arms-Body-Legs
Our Certified Indoor Rowing Instructors preach a mantra of “legs, body, arms – arms, body, legs” as a quick way to remember the flow of the rowing stroke and which body parts move when.
More specifically, from the catch you drive back with the legs, then begin to swing your back towards the rear of the machine, until your torso is roughly at an 11:00 position on a clock. Then and only then (once you feel resistance on the chain) do you start to pull back with the arms.
On the recovery, you first release your arms out, then swing forward to 1:00 with your back, and begin to move your legs, only after the handle is past your knees. We call that “boxing out,” or creating a frame for your knees to pop up into.
the relentless pursuit of perfect rowing technique
You may be concerned that your rowing technique isn’t “perfect.” Congratulations, you’re a rower! The pursuit of the perfect rowing stroke is as elusive and constant as that of the perfect golf swing.
Remember how we said that you will hear rowers all the way from novices up to Olympians discussing the stroke’s finer points and what they’re working on? That’s your cue to stop worrying about having perfect technique. Work on one technique element at a time and have oodles and oodles of patience.
INSTRUCTORS: The same applies to your indoor rowing students. Give them just one technique thing to work on at a time. Otherwise you risk overwhelming them, and then they won’t come back. First and foremost, rowing class has to be FUN.
Most of us grew up walking, running and biking but NOT rowing. So it makes all the sense in the world that getting the technique down would take practice. No worries! We’re working on ours right along with you.
For a visual breakdown of the stroke and the technique mantra, watch UCanRow2 Master Instructor Cassie Niemann, and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel:
Legs, body, arms — arms, body, legs. Stick with that and you will be well on your way to erging like the pros — and having the physique to prove it.
NEED A rowing workout Plan?
It’s one thing to sit down on the machine and start pulling on the handle. It’s another to have a plan that’s been put together by the experts. The Meter Monster and Flywheel Frenzy workout programs are designed to help you stay consistent with your workouts and give you a plan to follow, whether you row solo at home or the gym, or you teach rowing class.
Got questions about your rowing technique? We have a bunch of training tips you can check out, or post your question below and we’ll get a master instructor to answer it. Want to find a certified rowing instructor in your area, check our list. Want to become one yourself? Hop on over to our instructors page and find out how.
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 Indoor Rowing Basic Course at Seattle’s Pocock Rowing Center on Saturday, April 13. Attendees at the rowing cert will have an opportunity to get individualized critiques of their rowing on the Concept2 rowing machine, learn how to put together a class on the machine, and pick up important tips on working with different populations of exercisers. Want to know how best to take care of your Concept2 rowing machine? You’ll learn that too.
The course will be led by Heather Mandoli Alschuler, who has been involved in rowing on and off the water since the day someone brought an erg to her high school P.E. class. As an athlete, she was an All-American rower at the University of Michigan and then went on to row for Team Canada for five years at various World Cup and World Championship regattas. She raced primarily in the women’s pair and eight events, placing sixth or higher in every international race and capped off her career in the women’s 8+ on the 2008 Olympic team.
Particularly well-rounded as a coach, she has worked with everyone from novices to aspiring Olympians to masters. She is the Erg Ed instructor and coordinator for Row to the Future‘s Erg Ed program, which is setting the bar for other cities to follow in bringing rowing into schools.
The Indoor Rowing Basic Course fee is $275, with an Early Bird rate of $225 until March 23. Ready to register? Sign up!