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September 19, 2008

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So you’ve spent some time on the C2 Indoor Rower, but do you really know how to use the Performance Monitor (PM)? The power and accuracy of the PM are key in setting the C2 Erg apart from other exercise machines. The automatic operation makes the monitor easy to use; but it’s worth digging a little deeper and learning what else the PM has to offer. In this article… Continue Reading

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What is an Erg?

By Judy Geer

In Rowing

August 01, 2008

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You may have noticed that the Concept2 indoor rower is often referred to as an "erg," and if you've listened to any on-water rowers talk about it, they probably call our machine "the erg" all the time. CrossFitters have been rowing long and hard, and last month, for the first time ever; "Row 2k" was the Workout of the Day. So, it's time to bring you into the inner circle. You've earned it. Call it the erg. The literal… Continue Reading

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Race to Your Potential

By Alex Dunne

In Rowing

June 01, 2008

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Back in February of 2007, Concept2 co-founder Peter Dreissigacker wrote an article in the CrossFit Journal (issue 54) about how to prepare for an indoor rower test. That article concentrated mainly on the type of workouts to include in a training schedule in the final few weeks leading up to a race. It also touched on the basics of how to construct a race plan.

Over the years I have witnessed many… Continue Reading

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Rowing Corrections Part 3

By Greg Hammond

In Rowing, Videos

May 01, 2008

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Greg Hammond of Concept2 Rowing continues the rowing lesson and troubleshooting he started in video articles in January's and February's Journal issues. In this installment, he works with an audience member on the finer points of an already-strong stroke, focusing on keeping a slow but powerful and consistent stroke rate and cadence, maintaining good head position, moving the handle and seat in sync, avoiding "diving" into the… Continue Reading

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In Rowing

April 01, 2008

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In rowing, the "catch" is the transition between the recovery and the start of the drive. If you were rowing on the water, this is when you would place your blade in the water. Once the blade is in, you would feel the resistance of the water against the blade as you start to push with the legs. On an indoor rowing machine, there is no resistance from water but there is a similar resistance… Continue Reading

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Row Corrections Part 2

By Greg Hammond

In Rowing, Videos

February 01, 2008

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Greg Hammond of Concept2 Rowing continues the rowing lesson he started in last month's video article. Here, he offers tips on efficiency and troubleshoots a full slate of common technique problems.

Being able to see the problems and corrections in video makes them easy to understand and correct. Some of the key takeaways that Hammond demonstrates:

  • The first couple inches of the drive, beginning at the catch… Continue Reading

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In Rowing

February 01, 2008

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Compared to the complexities of rowing a boat on the water, indoor rowing presents few technical challenges. There are no balance issues to contend with on the erg. You don't have to feather or square your blade. There is no splashing water or risk of capsize; the coach can be standing directly next to the athlete; and everyone stays nice and warm rowing inside. All this… Continue Reading

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In Rowing

February 01, 2008

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I am often asked, "What makes the indoor rower any better than other forms of equipment for metcon [metabolic conditioning] training?"

The typical measure of aerobic exercise is elevated heart rate, which increases blood flow, bringing oxygen to power the muscles, and of course, a lot of heavy breathing. All this elevated activity of the lungs and heart trains and conditions the cardiovascular system. Rowing, though… Continue Reading

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