Concept2 Holiday Challenge 2020 (November 26–December 24)

The Holiday Challenge 2020 is an event for participants to row, ski or ride 100k or 200k meters between American Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve and help raise money for one of four great charities.

The Details

  • Row, ski and/or ride 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters from November 26 to 11:59 p.m. December 24.
  • Indoor rower, SkiErg and BikeErg meters only (no on water/on snow meters please). You can combine meters from each machine to reach the challenge goal. Note: BikeErg meters are counted as half when applied to the challenge.
  • Support great causes with your meters! Read about this year’s charities below.
  • This is an individual challenge. Teams are not used for this challenge.
  • The Kids’ Holiday Challenge allows kids (aged 16 and under) to participate at 50,000 meters.
  • Adaptive athletes can choose to participate at the 50k, 100k, or 200k levels.
  • Deadline for entering meters: 11:59 pm GMT (6:59 pm ET), January 4th.

If you are interested in it, please find the Holiday Challenge 2020 official website as follows:

Concept2 Fall Team Challenge (September 15–October 15)

The Fall Team Challenge (FTC), runs every year from September 15–October 15. The Fall Team Challenge is a challenge where team members each individually try to reach either 100,000 meters or 200,000 meters between September 15 and October 15. Meters may be accumulated on a RowErg, SkiErg, BikeErg or a combination of the three. There are free certificates of completion and prizes for purchase (available from our third party vendor). To either start or join a team, visit the Teams page of your logbook. If you’re a member of a team, make sure you confirm your participation in the challenge.

If you are interested in it, please find the FTC Standings from their official website as follows:

Australian Indoor Rowing Championships – Training Programs (Registration for event closes on Sun 25 Oct 2020)

Rowing Australia and its Member Associations have collaboratively developed and adopted a Whole of Sport plan that provides the strategic direction for the entire rowing community. 

Now, they have launched 12-week Australian Indoor Rowing Championships – Training Programs. The programs have been designed for different levels of applicants (Novice, Intermediate and Advanced).

If you are interested in it, please find more details from their official website as follows:

Sharing from World Rowing: The Head-spinning Statistics of Indoor Rowing During Lockdown

While many parts of the world were in lockdown, a staggering 131 World Records were broken on a Concept2 indoor machine.

Staying at home is a challenge for all of us. When you are an elite athlete used to daily training sessions with your team, isolation brings particular challenges. When the Covid-19 pandemic struck in early stages of March, rowers took it to the indoor machine and broke records like never before. In just 75 days these 131 new records were broken.

While some rowers just wanted to ‘get some kilometers up’ during isolation training, most of them were aware of the world records that may have been in their grasp. Most notably, young American rower Isaiah Harrison, 16, now owns all 13 indoor rowing World Records for his age group – from 500m to the marathon – most of them were broken during the lockdown.

In Australia, Georgina Rowe broke a couple records… accidentally, proving, she said, that quarantine life can be athletically productive. Rowe was taking part in an Australian indoor rowing competition with athletes from each state competing against each other on home rowing machines.

“I just wanted to get some kilometers up for my State in the interstate indoor regatta,” Rowe said.

Fellow countryman Erik Horrie proved that para-rowers could also smash records. He now owns the best time in the 1 minute, 100m, 500m, 6’000m and the Marathon. In total, Australian indoor rowers broke 36 World Records, followed by the USA (26) and Italy (12).

During lockdown, all top athletes trained hard on the erg. Big names like Emma Twigg, Hamish Bond, Olli Zeidler, Martino Goretti or Jackie Kiddle are now indoor World Record holders (see list attached).

And there may be more to come.

Information Sourced from World Rowing Website:

ELECTRONIC ROWING GAMES (13th – 21st June 2020)

Covid-19 has affected us all. Never before has the world been through such an uncertain time.

If you have a Concept2 rowing machine, a cable, and a good internet connection, you can join different virtual rowing games. One of the coming virtual competition is “The Electronic Rowing Games”.

The Electronic Rowing Games will take place on the weekends of the 13th and 20th of June. There are 5 categories: Senior, Adult, Student, Junior, and Para. (5 for men, 5 for women)

For the event details, please refer to their official website as follows:


2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships goes virtual

The 2021 World Rowing Indoor Championships (WRICH), presented by Concept2, the pinnacle event for indoor rowers will be staged as a live virtual competition. The finals of this event will be scheduled to take place on the weekend of 27-28 February 2021.

While further details are to be determined, FISA’s intention is to organise a WRICH with multiple rounds of competition. The first round would be open to any competitor with access to a Concept2 machine (‘static Concept2 Model C, D or E with a PM3, PM4 or PM5). The final round of the Championships is intended to be a virtual live race.

This platform will also allow World Rowing to promote indoor rowing beyond elite-level competition. Certain details, including those around rules, race categories, qualification processes and timelines are still under examination and will be announced as they become finalised.


Information Sourced from World Rowing Website:

Sharing from World Rowing: Surpassing One Billion Metres. The Lockdown Lowdown on Indoor Rowing.

The 2020 World Erg Challenge saw the 1 billion metre threshold surpassed as rowers around the world locked down and erged.

In its fifth year, the World Erg Challenge registered a record number of participants: 8843. These rowing enthusiasts completed a total of 1,249,511,544 metres between March 15 and April 15, 2020. To put it in perspective, each competitor averaged 141,299 metres over the 30-day period- that’s almost 5000m per day, every day.

This year’s challenge may have had a different spin. As so many people around the world are under lockdown orders, professional and amateur athletes alike have been seeking fitness solutions. For those lucky enough to have fitness equipment at home, this challenge came at the perfect time to stimulate the virtual competition.

The winning team was a virtual group called YAMSQUAD. Their slogan is, ‘a community of like-minded people supporting each other to their goals, whether big or small, through positivity!’. The team amassed an impressive 59 million metres with their 408 members. The members joined the group from all over the world, including Ukraine, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, Poland, USA and more.

Finishing in second place was an on-water team, Greenwich Crew. Based in Connecticut, USA, the team has 264 members and rowed 44 million metres. This pushed the three-time winning team French Indoor Rowers Team into third, with 32 million metres.

The top team by average metres per participant was a clear winner: Chp. 22 DAV Crew. This team, with only two members, averaged 2.5 million metres per member. This is largely due to the continued impressive performance by Don Altrichter. Altrichter spends almost nine hours per day on the rowing machine. Read our interview with him here. The Chp. 22 DAV Crew finish dwarfed the next-best, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office with 733,652 metres per person.

Finishing in second position in the individual metres tallied, behind Altrichter, was Carl Haske with just over 2 million metres. And the first female was Sharona A. with over 1.5 million metres, rowing for The Diamonds virtual team.

The World Erg Challenge gives teams from across the world the opportunity to compete, not for time or split, but rather for total amount of metres logged. Both Concept2 Ski Erg and Concept2 Bike metres were also counted. However, bike metres were counted as half when applied to the challenge.

The 2021 World Erg Challenge will take place from 15 March to 15 April 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

For the full results, here.
For more information about the World Erg Challenge, here.


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Sharing from British Rowing: Olympic Silver Medallist Vicky Thornley Shares Four Great Cross Training Activities

What to do if you can’t get on the water? GB rower Vicky Thornley shares her go-to cross training activities:

With events cancelled around the country this weekend, how can you keep training?

Aside from bad weather, incorporating cross training into your winter training can also make you go faster on the water come the summer.

Read on to find out Olympic silver medallist Vicky Thornley’s suggestions for cross training.

“I use cross training during the winter and early spring. Once we enter the racing season, I significantly reduce my cross training in order to maximise my in-boat focus. Here are four cross training activities that I enjoy doing.

1 – Indoor cycling

In the winter, if you find the water frozen or resembling the North Sea, cycling can be a break from the rowing machine. The indoor bike can be challenging mentally. Having done a whole cycling camp on a turbo-trainer, I know this only too well! Remember, time doesn’t stop and the session will come to an end eventually. Keep your mind on the benefits of the session and think about the summer races you might be winning – if you train well.

If you find yourself injured or in rehabilitation, indoor cycling is particularly useful. Always seek advice from a qualified professional when injured, but cycling can be a good alternative to rowing if you need to take the load off your back or ribs. If you do find yourself out of the boat for a period of time, you need to trust that the bike is a great way to keep working on your endurance capacity.

Indoor cycling can also bring variety to your training. Variety is the spice of life after all!

Keep your mind on the benefits of the session and think about the summer races you might be winning

2 – Road cycling

The GB women’s squad heads to the popular cycling island of Mallorca in the winter and it’s popular for a reason. The roads are well maintained, providing an assortment of terrain and, most importantly, it is home to big climbs, the most infamous being Sa Calobra. A piece of road that will be forever etched in my mind, having pushed me to my mental and physical limits numerous times.

Firstly, cycling is a great cardiovascular exercise that incorporates a lot of the same muscles that are essential to move a boat fast. Because your heart rate varies to a greater degree on the bike, compared to rowing, due to generally unavoidable changes in gradient, this offers up a new challenge and stress to the body.

A big benefit of road cycling is the length of time you can be on the bike. This can far exceed the time on the rowing machine or in the boat. The majority of our long steady-state rowing sessions last 90-100 minutes, so we are never pushing over the two hour mark. However, you can ride the bike for over six hours and this allows you to really push the endurance aspect of training.

Through the winter, running is something I often enjoy on a Sunday morning

3 – Running

In the past, there has been some fairly unsubstantiated proposals that running leads to injury, particularly the idea that it is ‘bad for your knees’, especially as rowers tend to weigh considerably more than the likes of Mo Farah. However, the evidence suggests quite the opposite if you follow some basic guidelines. I am a big fan.

Through the winter, running is something I often enjoy on a Sunday morning. We spend the majority of our training sitting down, so I enjoy the odd occasion when I can be on my feet. Running is also a great tool to clear our often overactive minds.

I use yoga, especially restorative yoga, to unwind on a day off or after a training camp

4 – Yoga

Why not incorporate yoga into your training routine? While it’s different from running or cycling, yoga will help you in other ways.

There are different types of yoga. Yang styles of yoga use rhythm and repetition, aiming to increase blood flow and build strength. Yin styles, such as restorative yoga, are about moving more slowly, and involve holding poses for longer and working on loosening muscles and joints. Both types teach you to breathe consciously and develop a greater understanding of your body.

I use yoga, especially restorative yoga, to unwind on a day off or after a training camp. I find it really relaxing, especially when it ends with a yogic sleep! I always sleep like a baby afterwards.”


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Six Reasons Why Indoor Rowing Is Good For You

Indoor rowing offers numerous performance benefits to different sports when incorporated into training plans, as Go Row Indoor Instructor Clare Holman explains 

The indoor rowing machine provides a highly efficient cardiovascular and fat-burning workout, where you can burn over 300 calories in 30 minutes. The rowing stroke also works 85% of the muscles in your body across nine major muscle groups including the back and shoulders, glutes, legs, arms and core.

This makes it the single most effective piece of equipment for a total body workout which, combined with the additional benefits it provides for core strength and flexibility, means that incorporating indoor rowing into your training will see you make changes to your health and fitness, fast.

For these reasons, indoor rowing is a powerful tool in training for any sport. Go Row Indoor Instructor Clare Holman explains how and why it benefits all manner of sports, and shows you how you can incorporate the rowing machine into your training.


Why is rowing good for runners?

Runners need:

  • Stamina – aerobic training contributes up to 85-99% of the energy needed to race.
  • Strong core and glutes – this makes it easier to stay upright, even when you’re tired, and avoid leaning too far forward from your hip, which can lead to injury.
  • Flexibility – in muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints. Any restrictions will limit your range of motion.
  • Coordination – when the upper and lower body work together in unison, it spreads the work of running over the whole body and takes the load off any single muscle group. The general rule is that your upper body and lower body should be doing equal amounts of work.

Rowing provides a cardiovascular workout whilst also recruiting a large proportion of upper body and lower body muscles, adding strength training at the same time. Being non-impact, it is also the ideal rehab exercise for those suffering from common running injuries, and the wide range of motion promotes flexibility in your muscles and joints.

Training suggestions:

Long distance training – 2 min row @ 20 SPM (strokes per minute), 2 min row @ 22 SPM, 2 min row @ 24 SPM, 2 min row @ 26 SPM, 2 min row @ 24 SPM, 2 min row @ 22 SPM, 2 min row @ 20 SPM = 14 minutes total.

Sprint training – 1 min row, 90 second rest x 3, 3 minutes rest, 1min row, 90 second rest x 3.

Always perform a suitable warm up before starting your session and remember to include an appropriate cool down and stretch after.


Why is rowing good for cyclists?

Rowing is one of very few training activities that can produce a high-intensity upper body workout, help increase power output and provide the stimulus for maintaining aerobic fitness at the same time. Cyclists will benefit from further development to their aerobic systems whilst also building parts of the body that cycling just can’t touch.

Training suggestion:

Endurance training pyramid – 3 min row @ 20 SPM, 2 min row @ 22 SPM, 1 min row @ 24 SPM, 1 min row @ 26 SPM, 1 min row @ 24 SPM, 2 min row @ 22 SPM, 3 min row @ 20 SPM = 13 minutes total.

Rugby Union/Rugby League

Why is rowing good for rugby players?

Rugby players need whole body aerobic fitness and rowers are generally recognised as athletes with amongst the greatest aerobic capacity. There are very few training activities that can produce a high intensity upper body workout, help increase power output and provide the stimulus for cardiovascular improvements at the same time.

Due to the demands of the game, rugby players also need to avoid too much impact whilst cross-training, to minimise the stresses put on their bodies. Rowing provides the necessary stimulus to maintain aerobic and anaerobic fitness whilst being non-impact.

Training suggestions:

Forwards training – 1 min row, 1 min rest x 3, 3 min rest, 30s row, 1 min rest x 4.

Backs training – 100m row on the minute, every minute for 5 minutes, taking the remainder of the minute off.

Aerobic fitness training – 1000m row, 4 mins rest, 1000m row. Aim to equal your time from the first row.


Why is rowing good for triathletes?

Rowing develops strength, power and aerobic endurance simultaneously, with explosive leg power coming from the drive phase of rowing.

Rowing builds upper body and core strength, and the arm pull-through phase mimics the catch phase of a swim stroke. It is also a great tool for increasing the range of motion in the shoulders and back. Additionally, in one rowing workout, major muscle groups for swimming, biking and running are put to work with no transition required.

Training suggestion:

Progressive endurance session – 4 min row @ 22 SPM, 3 min row @ 24 SPM, 2 min row @ 26 SPM, 1 min row @ 28 SPM.


Sourced from British Rowing Website: