Indoor Rowing Handle Position Controversy and Experiment

There has been a lot of buzz online this week about a poster for British Rowing showing a national team athlete using purportedly poor technique at the finish during an ergometer test on the Concept2. My view is this:  The ergometer is not an exact simulation of actual rowing, and the physics are different, especially … More Indoor Rowing Handle Position Controversy and Experiment

Peak power progress

One of the concepts common to both rowing and Crossfit is consistent measurement. I have become a fan of measuring peak power output as a way of correlating strength gains from Crossfit training to specific rowing performance. This is in line with some of Ed McNeely’s protocols for you sports physiologists out there. I try … More Peak power progress

30 days of Crossfit = 15% peak power improvement on the Concept2 erg

Well I have my first proof point of the applicability of Crossfit to rowing, as measured by a 10-stroke peak power test on the Concept2 rowing ergometer (10 strokes as hard as possible, record the lowest split reached on any stroke).  I repeated the test 3 times on the same machine at the same drag … More 30 days of Crossfit = 15% peak power improvement on the Concept2 erg