It’s amazing what sometimes shows up at the boathouse. Apparently some old dude showed up and donated this 94 year old rowing machine. It looks like something that Ned Hanlan or Jack Kelly might have used. I find it interesting that they figured out how to design a sculling simulator 94 years ago, but we don’t really have a good one today. There was one being demoed at the Head of the Charles, but it looked like something out of the Terminator and cost like $5000. This one is really simple and appears to work on the same basic principle as the old Gamut Erg that we used to use in college – i.e. a leather strap puts braking pressure on a flywheel by generating friction. I wish I could try it, but it’s off limits for now until it’s refurbished. Come on Concept2, get your design teams on it!
If you haven’t already, check out the CrossFit Rowing Facebook page. My understanding is that while this is pretty new, it is/will be the official HQ-sanctioned build-out of rowing as a CrossFit discipline, and will be administered by Concept2.
Shout out to Shane Farmer from CrossFit Invictus who is the driving force behind this.
There are some cool giveaways going on and the chance to vote on some goofy pictures, so check it out!
In case anyone noticed, there are also a couple pictures of a nifty SUP adapter for the Concept2 rower – I’ve got to get my hands on one of those!
At the end of October my Crossfit Ignite coach, Steve Macioci, asked me for an idea for a Crossfit rowing challenge for Nov. 1-30. I suggested having the box try to row 1 million meters. This sounded daunting as most people in the box were not accustomed to rowing more than 2K at a stretch.
I am impressed that the box made it, had over 50 people participate, and there were quite a few 20K-plus people.
Here’s the whiteboard showing 1,107,232 meters as of 6PM today!
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