Category Archives: Ergo

The science behind heels up or heels down

Heels up towards catch

A guest post by Sara Hendershot Lombardi at Rowefficient. The science behind this rowing question should I have my Heels Up or Heels Down as I approach the catch?  It’s a perennial question. Let’s dig into the science here. We get this question a lot…should I be letting my heels come off the footplate when […]

Transitioning novice rowers from head to regatta racing

MSU Novice Rowers

I am the novice development captain for my rowing club and I am currently thinking ahead, to regatta season. I was wondering what is best for the novices (on the erg) when it comes to transitioning from head to regatta season?  In terms of the novice winter training, they mainly did UT2’s to get used to […]

ErgSlayer.com Brings Big Data to the Rowing World

ErgSlayer team results page

Nothing drives erg scores down faster than some friendly competition. Combine this insight with data driven analytics and you have Erg Slayer. Head coach of the University of Notre Dame Men’s Rowing Team, Mike Lehmann, developed and launched the website in 2016 with the goal of promoting competition within a team in an organized, efficient […]

Rowing Seat Pad helps back pain on ergo

Rowing seat pad, ProW, sore leg rowing, hamstring pain rowing,

Stuart Harrison has done a comprehensive review of the ProW Rowing seat pad. I came across the Citius-Remex ProW seat pads on the internet and went ‘holly cr*p batman’, with postage they are not cheap, brilliant idea though. Then there are two of them, which one is for me? The high seat pad is for […]

How to predict your crew’s 2k score (in 20 seconds)

2k erg, rowing test, ergo score

I’m not a great believer in predictions, especially when it comes to human effort. There’s too many variables that come into play. Yet, I sincerely believe in “edu-guessing” (making educated guesses) that get close to reality. That holds true when trying to a predict a team’s 2k erg scores. How to predict a team’s 2k […]

Help! Our daughter hates ergs

Canada university rowing: Photo Credit Trent University

Following our article Why do Rowers Fear the Erg, we got several comments including this story.  The author would like answers so please comment. I have a very different and specific case of Erg Hate that I am hoping I can get some input on finding a solution to. Please bear with me as this […]

Guest Blog: Winter Workouts: Why do Rowers Fear the Erg?

When your friends complain about waking up early for their life rowperfect funny friday for rowers

I am really frustrated by our sport when it comes to the erg being viewed as a torture device rather than a helpful tool that people can enjoy. This negative mindset, which is extremely contagious, plagues the sport, preventing athletes from training to their potential and possibly serving as one of the reasons that careers […]

Ivan Hooper on guidance to coaches on using indoor rowing machines and injury prevention

static versus dynamic ergo

Ivan Hooper works for Rowing Australia as a Sports Science / Sports Medicine Coordinator and this is an advisory note he circulated in approx 2012. His slides are at the bottom of the page along with recommendations for rowing coaches on how to prevent injuries from rowing on ergos. Since I sent out some comments […]

C Breeze natural cooling for long ergs

C Breeze, rowperfect, cool ergo,

Today we are launching a new product – the C Breeze.  It’s a cooling tool for your erg.  Use it to redirect the air flow coming out of the fan cage onto your face so you stay cool while you erg. Neat eh? It fits any Concept2 (Model B and above) and RP / Rowperfect […]