Concept II erg drag factor

I have a Concept II erg. What drag factor should I set it on?

I’m not an expert but I do know there are a range of settings based on age, sex and weight.

Concept 2 write this on their website understanding drag factor

This is written for Crossfit indoor rowing athletes (may not suit rowers) but seems helpful

I was always told a rule of thumb

  • Junior Women drag factor 110
  • Junior Men drag factor 120
  • Senior Women drag factor 130
  • Senior Men drag factor 140

But that may be outdated.

However on a Concept 2 discussion board I found the following observation

“Drag factor is there so you can configure your ergo to match the drag you’re going to get in a boat. The variability is there so you can set up for a 2, 4 or 8.

Correlating for gender, height, weight isn’t logical.”

I hope this gives you enough information to make a decision!

Do any readers have advice on how to set drag factor on C2?

One thought on “Concept II erg drag factor

  1. Tramm says:

    My experience, after having been rowing since early 80′, is that most people set the drag factor too high.
    If the drag factor is set at a high level, you will get an un-normal proportion between the time of taking the stroke and the recovery time.
    Further more the risk of bag-injury will increase.
    In most of my training programs, I have the drag factor set to 105, which give me a smooth stroke.

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