Novel rowing seat pad


When the Danish lightweight international Steffen Jensen sat on the erg his legs went numb; he was unable to train for extended periods.  His medical team found it was partly caused by pressure his pelvis put upon the seat top of the erg reduced blood flow.  A surgical appliance manufacturer was approached to help develop a seat pad to solve the problem.

Introducing the Citius Remex Rowing Seat Pad

Rowing Seat Pad Citius Remex

The ProW Rowing Seat Pad has an innovative shape that relieves glute and upper hamstring pain and thereby helps improve your erg workout.

It differs from conventional rowing seats in more ways: It has a ‘saddle’/projection in the middle and the holes are elliptical to create optimal pressure distribution from your pelvis.  Further, the ProW has an opening for your tailbone and a projection at the back which helps to improve your technique.  The projection simply makes it easier to sit up at the finish and transition from stroke to recovery phase.

Designed by Danish lightweight international rowers it is recommended mainly for use on top of a regular Concept2 rowing seat.  But it can also be taped to a seat in the boat using double sided adhesive tape (supplied).

Manufacturer recommends allowing 3-5 training sessions to adapt and learn to use the seat.  It reshapes to suit your body shape by 10-20% over time with frequent use.

The material is smooth when new and the top surface rubs off with use making the seat non-slip. There is tape on the back of the seat for you to glue to the C2 which will help fix the seat until the surface material is fully rubbed off.

Two versions

Seat with tape to fix to seat Seat with tape to fix to seat

Stiffness block beside slot

Stiffness block in slot

3 stiffness blocks

The seat pad is sold singly Rowing Seat Pad ProW

Or with 3 stiffness wedges which you add to the underside to create the optimal support that suits your body  Rowing Seat Pad ProW Adjustable

The development timeline

1993- Eskild Ebbesen has serious problems sitting on a rowing machine.
1993- Eskild Ebbesen develops a special seat with help from a surgical appliance maker.
1993-2012 Eskild Ebbesen rows his entire career on a special seat.
2013 Steffen Jensen has problems sitting on a rowing machine and rowing on the water. Rowing more than 20 minutes makes his legs fall asleep.
2013- Steffen develops a special seat for the erg and the water from a surgical appliance maker.
2014- Jacob Barsøe gets two block anaesthesias to remove the pain and inflammation from a muscle injury caused by rowing on the rowing machines: Jacob is forced to take a one month’s break from rowing to get rid of it.
2014 Jacob, Eskild and Steffen talk about making a new rowing seat for rowing machines and boats.
2014 Eskild, Steffen and Jacob invent a rowing seat to relieve pain from rowing.
2014- The invention is currently patent pending.

The guys have a descriptive brochure which has more photos


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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Jane

    Is there a women’s version, with wider holes? I have consistent rowing- or erging-related inflammation around the left sitting bone-piriformis-too of the hamstring, and really need a good seat pad. I’ve tried the usual ones, and they don’t help much. Men’s ones make it worse.

  2. Chris Neal

    Is there anywhere I can try this seat please? I’m building up to a 800km plus month on my C2 for charity in December, will manage over 600km this month however two biggest problems are butt discomfort and cramps in foot/ankle, both can kick in from an hour or more continuous rowing. Thanks Chris

  3. Andy

    Hi – I’d also love to try the seat and I know there’s probably a few at my club that would be interested in the outcome. Is this something you can arrange?

    1. Rebecca Caroe

      Andy – we don’t have a demo version of the seat – so you will need to buy one and share it around your colleagues.

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