Concept 2 Unisex Adult SkiERG - Black, Standard Size
- The Concept2 SkiErg makes the sport of Nordic skiing available to everyone.
- Nordic skiing develops both strength and endurance and exercises the legs as well as the arms and core.
- The SkiErg can be used for both double pole and classic alternating arm technique.
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SkiErg can be used for both double pole and classic alternating arm technique. The SkiErg uses the same flywheel resistance and electronic monitoring systems as the Concept2 Indoor Rower, the proven choice of rowing athletes around the world since 1981, so you can rest assured that the machine is made to last. As well as being durable and well built, the SkiErg is sophisticated too, with an advanced PM5 monitor that provides immediate, accurate performance data. Whether you're an elite cross-country skier looking to improve your poling power, a weekend enthusiast wanting to get into shape for the ski season, or just someone looking for a great workout, the SkiErg will help you achieve your goals.
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Prepare to set aside about 30-60mins for assembly. I strongly recommend having actual wrenches or sockets instead of just using a crescent or monkey wrench. If you have a basic set of wrenches and sockets you'll be fine. Make sure your review the instructions to ensure you mount everything right the first time. You won't mess anything up but you can definitely waste some time. The box is heavy so have your delivery guy put it where you want to assemble it if you are concerned with carrying it around. I strongly recommend going with the optional base that you can also purchase via amazon. It seems like you are really adding to the footprint of the SkiErg but the area it adds is area you need to dedicate anyway just to use the device. Plus it gives a space for your sweat to fall. Oh yeah, you will be sweating! I leave a small pool of sweat once I complete my workout.
5000m - This is the standard workout most people do. If you can get anywhere close to 20mins you are a hero!
30mins - Pace yourself. It's not like a 30min run at all
10000m - Brutal - True test of your conditioning. Under 45mins is respectable. 40mins and you are a machine.
500m with 1min rest intervals - This is a great way to get started or to mix up your routine. Gives you some time to recover. You should aim for 5-10secs less 500m times than your average when doing 5000m or 30min workouts.
1min sprint 1 min rest (or some variation) - This would be your HIIT workout. It's not a pre-programmed workout so you will need to go into the "new workout" area and program this. I have been doing this one recently and find it very challenging. I shoot for 250m every 1min sprint and do that as long as I can. Then usually do a few extra just to burn a few more calories.
For example if you run on the treadmill for 30 minutes, you probably shouldn’t follow it up with 30 minutes of jumping rope, or play basketball and damage your joints even if you have the energy and will power to do it. Or you work on your feet all day, this can be a great way to do cardio without much stress on your lower body joints.
Here is 2 potential negatives that you can fix yourself. If you do a 10k almost everyday prepare to have blisters and calis on your hands. I tried all kinds of workout gloves but the breathable underarmour golf gloves worked the best and I highly recommend them. Second, don’t go all out as soon as you get this if your lower back muscles are not well trained. I highly recommend doing lower back extensions to strengthen your back if you’re going to use this everyday for 40-45 minutes.
Also, buy the wooden base. Yeah it’s kinda expensive but do you really want to nail a workout machine that you pull with all your might everyday to the wall and potentially damage your property? I did and I’m very happy with it, plus I moved it around a few times as well.
If anyone from Concept2 is reading this, here is a feature recommendation! Please add much more resistance so I can keep getting stronger while I do cardio. I even thought about adding a resistance band tot the handles to achieve this. Bow flex has something like that but their products are a bit gimmicky and I trust Concept2 more in the long run.
For anyone considering the rower, that is a great machine as well but I totally prefer this. The rower involves the lower body quite a bit more and you have to use a cushioned seat to protect your tailbone.
I hope this review helped someone who was desperately looking for an upper body cardio machine like me.