There are times when you want, or need, to row indoors. Maybe it is poor weather, time restraints, the need for a change of pace, or the fact that you do not live near water. When these situations occur, it is still possible to achieve the same health benefits as on-water rowing.
Olympic and other competitive rowers, having the need to train indoors, desired a machine with the on-water feel and benefits. Concept II came out with such a machine. Today, virtually every Olympic and competitive rower in the world trains with it.
Fitness participants not involved in on-water rowing saw this and wanted the same workout as the Olympic athlete. Now that the Concept II has entered the home, health club and rehabilitation unit, 80% of sales are to those who row indoors only.
The popularity has caused a new sport to be born. It’s called indoor rowing and anyone can participate. There are over 100 races around the world, held in all areas of the U.S. and as far away as Italy, France, Poland, Australia, and Japan.
You can measure yourself against others without leaving home. Send in your personal best time to the annual Concept II World Ranking. There are three events and categories for every age, weight, and gender group. Eleven thousand people, including a 90-year-old, submitted times last year. Even if you are new at rowing, the rankings provide great incentive for your training.