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Concept 2 ski erg – a full breakdown

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As we approach the new year, you may be assessing your current workout routines. Maybe you’re looking to switch it up by adding some new equipment to your home gym. Or perhaps you’re like me and injuries are requiring you to find stationary ways to get in your cardio. Whatever the reason, we’re breaking down the Concept 2 ski erg and all the pros and cons associated with it.

First, read all the details about the equipment and how to use it. From there, you will find all the common questions we answered regarding the ski erg.

All about the Concept 2 ski erg & how to use it

The ski erg takes the mechanics behind a rowing machine and flips it vertically to create a unique work out experience. Designed to mimic the movements of cross country skiing, you have the option to simulate a double pole or alternating arm work out.

Two mounting options

ski erg mounting options

There are two options for installing the ski erg. Mounting the equipment to a wall gives you a more permanent solution. If you purchase the floor stand with the ski erg, you have the flexibility to move it around. Keep in mind that the ski erg is tall, coming in at 7’3″ wall mounted and 7’4″ tall attached to the floor stand.

Proper technique

With any new piece of equipment, it is important to learn the proper technique of how to use it. When using both poles of the ski erg, keep your feet shoulder width apart. Use your core as you pull the poles down, keeping them close to your face and bend your knees. Pull the poles down to your thighs and then stand back up to the starting position. 

Concept 2 has a video on the proper techniques when using the ski erg if you are looking for a more in depth tutorial.

Concept 2 Ski erg

FAQs

What muscles does the Concept 2 ski erg work?

While they both provide great workouts, what muscles you are targeting changes a bit depending on how you use the machine. Overall, the machine allows you to target your legs, arms and core.

When using both pulls, you use the largest set of muscle groups and end up with a better overall workout. Using the ski erg from a seated position, you can still work your upper body and core too. 

Is the Concept 2 ski erg a good cardio workout?

Absolutely! If you’re looking for a way to change up your workout routine, the ski erg might be for you. It provides a full body workout, all from one machine. 

You can find a ton of workout ideas on the Concept 2 website, including CrossFit favorite Scott Panchik’s favorite ski erg workout.

What are the benefits of using a ski erg vs an air bike or rower?

Honestly, all three pieces of equipment provide a quality workout. Each one provides a nice, lower impact alternative to running.

The main reason you may choose a ski erg over a rower would be because a ski erg takes up less space. As for choosing an air bike or ski erg, it ultimately depends on whether you prefer a seated or standing type of exercise.

Where can you buy a Concept 2 ski erg?

You can certainly head on over to the Concept 2 site to purchase the ski erg straight from the source. But when you buy the ski erg from the Rogue Fitness site, you’re also buying their quality customer service. Through Rogue, your order is tracked on the Rogue Shipping System so you can easily check on where it is.

A ski erg makes for a great addition to any gym. It’s also a perfect piece of equipment for adaptive or rehab training. If you’re looking for a low impact, high quality workout, the ski erg won’t disappoint.

If you’re shopping around for other items for your gym, be sure to check out our review of the Rogue Echo Bike vs the Assault Air Bike. Or if you want to see a full breakdown of what the difference between Rogue’s racks, rigs and stands, we’ve got you covered there as well.

That about wraps it up for all the details on the Concept 2 ski erg but if you’ve got more questions, let us know! We will do our best to answer.

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