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Go to the Concept2 website for more details

In 1981, brothers Dick and Peter Dreissigacker created the Concept2 Indoor Rower, which swiftly became the rowing machine of choice worldwide. Several models later, it’s used every day by Olympic champions and novices alike.

Model D Indoor Rower

The Model D is known to competitive rowers as the standard for indoor training.

Model E Indoor Rower

The Model E sits higher off the ground, making it easier to get on and off for those with mobility considerations.

Dynamic Indoor Rower

The Dynamic Indoor Rower offers the closest simulation to rowing on the water and was developed to meet the specific training needs of competitive rowing athletes.

The Performance Monitor sets us apart from the competition with accurate, detailed and, importantly, comparable data from machine to machine. This is what makes the indoor rower an essential tool of training programs and boathouses around the world, and has led to indoor competitions, as well as world records and rankings.

Concept2 is dedicated to providing the most innovative products and programs. Every machine and oar we produce comes from a background of over thirty-five years of excellence. Our primary goal is to promote and encourage the growth of rowing, both indoors and outdoors. We believe that rowing is a lifelong activity, accessible to all.

Go to the Oartec website for more details

Oartec is a rowing company committed to designing, manufacturing and marketing innovative rowing products for the performance rowing market.

It is a major supplier of rowing machines for the rowing club, school, home use and commercial fitness markets. With a long association and strong background within the sport of rowing they design products that specialize in improving the benefits and value of land based rowing training.

Go to the RowPerfect website for more details

The Rowperfect3 (RP3) rowing simulator has been designed to simulate as closely as possible the dynamical and mechanical properties of a racing shell. It is the world's only rowing machine that truly simulates the dynamics of a light racing shell, freely floating on the water. The main frame with its flywheel, stretcher and seat are the boat simulating parts and the main bar simulates the water. The rower’s body does not move up and down the whole length of the main bar but stays still, while the main frame moves, simulating the boat moving underneath the rower. As a result there are no peak loads on lower back and knees which are often the cause of injury.

In its patented design, the flywheel assembly weighs about 17.5 kg’s which closely approximates the weight (per person) of most racing shells. The seat needs balancing as in a boat, forcing the rower to sit and pull symmetrically. The Rowperfect3 is build for rowers who want to improve their technique, and take their performance to the next level. The free software program gives the rower direct feedback by showing their power curve every stroke. This way the rower is able to learn how to row more efficiently, and crews can synchronise their technique and row faster.The Rowperfect3 is able to connect to other Rowperfects so you can build a double, a quad or even an eight.

Go to the WaterRower website for more details

WaterRower has been making a wide selection of rowing machines for over 20 years combining stylish design, hand crafted workmanship, and ethically sourced materials. The WaterRower’s unique WaterFlyWheel was invented by former US team oarsman John Duke in 1988 and all the machines are still made in WaterRower’s own factory in Rhode Island, USA.

Go to the Technogym website for more details

Technogym rowers are designed with the latest technology, combining innovative and transformational solutions to push your training to the next level. The ground-breaking technology of SKILLROW features a modal control, allowing you to focus on power or cardiovascular training by shifting from air to magnetic resistance. These rowers are designed to give an authentic experience that exceeds traditional ergometers, by making the resistance more fluid, whilst maintaining a high level of comfort.

What is Indoor Rowing

Indoor rowing, otherwise known as Ergometer rowing after the name of the equipment used for this type of sport, has been widely used in training and preparation of athletes for many years. But recently, indoor rowing has grown from a tool for off-the-water training for the serious rower to a sport in its own right.

Nearly every rowing nation now holds national indoor rowing competitions. The longest running and best known is the C.R.A.S.H.B’s, held every year in February in Boston, USA. In 2018, the World Rowing Indoor Championships were held  in conjunction with Concept2 in Alexandria, USA. The 2019 event will be held in Long Beach, California, USA. 

Ergometers have been used in rowing training since the 1950s in many countries. The earliest examples were huge metal contraptions with a big sold fly-wheel and were desperately hated by all oarsmen and oarswomen.

The 1980s saw the development of lighter, slightly more rower-friendly machines such as the Repco, which had a wheel which acted against air resistance. Some years later, the highly technical Gjessing, from Norway was designed and became the internationally accepted standard measuring tool which was used around the world. Later that the Dreissigacker brothers in the United States came out with the Concept2 which had the great advantage of being light, relatively inexpensive and consistent, so that wherever you are and on whatever machine, you could compare your score with others. This has made indoor rowing competitions possible.

The ergometer has become the standard tool for judging a rower's speed over 2000 metres. It has become a fixture in boathouses and gymnasiums around the world and is also widely used by athletes of other sports for cross training.

The rowing ergometer is now commonplace in fitness centers, introducing non-rowers to the rowing action and helping to create a sport in itself.

World Rowing Indoor Events

Want to get involved with indoor rowing? Now you can. You can participate in the following events from anywhere in the world. All you need is an indoor rowing machine. 

2019 Events:

2019 World Rowing Indoor Championships, Long Beach, California, USA - 24 February, 2019

2019 World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints - 6-10 March 2019

Race 1000 meters on the Concept2 Indoor Rower (Model A-E rowers only, no Dynamic or indoor rowers on Slides) at your club, gym, school or home. Stay tuned for details. 

2020 Events:

2020 World Rowing Indoor Championships, Paris, France - 7-8 February 2020

2020 World Rowing Virtual Indoor Sprints - March 2020 (dates TBA)

Race 1000 meters on the Concept2 Indoor Rower (Model A-E rowers only, no Dynamic or indoor rowers on Slides) at your club, gym, school or home. Stay tuned for details. 

Document 2017 Appendix 24 - Indoor Rowing Competition Regulations