Grit Fitness Festival

Grit Fitness Festival will be held today, January 21, 2017 at the Hampton Road Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia hosted by Crossfit Oyster Point. This is a Concept2 Non-Satellite event.


More Under Armour and Rowers at Costco

More Under Armour at Costco:

And while the Under Armour Ladies’ HeatGear Spandex are long gone, the Under Armour Ladies’ Fleece Pullovers are still in stock waiting in anticipation for bundling into after an early morning Spring Row.

And while I’m personally loyal to my my old and always reliable Concept2 D, these Rowers are available at Costco for your New Year’s resolutions or prepping for the CRASH-Bs on February 25, 2018.

Cyber Monday 2017

There’s something for everyone on Cyber Monday. Rowers are all about comfort and efficiency, but we like something new too. Here’s a short list of places with spandex, dry wick, fleece, ergs and more for rowers and gifting:

For Under Armour, check the outlet HERE.

For Sperry check HERE.

Regatta Sport continues the Black Friday sale for Cyber Monday, for details check HERE.

Check out sale items and the Bargain Bin at JL Racing HERE.

For Costco check HERE.

For Dick’s Sporting Goods check HERE.

For Eastern Mountain Sports check HERE.

For Land’s End check HERE.

For L.L.Bean check HERE.

Sweaty Betty continues the Black Friday sale for Cyber Monday, for details check HERE.

Labor Day Erg

Happy Labor Day!

Alright, alright, alright, practice if done well is not a labor of love. I get it. But practice does make execution better. Mind over water, mind over matter, working out the kinks, and all the other cliches associated with practice come true during race time. To be at your optimum performance there are no short cuts. 

I can’t vouch for any rowing machine except for a Concept2, but some of these rowers are packed with Labor Day savings at differing price points. TopFitness recently reviewed the features and value in rowing machines. See if one makes a difference for you:

Concept2 has set the standard and innovation beyond trends for 40 years.

Costco carries a variety of rowing machines including Lifecore and the WaterRower made famous on House of Cards. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods offers up to 46% savings on rowers. This cannot be combined with an additional $20 off $100 purchase for Labor Day. 
Gronk Fitness offers 3 versions of WaterRowers thanks to Rob Gronkowski. Even if you’re not a big Pat’s fan like me, check out Gronk’s amazing blog to “get your mind right.”

NordicTrack offers the folding RW2000 Rower for $599 down from $1299.

Overstock currently carries 42 ergs some with special Labor Day savings just for today. Free shipping too when spending over $45.

And for other stuff you may need with Labor Day savings:

Eastern Mountain Sports offers up to 50% off with an additional 20% off one item (there may be exceptions) with the code Summer20.

Land’s End offers 30% off with code CELEBRATE and pin 4418.

LLBean offers 25% off a purchase of $50 today with free shipping. 

REI‘s Labor Day sale offers up to 40% off clearance and favorites plus 30% off one regularly priced Arc’teryx item.

My favorite, Sweaty Betty offers 25% off and free shipping with code LABORDAY.

Summer Solstice Challenge

To celebrate today June 21, the longest day of the year, Concept2 invites all rowers and skiers to the Summer Solstice Challenge!

Here we go:

-Row or ski 21,000m  on June 21.

-Meters can be rowed/skied all at once in one workout or over several workouts and entered online using an Indoor rower, SkiErg, on water and on snow meters to  count as long as you reach 21,000 meters.

-For more information check HERE.

-Good luck and Happy Summer Solstice rowing! 

Green Monday 2016

Oh me oh my, try not to buy! Green Monday is a lot like Cyber Monday and happens on the second Monday of December. Another prime day for shopping started by eBay who recognized a reoccurring surge in online retail sales on the second Monday in December. 

Here’s a few that may work for you:

In addition to a lot of Green Monday Doorbusters, Eastern Mountain Sports is clearing the decks with an extra 25% off select clearance and free shipping on everything.

JLRacing, always a favorite is running an Indoor Training Special with lots of bright colored unis even one spotted for guys with pink flamingos. 

Dick’s Sporting Goods offers $20 bucks off $100 plus other great deals to check out for Green Monday like 50% off select Reebok fleece. 

Although I’m staying with the love/hate relationship I have with my old Concept2 (love my erg, hate to erg), Costco is offering $100 off each of First Degrees Fitness Daytona, Newport and Pacific Challenge AR Rowing Machines through 12/25/2016. 

NordicTrack is running a Green Monday special on the RW200 Rower, an erg that actually folds for rowers on the move! 

Starbucks is offering a blue moon opportunity for free shipping for anything and everything using the code FREESHIP. You can also make an environmental impact while ordering a bag of the infamous Starbucks Holiday Blend. Starbucks is providing farmers in need with a free coffee tree for every coffee bag bought through December 14. 

Target is targeting deals in all departments with an extra 10% or 25% off for Green Monday.
Barnes and Noble has 15% off your entire order with code BNGREEN. Book on that!

Patagonia is offering 50% off last season’s favorites as Web Specials like the Dual Aspect Hoody.

Land’s End is offering 40% off everything and unprecedented free shipping. 

And to keep looking good, Bobbi Brown is offering 25% off everything through tomorrow with free shipping throughout the season.

Treadmills Without Motors

What’s that, you say? Treadmills without motors, is that even possible? A resounding yes, yes, yes is the answer called to action by your feet.

Treadmills, the most used piece of exercise equipment in any gym is going old school. That’s right, what’s old is new again, and in this case you just need to look down below to your feet. Manual treadmills are showing up in edgy, high-end health clubs forgoing the digital, electronic connection we all rely on.

The newly resurrected, childlike conception of a treadmill looks to a hamster’s flywheel for inspiration. There is a concave surface instead of flat tread and one moves by their own power just like a hamster on a flywheel. Personal gravity becomes the accelerator and the brake as forward is go and backward is to stop or slow down. And all your personal gravity and effort adds up to burning more calories than traditional treadmills. Perfect for a diversion from the erg, short burst workouts or to rotate through the rest of your training.

According to the Wall Street Journal, up to 30% more calories can be burned on non motorized treadmills like the Woodway Curve of Waukesha, Wisconsin or the TrueForm Runner by Chapco. Star Trac plans to add a motorless treadmill with an incline to its lineup of treadmills sometime next year.

The digital displays are battery operated to keep track of progress, no need for an electric outlet with this baby. You can work out during a power outage or alone on a deserted island. And these treadmills take up less space and are quieter too. Then again, treadmills without borders take up no room at all.