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The SkiErg is one of the best buys we have made as a club.Denver, Colorado, United StatesOwner of Club Form Fitness
The Concept2 SkiErg makes the sport of Nordic skiing available to everyone. Long recognized as delivering one of the toughest workouts around, 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.
The SkiErg uses the same flywheel resistance and electronic monitoring systems as our 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 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.
The Performance Monitor is what sets the Concept2 SkiErg apart from other cross-country training devices: sophisticated yet easy to use, it allows you to accurately assess your output, monitor your progress, and compare your scores with others. Each SkiErg comes with our most advanced Performance Monitor, the PM5.
The PM5 monitor has both Bluetooth and ANT+ wireless connectivity, allowing it to connect to many heart rate belts, fitness devices and apps. The free Concept2 ErgData app helps you track your workouts and can sync with the Concept2 Online Logbook. Third party apps can provide additional features to help keep you motivated.
The SkiErg can be either mounted on a wall or used with a floor stand. Wall mounting provides the most compact option, while the floor stand, with its anti-skid deck and caster wheels, provides an all-in-one solution that makes the SkiErg mobile. Either way, the SkiErg is easy to assemble, and we provide all the tools you’ll need to do the job.
The SkiErg relies on high-strength cords in its drive system. Much stronger than steel, the cords are also extremely lightweight, resulting in a system that is responsive and smooth.
The SkiErg responds to your effort on every pull, so you are in full control of your exertion and resistance at all times. The spiral damper allows you to quickly adjust the airflow to the flywheel, so you can change the feel of the pull to suit your preference. Whether you want your workout to feel like you’re on flat terrain or an uphill climb, the SkiErg will respond to your needs.
The SkiErg’s ergonomic, strapless handles provide for a comfortable, secure grip and won’t absorb sweat so they stay dry in high use settings. They are also suitable for all hand sizes as they require no adjustment. Learn more
Our machines are well-known for their durability and construction. Tough and built to last, our machines withstand rigorous use in Nordic ski centers, living rooms, health clubs and military bases around the world. We make sure our machines are easy to care for so you can focus on using your investment, not maintaining it.
The SkiErg requires very little assembly. There are a total of twelve screws, and we include all necessary tools and clear instructions with lots of pictures.
View the SkiErg Assembly video.
We include the following items with your SkiErg PM5 purchase:
|Power Requirement||Takes two D cell batteries. SkiErg provides operating power when machine is in use.|
Mounted on Floor Stand: 23.5 in x 50 in x 85 in
SkiErg: 46 lb (20.9 kg)
SkiErg: 21 in x 19 in x 49 in (54 cm x 49 cm x 125 cm)
SkiErg: 61 lb (28 kg)
The SkiErg is designed for both double-poling—the two-armed pull common to all variations of Nordic skiing—and the alternating arm motion used in Classic Nordic ski technique. The double-pole involves more of the larger muscle groups, resulting in increased aerobic demand, calorie burn, and an overall higher quality workout. The classic alternating arm motion is also a good workout, while using a slightly different and smaller set of muscles.
When using the double-pole technique, each pull engages the arms, shoulders, core and legs in a downwards “crunch,” using body weight to help accelerate the handles. Watch the technique video and you’ll see the legs raising the body weight on each stroke, much as they do when skiing on snow. A workout on the SkiErg provides a true full-body workout that exercises the legs at least as hard as the upper body.
The classic (alternating arms) ski technique uses fewer muscles than double-poling, and generally has less leg involvement, but it is an excellent ski-specific training for Nordic skiers. It may be preferable to use a lower damper setting than is used with double-poling.
The SkiErg is often used by multiple users in an indoor environment where the typical ski pole strap would get sweaty and be cumbersome to have to adjust between users. To alleviate this problem, we developed the strapless grip. The “shelf” at the bottom of the grip rests against the heel of your hand much in the way a strap would transfer the load to your hand, but without the need to make adjustments between users. The surface of the grip is covered with the same durable grip material we use on our rowing oar grips. This material has good grip properties and does not absorb water. More information on grips
Although Concept2 is best known as a rowing company, quite a few members of the Concept2 family are skiers. Here in northern Vermont, the lakes are frozen for at least half the year, and there's plenty of snow during the winter. Skiing and rowing are two of the most aerobically demanding sports and serve as effective cross-training in opposite seasons. Both sports use the entire body, requiring the heart and lungs to provide oxygen to many muscles of the body at once.
In fact, we've been using variations of our rowing erg for ski training for quite a few years now. We first played with this idea in 1982, using parts from the Model A Indoor Rower. We have fine-tuned our designs since then, and are excited to bring this technology to skiers.