The British Rowing team has a long and impressive history and a close connection to the Concept2 Rowing Machine. The level of training is beyond what normal human beings like you and me could really contemplate. One of the big standard tests of how good / fit you are is the two kilometer sprint on the Concept 2. All rowers of every standard dread it. You put yourself on the line, there is no place to hide. Watch the video to see what they think of it.
The Concept2, 2K Test
There are very few sports which challenge the body as much as rowing. That said, it is a safe way to get fit as it does not harm the joints in the same way that running does. The British Rowing team and pretty much all of the worlds rowing clubs use the Concept2 as their chosen Ergo due to the fact that it is so accurate. You can do the test at sea level in London or on top of the a mountain and the data will still be the same.
Concept2 is a manufacturer of rowing equipment based in Vermont, USA. It is best known for its air resistance indoor rowing machines (a.k.a. “ergometers” or “ergs”), which are considered the standard training and testing machines for competition rowersand can be found in most gyms. Both the CRASH-B Sprints (which style themselves the world championship for indoor rowing) and the British Indoor Rowing Championships indoor rowing competitions are rowed on Concept2 indoor rowers. Concept2 also manufactures oars for sculling and sweep rowing (under the name Dreissigacker) and air resistance Nordic skiing trainers (SkiErgs).