ERGOMETER / 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 Ergometer Championships, the longest running and best known probably being the CrashB’s, held every year in February in Boston, USA.
Races are held between individuals or teams where each rowing machine is linked up to other team members and distances and stroke rates are averaged out to give the team’s progression. Recent innovation has made it possible to place several ergometers on a slide system, making the machines move back and forth giving athletes that on-the-water sensation.
Ergometers have been used in rowing training since the 50s and 60s in many countries.
From this the idea of ergometer racing developed, notably the CrashBs, in Boston, as it became possible to compare the scores from a large number of machines rowed at once.
The rowing ergometer is now commonplace in fitness centres all over the world, introducing non-rowers to the rowing action and giving them the opportunity to compete in ergometer competitions.
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