Concept2 Ski Erg Review

 

Not content with dominating the world of machine rowing, Concept2 have also turned their attention to the sport of Nordic Skiing by developing the Concept2 Ski Erg. If you have ever watched Nordic Skiing you will know that it is an incredibly demanding sport that requires excellent strength and stamina.

The Concept2 Ski Erg lets users recreate the act of cross country skiing using their patented flywheel as resistance. You do not require any experience skiing and the movement is quite easy to pick up after a little practice.

Just like rowing, Skiing is a low impact, high calorie burning exercise.

Performance

One of the best things about the Ski Erg is that it allows you to do a cardio workout standing up.

Just like their rowing machines the flywheel offers more resistance the more you pull. The skiing movement takes a while to get use to but Concept2 have plenty of online tutorials and videos that can help find your rhythm.

I found the machine most useful for warming up the posterior chain before weight lifting. It is also excellent for interval training. It also worked well as a high intensity finisher if you feel like punishing yourself at the end of a workout.

Concept2 have an active online community of other Ski Erg users who like to compare results, give tips, and set challenges. Concept2 also have an excellent customer service team that are always available help you with any issues or problems you may encounter.

The fact that it is used by professional and amateur cross country skiers to complement their training tells you just how effectively concept 2 have recreated the key movements of the sport.

Pro’s
  • Excellent alternative to rowing/cycling/running
  • Expert design
  • Delivers high intensity workout
  • Perfect for injury rehabilitation.
  • Same excellent Performance monitor (PM5)
  • Allows you to train in standing position
Con’s
  • Requires significant financial investment

Summary

The Ski Erg machine is perfect for anyone who is seeking an alternative machine workout. It is low impact on the legs while still delivering a high intensity cardio workout. Whether you are looking for an intense cardio workout or something to complement the rest of your program, the Ski Erg should be a good fit.

Just like their rowing machines, the Performance monitor 5 is the cherry on top of an excellently designed machine. The PM5 offers a range of preset workouts, games, and tracking metrics. It also has a flash drive which allows you to upload your data to an online logbook.

At approximately £700 the Ski Erg is not cheap. As a result many people might view a decent rowing machine like the modelD as a safer bet. However if you are looking for a fun alternative that will stand the test of time, then this is the machine for you.