Originally designed as a training tool for cross country skiers, the Concept2 SkiErg® has been embraced by the fitness community for its ability to work legs, core and arms in a smooth, continuous motion. Great for all athletes at all levels—you don’t have to be a skier to reap the benefits of the SkiErg’s total body exercise. With the same flywheel and Performance Monitor as our RowErgs and the BikeErg, the SkiErg offers a quality workout that will build your strength and endurance.
Our SkiErg is easily adapted to those with lower body limitations or injuries and will deliver complete cardiovascular training, working your core and upper body from a seated position, whether from a stool, chair or wheelchair.
Tough and built to last, our machines withstand rigorous use in gyms and homes around the world. And like the RowErg and BikeErg, we make sure our SkiErg is easy to care for so you can focus on using it, not maintaining it.
Whether you’re an elite cross-country skier looking to improve your power, or someone looking for a great workout, the SkiErg will help you achieve your goals.
|Power Requirement||Takes two D cell batteries. SkiErg provides operating power when machine is in use.|
|Space Recommendations||Wall Mounted:
Mounted on Floor Stand: 23.5 in x 50 in x 85 in
|Machine Weight||SkiErg: 46 lb (20.9 kg)
Floor stand: 35 lb (16 kg)
|Shipping Dimensions||SkiErg: 21 in x 19 in x 49 in (54 cm x 49 cm x 125 cm)
Floor stand: 5 in x 26 in x 53 in (13 cm x 66 cm x 135 cm)
|Shipping Weight||SkiErg: 61 lb (28 kg)
Floor stand: 38 lb (18 kg)
The Performance Monitor is what sets the Concept2 SkiErg apart from other cross-country training devices: packed with features 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. Our 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.
Free Standing or Wall Mounted
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.
High Strength Drive Cords
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.
Flywheel and Damper
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.
Ergonomic Strapless Handles
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.
Durable Construction That’s Easy to Maintain
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.
Included with your Purchase
We include the following items with your SkiErg PM5 purchase:
- Performance Monitor with Quick Start Guide
- SkiErg Product Manual
- Tools and illustrated assembly instructions
Why Use a SkiErg?
You no longer have to wax your skis to benefit from the full-body impact-free workout of Nordic skiing: the SkiErg provides all the aerobic and strength benefits, and is available even when there’s no snow or you can’t get to the trails. Even if you’ve never put on a pair of skis, the SkiErg is the perfect tool to help you reap the benefits of a skiing workout.
An Effective Full-Body Workout
The Concept2 SkiErg helps you build strength and endurance by working the entire body in an efficient, rhythmic motion. Skiing is a low impact, high calorie burning exercise suitable for all ages and abilities. You are in complete control of the resistance: the harder you pull, the faster the flywheel spins, which creates more resistance.
A Safe, Effective and Convenient Training Tool
The SkiErg provides excellent sport-specific training using the poling motions that are integral to both techniques of Nordic Skiing. It also provides a range of resistance similar to that found on snow. The convenience of training on a SkiErg is hard to beat, especially when rollerskiing just isn’t an option—whatever the weather or conditions, the SkiErg is always available. It’s safer than training in traffic and is an easy way to add poling to your indoor workouts.
Measurable, Comparable Results
The Performance Monitor gives you immediate feedback on every pull you take, as well as cumulative performance data at the end of your workout. The monitor self-calibrates, allowing you to compare each pull, interval and workout. The Concept2 Online Logbook and Ranking allows you to easily store all your times as well as compare yourself against other skiers worldwide.
A Complementary Workout to Rowing
If you already use the Concept2 Indoor Rower, you’ll find that the SkiErg offers a similar high-quality, full-body, impact-free workout—but with movements that complement the rowing motion. The SkiErg will give you variety in your workouts, with the same powerful Performance Monitor, extensive customer support, and enduring quality.
Dedicated Customer Service
With Concept2, you will experience outstanding customer service at every step. We’re not just here to sell you a machine; we’re here to support you long after the sale. Create an online profile to log your workouts, take part in our online challenges and distance award programs, or ask a question of our knowledgeable customer service representatives. We are dedicated to helping you make the most of your investment.
Perfect for Adaptive Athletes and Injury Rehab
The SkiErg is a low impact exercise that is easy on the knees and ankles. The SkiErg easily accommodates athletes with lower leg injuries: injured athletes can sit or kneel, reducing the amount of leg involvement, while training at normal intensity and duration using just the upper body and core. It’s a great training tool for adaptive athletes, too!
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 be cumbersome to adjust between users, and difficult to keep clean. To alleviate this, the SkiErg has strapless grips. The “shelf” at the bottom of the grip rests against the heel of your hand similar to how a strap would transfer the load to your hand. The surface of the grip is covered with the same durable material we use on our rowing oar grips. This material has good grip properties and does not absorb water. If you prefer to train with grips with straps, standard Nordic ski pole grips can be adapted to the SkiErg.(PDF)
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.
We first started playing with the idea of a SkiErg in 1982, using parts from our Model A Indoor Rower. After years of tinkering, testing and training, we introduced the SkiErg in 2009, and then in 2014, our second generation and current design, was born.