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ZOOM ERGOS

Erg together!

Getting on the ergo can be a lot more fun if you row alongside someone else.  Zoom Ergos has live workouts every day which you can join for as long or as little as you want alongside dozens of others, hosted by Olympic champions, World Champions, professional instructors and clubs.  


In our first ten weeks we've had 4,900 session sign-ups to 120 workouts from more than 1150 people - from Los Angeles to Sydney, aged 13 to 77, and from complete novice to some of the sport's best-known names.  More than 2/5ths of people who have joined a session don't think of themselves as rowers - and some have even joined on a bike! Many have learned a lot from some of the world's best-ever exponents of the sport, and all of them have loved the sense of community that comes from training with others. 

Our aim is to get to a point where we have a full schedule of work-outs across the day so that there is always something you can join, wherever you are in the world. Although the times listed are GMT, we are always on the search for people who can host workouts that are convenient for people all over the world. Whether you find yourself joining one person or 100 people depends on what the take-up is in your timezone, so let people know they can join, and let us know what you would like to see or if you can facilitate a workout where you are!

Please note that, as mentioned above, times on the site are UK times (GMT). 

 

Upcoming ergo sessions (times are GMT)

  • Thursday 21st January, 7.45am with a 4-time Olympic champion
    Thu, Jan 21
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    Jan 21, 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
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    Join the legendary Sir Matthew Pinsent for his regular Thursday morning ZE workout. 3 sets of 6 minutes then 4 minutes, with 2 minutes recovery between each piece of work.
  • Thursday 21st January, 3pm - 10k UT2/3 aerobic with a London 2012 gold medallist
    Thu, Jan 21
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    Jan 21, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
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    Join Naomi Riches MBE, who won gold in the LTA mixed coxed four at London 2012, following bronze in Beijing in 2008, for a light session with technical focuses.
  • Thursday 21st January, 6pm with Warrington RC
    Thu, Jan 21
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    Jan 21, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM
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    Join Warrington Rowing Club as they do their club's training session. 8, 6 and 4 minutes at 25, 26 and 27. 1min recovery between each.
  • Thursday 21st January, 7pm with instructor Rob Mayes
    Thu, Jan 21
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    Jan 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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    A full body workout combining exercise on and off the machine, this is a 45 min session which you would need to join from the start.
  • Friday 22nd January, 6.15am GMT, 1715 Sydney with world record holder Michelle Lee
    Fri, Jan 22
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    Jan 22, 6:15 AM – 7:15 AM
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    45 minutes steady with the world record holder for doing a million metres on a Concept 2 - and she doesn't even consider herself to be a rower! Live from Sydney https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z9UXhMHTnw
  • Friday 22nd January, 7.30am - with an Olympic silver medallist
    Fri, Jan 22
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    Jan 22, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
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    Join Gillian Lindsay, World Champion in the double in Cologne in 1998 and silver medallist in the quad at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Work TBC nearer the time.
  • Friday 22nd January, noon - 4 by 8 with Darryl Preston
    Fri, Jan 22
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    Jan 22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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    4x8 minutes at rates 18, 20, 22 and 24, with 2 minutes' recovery. Session includes a 10-minute warm-up plus 3-minute stretch, and a 7-minute cool down.
  • Friday 22nd January, 6.30pm with Kingsley Ijomah
    Fri, Jan 22
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    Jan 22, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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    Three sets of 30 strokes on, 10 strokes off - ten times. With a warm-up and a cool down - alongside a Paralympian training for Tokyo.
  • Saturday 23rd January at 8.15am with an Olympic champion
    Sat, Jan 23
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    Jan 23, 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM
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    Barcelona Olympic champion and 2x Olympic medallist Jonny Searle will lead a session of 4x8mins with 2' recovery. The pieces are 22/24, then 22/24/22/24, then 22/26/24/22, and then the last piece is 2m r22 then light for 1m then 2m r24 then light for 1m then 2. Warm-up at 8.15, work prompt 8.30
  • Saturday 23rd January at 9.30am, with triple Olympian Jess Eddie
    Sat, Jan 23
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    Jan 23, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
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    Triple Olympian Jess Eddie is doing an hour of steady work. Join for as much of it as you want. Start with her at 9.30 until you've had enough, or join in the middle!
  • Sunday 24th January, 3am GMT - 7am Dubai, 7pm PST - with former int'l lightweight Chris Leonard
    Sun, Jan 24
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    Jan 24, 3:00 AM – 4:00 AM
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    3x10mins with rate changes (22,24,26,28)
  • Sunday 24th January, 10am 3x20mins with triple Blue Dave Gillard
    Sun, Jan 24
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    Jan 24, 10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
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    Join Boat Race legend and BRIC medallist Dave Gillard for his popular 3 x 20 minute workout with 2 minutes off in between in each, rating a steady 20. Join him for as many of the three as you like.
  • Sunday 24th January, 1545GMT, 1045EST - 60 mins with the Steady State Network
    Sun, Jan 24
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    Jan 24, 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
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    Join Steady State Network Co-Founders Rachel Freedman (in Washington, D.C.) and Tara Morgan (in Vashon, WA) for a 60 min. steady state workout. Arrive warmed up, stay as long as you want, and stick around after to chat.
  • Monday 25th January, 7.30am with Guin Batten
    Mon, Jan 25
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    Jan 25, 7:30 AM – 8:15 AM
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    Join this popular slot: a half-hour time-saving cardio workout, with Olympic silver medallist and ocean rower Guin Batten. 30 minutes to kick-start your day!
  • Monday 25th January, 8am - Glute activation with physio Lucy Hart
    Mon, Jan 25
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    Jan 25, 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
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    Join professional physio Lucy Hart for a 20-minute stretching session focused on the glutes
  • Monday 25th January, 7pm - with Tom Rook, Head Junior Coach West for London Youth Rowing
    Mon, Jan 25
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    Jan 25, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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    Work TBC nearer the time
  • Tuesday 26th January, 7.45am - 40 minutes with Jess Eddie
    Tue, Jan 26
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    Jan 26, 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
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    The Olympic silver medallist will be doing around 40 minutes' work, with details TBC
  • Tuesday 26th January at Noon with instructor Darryl Preston
    Tue, Jan 26
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    Jan 26, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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    Blast your ERG with this popular 50min Programme - 4 Sets x 4min TABATA (20secs Firm/10secs Lite) + 4mins SS SR
  • Tuesday 26th January, 1830GMT 1330EST Steady with speed work, with US Olympic gold medallist Lindsay Shoop
    Tue, Jan 26
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    Jan 26, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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    30 mins steady, done as 2x15’, 3x10’, or 5x6’ depending on the individual’s choice/level; with various drills, bursts, high strokes blended in to touch on a little of everything. 15-min warm-up with technical drills first, alongside Olympic gold medallist and three-time World Champion Lindsay Shoop
  • Wednesday 27th January, 8.30am: Sprints with Olympic champion Mark Hunter
    Wed, Jan 27
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    Jan 27, 8:30 AM – 9:05 AM
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    A half-hour sprint fest: 1 minute on, 1 minute off, rating 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32. Five minutes, three times, for a 30-minute workout.
  • Wednesday 27th January, 6pm - with Mossbourne Rowing Academy and London Youth Rowing
    Wed, Jan 27
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    Jan 27, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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    Join Mossbourne Rowing Academy and London Youth Rowing for an evening workout. Work TBC.
  • Thursday 28th January, 7.45am with Sir Matthew Pinsent
    Thu, Jan 28
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    Jan 28, 7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
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    Join the Olympic legend for his regular Thursday morning ZE workout. Work TBC nearer the time.
  • Thursday 28th January, 7pm with instructor Rob Mayes
    Thu, Jan 28
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    Jan 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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    A full body workout combining exercise on and off the machine, this is a 45 min session which you would need to join from the start.
  • Friday 29th January, 7.30am - with Olympic silver medallist Gillian Lindsay
    Fri, Jan 29
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    Jan 29, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
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    Join Gillian Lindsay, World Champion in the double in Cologne in 1998 and silver medallist in the quad at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Work TBC nearer the time.
  • Friday 29th January, noon - 4 by 8 with Darryl Preston
    Fri, Jan 29
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    Jan 29, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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    4x8 minutes at rates 18, 20, 22 and 24, with 2 minutes' recovery. Session includes a 10-minute warm-up plus 3-minute stretch, and a 7-minute cool down.
  • Friday 29th January, 6.30pm with Kingsley Ijomah
    Fri, Jan 29
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    Jan 29, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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    Three sets of 3min @24, 2min @26, 2min @28 and 1min @34-36. With a warm-up and a cool down - alongside a Paralympian training for Tokyo.
  • Sunday 31st January, 10am 3x20mins with triple Blue Dave Gillard
    Sun, Jan 31
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    Jan 31, 10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
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    Join Boat Race legend and BRIC medallist Dave Gillard for his popular 3 x 20 minute workout with 2 minutes off in between in each, rating a steady 20. Join him for as many of the three as you like.
  • Monday 1st February, 7pm - with Tom Rook, Head Junior Coach West for London Youth Rowing
    Mon, Feb 01
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    Feb 01, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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    Work TBC nearer the time
  • Friday 5th February, 6.30pm with Kingsley Ijomah
    Fri, Feb 05
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    Feb 05, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
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    8x3 minutes with 90 seconds recovery, rating 16/18/16/20/16/22/16/24. With a warm-up and a cool down - alongside a Paralympian training for Tokyo.
  • Saturday 6th February, 9.45am - 2,000m RACE!
    Sat, Feb 06
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    Feb 06, 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
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    A 2K race organised by Oldersfleet Rowing Club in Northern Ireland. Race starts at 10am, with all competitors starting together. Row your fastest 2K and send in your score. Full explanation on the sign-up page!
  • Saturday 6th February, 3pm - the Endurow Challenge
    Sat, Feb 06
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    Feb 06, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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    Join those doing the Endurow Challenge at any point in their 4 hours, to give them some moral support!
  • Sunday 7th February, 10am 3x20mins with triple Blue Dave Gillard
    Sun, Feb 07
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    Feb 07, 10:00 AM – 11:10 AM
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    Join Boat Race legend and BRIC medallist Dave Gillard for his popular 3 x 20 minute workout with 2 minutes off in between in each, rating a steady 20. Join him for as many of the three as you like.
  • Sunday 14th February, 11am - Head of the Mersey
    Sun, Feb 14
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    Feb 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
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    Join Warrington RC on the day that should have been their Head Race and race it with them virtually or just for fun! The event is 1x10’, 5’ rest & then 1x8’. Short warm up at 11am. Come and join for a morning of fun rowing. Wear club colours if you have them.
  • Wednesday 20th January, 6pm - with Mossbourne Rowing Academy and London Youth Rowing
    Wed, Jan 20
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    Jan 20, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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    Join Mossbourne Rowing Academy and London Youth Rowing for an evening workout of 30 minutes rating 20.
  • Wednesday 20th January, 1130 GMT, 0630 EST - Lactate Threshold workout
    Wed, Jan 20
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    Jan 20, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
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    Join Lisa Weise live from Michigan for 3x10 minutes with 3 min recovery: 5min@ 24, 3min@ 26, 2 min@28. Lisa has won three Head of the Charles masters titles, two Canadian Henley Championships, and four US Masters National Championships.
  • Wednesday 20th January, 8.30am: Sprints with an Olympic champion
    Wed, Jan 20
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    Jan 20, 8:30 AM – 9:05 AM
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    Mark Hunter, gold in Beijing and silver in London, will lead a half-hour sprint fest: 1 minute on, 1 minute off, rating 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32. Five minutes, three times, for a 30-minute workout.
 

DISCLAIMER

This site is put up to facilitate a sense of community among people who want to use rowing machines for fitness and well-being, by offering them the chance to co-ordinate the timings of their own workouts with others who may also be training.  We use Zoom, which you may be aware has on rare occasions been hijacked by people who want to post inappropriate images. Anyone under 18 should use the site only with the approval of an adult. All users, older or younger than 18, should note that you can make your own decision about outgoing video settings (and that leaving your camera on may mean that an image of you is tweeted or in some other way broadcast by other participants). Whatever outgoing setting you choose, and whether you select an incoming view of just the session leader or the gallery of participants, you do so - in either case - at your own risk.

We don’t make any judgment about your levels of fitness and we aren’t encouraging anyone to train harder than they safely should or would by themselves. Training alongside Olympic athletes doesn’t make you one, even if you can pretend  as much to your neighbour’s kids. You should be clear that you must take responsibility for your own skill levels, health and fitness - and therefore the level and intensity of exercise which is safe for you. We accept no liability if you injure yourself or do yourself any kind of damage from joining one of our sessions, and neither does the person leading the session. If you are in any doubt, you should take professional training and/or health advice and/or instruction before undertaking any exercise, on or off a rowing machine.

In short, we are here to make life more fun. Don’t be silly, and listen to your body when you are training.

 

CONTACT US

If you want to host a workout, or you have any thoughts or feedback, please get in touch.  The more workouts we have, the more people from the rowing community and from further afield we can get together!


And please let others who have access to an indoor rowing machine know about us. It's a lot more fun to train alongside others, and they can do so on a machine in a gym or at a club, taking the workouts in with them on a mobile phone.

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THANK YOU

Many thanks to those who have enthusiastically supported this project by agreeing to host sessions.


Our aims are to help people in a very difficult time by providing what we know is an enormous community with a platform to support each other;   to get to an ever-widening audience of people, some of whom might not even have thought that rowing was for them, but who can - through the machine - start to feel the enormous benefits that the sport can bring;   and to link the grassroots of the rowing world to some of those at the very pinnacle of the sport (and vice-versa), giving visibility to and creating a sense of camaraderie for both.


You are helping us to achieve all those things. So thank you!

 

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