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 championThu, Jan 21Please sign up for Zoom link
- Thursday 21st January, 3pm - 10k UT2/3 aerobic with a London 2012 gold medallistThu, Jan 21Please sign up for Zoom link
- Friday 22nd January, 6.15am GMT, 1715 Sydney with world record holder Michelle LeeFri, Jan 22Please sign to receive Zoom link
- Friday 22nd January, 7.30am - with an Olympic silver medallistFri, Jan 22Please sign to receive Zoom link
- Friday 22nd January, noon - 4 by 8 with Darryl PrestonFri, Jan 22Please sign up to receive Zoom link
- Saturday 23rd January at 8.15am with an Olympic championSat, Jan 23Please sign up for Zoom linkJan 23, 8:15 AM – 9:15 AMPlease sign up for Zoom linkBarcelona 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 EddieSat, Jan 23Please sign up for Zoom link
- Sunday 24th January, 10am 3x20mins with triple Blue Dave GillardSun, Jan 24Please sign up to receive your Zoom link
- Sunday 24th January, 1545GMT, 1045EST - 60 mins with the Steady State NetworkSun, Jan 24Please sign up to get the Zoom link
- Monday 25th January, 7.30am with Guin BattenMon, Jan 25Please sign up to receive Zoom link
- Tuesday 26th January, 1830GMT 1330EST Steady with speed work, with US Olympic gold medallist Lindsay ShoopTue, Jan 26Please sign up for Zoom linkJan 26, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMPlease sign up for Zoom link30 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 HunterWed, Jan 27Please sign up to receive Zoom link
- Friday 29th January, 7.30am - with Olympic silver medallist Gillian LindsayFri, Jan 29Please sign to receive Zoom link
- Friday 29th January, noon - 4 by 8 with Darryl PrestonFri, Jan 29Please sign up to receive Zoom link
- Sunday 31st January, 10am 3x20mins with triple Blue Dave GillardSun, Jan 31Please sign up to receive your Zoom link
- Friday 5th February, 6.30pm with Kingsley IjomahFri, Feb 05Please sign up to receive Zoom link
- Saturday 6th February, 9.45am - 2,000m RACE!Sat, Feb 06Please sign up for Zoom link
- Sunday 7th February, 10am 3x20mins with triple Blue Dave GillardSun, Feb 07Please sign up to receive your Zoom link
- Sunday 14th February, 11am - Head of the MerseySun, Feb 14Please sign up to get the Zoom linkFeb 14, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PMPlease sign up to get the Zoom linkJoin 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, 1130 GMT, 0630 EST - Lactate Threshold workoutWed, Jan 20Please sign up for Zoom link
- Wednesday 20th January, 8.30am: Sprints with an Olympic championWed, Jan 20Please sign up to receive Zoom link
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.
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.
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!