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The Concept2 Erg Screen

Decoding the Erg Screen

One of the things that is easy to overlook is the erg monitor or screen. With all of the focus on the stroke it is easy to forget about the 4 inch square in front of your face. I put a picture of an erg screen on this page as a point of reference. Not every monitor layout is the same, but the information on the screen is pretty standard.

The number on the top right of the screen is the rating or strokes per minute. This number is pretty self-explanatory but it is vitally important for your workout. The biggest thing your rating determines is how much load, or weight, is on your legs. If you are erging at 12 strokes per minute then the load on your legs is going to be very heavy. In order to get cardiovascular benefits you will have to pull very hard and it is likely that your legs will get tired before the rest of your body does. Contrariwise, if your rating is a 34, the load on your legs will be less, you will be able to push your legs down very quickly and it is likely that you will lose your breath before your legs get tired. The rating is variable based on the length of the piece, the longer the piece the lower your rating should be.

The number on the top left is your total time. It can be set to count up or count down depending on your workout. If you have set your piece for meters, instead of time, then this number will be meters and will count down to zero.

The number in the middle on the second row from the top is the split. The split is how long it takes you to cover 500 meters. The split tells you how hard you are pulling. The number you want to see depends on gender, fitness and experience. It also depends on how long of a piece you are doing. If you are going to pull for an hour then the split will be higher, it will take you longer to cover 500 meters. If you are pulling a 2k the split should be lower, you will be covering 500 meters faster.

Those three numbers, the split, the time and the rating, are the most important numbers on the screen. The other numbers provide additional information that can tell you more about your workout.

Just below your split is the total meters you have covered. This number will count up and lets you know how far you have gone during your piece. The number below the meters is your average split. This takes your split over the course of the entire workout and averages it. When you do a test piece your "score" is your average split. The second to bottom number is the meters covered during a predetermined period of time. This number is not especially important unless you are very advanced and doing interval work on the erg. Most people can disregard this number. The number on the bottom is the projected meters or the projected time. If you are doing a piece for time this number will guess how many meters you will cover based on your split. If you are doing a piece for distance this number will try to guess how much time it will take to cover that distance.