Concept2 SkiErg review TL; DR: a quality piece of space-saving kit that provides a low-impact, full-body workout at a reasonable price.
If you’re thinking about investing in an exercise machine to help you burn fat and shape up for good, you would do very well to consider the Concept2 SkiErg. It might not be a bike, or a treadmill, or a rower – and you might think it looks unlike any other kind of cardio machine you’ve ever seen before – but this training tool appears in our round-up of the best exercise machines to lose weight for a number of extremely good reasons.
Launched in 2009 by Concept2 – world-renowned makers of the RowErg machine – the SkiErg was originally designed for cross country skiers to help them replicate the action of ploughing through snow without having to set foot outside. However, given the SkiErg’s supreme ease of use and huge accessibility, alongside its capacity to offer a full-body workout with barely any impact, the machine quickly became popular with exercisers outside of the winter sports community.
Indeed, the SkiErg has been a prominent feature on the CrossFit scene for years and regularly makes appearances in WODs and in competitions, no doubt thanks to its reputation for being so damn tough (there’s a reason why Nordic Skiing became an Olympic event in 1924).
Aside from an update in 2014 to improve the monitor