The SkiErg is a versatile and effective piece of equipment that proves highly beneficial for training the aerobic system and can be seamlessly integrated into various functional fitness workout routines.

This workout tool serves multiple purposes. It can be used as a warm-up before engaging in rigorous lifting sessions, effectively increasing the flexibility of your hip and shoulder joints while elevating your heart rate. Additionally, it can take centre stage in your workout regimen as it burns a significant number of calories – up to 400 calories in just 30 minutes – comparable to running or jumping rope.

The SkiErg is a staple in many circuit and boot camp classes at the AD (Athletic Department) due to its exceptional aerobic output capabilities, making it one of the best machines for such exercises.

Given the growing popularity of fan-forced cardio machines, let’s discuss how to maximize your results with the SkiErg. While it may not be inherently more challenging than other gym machines, using it with proper form requires a bit of technique to fully capitalize on its benefits.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for using the SkiErg with optimal form:

  1. Begin by standing on the platform with your feet positioned hip-width apart.
  2. Reach overhead to grip the handles with your palms facing inward.
  3. Soften your knees and simultaneously push your hips back, as if you’re closing a door behind you while pulling your arms straight down past your hips until your hands pass by the sides of your knees.
  4. Next, bring your arms back overhead and thrust your hips forward until you’re standing with your arms fully extended.
  5. Repeat this motion continuously for an effective workout.

For a challenging workout, try the traditional Tabata Style routine, which involves 20 seconds of intense effort followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated for 4 minutes. Push yourself to see how hard you can work on the SkiErg during this time.

If you need guidance on how to use the SkiErg or any other equipment, feel free to seek assistance from the team at the Athletic Department. They are more than willing to help you with any cardio-related questions you may have. Email