Cleveland's Premier Adult Rowing Club

Indoor Rowing

Some view the erg as a torture device, but in reality it's a helpful tool that rowers can enjoy and use to train to their potential.

Introduction to Erging Class

“Introduction to Erging” classes which cover basic erg care, use and erging technique are periodically offered based on demand. If interested please contact

Winter erging is available to all WRRA members.

Once on-water rowing programs have ended and temperatures drop, WRRA rowers have two options for the winter: a) hibernation until the warm weather returns, or b) taking your rowing activities indoors and onto the ergs.  You know choice “b” is the right choice — for you, for the team, for the club — so join in. Please find below the details and cost of winter erging with WRRA.

  • If you were registered to row in BOTH the Summer AND Fall during 2016, you are already eligible to participate.
  • If you have only rowed ONE season in 2016 (Summer OR Fall), you will need to register for the Winter Erging Feewhich provides access to the CRF boathouse and erging facilities during the winter months. The fee is $88.

If you have any problems or questions with registration, please contact

  Register for Winter Erging

Winter Erging Practice Structure and Times

Erging sessions are informal and loosely structured.

  • Traditionally, more experienced rowers help to organize workouts based on coach or trainer recommendations, or participants can choose to do their own workouts.
  • Ergs are first-come, first-served during WRRA practice times. If erg availability becomes an issue, a doodle will be used to manage demand.
  • Winter Erging is not an official program offered by WRRA; it is simply a group of WRRA rowers who like to erg who self-organize these sessions.
  • In most cases one of the members of the Masters Team at the Tues, Thurs, and Sat sessions will lead an erg work-out and may also mix in occasional calisthenic / weight-bearing exercises for those who wish to have some guidance. You are free to join that workout or do a different workout of your choice.
  • The ergs are also available to WRRA members on MondayWednesday and Friday. As with all sessions, these are contingent on having a WRRA SQL-2 or higher to open & close the boathouse.

Practice times and days

  • November - February: Monday - Friday evening , 6-8 PM; Saturday morning, 8-10 AM 
  • These are times during which the ergs are reserved and available for WRRA members. REMEMBER: Do not plan to come erg unless you know there is someone able to open and close the boathouse (see below).
  • The erg reservation schedule for March has not yet been determined.

Practice Managers allow WRRA access to the boathouse

  • Boathouse access during WRRA practice times is dependant on having someone who can open and close the boathouse (SQL-2 safety status or above). This means there may be some days when erging cannot take place if an SQL-2 is not available.
  • We ask individuals or 2 "buddies" who have SQL-2 status to volunteer to take responsibility as practice managers one day a week (please email to sign up as a practice manager).
  • An email list will be set up so that the SQL-2 rowers who open and close the boathouse can stay in touch with the erging group. Please email info@westernreserverowing.comto be added to the email list to be kept up to date on practice changes and cancellations.
  • If you are not an SQL2 or higher and as such are unable to lockup the boathouse, make certain you are never the last person there.

If you have questions about Winter Erging structure, schedule or contact list, please contact

Some additional information and tips for indoor rowing can be found on the Concept2 web site: