JAN 16 – FEB 10, 2020

Each week for 4 weeks, a rowing workout for the Concept 2 Erg will be announced. You’ll have 4 days to complete the workout and submit your score online with a picture of your monitor. At the end of 4 weeks we will crown the Kings & Queens of the rowers.  Cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 male & female rowers in the Open Division for the Standard & Tall Categories. Prizes for Age Group & Team winners.
Row’d Royalty was born in 2012 in California. Several athletes in my gym claimed to be the “best rower” and were always eager to prove themselves. So, I created “Row’d Royalty”, an annual indoor rowing competition spanning 4 weeks and a variety of workouts with the winner crowned “The King & Queen of the Rower”.
Row’d Royalty was a huge hit with everyone in my gym, so in 2015, I moved the competition online and introduced Row’d Royalty to the world. Concept 2 joined us as our premiere sponsor and our registration exploded. Today, indoor rowers from around the world participate, including former Olympic Rowing Medalists, Crash B winners and top CrossFit athletes.

In my 13 years of indoor rowing and coaching, I have learned that the biggest difference in an athlete’s performance on a Concept 2 erg is height, which primarily affects the length of the pull. In order to make our competition more inclusive AND more competitive, we created the “Standard” and “Tall” categories.

  • Standard (Women under 5′ 6″ / Men under 5′ 11″)
  • Tall (Women 5′ 6″ and above / Men 5′ 11″ and above)
Similarly, in 1974 the International Rowing Federation (FISA) added a “Lightweight” class to rowing “to encourage more universality in the sport especially among nations with less statuesque people.”
Our “Team” category is a combination of the CrossFit Affiliate teams and Rowing Clubs.  In the beginning we simply combined the scores of the 4 top scoring athletes in a gym or club. It was a great way to create energy and motivation. Lots of athletes prefer competing on a team rather than as an individual. As the competition grew, we decided to change the rules to allow any four athletes from anywhere to combine their scores as team – which made it more inclusive for online rowing communities. This created a very competitive category that proved to be fun to follow on the leaderboard. It also helped encourage a lot of athletes to participate that might not otherwise.
  • Damper can be set anywhere for all workouts.
  • Rolling starts are ok.
  • You can complete the workout as many times as you want during the designated time frame.
  • Workouts are announced Thursdays at 5:00pm PST and scores must be submitted by Mondays at 5:00pm PST.
  • Once the score submission period has closed, no workouts may be entered. No exceptions.
Row’d Royalty Divisions – Select the proper division per your height.
  • Standard (Women under 5′ 6″ / Men under 5′ 11″)
  • Tall (Women 5′ 6″ and above / Men 5′ 11″ and above)
Age Groups (as of January 10th, 2019)
  • Youth 13 & Under
  • Teens 14 – 15
  • Teens 16 – 17
  • 18 – 29
  • 30 – 34
  • 35 – 39
  • 40 – 44
  • 45 – 49
  • 50 – 54
  • 55 – 59


  • 60 – 64
  • 65 – 69
  • 70+
4 Person Teams
  • All 4 competitors need to register themselves in their respective division along with submitting their own individual scores on a weekly basis.
  • Teams are made up of 2 Men and 2 Women. They do not have to be from the same Club or Gym – but we strongly encourage it.
  • The Team Captain needs to register his or her team and will be the only team member to submit a team score.
  • Team Captains need to submit their Teams scores by the appropriate deadline in addition to their own score.
  • The Team score is the sum of all 4 team members scores.
  • If any team member does not submit a score or complete a workout the team is disqualified.
  • Concept 2 Rower

Join the fun, test yourself and learn a little more about the erg.

Craig Howard
Row’d Royalty Founder