This is a post about hitting the buttons on the erg according to certain “cheat codes” to start specific workouts. There’s not much to it.
If you memorize a given code, you can program it with your eyes shut.
I’m using a Concept2 PM5, specifically. The buttons A, B, C, D, E are the blank buttons on the right side, top to bottom.
Most Frequently Rowed
For these, you don’t have to hit E to start the workout, you just dial it in and pull.
B-A-A — 2K
B-A-B — 5K
B-A-C — 10K
B-A-D — 30:00
B-A-E — 500m / 1:00 …
B-B-A — :30 / :30 …
B-B-B — 1:00 / 1:00 …7
B-B-C — 2000m / 3:00 …4
B-B-D — 1:40 / :20 …9
B-B-E — Marathon (42,195m)
To be honest, I have never played these. The Darts & Target games sound like repetition & consistency games, the Fish game just the opposite.
E-C-A — Fish game
E-C-B — Darts game
E-C-C-A — Target game, Just Play
(not current as of 2019-12, but maybe your erg has old firmware)
C-A — Fish game
C-B — Darts game
C-C-A — Target game, Just Play
Programming something else
Everything else is under B-D: we’re going to drop into a menu of choices to end up at basically an Edit Screen, which has a check mark we use to start the workout (E).
B-D-A..E — Single distance (default 2K)
B-D-B..E — Single time (30:00)
B-D-C..E — Single calorie (50kCal)
B-D-D-A..E — Intervals, distance
B-D-D-B..E — Intervals, time
B-D-D-C..E — Intervals, calorie
B-D-D-D..E — Intervals, variable
The Edit Screen
I want to break down the Edit Screen, as it takes a lot of codes to get through it. First, an example of what we can do with Single distance:
B-D-A..E — 2K (400m split)
B-D-A..B..E — 3K
B-D-A..C..E — 1K
B-D-A..6A-B..E — 2K (500m split)
B-D-A..6A-C..E — 2K (300m split)
I don’t really care about the pace, so I’m not going to cover that detail. Sometimes it is nice to line up a sensible split, though.
Things to remember about the Edit Screen:
- you start off editing the Main Parameter (distance, time, calorie), then the Split, then the Pace1
- it takes 6 __A__s to get from Main Parameter (0x000 digit) to the Split (00x00 digit)
- you always end by starting the workout with E
- it’s probably not worth memorizing, unless you want to punch in a 3K, 4K, 6K, or 8K.. which I will list below
1K 2K 3K 4K..
1K — B-D-A-C-E
2K — B-A-A
3K — B-D-A-B-E
4K — B-D-A-2B-E
5K — B-A-B
6K — B-D-A-4B-E
7K — B-D-A-5B-E
8K — B-D-A-6B-E
9K — B-D-A-7B-E
10K — B-D-A-8B-E
Other useful codes
I sometimes get into a pattern of Warmup-Exercise, Warmup-Exercise, &c, day-in-day-out. If I can pull up the most-recent-workout or even better the 2nd-most-recent-workout, that’d be all I need.
B-C-E — (re-)row most recent workout
B-C-C-E — (re-)row 2nd most recent workout
To Re-row but only review:
B-C-D — review most recent workout
B-C-C-D — review 2nd most recent workout
Memory: the best1 way to review
These first two are basically the same as the ones under “Re-row” above:
D-C-D — review most recent workout
D-C-C-D — review 2nd most recent workout
D-D-A — review all Single distance workouts
D-D-B — review all Single time workouts
D-D-C — review all Single calorie workouts
These last 3 are great: they let you scroll chronologically through “all your 2Ks”, “all your 10Ks”, or “all your 400Cal pieces”, &c. It will list times next to each in the list view, so you can pretty easily see how fast you’ve rowed a certain piece over time.