The physical ability rowing test is designed to determine the overall fitness level of an applicant. All applicants must pass the physical ability test on the Concept2 Rower at 50% based on standardized age and gender norms. The applicant’s target time will be set according to their age, gender, and weight on the day of the exam.
Applicants not passing the physical ability rowing test on the Concept2 Rower will not be allowed to continue through the hiring process. Applicants will be allowed to reapply during the next scheduled examination.
The physical ability rowing test consists of rowing 2000 meters on a Concept2 Rower with the damper set at level “5”. Applicants cannot put their feet on the ground until they are finished.
Applicants should view the below video tutorial on how to use the rower.
Applicants will be encouraged to prepare for the exam by training on the Concept2 Rower which is available at local gyms & fitness facilities.
The following links have been provided to assist applicants in preparing for the physical ability rowing test. The rowing stroke is depicted at https://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos along with common rowing errors at https://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/training/technique-videos/common-errors.
Applicants can also determine the maximum time allowed to complete the physical ability rowing test at the following link:
Make sure you change the percentage under Desired Results to 50%.