Customer Satisfaction

Former National Team Coach and 
Shox-Box customer, Gordon Hamilton, recommended the Shox-Box in his new book, Sculling in a Nutshell."  Here's an excerpt from the book:

"I cannot recommend enough getting a Shox-Box. It serves to absorb the impact of your weight coming down on your lower back at the end of the stroke. When rowing, the water absorbs and cushions this impact. A floor does not. This device will really help preserve your back from all that stress." 

Company News

Blackstone Automation Announces Patent Issuance Covering Shox-Box Design

Who is Using Shox-Box

  Shox-Box products are used by 500+ customers, 
including 100+ Boat Clubs and Colleges in the US, Canada and Europe.


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Craftsbury Sculling Center
Craftsbury, VT

ROWORX Indoor Rowing
Long Beach, CA
See Shox-Box @ Roworx

Greenville Indoor Rowing
Greenville, SC

Race in JL
JL Racing's Seattle, WA
retail store

Florida Rowing Center
Palm Beach County, FL

ERGs really do FLOAT

Did you know you can use the Shox-Box with the Concept2 slides to give you more on-water feel?

The combination of the C2 Erg with Shox-Box mounted on the C2 Slides is the ultimate indoor rowing experience that no other erg, static or dynamic, can provide. This set-up gives you the boat-like run of the erg underneath you (like a dynamic erg) and adds the rolling and pitching of a boat when the Shox-Box system is mounted on the C2 slides.  It is a great alternative for those who are interested in the Dynamic Ergs but already have a Static erg.

          see the set-up >>

                          Perfect  ~  Comfort  ~  Strengthen

: Transforming the Indoor Rower
The Shox-Box, a shock absorbing training aid for the Concept2 erg,
transforms the erg into a complete technical workout with an 

on-water feel that is gentler on the back and joints. 

Consisting of a front and rear box, the Shox-Box system adds a side-to side motion (roll) to the erg which provides an enhanced training experience particularly for increasing core strength and balance awareness.  Using the roll and pitch feedback of the Shox-Box system, you can also focus on smoothing out your stroke while identifying and addressing rowing problems such as uneven foot pressure, rushing the slide, and dipping at the catch.  By training the same muscle groups on and off the water, the transition back to the water becomes much easier after training routinely with the Shox-Box system. 

Additionally, the Shox-Box system moves the indoor rowing machine up-and-down (pitch) to absorb shock aimed at reducing the tightness and pressure on your back, buttocks, knees, neck, shoulders and more.  Even with proper form, harsh downward forces (8 to 25 pounds per stroke) while erging are still placed on the body at the catch and the finish and these forces are offloaded by the Shox-Box.  The effect is cumulative so that the more you row on an erg, the more benefit you will receive from the Shox-Box by avoiding the repetitive stresses to your body.  
The Shox-Box System comes with VBC, Variable Balance Control, an adjustable balance feature to accommodate differing skill levels.  The Front Shox-Box includes two balance settings.  With the springs set on the inboard position, the Erg becomes less stable thus providing a more challenging workout to better develop core muscles and balance skills on the Erg.  Want even more of a challenge?  Try our Soft Spring Upgrade Kit in your Shox-Box system with VBC for a total of 4 balance settings.  Even the most experienced rowers will find that the new VBC Front Shox-Box with the Soft Spring upgrade provides the ultimate challenge in perfecting balance and body motions on the Erg while experiencing an even more comfortable catch. 

Shox-Boxes now come with Leveling Feet, included at no additional cost.  For the Shox-Boxes to work properly it is essential that they are used on a flat, level surface.  If you have an unlevel floor or the erg feels unlevel, now you can loosen and unscrew the leveling feet to raise the side of the boxes that the erg leans towards.

Check out the video below to see the Shox-Box system in action.

The Shox-Box is for all ages as demonstrated by its wide range of users including: juniors, collegiate, elite, masters, adaptive, coaches, and fitness enthusiasts. 
Check out our testimonials to see the diversity.
For a more realistic row, a better workout, and less stress on your body.
Row the Shox-Box

1. Technique Improvement
2. Relieves your Discs & Joints
3. Enhanced Strength Training

The Shox-Box does not allow you to get mentally lazy during a workout.

The Shox-Box also enhances your strength training by allowing you to vary your erg workouts.  Use the rear box only to focus the workout on your legs, use the front box to focus on hips/hip flexors, or use both boxes to get a better workout on your core and obliques.

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