Opinions Regarding Rowing Machines

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    Feb 20, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    So, my university's gym has several Concept2 machines around and I decided to try one for the very first time in lieu of my usual running on the suspended track (after a while, no surprise, it gets pretty tedious and boring). To my surprise, I found the rowing machine very pleasant to use. My first part, I did a 2000m run, then right after, a 5000m run. I was on average going at a pace of about 2:30-3:00/500m. More towards the slower end of the spectrum, no doubt? I'd like to get faster and burn more. I could probably use some gloves too, my hands blistered a bit.

    What are your opinions regarding indoor rowing machines? Do you think they're effective and worth the time? I find the strength-endurance aspect of it very attractive, it's low-impact, and it gets all the body moving.
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    Feb 20, 2011 1:26 PM GMT
    World Class rower John Dunn demonstrates how to use the indoor rower efficiently


  • kew1

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    Feb 20, 2011 1:54 PM GMT
    armylad saidWorld Class rower John Dunn demonstrates how to use the indoor rower efficiently




    Thanks, tells me I've been doing it correctly.
    A lot of people seem to start moving themselves forward whilst still pulling back with the arms.
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    Feb 20, 2011 2:17 PM GMT
    I do my hit using rowing machine.

    First Set the rowing machine up to 500m with 3 mins rest
    Complete ten rounds for time of:

    Row 500m for time
    20 burpees with push up
    20 box jumps
    20 Shoulder Press
    then back to rowing machine and hope you have some time left
    before you start to row again do this ten time
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    Feb 20, 2011 3:17 PM GMT
    kew1 said
    Thanks, tells me I've been doing it correctly.
    A lot of people seem to start moving themselves forward whilst still pulling back with the arms.


    The guy is very strong. Did you notice that the damper is at 10 and he is moving so relaxed and loose while talking the whole time and not even remotely worked up or breathing anything but normal.
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    Feb 20, 2011 3:49 PM GMT
    I use the Concept 2 for my main cv workout. After swimming, it has got to be the best low-impact, all-body cv workout there is. That is not to say you cannot get injured using it, so take some time to develop your posture correctly. The biggest mistake I see a lot of people making is rowing too fast, in a sort of demented tumult, which makes me fear for them and the machine.
  • TheIStrat

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    Feb 20, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    Stick to a 2000k.

    First 500m try for 2:30

    2nd lower it to 2:20

    3rd lower it to 2:10

    4th 500 go all out and get the 500 time as low as possible.

    Repeat repeat repeat over time and you should lower that time by a lot

    Oh, and you will want to commit suicide every time you're on that awful device