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11/22/13 3:19 A

I just use resistance bands wrapped around a steel great!

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11/21/13 11:57 P

Concept2 is superb rowing machine. I bought one last year after I was inspired by the Olympic rowers. Fantastic investment in me, especially in Winter.

FERNCREST Posts: 1,029
10/27/13 7:09 A

Invest in a pair of workout gloves. Target has some very lightweight ones. Rowing is wonderful !!!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
10/26/13 10:06 P

Actually, gloves don't make your hands more sweaty, not if you're using gloves designed for exercise.

ATTICBEE Posts: 18
10/26/13 11:23 A

If you are getting blisters you are gripping too hard. You should just be 'hooking' your fingers over the handle. Gloves will just make your hands more sweaty I would think. I've only ever had blisters from rowing on the water, never from an indoor rower.

As a competitive rower, I would urge anyone who uses a rowing machine to have a look on the Concept2 website and learn to 'erg' properly. It is bad technique that causes injuries, not rowing itself.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,764
9/18/13 1:54 P

Gloves help, rowing is awesome but I am a waterbaby

WAYCAT Posts: 1,012
9/17/13 11:50 P

Since I re-joined a gym in May this year (after working out at home for a while) I've started to incorporate the rowing machine into my workouts.

Years ago I never used to enjoy rowing atall and just did it because I knew it was a good total-body workout.

However, now I've been rowing more regularly (3-4 times a week) I've come to really enjoy it. I think that fact that I'm now so much better at rowing helps.

I don't use it as my main form of cardio - that is either running or the cross-ramp trainer.

But I row 2000 metres in just under 10 minutes, and am constantly trying to get my time better and better. I've recently started interval training on the rower, where I do 100 metres all-out, and then the next 100 metres slightly easier. I find that the 2000 metres disappears pretty quickly doing that, and it keeps things interesting.

Oh, and I've also progressed from setting the resistance at 6 up to 10 - and it won't go any higher than that!

Personally, I think for cross-training purposes the rower is a very good option because it's low impact and works almost your entire body all at once.

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9/17/13 2:59 P

This is a cardio exercise I "endure"...I will sometimes use it for a 10-15 min warm-up, but to me it is the most boring thing around (next to golf). emoticon

9/17/13 11:38 A

That's really a question for a doctor or physical therapist who knows your medical situation.

Personally i would proceed cautiously, since the rower does work your back, and using poor form on the machine may worsen back problems. If you're going to use it, check the videos on the Concept2 website.
Also be sure your abdominal muscles are contracted when you initiate the drive (the pull). This explains how:

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9/17/13 8:11 A

Was wondering about the safety of rowing machines for people with back issues. I have very early degenerative disc and didn't know if it would be good or bad for me to use the rower. Thanks.

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9/4/13 5:29 P

blisters are bound to happen but gloves will definitely help! I don't use the game that's on it either, I just set my time and shoot for the pace to be above a certain amount every time

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8/31/13 5:25 P

Don't hunch your back--keep your core upright and tight. Pull the bar overhand towards your chest--and enjoy the workout!

GRACILU Posts: 466
8/30/13 12:25 P

I want to start rowing on the manual machine at the gym. Any pointers?

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4/4/13 11:05 A

Sounds like it could be used for interval training (getting you to row harder/slower to move around a fish that could eat you)...but it's probably just for boredom.

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4/3/13 2:31 P

So basically you are a fish and the more powerful/faster your stroke, the higher your fish rises. Your fish can eat other fish and gain points or get eaten by other fish and lose points. So I don't know if this game is to teach people to stay on a specific pace, row as powerfully as possible or what.

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4/3/13 2:15 P

Is the fish game a racing game, where you're trying to keep your pace ahead of a "fish"? The rower I use doesn't have the fish, but it does have a row boat, and that's all it is - a pace setter graphic.

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4/3/13 12:43 P

I have calluses on my hands already from weight training w/o gloves (and various other activities). The blisters never got big enough to bother me before turning into callus. But using the rowing machine causes blisters *under* my existing calluses. Gloves it is. :/

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
4/3/13 12:25 P

Invest in a good pair of padded gloves. You can get cheap ones, but leather will hold up to the wear. I work a lot in the heavy weights area, so gloves have been essential. I still have small calluses, but those could be from gardening.

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4/3/13 9:57 A

I absolutely love the rowing machine. If I invest in cardio equipment, the rowing machine would be the one I'd buy. One of the ladies that I chat with at the gym uses gloves when she uses the rowing machine. I don't get the point of the fishing game. I tried it once but it irritated me (didn't understand the purpose). I just set the length of time that I want to row and then start rowing. I row 2 to 3x/week for about 25 minutes to about 45 minutes.

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4/3/13 8:44 A

So I like using it for cross training but I have a couple of questions:

1) For people who row often, how do you deal with the blisters on your hands? Do gloves help?

2) What is the point of the fish game that is programmed into the machine?


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