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3/13/10 10:41 P

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"Accelerating a fast boat that's already moving is a real education," says Judy Geer (former member of the U.S. National Rowing team and three-time Olympian). "It's the idea that you adjust resistance by pulling harder and quicker, and that's the same concept that should carry over into your erg workouts." That means not making one very common mistake: setting the damper too high. It's easy to think that you're not getting a good workout' unless you have very high resistance, but as it turns out, that's not necessarily the case. In fact, keeping the damper setting low between three and five then adjusting resistance by pulling harder is a more effective way to improve strength, pace and aerobic capacity.

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1/20/10 1:18 P

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Thanks very much for your posts. I really appreciate you guys taking the time to help me.

I will try to find some rowing machines in my area to try out in order to see if I like it.

Thanks again!



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1/20/10 12:03 P

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I am a huge fan of the concept2 machine, I have a model D with a PM4 monitor that I bought new and expect to use for years. It is in my home, so I can get a great low-impact cardio and strength training workout any time I want. The concept2 website has great support for training and motivating, challenges, free logbook, free record keeping of personal bests you can compare with others your age.
I got the monitor that displays my heart rate (while wearing a chest belt), if you already have a heart rate monitor or don't want one, the PM3 monitor is cheaper.

On February 14, Concept2 puts on an world indoor rowing championship in Boston and there are numerous satellite races all over Canada and the US for rowers to qualify for free trips to this championship. After these competitions, often the machines used are then sold at a cheaper-than-new rate and they have only been used this one day. Concept2 machines are very well made, no worries of damage to the machines from one day of intense use. The following link is for the indoor competitions, if there is one near you, you could inquire about the resale of the machines.

http://www.concept2.com/us/racing/calend
ar/default.asp

Otherwise, another cheaper then new-from-the-factory machine could be to check out e-bay or craig's list or some other way to purchase a used machine. As far as trying one, try to contact your local rowing club, they usually have club machines for their athletes to train on, and could give you some pointers on how to use the machine and let you spend some time on it.

Edited by: JUNEPA at: 1/20/2010 (12:13)
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I'll second what RowingQueen suggested. if you are new to rowing, the best place to start might be to try different machines. Each one is a bit different and the variety makes it tricky to pick the perfect machine by looks or reviews alone.

You might ask your friends, co-workers, family, etc. if they belong to gyms that have rowers. Getting a guest pass isn't terribly difficult (or so I'm told) and you could get in to 'test drive' a few different models of rowers.

This way you can find out if you really like rowing and determine a good brand. Don't forget, there are used machines out there for sale, too!

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"Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handedly move the world." - Archimedes (c. 287-12212 BC, Greek Mathematician)


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1/19/10 9:46 P

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Go and check out the Concept 2 website. There is a forum there and you can find places to try out rowing without having to join a gym. You could even post there and find out where you can try rowing. People use these places when travelling.

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1/19/10 9:31 P

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Hi! Thanks very much for the quick reply.

I really struggle with joining a gym, because as I said, my main interest is in running, and I don't need to spend $75 per month for a gym membership when I have a high-end treadmill in my basement and a world to run in outdoors. I would never use a gym membership for anything else but this (I even have weights at home), and I can't really justify the expense. Especially if just buying a machine outright would be cheaper than joining a gym for even a year, which is the minimum term for most gyms around here.

That is sorta why I am looking into models I can use at home.

That is a very interesting sight you mentioned - I was just on there...but those machines (which admittedly look very sturdy and well made) seem to start at about $1,000. They look like they are very nice and very well built...but I don't know if I want to spend that sort of money on this. Ideally, I'd like to find something below $500 max....although I would much prefer something less expensive, if it is a basic machine that will last.

Do you think that a rank beginner such as myself needs such a high-end machine? Those are some nice rowing machines - even my untrained eye can see that! But being a complete beginner, I just don't know.

Thoughts?

Thanks again very much for replaying. I really appreciate it!


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1/19/10 9:13 P

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You could go and check out a Concept 2 machine. Yes it is more than $300 but there are many clubs around that have them. You would have to check online to see where there is one in your area. There is a whole community around the world with Concept 2 machine. They are really great well made machine. One man has used his machine for about 20 years now.

If you are not sure if you would like rowing, maybe you can go try it at a club first. I bought a Concept 2 machine and put it in front of my TV.

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Hello!

I am a complete n00b at this, and have joined this team to ask advise.

For my cardio work, I walk, jog and do some exercise videos (am starting Power 90 some time this week). However, I have been looking for some non-impact activities to enjoy so that I can vary my routine, reduce chance of injury, and work different parts of my body.

Of course, rowing seems like it would fit the bill....as would spinning. Low/no impact exercise, but great for the burn as well. I tried a rowing machine once at a gym I was a member of 12 years ago, and it seemed okay.

I have plenty of space in my basement, and am planning to purchase both a spinning bike and a rowing machine as my rewards for weight loss over the next year.

I am not looking for any sort of professional rowing machine, but I WOULD like one that doesn't break within a month. I don't need bells & whistles, cool gadgets or anything like that. I just want a decent entry level rowing machine that will work for a 5'4' female and not fall apart.

I have been reading the reviews on Amazon, and it seems like cheapest of the basic rowing machines has the fewest complaints about it either arriving defective or breaking quickly. It is this machine here:

http://www.amazon.com/Stamina-Body-Glide
r-Rowing-Machine/dp/B000AMUFPS/ref=sr_
1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=12639
52523&sr=1-1

However, that price seems too good to be true....and usually when a price seems too good to be true, it turns out to be exactly that.

Does anyone on this team have experience with this machine, or any others that cost below about $300?

I don't want to spend a small fortune on this since I'm not really sure how much I'll like it...and would only do it as an alternative to running in any case.

But I realize the need to balance price with quality, and would love some advice from you guys who are already into this activity.

Thanks very much for any assistance!

Edited by: PKTREKGIRL at: 1/19/2010 (21:08)
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