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I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 02:25PM


I had been thinking about getting a rowing machine for a long time, but then I went back to work and didn’t really have time or need one, as I got a lot of exercise at work.
Anyway, with the stay at home still going on, and me not being sure if I will actually go back to work, I decided to take the plunge.
I looked at all the different styles, boy there are a lot of options, and decided that I liked the water rower the best. I liked that this one was very clean and simple, all wood, basically, and it was actually made in the USA, RI, I think.
I found a local vendor that had one that I liked and they had a demo that I could try. They were allowing only one person in the store at a time, so it was just me and the guy who worked there.
One of the other things I liked about this one was that it came in enough pieces that I could carry it up to the third floor without killing myself. My husband has messed his back up, so no one to help. sad smiley
I got it together and have filled the tank. I have given it a test run, but I haven’t looked at how the monitor thing works. I will wait till I am better rested before I try to figure it out. Lol
Anyway, I hope that I can get into some sort of daily routine thumbs up





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: wave rider
Date: May 13, 2020 02:31PM
I like the looks of that one, well done!



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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: May 13, 2020 02:31PM
Nice. Hearty congratulations!

Had a chance to demo one of those in a shop a year or so ago. I was impressed. Had I not already owned a Concept II ...

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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: May 13, 2020 03:20PM
Congrats!
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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 03:37PM
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Todd's keyboard
Nice. Hearty congratulations!

Had a chance to demo one of those in a shop a year or so ago. I was impressed. Had I not already owned a Concept II ...

Todd’s erg board

The Concept IIs are pretty much not available right now.
I had looked at those a long time ago and thought they looked really nice.
This one takes up a little less space than the C2, but it is also lower to the ground, which makes getting on/off a little harder.
I like the swish sound of the water. I think once I get used to it, it will be a good way to audibly tell if I am being consistent.





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: May 13, 2020 04:32PM
A friend of mine has a rower and has managed to get good results from usage.





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 04:52PM
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A friend of mine has a rower and has managed to get good results from usage.


Fingers crossed I can, too. grinning smiley





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: May 13, 2020 05:02PM
Hold up. THIRD floor?!!?!? I thought you folks downsized when you moved? smiley-laughing001

Maybe that house should have an elevator, or maybe someone from your staff could haul it for you. j/k :-)

Looks like a nice piece of equipment. Let us know what it's like after a few miles of rowing.



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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 13, 2020 05:33PM
so no one to help.


Geeeze, you should have called me.

I would have been happy to help.

I could have given you all that emotional support to get you up the stairs.

Kept your spirits up.

(As long as it's after 2100hrs when my Weekend Minutes kick in.)




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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: May 13, 2020 05:50PM
I have a Concept 2. Maybe we could start a competition or somehow motivate each other.




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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 06:12PM
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Rick-o
Hold up. THIRD floor?!!?!? I thought you folks downsized when you moved? smiley-laughing001

Maybe that house should have an elevator, or maybe someone from your staff could haul it for you. j/k :-)

Looks like a nice piece of equipment. Let us know what it's like after a few miles of rowing.

Ha ha. We have a tall but sort of skinny townhouse now. The extra floor on top takes the place of not having a basement. Having that extra space has been a godsend during the quarantine. There are times it is good to have that place to escape to. I cannot watch reruns of golf, like my husband. grinning smiley
It actually does have closets that can be converted to an elevator. They were going after the old people demo, to future proof the place. We probably should have gone for that upgrade. Lol





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 06:13PM
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RAMd®d
so no one to help.


Geeeze, you should have called me.

I would have been happy to help.

I could have given you all that emotional support to get you up the stairs.

Kept your spirits up.

(As long as it's after 2100hrs when my Weekend Minutes kick in.)

Lol. I will remember that for next time. grinning smiley





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 06:14PM
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CJsNvrUrly
I have a Concept 2. Maybe we could start a competition or somehow motivate each other.

I could use all the motivation I can get.





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 13, 2020 07:19PM
are you going to stage a photo shoot to get into school again?



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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 07:54PM
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are you going to stage a photo shoot to get into school again?

Ha ha.





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: blooz
Date: May 13, 2020 10:01PM
I had a combo rowing/weight machine years ago. It ended up being a clothes rack in my bedroom til I got rid of it.
I may have had some motivation problems.RollingEyesSmiley5



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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 13, 2020 10:25PM
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I had a combo rowing/weight machine years ago. It ended up being a clothes rack in my bedroom til I got rid of it.
I may have had some motivation problems.RollingEyesSmiley5

I am hoping mine does not meet a similar fate, but you never know.





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: Sam3
Date: May 14, 2020 05:25AM
We got my daughter a Concept 2, she's on her high school's rowing team. I briefly looked at the water rower, but it was more expensive than the Concept 2, plus the Concept 2 is what most rowing clubs and teams use. We also found a used model for a lot less money, it looked brand new. My daughter has taught me how to use it, and now I am also slowly getting in some workouts.
Proper technique is the main thing to keep in mind. Concept 2 has a section of their web site devoted to training, there's a video on how to properly row.

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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: RecipeForDisaster
Date: May 14, 2020 06:09AM
Hey, I know exactly where that place (Water Rower) is! Twenty minutes from me. I think it's neat that it has water sounds!
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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: michaelb
Date: May 14, 2020 07:43AM
I have had a concept II rower for about 20 years (and have rowed closed to 10 million meters on it), but haven't been rowing recently for a variety of reasons. I will just say two things about technique as you are starting up.

First, don't strap your feet down as you row. This is probably not what the instructions say or what seems obvious, but you will be better off and will use much better technique rowing "strapless". Rowing strapless will force you to stay balanced, so the force you put into the handle will be the force that keeps you upright. This is much safer in terms of stress on your back and other muscle groups and basically insures that you will be rowing close to correctly (meaning, if you can't row strapless comfortably you are almost certainly doing something wrong).

Second, Sam3's animation is pretty good, but there are so many subtle aspects of the motion one key is to only focus on a few things (and hope the rest falls into place). The key to that image is that the handle travels in a smooth path and stays horizontal. So at no time does the handle pause or rise up, say over your knees (many on the water rowers will drop the handle lower after the completing the stroke, so it travels back lower than you pull it by an inch or so). The path for the handle should be like a smooth mirror image: slower as you start the drive accelerating to the body, then fast off the body and then smooth as your recover and start the next stroke.

So no crashing into either of the end of the stroke (but rowing strapless will 100% guarantee that you won't finish the stroke out of control into your body).

Enjoy.
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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 14, 2020 08:14AM
Thanks for all the tips.
I did watch those C2 videos yesterday. They were very helpful.
I will try the strapless rowing. I did notice myself doing an arc with the strap once, and I corrected. The video also mentioned not to arch the strap over your knees.
When I practiced yesterday, for the first time, I tried to go slowly and get the feel of the right way to do it. I think I got the general form right, but I will have to watch myself till I get better at it
If a C2 had been readily available I may well have gotten one, but since they weren’t I had to spend a little more and get the water rower. It being a little easier to transport upstairs, also helped with the choice, but it was mostly availability.





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 14, 2020 08:15AM
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Hey, I know exactly where that place (Water Rower) is! Twenty minutes from me. I think it's neat that it has water sounds!

So cool. I was pleased that it was made here in the states.





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: Mactel
Date: May 14, 2020 08:49AM
That's Frank Underwood's rowing machine from House of Cards.
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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 14, 2020 09:59AM
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Mactel
That's Frank Underwood's rowing machine from House of Cards.

Ha ha. I always liked his, but I didn’t realize it was the same one. Cool





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: d4
Date: May 14, 2020 11:03AM
EVIL!





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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: May 14, 2020 12:39PM
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d4
EVIL!


Is that proper form? It doesn't look right to me.




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Re: I bought a rowing machine today.
Posted by: rgG
Date: May 15, 2020 10:50AM
Update.
A ten minute row is a workout for me.
My goal is to use the machine once a day for the next month, since I am off till 6/15.
Yesterday I did two ten minute rows, once in the morning and once later in the day.
I think the tip about keeping my strap level was such a help. I also am not using the foot straps to make myself balance on my own. So far the balance hasn’t been a problem.

Thanks again for all the responses, they were very helpful. Fingers crossed I stay with this. It seems to give my upper body and core the extra help that just walking didn’t.





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