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Hi SS and all KR rowers.<br><br>
Before the rocket scientist to whom I married decided we should try to run a marathon in every state, I used to row at the rec. center. I loved it. My friend's daughter rowed at W&M (College of William and Mary) and he learned from her and then taught me.<br><br>
Now. I cannot remember how to do it.<br><br>
Sans Souci and/or anyone with knowledge of this sort of machine, please advise.<br>
I remember something about rev or rpm or, well, no, I can't remember what he told me to aim for with these gauges.<br><br>
How about a little tutorial; like 1. adjust seat to ____ and foot things to ____ 2. __________3._____________<br><br>
Help.
 

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...all I remember from when I used one<br>
for several years is----->>don't go ALL the way back and Lay-Out<br>
or you'll tear some <b>Pretty Tender</b> lower ab muscles<br>
you'll REALLY wished you hadn't......<br><br>
......the OTHER thing was,<br>
you can Row Like Hell,<br>
,,,,,and the damn thing won't move an inch....<br><br>
hope<br>
that helped.....
 

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Hi, Rose.<br><br>
#1 Rowing truism: <i>Ergs Don't Float</i>.<br><br>
Best online source of advice and support is the manufacturer themselves, Concept2. <a href="http://www.concept2.com/us/training/start/" target="_blank">http://www.concept2.com/us/training/start/</a> They are very well respected in the rowing world. You'll find video clips and sample workouts.<br><br>
Adjusting the seat: You're in luck. They don't adjust.<br><br>
Set your damper to 1 or 2. Monster Damper Smashing is for stupid young men. The feet should be adjusted sort of mid-way, up a little if you're petite. Remember that the machines need to be able to accommodate the Viking types who are on national rowing teams. Those boys have big feet. <i>Mustang Sally drifts into a reverie inspired by the Men of Elk Lake...<br><br></i>Right. Anyway.<br><br>
You are taking a three part stroke. Sit up at the catch, back tall, arms released forward, handle hooked under your fingers, hand not clenched - just closed enough to hang on to that handle. Back strong, arms releasing forward, drive with the legs until they're almost down. Then swing the back open <i>at the hips, not the waist</i>, and finally follow through with the hands. Tapping your imaginary blade down to clear the water is optional. Feathering your imaginary blade will just get you hurt as the handle pops out of your hands and goes crashing into the machine.<br><br>
Consider the power stroke beat one of three-beat time, and sneak back up the slide during beats two and three. Just as you went out legs-back-hands on the drive, come back hands-back-legs. The folks who row on these machines with the handle bobbing up and down over their bent knees make the Rowing Gods gnash their teeth and rend their garments.<br><br>
A real boat would warm up at about 18spm until everyone more or less wakes up. 22-24 is nice cruising pace, 26-28 is booking right along, and 30+ is either Olympic calibre or just plain inefficient.<br><br>
You have two variables to play with: SPM and power per stroke. They interact to give you your splits/500m. Play with different combinations to see how you most effectively drive your splits down.<br><br>
Rowing on an erg can be mind-numbing. Most of us do interval work to keep it interesting. Concept2 have lots of great workouts to try. I think they're also running a distance challenge from American Thanksgiving until Christmas to motivate folks to keep busy with all that yummy roast goose on the table. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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This is exactly what I needed.<br>
I am going to print this up, take it the rec. center and learn.<br>
I am a kinetic learner and have trouble with concepts until I can touch and feel and experiment and even then I struggle. But I think I will be able to do this with these instructions. I will also check the link posted. I do not know the brand name of the machines at the rec.<br><br>
I would much rather be on a boat on the creek but I can handle "mind numbing" (My current job consists of mindless repetitive tasks) I also just got an iPod. Once I figure out how to use it, is it acceptable to listen while rowing?<br><br>
Thanks Mustang Sally.<br>
I shall add rowing to my diet for the next two weeks.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy"><br>
Excellent link! Moving pictures <i>really</i> helped me. (I look ridiculous mimicking the cartoon guy while sitting in my office chair)<br>
It is coming back to me. I think I will be able to do this.<br>
Maybe we can this to the weekly thread?<br><br>
Grateful Rose
 

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iPods and ergs were made for each other with one proviso. Tuck in your cord so you don't run it over with your seat. While you're at it, tuck in your shirt, too.<br><br>
Don't ask me how I know this.
 

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......good line..........I'm laughing as I type this..<br><br><br><br>
you'll love it rose//...it's great exercise
 

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Keeping notes:<br>
Tuck earbud cord in to reduce accidents.<br><br>
Oh, and yes, in your previous note, I must tell you that I do remember "feathering" the handle and having it crash to the wheel and having all the folks on the stationary bikes in front of me practically jump off their seats... oops.<br><br>
The next day, I went upstairs to the rowing machine and found it turned around, no longer facing the backs of the bikes but facing the window that overlooks the parking lot. That was fine with me.<br><br>
Yay. I can't wait for tomorrow!
 

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A small folded towel on the seat is helping my, er, power point. Foot thingies are adjusted so the straps go across where the ball of your foot is.<br><br>
Also helpful, starring B.C.'s own Anne-Marie de Zwager (scroll to the videos at the bottom of the page):<br><br><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/rowing-training.htm" target="_blank">http://www.expertvillage.com/intervi...g-training.htm</a><br><br>
And since you're so competitive, Rosie:<br><br><a href="http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/rowing.htm" target="_blank">http://www.expertvillage.com/interviews/rowing.htm</a><br><br>
I'm loving the thing. A-M says to set the damper between 2-4 if you want "real" conditions. I've rowed at 10 (oops) before I watched this video and actually didn't find it a whole lot different.<br><br>
Stupid Old Souci<br><br>
ETA: I don't death-grip the handle; still, I was developing blisters, so I use weight-lifting gloves now and they work like a charm.
 

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I ADORE tomwhite!<br><br><br>
too funny!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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I love, love, love the rower. I like to use an underhand grip on it though, to work my biceps. It's a great warmup before running.<br><br>
Susan
 

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Awesome. Heehee, I just get on, flip the damper to 10 (please don't laugh at me) and row. The only thing it appears I'm doing right is waiting until the last bit to let the arms pull (i.e. forcing the legs to do some work).
 

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I just like watching Mrs. Labduck row...that works for me... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 
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