One Million Meters Rowed!!!
|Jan 23, 2010 6:41am||
This is a long term commitment, but if any rowers out there want to consider going for One Million Meters on or before Christmas than please consider joining the Cranky’s Personal Rowing Challenge challenge which starts tomorrow!
|Jan 24, 2010 11:30pm||
Can i use a Wii?
|Jan 25, 2010 5:19am||
I’m not familiar with the Wii’s rowing program, but I’d have to say NO because there is simply no way a Wii can come close to the aerobic stress and workout a true indoor ergometer such as the commonly used Concept II can provide. If you are rowing outdoors on a rowing shell, it is that much more physically challenging as a full body workout because you are balancing as well as rowing – constantly working your core.
No offense, as I do not mean to knock the Wii users out there but recent studies show that the Wii fitness programs simply DO NOT even come close to the actual exercises they are designed to mimic. The intensity of an exercise program on Nintendo’s highly popular fitness title Wii Fit amounts to a “very, very mild workout,” says a study from the American Council on Exercise.
“I guess anything is better than nothing, but we were a little bit underwhelmed with the exercise intensity of some of the exercises,” says John Porcari, lead researcher at the University of Wisconsin Lacrosse Exercise and Health Program, in a statement.
Researchers found the energy expended from Wii Fit exercises fell below physical activity guidelines set by the American College of Sports Medicine. The exercises also resulted in fewer calories burned compared to performing the actual activity.
“Step aerobics is a very good workout, but you typically step up onto a 6-inch high bench,” says Porcari. “In Wii Fit, you step up onto the 1- or 1.5-inch balance pad so you’re burning far fewer calories than you would in an actual step aerobics class.”
While researchers admit Wii Fit is better than sitting on the couch, the fitness game should be used along with other physical activity.
|Jan 25, 2010 7:09am||
You mentioning “on the water” rowing adding the balance piece reminded me about this. If anybody owns their own C2 erg, check this out:
That will help to mimic the balance required on the water.
Also, (again, if you own your own erg), consider getting slides to enhance that water experience, if that’s what you’re after.
|Jan 25, 2010 7:38am||
Hey – thanks for the link, great sounding product. As I get into the longer rows I think I may give this product a try. As for the slides, they sound like a great feature but take up that much more floor space – plus, for me, it would freak the heck out of my dog and thereby cause total havoc with my rowing :-)
|Jan 25, 2010 8:22am||
Yeah, the slides do take a chunk of room. Also, check out the C-Breeze. It channels the air coming out of the fan housing to aim at you to keep you cool. C-Breeze
|Jan 25, 2010 8:39am||
I thoroughly endorse the C-Breeze too. I have one permanently on my Model E at home (they’re slightly trickier to fit on to Model E’s because of the slightly different housing around the cage) and I have a mobile one which I use on the Model C’s in my gym.
One thing to note is that they do have an effect on the drag factor (they lower it), so worth rechecking your drag (if you use it) once it’s fitted.
|Jan 25, 2010 5:35pm||
It’s ok. My suggestion to use a Wii was just a joke. I never for a second think a Wii would be the same in real life.
For the people who think it is the same then they may get a bit of a shock if they swapped Wii sky diving for the real thing! It might not be pretty…
For the record I think the Wii is a joke. My flatmate has developed a way to use the controllers while sitting down on his arm chair. It’s really quite sad :-(
|Jan 25, 2010 5:35pm||
If you really want to simulate ‘on the water’ rowing then the best ergometer is definitely the Rowperfect. My old crew coach swore by these and used to get us doing 30mins on them every week. Now 30mins doesn’t sound much, but my core felt like I had been punched in the stomach afterwards! Both the seat and the fly wheel move, so you have to keep your core stabilized else you just bounce off the end of the bar. Also, the seat will brake if you lean majorly to one side (and does so quite suddenly, so there were many times I unexpectedly ended up on the floor!) a bit like the Coreperform, just to make sure your form is perfect. I’m not suggesting you buy one (they’re pretty expensive and not necessarily what you would want to use every day) but if you ever get the chance to have a go on one, take the offer up!
|Jan 25, 2010 7:24pm|
|Jan 26, 2010 2:08am||
That Rowperfect is definitely whacky as CG noted. I would think that a C2 with CorePerform and the slides would be similar, and sounds like it would last longer! ;-)
As for the WaterRower, Xeno Mueller sold out a while back to pimp those, but I’ve never enjoyed rowing on them. Maybe they’ve gotten better, but I enjoy the C2.
|Jan 26, 2010 12:38pm||
I personally do not like WaterRowers – they just don’t feel right to me! I would always use a Concept2 for the bulk of my rowing and RowPerfect to work on technique – to me they are just the best ergs out there.
|Feb 3, 2010 3:16pm||
Thats quite a goal, kayaking is one of my favorite activities, but for cardio how does it compare to spinning or running? Are rowing machines more cost effective than spin bikes? The bikes i have seen are pretty pricey.
|Feb 3, 2010 6:16pm||
Kayaking and rowing are significantly different, I enjoy both but many of my kayaking friends dislike rowing. So I’d strongly suggest you try before you buy…
For indoor rowing, the Concept II is pretty much a universal standard and the one most seen in erg competitions and university programs. It is priced right at $1,000 as it is super tough and durable – no difference between the consumer and commercial product.
For outdoor rowing, or sculling, a generally recognized brand is the Alden brand and their Alden 16 is a great open water beginner shell to get started with at $3,200 fully equipped.
As far as rowing in comparison to spinning or running? Many experts consider rowing on the ergometer/indoor rower or on the water a superior fitness activity. When compared to the many other choices: running, walking, stepping, biking, weight lifting, skiing, none are as complete a workout as rowing when it comes to a single exercise.
Rowing exercises all major muscle groups: legs, arms, back, abdominal, and buttocks. Legs provide most of the power of the rowing stroke; your upper body adds the rest. Rowing is one of the few aerobic activities that can actually strengthen your back.
Rowing exercises muscles through a wider range of motion than most other exercises, thereby improving and maintaining flexibility around some of the major joints. This also makes the exercise more satisfying because the rower has a sense of motion.
Rowing is a great calorie burner. Recent research showed that rowing burns calories faster than biking at the same perceived level of exertion. In other words, it feels easier to burn more calories while rowing than while biking.
Rowing is a smooth, rhythmic motion that is impact free and consider a lifelong sport, able to be enjoyed by all ages, from kids to grandparents.
The list goes on … but one thing I’ve learned is that it tends to be a love it or hate it sport. If you try and and enjoy it, you will likely get hooked as it being a lifelong sport and preferred exercise routine.
|Feb 4, 2010 9:11am||
I enjoy rowing at the gym mostly as a cool down exercise after workouts. I also like it because we only have one Concept II machine in a corner of the Stride Machine room and no one else ever uses it. Some days I come back to it and it still seems setup for me (drag and foot pad positions).
Cool thought for a challenge.