Rowing machine and Interval

Jason Bourne
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2005/08/01 19:45:12 (permalink)

Rowing machine and Interval

Hi folks,

I want to improve my fitness and was wondering what is the best method to employ on the rowing machine?

Shall i go for distance and keep it at a steady pace. I used to be able to do 15mins.

Or, do i keep the timing less and make it more interval? If so, how?


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    RE: Rowing machine and Interval 2005/08/01 22:06:27 (permalink)
    When i was conditioning myself rather than trying to lose fat/weight, i used to go for like 200 metres on level 4 then knock it off to level 10 for 100 metres then back down to level 4 then so on and so on, the rowing machine is an excellent piece of equipment to get fit i think.
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    RE: Rowing machine and Interval 2005/08/01 22:28:39 (permalink)
    Fitness is usually covered by the following:

    Stamina - Speed - Suppleness - Strength

    So in regards to indoor rowing, the first two would be covered. Stamina is obviously best performed at low intensity for a high time limit whilst speed training is performed with high intensity for a low time limit. Mix the two up, and combined with Strength (lifting weights) and Suppleness (stretching) you'll be fit as a fiddle!
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    RE: Rowing machine and Interval 2005/08/01 22:52:27 (permalink)
    As said above, what part of your fitness do you want to improve? I wouldn't recommend a rowing machine in many cases, rowing is all about technique as you'll never have had any coaching you won't have a clue.
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    RE: Rowing machine and Interval 2005/08/02 10:54:25 (permalink)
    You can use the same methods as any other form of exercise. The only point to make is that the benefits accrued from rowing don't necessarily transfer wholly to other forms of exercise other than a general increase in fitness levels. i.e. a fit, fast rower may not be much cop at running.

    That said, interval training can be very effective done on a rowing machine and the ultimate goal could be to see how you measure up in the 2K challenge on the concept2 rowing machine. This is a longish sprint, which towards the final stages, pushes you close to passing out with oxygen debt. You can go onto the concept2 website to see how you match up to the worlds best. Definately one for the masochist. I got 6:37.4 mins on my one and only attempt last year which placed me just outside the top 300 all-comers in the UK last year, not bad for a clapped out 39 year old. And that is without having any formal training. I don't think that a lack of technique in the strictest sense of the word should hinder health benefits overmuch, the rower is a very forgiving machine in terms of injury etc.

    Longer distances are ok, but I find myself lapsing into a bordom induced coma at anything over 18 minutes.
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