This is a great article written by the British newspaper The Telegraph just before this year’s Oxford vs Cambridge University boat race. There are a number of ways you can improve your performance on the Rowing Machine and they’re not just about fitness… although that certainly helps!!
The Oxford and Cambridge crews will have to contend with currents, winds and the capricious British weather when they compete in the 161st edition of the Boat Race on the River Thames this weekend, but most people’s personal experience of rowing comes only from the whizz and creak of the humble indoor rowing machine. Continue reading 10 ways to get better on the indoor rower→
There are always a number of questions that arise when talking about technique on the Concept2 or Waterrower rowing machines. Most beginners make the same mistake of using their arms far too early in the stroke and not really putting much leg power into the pull. These are fairly basic errors that can be corrected by getting an experienced rower to coach you or watching a training video such as this one.
This video shows some of the common mistakes
So as you improve and start to work on your 2000m times, finer points of technique start to come into play. Where should you pull your hand to when on the rowing machine? Afloat you have to keep the blades in and then feather, wherever that takes your hands. Low for flat water, higher if rigged for rough weather. Most oarsmen seem to keep wrists high aground too, presumably from habit. But on a grounded erg, no need to lift wrists, it’s much easier to keep wrists flat and all in line with the chain, as Concept2 writes, so that there are no bending moments anywhere. Any extra length from cocking the wrists can only be small and at the expense of small muscle-tendon units in the forearms, so not worth it and possibly risky as noted above. Better save a little time to get in an extra stroke done full body. Continue reading Training for The Concept2 2000m Test→
The British Rowing team has a long and impressive history and a close connection to the Concept2 Rowing Machine. The level of training is beyond what normal human beings like you and me could really contemplate. One of the big standard tests of how good / fit you are is the two kilometer sprint on the Concept 2. All rowers of every standard dread it. You put yourself on the line, there is no place to hide. Watch the video to see what they think of it.
The Concept2, 2K Test
There are very few sports which challenge the body as much as rowing. That said, it is a safe way to get fit as it does not harm the joints in the same way that running does. The British Rowing team and pretty much all of the worlds rowing clubs use the Concept2 as their chosen Ergo due to the fact that it is so accurate. You can do the test at sea level in London or on top of the a mountain and the data will still be the same. Continue reading 2K on the Concept2 – No Place To Hide!→
Chances are your entire cardio life has consisted of alternating stints on the treadmill, elliptical and bike. You probably thought that would be the best way to burn calories, torch fat and increase your overall fitness, right? Wrong. Turns out you should have been rowing. The oft-forgotten rowing machine burns the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time with the lowest perceived rate of exertion, while being easiest on your precious, carefully-honed body.
It’s not your fault. You didn’t know any better. And why? Well, for two reasons: First, the poor rowing machine is usually cast to the corner like an unwanted stepchild — an afterthought amidst the more high-profile cardio equipment of treadmills, ellipticals and bikes. Not very motivating. And secondly, you most likely don’t know how to use it. Continue reading Rowing: The New Cardio→
Not every effective fitness activity has to take place in a gymnasium or playing field. The pool is an excellent place to do some body toning and burn off those calories. In fact, for people with joint problems, the water is a good environment as it offers less stress on joints, tendons, and muscles. Continue reading Water Fitness Activities→
The lowly jump rope is making a comeback as a stellar fitness tool. Here are some of the many advantages of taking up jumping rope or skipping as part of your fitness program.
Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and the arteries and veins that bring blood and oxygen to and from your heart. By improving the efficiency of this system you increase your chances of being able to do your daily tasks without becoming breathless. Walking, biking, and jumping rope are the best ways to improve your cardiovascular system. Jumping rope strengthens your lungs and heart. Continue reading The Benefits of Jump Rope→
The popular belief about weight loss long held by dieters and professed by fitness and diet experts was: Burn more calories than you take in and you’ll lose weight. Simple! Well perhaps so but many disillusioned dieters would beg to differ with this mathematical maxim.
Many food companies, intent on improving their image in the face of mounting obesity have created “lite” versions of popular snacks like Oreos, Twinkie and Twixt. Coca Cola has created a fun video to demonstrated how much fun it is to burn off the calories in a can of regular Coke. Continue reading Weight Loss is not Just about Counting Calories→
Forget childhood obesity. Children are not the most inactive group of North Americans. Studies show that adults over sixty-five spend ten or more hours a day sitting or lying down. They are the most sedentary age group.
Inactivity comes with a cost both physical and mental. Inactive seniors have higher incidences of falls, obesity, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s and early death compared to their more active counterparts.
Staying active often means staying healthy and maintaining independence.
If you’re looking for an exercise machine that will help you lose weight build strength in major muscle groups and maintain bone density no matter what your age or level of fitness rowing is the perfect exercise for you. Rowing also offers those who are recovering from an injury or surgery a good workout that won’t irritate injuries or incisions.
When you row, not only your arms, legs, chest, back, and abs but also your mind gets a complete workout. The smooth, rhythmic motion of rowing and the time to let your mind wander do wonders to relieve stress.
If you have aging joints rowing offers Low-impact exercise that is easy on the knees and ankles. Rowing proceeds at your own pace. Thus, people of any age or fitness level can do it. Rowing actually improves range of motion for bodies that are aging and losing range of movement. Continue reading What are the benefits of a rowing machine workout?→