UK drag factor site:http://concept2.co.uk/training/guide/damper_lever
(Note that there is one error there. The lowest damper setting is not 1, it can be moved to one mark below that to an unlabelled zero.)
Viewing Drag Factor:http://www.concept2.com/service/monitor ... rag-factor
Another drag factor page:http://indoorance.com/2012/07/16/settin ... w-machine/
Additional information: From C2?
Recommended Drag Factor Settings
Good rowing technique is about speed of application of power and not just brute strength.
The table below illustrates the settings recommended by the Amateur Rowing Association and used by Great Britain's international rowing teams for testing and training.
Recommended Drag Factors
User Drag Factor
J11/12 beginner 95-105 approx
Junior Women 125-135
Junior Men 130-140
Lightweight women performance athletes 125
Heavyweight women performance athletes 130
Lightweight men performance athletes 135
Heavyweight men performance athletes 140
International rowers train and test with the drag factor setting at a level of resistance that enables them to replicate their rhythm and rate from the water.
My own take on it:
The drag factor is not your typical resistance level. There is some effect on the resistance feel, but it is not at all like increasing the load on a weightlifting rack. The resistance on an erg depends on how hard the handle is pulled, not on how fast it slows down. That is the real effect of the drag - it effects the slowing down of the wheel. Even if the drag factor is at its maximum, you can still make the wheel spin with a very light pull - which is not the case with the usual resistance machines. With a lot of relatively light pulls at a high rate, a decent pace can be maintained. This is not the case with a weight rack.
Another way to look at it is that you determine the resistance by the amount of force that you apply to the handle. That determines how much the wheel accelerates. The drag factor determines how much the wheel decelerates during the recovery. It is also effects the drive in that it is counteracting the force that force that you apply, so a high drag will reduce that amount of wheel acceleration that you get from any specific force. Sure that is a resistance effect, but, to me, it is misleading to that term for it, since it is a very different effect from what it means in the term "resistance training." Mainly because it obscures the fact that the real level of resistance depends on the force that you, yourself, apply. Whatever the damper setting, the wheel will move with even a very light pull on the handle. How far will you lift a 100kg weight if you apply only 90kg of force to lift it?