Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

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Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby Skjchaney » November 15th, 2017, 6:38 am

I'm enjoying my workouts now with this machine. The interval settings on the PM5 that I set up on the rower and Ski Erg have enough rest time on them so I can do leg lifts and something else in-between sets. My arms lose power on the Ski Erg and the first time that happened I started laughing. It was surprised walking away from the erg feeling jacked without doing one push up or lifting anything. Pretty much all my cardio up to this point has been something involving the legs like running, elliptical or the rower. I know the erg uses some legs but not enough for me to consider them worked out although they may be getting what they need. I can have a conversation with my wife while we take turns on it. You can casually use the machine in your normal clothes to get the blood moving and not get sweaty. Thumbs up so far for the Ski Erg!
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby hjs » November 15th, 2017, 8:46 am

Certainly can,t talk when using the skierg and sweat so need sports clothing. Its indeed very much upperbody, legs don,t get tired.
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby che9sw » November 16th, 2017, 4:29 am

If you had to choose between the rowing machine and the skierg, which would you go for based on the quality of the workout?

Not interested in entering competitions, space is not a factor as I have a large garage, and price is roughly comparable.

Which of the two ergs hits more muscle groups?
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby hjs » November 16th, 2017, 4:49 am

che9sw wrote:If you had to choose between the rowing machine and the skierg, which would you go for based on the quality of the workout?

Not interested in entering competitions, space is not a factor as I have a large garage, and price is roughly comparable.

Which of the two ergs hits more muscle groups?


Rower hits more muscle. Legs and pulling muscle in the upperbody.

Ski hits upperbody, lats, triceps, chest abs. Legs and back do work, but not during the drive, getting up after the stroke makes them work.

My 2 cents, ski is more alround and maybe closer to daily life. Rower is more specific but does work the bigger muscle in the body more.
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby Skjchaney » November 16th, 2017, 10:30 am

che9sw wrote:Which of the two ergs hits more muscle groups?


For me, I am getting an upper body pump when I just use the Ski Erg and when I use just the rower it feels like an overall workout. But both will get your heart rate up. If your in good shape already then it takes a while to get your heart rate up on the rower. I used to use the elliptical for 15 minutes before getting on the rower so I could get my heart rate up to 130-140bpm to row for 3000m or so. Overall that was a 30min workout for me. But it takes hardly any time to get your heart rate up using the Ski Erg. While using both machines together I can say that rowing is more difficult now (you can feel your back and core more) I think because of that they compliment each other. Now that I have a Ski Erg I can't say which one is the better machine. I do like the upper body pump though. I am totally relaxed after that.
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby MrHollick » November 27th, 2017, 1:29 am

well at the very affordable price points these two machines sell for I think having to make a decision between one or the other isn't a fair question, to begin with.

Plus they compliment each other very nicely one working out the front of your body the other the back pretty much :)
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby swingshiftworker » November 29th, 2017, 4:54 pm

FWIW, I was thinking about buying a SkiErg but have decided not to get one after tying out an older version out at a gym near me.

The SkiErg obviously gives more of an upper body workout but I don't think I'd use it that much and I don't see the advantage of getting it on top of already having a rower and a full weight lifting gym in my garage.

The only movement unique to the SkiErg that I can identify is the double hand pull down, which could be replicated w/a cable pull-down set up. There may be some additional benefits to the SkiErg that I don't/can't recognize but I think that doing upper body lifts -- including but not limited to the bench press, overhead press, rows and power cleans -- in combo w/the rower should be sufficient to develop full body strength and endurance.
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby Cant Climb » December 1st, 2017, 10:23 am

SkiErg is the best abdominal core workout i've ever gotten in my life.
I don't think anything else compares to it in that sense.

I love rowing, running, biking but since i've been doing SkiErg i just feel like i have better functional movement.
I always thought i had a strong abdominal core but the SkieErg has put that into a new perspective.
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Re: Is the Ski Erg giving you the workout you wanted?

Postby brentwilson29 » December 4th, 2017, 3:51 pm

Avid fan of both the C2 rower and ski erg. I would say if I had to choose one it would be the skierg. Nothing provides the cardiovascular as well as anterior workout like the skierg. My abdominal and core have never been as strong as they are now since adding the skierg.... But don't get me wrong, I think the rower and skierg work perfectly together to provide full body benefits, just if I HAD TO pick one, ill go ski :)
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