Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby jeremycfr » July 30th, 2012, 10:02 pm

I row about 13,000 meters a day 6 days a week (2 workouts of 20 and 40 minutes), indoor bike about 30 minutes 3 days a week, and a 2 mile walk a few days a week. I have dropped 72 lbs and 12.5 waist inches since April 10. I have about 25 lbs to go before I begin a maintain plan.
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby Little John » February 19th, 2013, 3:42 pm

Just had to brag a little - rowed the CRASH-B last weekend - came in with a 7m 12.7s finish. Obviously not as impressive as a lot of members here, but I beat my at-home record by 12 seconds, and my goal by 2 seconds. AND when I was done I wanted to pass out, so I know I did about the best I could have done.

Next year I'll be slimmer and healthier and aiming to get under 7 minutes.
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby DavidA » February 19th, 2013, 4:48 pm

Little John wrote:Just had to brag a little - rowed the CRASH-B last weekend - came in with a 7m 12.7s finish. Obviously not as impressive as a lot of members here, but I beat my at-home record by 12 seconds, and my goal by 2 seconds. AND when I was done I wanted to pass out, so I know I did about the best I could have done.

Next year I'll be slimmer and healthier and aiming to get under 7 minutes.


Congratulations, and good luck with breaking 7 next year!

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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby Little Miss Muffet » February 21st, 2013, 12:02 pm

I'm a newbie too and I just wanted to say hello and wish you luck.
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby jeremycfr » February 21st, 2013, 4:57 pm

Little John wrote:Just had to brag a little - rowed the CRASH-B last weekend - came in with a 7m 12.7s finish. Obviously not as impressive as a lot of members here, but I beat my at-home record by 12 seconds, and my goal by 2 seconds. AND when I was done I wanted to pass out, so I know I did about the best I could have done.

Next year I'll be slimmer and healthier and aiming to get under 7 minutes.


Congrats! How is the weight loss going? Make it down to where you want to be?
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby Little John » February 25th, 2013, 4:54 pm

Thanks everyone. Weight loss is slow-going. I'm doing plenty of exercise, but my 4pm snack compulsion is nothing to mess with. I am heading in the right direction, at least, I just need to get re-motivated to start tracking my intake more closely. Sadly, it's easier said than done...
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby jeremycfr » March 5th, 2013, 6:00 pm

Little John wrote:Thanks everyone. Weight loss is slow-going. I'm doing plenty of exercise, but my 4pm snack compulsion is nothing to mess with. I am heading in the right direction, at least, I just need to get re-motivated to start tracking my intake more closely. Sadly, it's easier said than done...


I use an app on my Iphone to help me track my intake. I switched my snacks with fruit and/or soy protein shakes (usually around workout time).
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby Little John » March 26th, 2013, 8:20 am

I've found that I've had the best results using the LoseIt app on my iphone, too. Keeps me honest and lets me know how badly I've messed up when I've done it.

Changed my workout schedule a little bit, I dropped the intensity row in exchange for a distance row, but I'm keeping the endurance day.
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby jinxremoving » November 18th, 2014, 1:26 pm

Just wanted to add that this thread is really encouraging. Thanks for sharing, and c2 Forum Goers -- nice to see there's a spot on the internet where everyone *isn't* a jerk. :)
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby Donnie » September 3rd, 2015, 10:57 pm

I'm right there with you guys. Diabetes and just bought my rower in July. Down about 20 pounds and actually looking forward to the doctor appointment in October. Rowing is the best exercise that I have found for the endurance training and calorie burning. I do weight training a couple times a week and row 5-7 days a week. A lot of my rows are slow and that's ok with me. I am only competing against myself on this and that keeps it fun for me so far.
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby Tiptx4 » March 22nd, 2016, 9:41 am

It's amazing to hear so many success stories about people loosing weight and how they done it. I'm new to rowing as tomorrow my C2 model E will be here. Being 60 has made it tough for me as I got up to 211.2 and just 5'9" in height. I have always been active except for my job which is very demanding and stressful, and I sit most of the time.

Well I changed my diet laid off the sugar, bread, soda, use my 25 plus year old Skier and occasionally my Total gym, ride my mountain when I have the time and try to golf. Not by any means a fitness junkie, just trying to keep active and be around long enough to see my grand children grow up. Well within the 1st month I down to 192.8 as Wow! thats 18.4 lbs. My problem is I'm stuck now between 196 and 193, like a roller coaster.

Excited to try something different as I've heard so many reviews about rowing that I'm hoping that I can loose another 10 lbs within 6 months. I usually go for a good 30-40 minutes on my skier and maybe 2 - 3 times a week on the Total Gym for only 20 minutes. I want my C2 to be my main source of exercise as I may pick up more of the Total Gym workouts and less of the skier. Maybe 30 on the C2 and another 30 on the skier. I just don't know, open to any suggestions.

I can't always exercise at the same time or every other day because of my job and traveling but I here to see what the excitement is about rowing and owning a C2. I know there were no other alternatives when picking out a rower so I'm happy about my purchase just hope those results show up in 6 month or sooner. Good luck to everyone else on the weight loss train as that funny as I run a train as my job. Hope to keep hearing those success stories as I'll be back on here again to share my experiences if any.
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby bnz » May 24th, 2016, 5:53 pm

I'm just starting out with my program to loose some weight (36 years old, male). I have been rowing one to two times per week on actual water, but I'm rowing in a group where the exercise is not very intense - we're going not too fast for like 60-70 minutes. On the other hand, I'm currently doing 30 min rows on my model D with something like 7000-7200m (average pace is something around 2:04-2:08 minutes). These rows are pretty exhausting for me at the end and probably not quite the right balance yet - I can do that maybe twice a week, but certainly not every day. So I'm wondering what the right balance is. I should probably go for 60 minutes at a much lower pace to burn more calories, but what pace would be good to aim at when I really have no idea what my max heart rate, anabolic threshold and all that stuff is for me. Do you have any suggestions maybe based on my 30 min performance? If I have 5-6 rows per week with most rows about 60 minutes, does it even make sense to include such 30 min or 5km sessions instead of a 60 min row with a higher intensity maybe once or twice a week?

Thanks for any pointers!
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby Pie Man » May 25th, 2016, 6:16 am

Why not try something like the Pete Plan Beginner Training?

Your 30 min times seem pretty good but if you post your height and weight the forum regulars will be more able to help you.

The other thing is to think about diet, I lost 20Kg in 12 months with one small change. I cut out all foods with added sugar. So no sweets, chocolate, ice cream, as well as most breakfast cereals, yogurts I add frozen fruit to a plain soya yogurt now for a desert, and as my pallet has changed I enjoy that as a desert rather than something with added sugar. I personally would avoid low fat foods as they tend to replace fat with sugar. Others find success with recording what they eat, using apps like my fitness pal. This helps you realise the calories you are eating and of course the make up of the food you eat.

My 20Kg loss was achieved without any exercise. I have only started exercising as I actually lost muscle mass as well as fat and my fitness was worse than when I was heavier. Five months of gym work has helped reverse that, but I still have a way to go, but I am on week two of the Pete beginner plan and am looking forward to my next session, even though the one last night nearly did for me as I didn't pace it right...
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby bnz » May 25th, 2016, 7:01 am

I'm 185cm and 105kg weight (some way to go unfortunately - I'm not a body builder). Pete's plan actually is the first one that looks very good to me. The training plans I have seen in Row Pro started off too easy for me.

About the nutrition. Yes, I'm very aware of that. My experience though is that I cannot loose weight without doing both training and cutting calories. I tend to mostly stay away from too processed foods and animal foods any way.
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Re: Another one on the weight loss train (or boat?)

Postby swingshiftworker » July 8th, 2016, 8:12 pm

I'm 65, 5'8" and currently 180# down from 196. Lost 16# in 7 weeks. Mainly through change in diet (no alcohol, no refined sugar/flour, low fat, high protein, fresh fruit/veggies and limited milk dairy), cardio (bike and rower) and weight lifting. Just got my rower a couple of weeks ago, so it's only partially responsible for the weight loss.

Bike and row 30 mins every other day. Don't do either to race or achieve the lowest times. Bike at 22mph and row at 5000m in 30 mins; both steady state, no HIIT. Gets my HR up to around 110 which is w/in my target range. Target weight is 175, which is only 5 lbs away, which I expect to hit w/in a month.

Will continue to bike/row and lift weights after I hit my target but will probably have to increase food intake at that time, because I've been consistently losing about 2# a week eating only 2000 cals/day. So, I'll probably have to up my calories to 3000/day just to maintain my weight at 175. Otherwise, I could lose the 40# that I lost doing pretty much the same thing 3 years ago, when I bottomed out a 158 and BF% less than 15, which was WAY too low for me.

So, I can probably drink a few beers and eat pizza again when I hit 175 a long as I continue to work out. That was the problem b4. I was drinking beer and eating pizza w/o working out at all. :lol:
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