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by Ombrax
February 20th, 2019, 12:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Eric Murray Videos on Youtube
Replies: 2
Views: 113

Re: Eric Murray Videos on Youtube

Cool.

Silly detail, but what's the story on the color of the erg?

Edit: I guessed that it might be related to Olympic medal(s) he's won, Googled him, and found that that was likely the reason for the color. (or maybe his World Championship gold medals)
by Ombrax
February 19th, 2019, 1:53 am
Forum: Women's Forum
Topic: Holly's journey
Replies: 30
Views: 602

Re: Holly's journey

2000m rowed in 13 minutes, it was actually 2019m in 13 minutes 5 seconds, but near enough to establish a pitiful baseline :lol: Holly, congratulations for all the hard work! Two things that may be of interest: 1) You can select any one of a handful of workouts that are already programmed into the r...
by Ombrax
February 15th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Weight Loss & Weight Control
Topic: New buyer looking for advice
Replies: 5
Views: 209

Re: New buyer looking for advice

Jason, With the caveat that I've never used a ski-erg (but I do want one and if I had a good place to put it, I'd probably have already gotten one) I would suggest a rower for the following reasons: 1) As you've probably already realized, they're one of the very best complete-body exercises you can ...
by Ombrax
February 13th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Training
Topic: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?
Replies: 14
Views: 453

Re: do we need a heart rate monitor for sure while rowing?

As Carl suggested above, I've gone with a Garmin ANT+ chest strap and have found it to work well.

I use it for useful feedback during a row, but don't bother to log the data.

Since the chest straps aren't that expensive I'd say go ahead and get one, but it's certainly not a "must have."
by Ombrax
February 9th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Rowing machine?
Replies: 5
Views: 237

Re: Rowing machine?

Concept 2 used to make a strength trainer—the Dyno. Think that “French cowboy” Ombrax from St Louis has one. I have no idea if it builds show muscle. I did indeed recently buy a Dyno (used, obviously, since they haven't been in production for ages) but haven't had a chance to use it much myself. Th...
by Ombrax
February 8th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Kettle bell workouts
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: Kettle bell workouts

More on the TGU.

The first video is a good example of how to do it.

The second video is an incredible demonstration of strength, and if you can do them at half the weight she's using, well, you're an animal.

https://youtu.be/sgd8n917Zv0

https://youtu.be/MQbidQmR14w
by Ombrax
February 8th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Kettle bell workouts
Replies: 7
Views: 292

Re: Kettle bell workouts

Turkish Get-Ups are far and away my favorite KB exercise. They're complicated and take some effort to learn, but absolutely 110% worth it.

I also do arm bars (primarily to help my shoulders for rowing) and a combination bicep curl + press up.
by Ombrax
February 8th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: Do slides help the back?
Replies: 13
Views: 375

Re: Do slides help the back?

I'm glad that it made a difference for you. Strapless is also a good way to check things out and diagnose potential issues your stroke. If you can't row strapless somewhat smoothly at lower stroke rates (but still with good / normal power) that's a red flag that needs to be investigated. (I'm no exp...
by Ombrax
February 7th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: Do slides help the back?
Replies: 13
Views: 375

Re: Do slides help the back?

MrVandelay wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 5:28 pm
25-28 spm
You may want to consider a slower stroke rate.

The only caveat is that at a lower spm, for the same speed (or pace, same thing) you'll have to exert a greater force on the chain, which could potentially be an issue if you're dealing with back problems.
by Ombrax
February 7th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: Do slides help the back?
Replies: 13
Views: 375

Re: Do slides help the back?

but I feel that at the end of the stroke, that it's quite unergonomic to suddenly reverse the force of the direction I've been going in. Just out of curiosity, what is your stroke rate? At 20-22 spm (my usual rates, unless I'm sprinting at the end of a piece) I don't feel like I'm suddenly reversin...
by Ombrax
February 7th, 2019, 12:03 am
Forum: Indoor Rowers
Topic: New Concept2 model D making strange noise
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: New Concept2 model D making strange noise

Bienvenue! Are you asking about the intermittent squeaky sound that sounds like a little bird? Or the lower rumbling sound? I can hear something that sounds like the chain. If you like, it wouldn't hurt to wipe down the chain with a paper towel, then with another paper towel apply some oil. (see bel...
by Ombrax
February 5th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: My breathing rhythm is horrendous; how can I fix this?
Replies: 15
Views: 553

Re: My breathing rhythm is horrendous; how can I fix this?

gooseflight wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Just relax and breathe as your body dictates rather than trying to breathe to a pattern. We usually adjust when we're short of breath.
+1 on this.

The simplest way to get it right is to not think about it.
by Ombrax
February 4th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: My breathing rhythm is horrendous; how can I fix this?
Replies: 15
Views: 553

Re: My breathing rhythm is horrendous; how can I fix this?

Leo, how many times per stroke do you breath?

I always thought that the "standard" is 1 breath / stroke for easy paddling, and 2 breaths / stroke for harder efforts.

(at least that's what works for me)
by Ombrax
February 4th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Training
Topic: Newbie can't get low rating.
Replies: 13
Views: 586

Re: Newbie can't get low rating.

Don't forget, you want to push HARD with your legs. That's how you generate lots of power. Right now you're generating more power by increasing your "rpm" (like an engine at high revs). To get better and faster you want to generate more power at lower stroke rates. Once you can do that you can then ...
by Ombrax
February 3rd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Weight Loss & Weight Control
Topic: Long journey ahead ......
Replies: 14
Views: 761

Re: Long journey ahead ......

Pluto man wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 3:41 am
I get very sweaty hands so sometimes have to adjust my grip on the handle, what do other rowers use to combat this?
Congratulations on your great start. :)

In my case I've found that Crew Stop rowing gloves do a great job for sweaty hands. They aren't cheap, but IMO worth it.

Good Luck