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by left coaster
January 18th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Watts on Erg Vs. Bike
Replies: 20
Views: 5484

Re: Watts on Erg Vs. Bike

Thanks for the replies. I just dropped some change on a Tacx Neo 2t smart trainer and have quickly come to love it. The interactive apps are entertaining and the road feel can be dialed in by including your weight and the projected rolling and wind resistance of the bike you normally ride, they have...
by left coaster
January 14th, 2020, 12:56 am
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Watts on Erg Vs. Bike
Replies: 20
Views: 5484

Re: Watts on Erg Vs. Bike

Well if you want to enter a Concept 2 Challenge on your ErgBike they halve the meters which should tell you something. Thanks -- that does tell me something ! :D I can enter a concept 2 challenge on an ergbike??? how weird, it never crossed my mind. 50% is a nasty cut in efficiency... I guess that'...
by left coaster
January 13th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Watts on Erg Vs. Bike
Replies: 20
Views: 5484

Watts on Erg Vs. Bike

Hiya, I'm going to probably figure this out for myself in the next while when I start measuring my performance on the erg in watts/time rather than the distance/time metric I've been using. Thought it would be an interesting question to ask though. For those of you who also train on a bike, or 'smar...
by left coaster
December 5th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Year 35
Replies: 79
Views: 17223

Re: Year 35

Eric, you're goal is weight maintenance not weight loss. The OP has a different challenge than you. Also, if you do a bit of research, you'll soon learn that younger people faced many more obesogen triggers during development i.e. environmental chemicals that mimic estrogen, stimulate weight gain et...
by left coaster
December 5th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Year 35
Replies: 79
Views: 17223

Re: Year 35

It's my impression that advertisements for exercise equipment and services have created a lot of misinformation in the public about the role of exercise in weight loss. Others have mentioned this, but it is simply not possible to rely on an exercise routine as the main driver of weight loss. A perso...
by left coaster
December 4th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Rowing and body shape
Replies: 10
Views: 4530

Re: Rowing and body shape

Personally, I bulked up considerably the last round of sprint work I did on the erg, prepping for another couple months intervals and sprints again now and starting to see gains from just the longer endurance work. I've always been that way though, I used to 'work out' quite a bit in the weight gym ...
by left coaster
December 2nd, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: Rowing Machine after Spinal Surgery
Replies: 7
Views: 3056

Re: Rowing Machine after Spinal Surgery

Likewise, this isn't a place to seek medical or rehab advise. I am intrigued by your story though and hope you will continue to post updates! I protruded my c5/6 disc about 10 years ago and had a very difficult recovery. It was touch and go for a while as to if I would need a disc replacement. Back ...
by left coaster
December 2nd, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Weight Loss & Weight Control
Topic: Building Muscle Strength and Bulk
Replies: 9
Views: 4604

Re: Building Muscle Strength and Bulk

Building muscle mass on the erg is relative and probably depends a bit on your body type. I find that with 1 minute and 500m efforts I build mass rather quickly. These are anaerobic distance done around 50spm with max effort. The trick is maintaining balance and not being all back and legs. I believ...
by left coaster
November 30th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Recommend me some over/on ear headphones
Replies: 21
Views: 3880

Re: Recommend me some over/on ear headphones

I recently got a pair of Powerbeats Pro by Dr. Dre. I was initially looking at other true wireless ear buds that are smaller but the thought of losing one down a grate or something was troubling. Also, lots of reviews indicate they fall out -- this was also true of many 'wireless' ear buds that conn...
by left coaster
November 30th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Rowing after a meal
Replies: 12
Views: 1916

Re: Rowing after a meal

I sometimes row fasted, usually around noon after skipping breakfast. It feels good to kick the metabolism over to fat burning like that, I'm often a tiny bit sluggish out the gate but one I'm rolling it's all good. If my meal pattern is off, or the only time I have to row is lunch time or something...
by left coaster
November 29th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Year 35
Replies: 79
Views: 17223

Re: Year 35

I remember year 35! and year 45 lol -- somehow year 50 seems like an important 1/2 way marker (yup, I'm an optimist). Others have said this I think, but beware of the really hard sprint efforts -- they can make a person super hungry!! Longer and steady is better if you won't have an iron will (like ...
by left coaster
November 28th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Heart rate vs Power
Replies: 31
Views: 5152

Re: Heart rate vs Power

Thanks James, I can be a bit of a dullard with these topics so please bear with me. The FTP on a bike would give an estimate of my sustained watts per hour capacity. As I understand it, the test is 20 minutes at max output and this is transformed into an estimate of what I could maintain over an hou...
by left coaster
November 25th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: Heart rate vs Power
Replies: 31
Views: 5152

Re: Heart rate vs Power

Great thread!! Funny it came up just now, I've been thinking about getting a 'smart trainer' to replace my old tire-on trainer for my road bike. With the smart trainer I could establish a FTP (which I'm not looking forward to lol) and it got me wondering if I could do something similar on my erg... ...
by left coaster
September 23rd, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Training
Topic: C2 on the way..whats the best way to start?
Replies: 8
Views: 1942

Re: C2 on the way..whats the best way to start?

I think it also depends on your personality. It seems joining a group for the running was really helpful for you, finding something similar for rowing may also be helpful. After you get a foundation of fitness and technique joining one of these teams may help keep you motivated http://c2ctc.com/ Jus...
by left coaster
September 16th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Health & Fitness
Topic: L5-S1 disc injury and rowing
Replies: 14
Views: 19414

Re: L5-S1 disc injury and rowing

A few years before getting my erg I protruded my C 5/6 disc. It's on the other end of the spine, but protrusions have a lot in common. Mine caused a nerve compression across my upper back and into my left arm that caused months of excruciating nerve pain and subsequent muscle atrophy. I had many of ...