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Former NFL player rows his way to good health

Posted: June 15th, 2007, 9:48 am
by c2bill
Submitted by Lowell Caylor – Most people have never even heard of an indoor rowing machine, let alone used one. I’d like to share with you why I owe my life to one.
I was a defensive back on the 1964 Cleveland Browns World Championship team. While at training camp with the Browns I would see many former players coming back to visit, and most were overweight and out of shape. I made a promise to myself then that I would try not to let that happen to me. After injuries shortened my playing days I exercised on a regular basis to stay in shape.
I got hooked on indoor rowing while living in Denver about 18 years ago. I was working out at a health club lifting weights and using the Stairmasters and treadmills. It was always so very crowded you could never get on the equipment. When you did, there was a 30-minute time limit! I saw two rowing machines sitting idle all the time and wondered how they worked. One day I saw a very fit woman working out hard on one of the machines and I asked her some questions when she finished her workout. I found out she was a rower on the US Olympic outdoor crew and that they used these machines to train indoors during the winter months. I tried it, I liked it and I came to believe in its benefits. About eight years ago I decided to purchase one for my home.... read more