Stair-master as cross training

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JIMFOZ
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Stair-master as cross training

Post by JIMFOZ » August 4th, 2018, 7:03 am

As the title suggests, I've heard several rowers (significantly better than me) suggest that a stair master is a good form of cross training for rowing.
They explained that it provides low impact cardio, which can be done at either high or low intensity, as well as strengthening the leg muscles somewhat.

I'm going to incorporate this into my training plan for the next month or so and see how it feels, maybe doing 1-2 low-intensity sessions and one higher intensity session, in addition to skulling and erg workouts

I'd be interested to know your opinions on using the stair master

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Re: Stair-master as cross training

Post by hobbit » August 9th, 2018, 4:19 pm

I've never even seen one of these in a gym. However, I use elliptics, which is similar exercise, and power hikes with hiking poles up extremely steep, long hills. These all seem to be good cross training for erging to me.
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Re: Stair-master as cross training

Post by kini62 » August 15th, 2018, 3:04 pm

JIMFOZ wrote:
August 4th, 2018, 7:03 am
As the title suggests, I've heard several rowers (significantly better than me) suggest that a stair master is a good form of cross training for rowing.
They explained that it provides low impact cardio, which can be done at either high or low intensity, as well as strengthening the leg muscles somewhat.

I'm going to incorporate this into my training plan for the next month or so and see how it feels, maybe doing 1-2 low-intensity sessions and one higher intensity session, in addition to skulling and erg workouts

I'd be interested to know your opinions on using the stair master
If the goal is to get better/faster on the rower then more rowing is what you need to do. If on the other hand you want to do some exercise on days you don't row, then a stairmaster or elliptical is as good as any other.

I cross train with my rower and skierg. Neither one really helps the other but I can get in more meters by combining the two.
55m, 5'6" 155lbs, rowing and skiing (pseudo) on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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