Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

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Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by tesla » April 25th, 2016, 8:16 am

I know you all will be biased but here goes. Anyone here using the Skierg also have experience with the Schwinn Airdyne? I currently have the rower and looking for a piece to compliment that. Do you find it's easier to get the heart rate up on one or the other? Is one more "comfortable" to use than the other? I hear some say that the Airdyne is a torture device but in a good way. I do HIIT on the rower and intend on doing the same with whatever I decide to get.

Thanks.
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Re: Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by Drivetofast » April 25th, 2016, 9:13 am

Get the Airdyne you won't regret it well maybe after you use it :lol: I have Rower D, Skierg Not even close Rogue Fitness has a real good one. I have 2 one is 31 years old

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Re: Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by kini62 » April 25th, 2016, 6:07 pm

tesla wrote:I know you all will be biased but here goes. Anyone here using the Skierg also have experience with the Schwinn Airdyne? I currently have the rower and looking for a piece to compliment that. Do you find it's easier to get the heart rate up on one or the other? Is one more "comfortable" to use than the other? I hear some say that the Airdyne is a torture device but in a good way. I do HIIT on the rower and intend on doing the same with whatever I decide to get.

Thanks.
While the Airdyne is an absolute beast of a workout and well suited to HIIT IMO it is not a compliment to the rower. It's still predominantly a leg driven machine.

I think it was on the C2 site or this forum where the rower is described as 60/40 lower/upper body whereas the skierg is 60/40 upper/lower.

My plan is to add a skierg to my rower. I think it would work really well for HIIT. Something like 1 minute on the rower, jump to the skierg for a minute, repeat until dead. :wink:
55m, 5'6" 155lbs, rowing and skiing (pseudo) on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Re: Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by tesla » May 2nd, 2016, 8:30 am

Thanks for your responses Drive and Kini. The other machine I'd like to throw in the mix is a Bowflex M5 or M7. It's a stepper with a push/pull motion. As someone thats about to hike up a 14,000 mountain, it would be the ultimate trainer for that. Unfortunately they are expensive at $1500.00 to $2100.00, have a sucky 2-3 year warranty and may have a durability issue from what I've read.
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Re: Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by Drivetofast » May 2nd, 2016, 9:25 am

Buy a weighted vest and climb some Hills. It can be used everywhere I would get a trainer and do high altitude training.

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Re: Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by kini62 » May 2nd, 2016, 5:47 pm

tesla wrote:Thanks for your responses Drive and Kini. The other machine I'd like to throw in the mix is a Bowflex M5 or M7. It's a stepper with a push/pull motion. As someone thats about to hike up a 14,000 mountain, it would be the ultimate trainer for that. Unfortunately they are expensive at $1500.00 to $2100.00, have a sucky 2-3 year warranty and may have a durability issue from what I've read.
I wouldn't buy one even though it looks like a good workout at first glance. Machines like that are built to be used once a week for a couple months then as a clothes hanger. They're not built to last with heavy use.

If you want to spend that much money and still have stepping motion, get a versaclimber. At least you know it will last.

http://versaclimber.com/
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Re: Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by Sully » May 14th, 2016, 4:35 pm

Hi,
I train on the rower at my local globo gym, but have both a new ski-erg (bought new) and an old style AD4 (bought off eBay) at home to supplement my rowing training.
Both the ski-erg and AD are useful for long, steady recovery work, but I tend to try and do at least one conditioning session per week with them just to break up the grind of rowing day in day out.
Separately, both machines are good for HIT/tabatta type workouts, but using them together takes things to a whole new level. I think this is because the sk-erg is predominantly upper body and core, while the AD is very much legs and shoulder, so they compliment each other well. My particular favourite go-to workout at the moment is 250m ski + 10 X kb swings @ 28kg + 25 cal AD + 10 X in swings @ 28kg: X 5 rounds.
I had my ski-erg for about a year before I got the AD, but I just kept an eye out for a good deal on eBay and managed to get hold of one about a month ago.
Obviously this sort of kit can cost a bit but if you can get hold of one for a decent price I would definitely recommend pairing up a ski-erg with an airdyne!

Hope this helps

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Re: Scwinn Airdyne vs SkiErg

Post by Misterhelmet » November 22nd, 2016, 5:51 pm

I've tried AirDyne and I've sold it.
It is far a leg driven machine with some arms. with an unnatural position.
I prefer a good elliptical like the e glide elliptical.
Now I row with a Model D and I have a Ski Erg as well.
With ski erg you have the possibility do pursue other kind of programs for triceps, chest, back, shoulders, etc.

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