Rower exercises other than rowing

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Rower exercises other than rowing

Post by sunninho » April 22nd, 2006, 2:54 pm

My first post and a new Concept2 C owner (upgraded to a PM3 and model D handle) woohoo :D

I'm wondering if anyone's ever tried doing any other exercises on their C2 erg, other than rowing. I came across this picture showing exercises done on another rower. Is this possible on a Concept2?

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Abdominal exercises

Post by HardGainer » April 23rd, 2006, 3:23 am

Haven't tried any of those Sunny, but it makes a perfect low-friction abs wheel for exercising the abdominal and psoas muscles. Only costs about 150 times the price of the wheels you can buy in the sports store too!

Stand on a foot-high platform placed just beyond the rear end of the C2 monorail. Keeping your back straight and arms locked out, reach down and grab the seat firmly with both hands (unless you're super strong). Slid the seat forward as far as you dare, hold for a second before sliding the seat back again. That's one rep.

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Post by dutchcan » April 23rd, 2006, 12:02 pm

Perhaps not on topic, and perhaps not pc, considering this is a website in honour of the C2, but your post reminded me of something I was meaning to ask. Has anyone ever used the Kettler machine? They're pretty common here and a great deal cheaper than the C2. I'm a believer in 'you get what you pay for', but can anyone tell me what the major differences are in the machines?

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Re: Rower exercises other than rowing

Post by Alissa » April 23rd, 2006, 1:38 pm

sunninho wrote:My first post and a new Concept2 C owner (upgraded to a PM3 and model D handle) woohoo :D

I'm wondering if anyone's ever tried doing any other exercises on their C2 erg, other than rowing. I came across this picture showing exercises done on another rower. Is this possible on a Concept2?
Thanks,
Sunny
Hi Sunny,

Nice to have you here.

Yes, we do exercises for abs, biceps, triceps deltoids, etc. at the Iron Oarsman on the C2 ergs. I think Xeno Muller's got those exercises on at least one of his DVD's, but I couldn't tell you which one. You may want to PM him.

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Post by xeno » April 24th, 2006, 3:49 pm

Hi Alissa and hello Sunny

Alissa, thank you for mentioning our DVDs. We added two more workouts to our set.

I invite you to look at their content through our website: www.gorow.com.

Sincerely,

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Post by sunninho » April 28th, 2006, 4:30 am

Hardgainer, thanks for the suggestion... I'll have to try it out... when my back feels better than it does :)

Alissa and xeno: Those DVDs look great. I may have to check em out, especially DVD2.

dutchcan: Yeah, I ran across that ad on craigslist. Someone was dumping their Kettler (forget for how much, though). I don't have any regrets with buying the C2, however.

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Post by xeno » May 6th, 2006, 2:26 pm

check out the core-perform seat for concept2 rowing machines.
I filmed a quick video clip to illustrate what the seat does.
The link is under my signature.
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Re: Abdominal exercises

Post by johnlvs2run » May 6th, 2006, 4:03 pm

HardGainer wrote:Stand on a foot-high platform placed just beyond the rear end of the C2 monorail. Keeping your back straight and arms locked out, reach down and grab the seat firmly with both hands (unless you're super strong). Slid the seat forward as far as you dare, hold for a second before sliding the seat back again. That's one rep.
Great exercise! :D

I made an ab wheel a few years ago with a rod, wheel, pvc pipe and duct tape, which cost $10 for materials and is much better than the ones they sell in the stores. Or Walmart has a basic one for 7 bucks.

I just now tried your exercise and it works very well. I'd recommend keeping your feet on the floor and not standing on a box, as the box could move, and the exercise is more forgiving and slightly easier with your feet on the floor. I like your idea and it's a great way to do this exercise. Had I thought of this 12 years ago I wouldn't have needed to make the ab wheel! :wink:

Another exercise is to lay on the seat with your belly button at the front, your hands on the foot plates, holding your body in the air and then moving quickly and steadily back and forth. This feels very easy at first, until you get up to 50 or 100 of them. It's another great exercise and I like it!
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Kettler Coach

Post by flan48 » September 3rd, 2006, 11:19 am

Hi Sunny,
I have had other Kettler products, most recently the Kettler Kadett rower. The latter is without a doubt the best piston type rower on the market. I purchased it last year just prior to moving when I thought we would be lacking space for a larger erg (I was somewhat mistaken)!

The Kettler Coach is based on magnetic resistance. While I don't think it is quite up to a C2, I would bet that it is a very creditable alternative for cardio rowing. Kettler makes very high quality products.
Best regards
Barry
P.S. My new C2 arrives next Friday

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