Introduce yourself

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by evanya84 » April 15th, 2020, 9:08 am

mict450 wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 8:56 am
evanya84 wrote:
April 9th, 2020, 10:10 am

1. Mid-back. No where else in my back, just the mid-back thoracic area. It is a dull ache that sets in after 10 minutes or so of rowing, the kind of ache where the only thing that alleviates it is laying flat on the floor. It only occurs while I'm rowing. Could it be because I'm trying to sit up too straight? I have really good posture already, and it's very easy for me to sit up very straight, so I'm wondering if it's because I should actually allow a slight curve in my back while I row. Or it could be from my scoliosis. I have a slight scoliosis (the degree is classified at the upper end of "mild"), and I remember many years ago one chiropractor told me (upon me telling him I used to be on the crew team) that rowing would, in my case, be bad for my back because I am already at risk for thoracic compression of my discs. I'm really hoping he was wrong about that, and that instead, my issue here is incorrect form. So, I'm thinking that either the pain is coming from overusing my mid-back muscles (incorrect form), or (worse) a disc problem (which means I shouldn't row). Definitely hoping for the former and not the latter...
Would be wise to consult a medical provider who specializes in sports medicine & the spine. You already have a pre-existing condition in your spine. Whether yours will progressively worsen as you age and the effect that erging will have on you, I am not qualified to hazard a guess.

Whatever you decide to do, please stay healthy. This from someone who bears the scars from too much enthusiasm and too little common sense. Now in my mid 60's, the mantra I try hard to follow is, "If it hurts, I don't do it!" For too, too long, I tried to live by the Chesty Puller quote, "Pain is weakness leaving the body." Your older self will thank you.

Stay well & pain-free.
Thank you!! I definitely agree with you here.
35/F, 6'1", 165lbs. Long time fitness enthusiast, beginner rower

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by RhiannonThomas » May 19th, 2020, 1:08 pm

Hello everyone! My name is Rhiannon and I'm writing to you from Maryland. I used to be in crew through high school and during part of my air force life, but got out of it for about 8 years now. I picked up a Concept 2 in 2014 and have been using it 2x a week since delivery. I really need to hit it harder. I have no excuses other than I just haven't pushed myself as hard as I should. I really do enjoy it and did a lot of research before buying it.

I was a pretty avid mountain biker too (rode with friends), but a major wreck leaving my distal radius (wrist) shattered seemed to break my spirit and freaked me out enough that I have never gotten back on that horse. So the Concept 2 is meant to replace my mt biking with hopes of getting on the water one day.

It is pretty awesome they have challenges on here and I do hope to partake in one or more. Seems like that is an amazing way to motivate people.

I look forward to reading through threads on here!

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by Vic303 » January 13th, 2021, 11:51 am

Hi everyone, I'm Vicky. Just got my model D last night and DH and I both did our first rows. I'm about 5mo post-TKR. Weight training is progressing well, with deadlifts being full ROM and pain free. Squats otoh, are no longer below parallel, :-(. On the c2, I notice the ROM is shorter than I'd like.

I must be doing something wrong with the rower because it's too easy. I watched some of the form videos, and am trying to copy that. I did 1500m all at once last night, after a 660m warm up. Spm was around 30, iirc, damper got bumper up to 6 after warm up because I kept overdriving with the legs. The only places I really felt any exertion was low abdomen, and low back from the lean-back in the stroke.

I guess when I get some more sessions under my belt, I could post some video for critique. Hopefully then y'all could tell me what I'm doing wrong.

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by kgschneider » January 13th, 2021, 3:35 pm

I'm 63 years old, 4'11", ca. 107 lbs (again, after some post-holiday dieting ;-) ). After our local Y closed its facility last spring, I picked up running after a 30-year hiatus. It felt great, but I found I could not run more than four or five times a week or run past five miles without incurring physical issues. I got in some rowing at the Y's outdoor workout space and decided I liked it, plus a friend had used a rower for several months after breaking a toe while running and said it was a good alternative.

I am enjoying my Model D, which arrived in early December. My workouts began to feel like workouts after I began looking up free videos on YouTube such as Dark Horse and Tall Trainer. It's a good way to get in a workout during the work week on this short winter days (since I only run in daylight and rarely have more than 30 minutes off between endless Zoom meetings) and rowing also diversifies which muscles and joints are being used. I am learning that arms and shoulders have muscles!

I am going to get a bracket to hold my iPad as I'm peering down at it while I work out (either with entertainment or workout videos) and eventually I'll hurt myself doing that. I see there is a new product out at a reasonable price, .

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by Ripples » January 14th, 2021, 9:57 pm

Welcome, Vicky and kgschneider. Glad to have you on board.

Vicky, you're in amazing shape given your recent TKR! How many watts are you producing during your workouts? 30spm is a very fast stroke.

Last night I decided to video myself while using my model D. LOL, I thought I had good form but that video made me immediately decide to work on pick drills to clean up my act. :roll:

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by Vic303 » January 17th, 2021, 9:06 am

Ripples, where in the data will I find watts? NVM, found it.

It only recorded watts on 2 of 4 workouts.
On the 4x3:00/1r it was 37 watts avg.

On the 2x2000m/4r it was 20 watts avg.
Damper was set at 3 on both.

I have no idea if that's good or abysmal...

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