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ukaserex
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Seat comfort

Post by ukaserex » April 12th, 2019, 9:15 am

I don't think this is a technique issue. When I row longer rows of 5k or more, my legs begin to get numb. This is WITH bubble wrap layered underneath the cushion that C2 sells.

So - here's my questions:

Am I the only person that suffers from legs going numb during longer rows?

If not, is it just a matter of continuing to suffer through them and my body will adapt over time?

Thanks for any insights.
100M - 16.1 1 Min - 370 500M - 1:25.1 1k - 3:10.2 4:00 - 1216 2k 6:37.0 5k 17:58.8 6k - 21:54.1 30 Min. - 8130 10k - 37:49.7

5'10"
205 lbs
52 years old

sekitori
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Re: Seat comfort

Post by sekitori » April 12th, 2019, 12:32 pm

ukaserex wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 9:15 am
I don't think this is a technique issue. When I row longer rows of 5k or more, my legs begin to get numb. This is WITH bubble wrap layered underneath the cushion that C2 sells.

So - here's my questions:

Am I the only person that suffers from legs going numb during longer rows?

If not, is it just a matter of continuing to suffer through them and my body will adapt over time?

Thanks for any insights.
I think the cushion that C2 sells doesn't cushion much of anything. Even with bubble wrap underneath it, you are still sitting on quite a firm surface. Try using the bubble wrap alone, a high density foam rubber pad, or a gel-like cushion. They could make a big difference. Do not use a closed cell foam pad. It's way too dense. I personally use a high density foam rubber pad that's cut to the same shape as the C2 pad.

Use the softer padding for a while and you should notice some definite improvement. If there none, talk to your doctor. If nothing is wrong (and most likely, there won't be), then see an exercise physiologist.
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Re: Seat comfort

Post by Cyclist2 » April 12th, 2019, 12:53 pm

I've found that it isn't the AMOUNT of cushion that makes a difference, but the SHAPE. Make sure you have the cutouts for the sit bones and tail bone and that they are in the right position for your body. One way to get this right is to take a piece of corrugated cardboard, set it on a solid flat surface, and then sit on it in the catch position. Your sit bones will make impressions and you can then cut the pad to match.

Once you take the pressure off the sit bones there is enough natural cushion (even in skinny guys like me) that none or only minimal padding is necessary. I don't use any pad at all in my OTW rowing seat, but it is shaped right - no pain or numbness. Check out photos of rowing shell seats to get the idea.
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ukaserex
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Re: Seat comfort

Post by ukaserex » April 12th, 2019, 2:06 pm

Thanks. I had thought that might be it, given the cut-outs in the cushion sold by C2. But, I guess I could be sitting too far forward or backwards. I'll give what you suggested a try. Nothing to lose, and plenty of seconds off the longer row PRs to gain!
100M - 16.1 1 Min - 370 500M - 1:25.1 1k - 3:10.2 4:00 - 1216 2k 6:37.0 5k 17:58.8 6k - 21:54.1 30 Min. - 8130 10k - 37:49.7

5'10"
205 lbs
52 years old

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