It’s been 20 years should I buy an erg

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It’s been 20 years should I buy an erg

Post by Kanusport » January 10th, 2018, 11:49 am

Hello everyone I am happy to have found this forum during my search to buy a concept 2 erg. My background is I rowed in high school in the late 80’s where our team eventually won the Midwest championship in the four man. I rowed in college for a year before transferring schools too. I’ve rowed 8 man and pair as well as four man, all sweep no sculling. That was then this is now. I am 46 and still in shape but have managed to stay in shape by being active with sports such as mountain biking, hiking, white water paddling and dirt biking. All that said I’m not getting any younger and was lookin for a way to get a good cardio workout plus stay fit in general. Thats why I am here, I’m getting ready to buy a concept 2 model d but in the back of my mind I feel like I should at the very least jump on one and give it a test drive before I buy. I live in a small town so that might now be an option though. If and when I do buy one my plan is to follow some of the Pete plan and get my base rowing fitness up. Anyhow thanks for the great forum there are a lot of good resources here.
Sean

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Re: It’s been 20 years should I buy an erg

Post by Ombrax » January 12th, 2018, 2:52 am

Kanusport wrote:Thats why I am here, I’m getting ready to buy a concept 2 model d but in the back of my mind I feel like I should at the very least jump on one and give it a test drive before I buy.
Hi Sean,

Welcome to the forum.

I'm not an OTW rower, but with the obvious differences of not having to control the oar(s), from what I've heard, the C2 ergs are pretty good simulations of OTW workouts, so given your past history of rowing I'd guess that you pretty much know what you're getting into.

I'd say that if you can find a C2 erg to try out great, but in your case if you can't, it's probably no big deal. As I'm sure you know they are a great product, quite reliable over a long, long time, and if you're the type who's looking for a cardiovascular challenge, just about the best thing out there.

Good Luck.

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Post by jamesg » January 12th, 2018, 4:41 am

The erg is the best choice and will last you for ever. A big advantage is that it can keep you fit and ready for everything else at short notice and will integrate perfectly with kayak, freestyle and bikes.

Have fun with your test drive; it won't be the machine you're testing. For an oarsman who's been off the water for years, it's like coming home; just as tough as it was then, if you like.
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Re: It’s been 20 years should I buy an erg

Post by hjs » January 12th, 2018, 4:58 am

If you don,t like it in the end, 2td hand it keeps its value well...
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Post by c2jonw » January 12th, 2018, 9:10 am

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Re: It’s been 20 years should I buy an erg

Post by Kanusport » January 15th, 2018, 1:37 pm

Thank you for the replies everyone. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Regards

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Re: It’s been 20 years should I buy an erg

Post by Anth_F » January 15th, 2018, 5:46 pm

Well, from your background info it's obvious you like rowing so i would say it's a no brainer to purchase an erg tbh!!! And especially from a cardio workout perspective. There is no better training tool out there for that than the erg, rowing also seems to carry over great to mountain biking, from my own personal experiences. My brother who goes to the gym 3-4 times a week tells me the ergs there are never in use... he does cardio work but won't use their rowers!! I keep telling him forget all the other cardio machines, get yourself on those rowers they will blow all that other cardio equipment out of the water, and will actually do something noticeable and significant for you. He's never rowed before though so he likely doesn't want to look out of place trying to learn how to in a gym with lots of people around. I have even invited him to have a go on my C2 but he seems reluctant :lol:

Anyway all the best, and i say go for it :wink:
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Re: It’s been 20 years should I buy an erg

Post by Dreadfish » January 15th, 2018, 6:05 pm

even in the short time ive been back at the gym using the erg its obvious they dont get much use. when i look at the logs the biggest rows are only 2k and most are down around the 500m to 1k.
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