New rower seeking advice

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gazwoz
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New rower seeking advice

Post by gazwoz » August 14th, 2019, 12:34 pm

Hi
I have just taken up rowing as I am unable to run anymore due to a knee problem. I am 63 and I weight 95kilos and I am 6ft 1
So I have absolutely no idea what I am doing and I don't know what the numbers mean on the display, but I will make a point of learning about them as I find this rowing businees very challenging. I am the sort of person who has to go as hard and fast as possible and I suspect that's a bad way to start. I have so far done 10 vx 5k rows over 3 weeks and these were my times 21.11, 21,24, 20.58, 21.55, 21.27, 20.49, 21.18, 20.48, 20.42 and 20.42. I have the tensioner set to maximum (10) and I am knackered at the end of each row, takes a good 2-3 minutes to fully recover. So assuming I will learn about the display and what it all means, what would the experts out there say firstly about what I am currently doing, and what I ought to be doing. My aim is to keep fit and loose a little weight. So when you have finished chuckling at my lunacy, I would really appreciate some advice

Sander1989
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Re: New rower seeking advice

Post by Sander1989 » August 15th, 2019, 6:59 am

Welcome!

I would advise to start looking at the concept2 website:

e.g.https://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/ ... e-monitors

To find info about the monitor and what everything means.

Furthermore, I would not advise the damper setting (tensioner so you name it) to be put at 10. In stead, put it between 3-5 (or adjust it to a workable Drag Factor). Look here for info:

https://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/ ... etting-101

If you haven't erged before, i would also advise to look up some videaos about form and technique.

e.g. https://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/ ... que-videos

If you get the technique down, start looking for a good training plan that fits your goals!

Good luck!

lindsayh
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Re: New rower seeking advice

Post by lindsayh » August 15th, 2019, 7:58 am

Welcome to the "madhouse"
You should definitely spend some time looking at newbie threads here - huge amount of information

This thread summarises a lot of the really good information:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=185257&hilit=newbie
but there is a lot more.

The most important things are to get a good technique early and work on some goals, be patient and be prepared for a lot of improvement as you get fitter. The erg is a great fitness tool to use with bad knees as it is non weight bearing.
You will need to learn about drag factor and get into the habit of training with a DF around 120/130 with a long strong slowish stroke and without racing it. If you want to get fit you will need to slow down - again a lot of information about that here in the training sub forum.
A damper setting of 10 means very little without looking at the DF as it is very dependent on the amount of dust in the machine.
Lindsay
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PBs (65y+) 1 min 349m, 500m 1:29.8, 1k 3:11.7 2k 6:47.4, 5km 18:07.9, 30' 7928m, 10k 37:57.2, 60' 15368m

drbol
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Re: New rower seeking advice

Post by drbol » September 11th, 2019, 12:25 am

I lurk on here a lot but don't post much. I keep my DF set at 4 and focus on technique. I just row for time, not any speed records. My times for 5k and 10k and even 500m have always been on the slower end of the spectrum. I tried to keep up with faster speeds of others but I began losing interest in my rowing sessions, they weren't fun anymore. Long story short, it is your own adventure, enjoy every rowing session and make it your own. For me, I don't compare my times or even write them down. The amount of sweat pouring down my face tells me I did well!

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