Rowing to lose weight

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Re: Rowing to lose weight

Post by Anth_F » August 4th, 2016, 5:57 pm

at1839 wrote:
GateDad wrote:I would like to add that rowing to lose weight is going to be very hard. Simply for the fact that rowing(or almost any aerobic exercise for that matter)actually burns few calories.
When I started rowing, in 2014, september, my weight was 77 kg.
I bought a magnetic rower (not a C2) and rowed randomly with it till december, when I actually broke it in half.
2015, january, I had home my C2 and re-started seriously.

In 2015, december, I was 65 kg. I'm at today 61.5 kg

With any kind of alimentary restriction. I eat god food but I also drink god wine and beer :)
Maybe I'm genetically happy, but I'd not say that to lose weight with indoor rowing is very hard.

Btw I row 6 in a week for an average sum of 70-80 km. Go figure.

Cu. Paolo
I guess it depends on the individual. Everyones body is different, and reacts differently to forms of exercise. Some may find it hard and others not so. For me, i felt the weight loss through not rowing exactly hardcore, i just put in a lot of moderate rate sessions and enjoyed it... the quick weight loss came automatically as a bonus if you like because i enjoyed rowing every day.
41yo male 5'10 76kg (Rowing since june 9th 2016) PB's 5k 19:22

My goals are simply to keep fit/get fitter and continue to enjoy rowing on the C2 :)

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Re: Rowing to lose weight

Post by GateDad » August 5th, 2016, 11:13 am

Paulo: Congratulations on your weight loss. In 8 months you have lost about 7 pounds, wonderful, really. However at the rate of 1 lb. per month a person with significant weight to lose(let's say for the sake of argument 50 lbs.)would need 4 years of solid rowing to do so. A reasonable diet can be followed that would allow for a 1 lb. per week, and that is more like what most people need to do. I have followed my calories expended from rowing and it seems that following an every other day plan I will burn about 1/2 lb. per month(corresponds to the same rate that you have seen if I had done it 6X's per week). That's perfectly fine, but many people out there have 75 or even 100 lbs. to lose... It's just not a realistic approach to losing excess body fat. Row as you enjoy, keep up a healthy, sustained and vigorous effort, get all that you can out of it, but if losing weight is your goal, cut the calories. Actually, do both, of course. Rowing will build some muscle, not like a high intensity strength training program, but still will help. Eventually once your body becomes accustomed to the effort, the muscle building will stop, unless you progressively add more intensity to your rowing. That's just physics. Again though, I enjoy the rowing for rowing's sake. Any weight loss is just an extra benefit.

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Re: Rowing to lose weight

Post by at1839 » August 5th, 2016, 4:31 pm

GateDad wrote:Paulo: Congratulations on your weight loss. In 8 months you have lost about 7 pounds
Preambe. I'm from Italy. English in *not* my native tongue.

7 pounds? Not so.

From 2014 december to 2015 december I lost average 1Kg (2.2 pounds) a month. Eventually I became so fit that to lose weight is not easy and for sure not a goal. Not to be faster as a rower. From 2015, december to 2016, july I lost the last 3/4 Kilos, but that doesn't matter, IMHO. Also, you'd think in therms of percentage too, 10Kg out of 75 are not the same of 10Kg out of 150, of course, will be here 20 Kg out of 150?

In the game of weight loss to excercise at a decent intensity have some collateral effects.

1) directly burned Kal, read time spent into excercise.
2) basal metabolic rate, read post training stress, aka intensity of the workout, you know.
3) muscle build; muscle need calories to *live*, 24h/day, fat doesn't.

In the end, you're right, I enjoyed to row and that made unnecessary for me to be subject of any diet. I love food :)

My living experience. Your mileage may vary :)

But anyway I guess if a *fat* guy get caught with rowing, is a *impact free* sport anyway, he will loose weight. A lot. Quickly.
For sure faster with the help of a reasonable diet, but If I've to pick up one of the two, excercise versus diet, I'll pick up to exercise, 100%.

Have fun. Paolo.
Paolo Cecchini. Age:65 - xWeight:64.5kg - Height:166cm (5'5")
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Re: Rowing to lose weight

Post by Irhleeds » August 6th, 2016, 10:58 pm

At the moment I'm warming up at UT3 pace and doing the main part of my row at UT2. UT3 is burning around 8 calories/minute and UT2 around 11 calories/minute. I've added a spell on the cross-trainer into my training too. I can burn 11-12 calories/minute on the cross-trainer with it on a pretty low setting. As with the erg, I'm building it up gradually.

I appreciate that losing weight is an equation. If you want to get the most from increased activity (which I'm also doing to improve my general fitness level), you have to be aware of what you're putting into your body as well as what you're expending.

I've found out in the past 18 months or so, that indoor rowing is extremely helpful to me mentally, and played a significant role in helping me recover from recurring bouts of depression. I love rowing hence it was the obvious "weapon of choice" in my battle to lose weight.

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Re: Rowing to lose weight

Post by Irhleeds » August 6th, 2016, 11:10 pm

at1839 wrote:
GateDad wrote:Paulo: Congratulations on your weight loss. In 8 months you have lost about 7 pounds
Preambe. I'm from Italy. English in *not* my native tongue.

7 pounds? Not so.

From 2014 december to 2015 december I lost average 1Kg (2.2 pounds) a month. Eventually I became so fit that to lose weight is not easy and for sure not a goal. Not to be faster as a rower. From 2015, december to 2016, july I lost the last 3/4 Kilos, but that doesn't matter, IMHO. Also, you'd think in therms of percentage too, 10Kg out of 75 are not the same of 10Kg out of 150, of course, will be here 20 Kg out of 150?

In the game of weight loss to excercise at a decent intensity have some collateral effects.

1) directly burned Kal, read time spent into excercise.
2) basal metabolic rate, read post training stress, aka intensity of the workout, you know.
3) muscle build; muscle need calories to *live*, 24h/day, fat doesn't.

In the end, you're right, I enjoyed to row and that made unnecessary for me to be subject of any diet. I love food :)

My living experience. Your mileage may vary :)

But anyway I guess if a *fat* guy get caught with rowing, is a *impact free* sport anyway, he will loose weight. A lot. Quickly.
For sure faster with the help of a reasonable diet, but If I've to pick up one of the two, excercise versus diet, I'll pick up to exercise, 100%.

Have fun. Paolo.
Like you Paolo, I love food and I love to row. I need to make sure I row regularly and be sensible what I eat.

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