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New to rowing

Post by Lardass5000 » July 6th, 2019, 10:24 pm

I am new to indoor rowing. I am 48 years and 166kg at 191cm. I have one kidney and recent knee surgery. I am finally ready to extract my head from my tail-end. I have selected rowing because I think it is something I can do and enjoy, therefore keep it up.

I'm currently just doing short intervals in an effort to build a base of endurance and cardiorespiratory strength.

I have modified my diet (Keto/low oxalate) and am really committed.

This forum is really massive. I hope to do some reading up in the coming months to get the basics. I am already fond of my rower. I really like the motion and the fact that it is low impact at this point.
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Re: New to rowing

Post by lindsayh » July 7th, 2019, 11:02 pm

Welcome and congrats on starting your "journey" to good health
The erg is a really good way of helping support your program and the Forum provides a huge resource in both information and inspiration just take it slow and steady and listen to your body. Make sure you look at the training thread above for advice about technique and training and lots of helpful links. best of luck
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Re: New to rowing

Post by Ombrax » July 7th, 2019, 11:46 pm

Lardass5000 wrote:
July 6th, 2019, 10:24 pm
I'm currently just doing short intervals in an effort to build a base of endurance and cardiorespiratory strength.
If one of your initial goals is building a "base" you may want to consider doing longer but a bit easier workouts instead of short (and presumably harder) intervals. Both are important, but getting the km's in is a good way to build your base.

Having said that, the single most important thing to do is to keep at it, regardless of what you are doing (without injuring yourself). So if you find that shorter intervals are what turns you on, and longer stuff drives you batty, then by all means do the shorter stuff.

Good luck - you'll find that if you put time and effort into it, rowing will reward you with results.

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Re: New to rowing

Post by jamesg » July 8th, 2019, 1:15 am

You may find of use the training plans at
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Re: New to rowing

Post by techmain » August 12th, 2019, 7:04 am

For rowing, I work out my arms and shoulders for strength but I also work out my legs. Even in a canoe, your legs can get tired from the rowing and I find that exercising them too helps me cope with that.


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