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    Why don't I feel as exerted exercising on a rowing machine as I do with jogging?

    Why don't I feel as exerted exercising on a rowing machine as I do with jogging, even when the rowing machine is on highest resistance?
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    Take your feet out of the straps

    Bend your legs to make the power stroke length as long as possible

    Is that any better?
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    Originally Posted by ryancormier81 View Post
    Why don't I feel as exerted exercising on a rowing machine as I do with jogging, even when the rowing machine is on highest resistance?


    The resistance setting has little to do with it, it's about effort, even International class rowers rarely place the resistance level at it's highest setting.

    You should be attempting to generate maximum power with every stroke, once you learn proper technique it's just a case of raising the stroke rate. Try rowing 2000 metres at 500m splits of under 2 minutes, if that's too easy drop the split time to 1m45s.
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    I can run for hours without my HR going above 140, Rowing completely destroys me.

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    The rower will give you all you can take. It is a resistance driven machine. The more effort you put in the harder it gets. Try rowing 2000 meters in under 7 minutes. That is a standard that a lot of people consider a "good" row.

    Take a pic and post your results.
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    Originally Posted by shaneinga View Post
    The rower will give you all you can take. It is a resistance driven machine. The more effort you put in the harder it gets. Try rowing 2000 meters in under 7 minutes. That is a standard that a lot of people consider a "good" row.

    Take a pic and post your results.
    I can do 5000 meters in just over 20 minutes if I remember rightly, so 2000 in under 7 is going some!!
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    Originally Posted by dazlittle View Post
    I can do 5000 meters in just over 20 minutes if I remember rightly, so 2000 in under 7 is going some!!
    My 5K rows I think my best time is 19:39. My best 2K row is 7:53. I have yet to hit a 7 minute 2K row and it is absolutely a great benchmark to aim for. You won't hit and wonder why you don't feel "exerted" LoL.
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    Originally Posted by shaneinga View Post
    My 5K rows I think my best time is 19:39. My best 2K row is 7:53. I have yet to hit a 7 minute 2K row and it is absolutely a great benchmark to aim for. You won't hit and wonder why you don't feel "exerted" LoL.

    Nice times there Shane!, glad to see you are beating up that new machine nicely!

    Our C2 has been severely under loved last couple of years, so decided to make a honest effort to improve my sluggish times in all this isolation.

    My best 2K row is 8:28 was last week. . One of my sons was on the rowing team (light weight) at his university...he just LOL at my time.

    best 5K (while doing the 30min preset) is around 23:35. Two weeks ago. I could probably knock a minute or two off on that if I was aiming for a 5K best.

    I may have had lower times at CrossFit a few years ago, nothing I could find recorded though.

    Most people just do not understand how easily this machine can destroy you.
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    Originally Posted by dazlittle View Post
    I can do 5000 meters in just over 20 minutes if I remember rightly, so 2000 in under 7 is going some!!
    Yes, a 7 minute 2000m is a real benchmark, any non rower doesn't appreciate how much effort is required to get below 8 minutes, let alone 7, even back in the day I never broke 7 minutes 20.

    I think my best 5k was just over 19 minutes. I take a more sedate approach these days, if I can get close to an 8 minute 2k and 21 minute 5k I'm happy.
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    One of the cool things about the C2 Rower is setting it to row for calories. If you record and track your consumption in calories... Its a highly accurate way to manipulate a calorie deficit. However that might be highly controversial with some folks. It does work for me.
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    Originally Posted by Cantplankwell View Post
    Nice times there Shane!, glad to see you are beating up that new machine nicely!

    Our C2 has been severely under loved last couple of years, so decided to make a honest effort to improve my sluggish times in all this isolation.

    My best 2K row is 8:28 was last week. . One of my sons was on the rowing team (light weight) at his university...he just LOL at my time.

    best 5K (while doing the 30min preset) is around 23:35. Two weeks ago. I could probably knock a minute or two off on that if I was aiming for a 5K best.

    I may have had lower times at CrossFit a few years ago, nothing I could find recorded though.

    Most people just do not understand how easily this machine can destroy you.
    Those are not bad times either Alan. I wish I would have found rowing at a younger age as I really think I have the proportions to be a good rower, or I could have been at a younger age.

    Agreed on how easily this machine can destroy you. I legit thought I about died a couple months back when I did an all out 500 meter sprint for time. I hit about the 400 meter mark and started seeing stars and about passed out. Scared me. LoL.
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    Originally Posted by shaneinga View Post
    Those are not bad times either Alan. I wish I would have found rowing at a younger age as I really think I have the proportions to be a good rower, or I could have been at a younger age.

    Agreed on how easily this machine can destroy you. I legit thought I about died a couple months back when I did an all out 500 meter sprint for time. I hit about the 400 meter mark and started seeing stars and about passed out. Scared me. LoL.
    Absolutely, you would have dominated. Your what...6'4" 230?...perfect! I am 5'11" 175 ATM so I need a handicap .

    There are clubs around where there are older guys like us who are either alumnus from a rowing program at university, or just have an interest in it.

    One of these days I want to see just how "max watts" I can generate...how many "HP" I am. My son did it once and I had to hold down the front of the machine for him, he is well under 7:00 for 2000m.
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    had a dig through my photo's and found an old timed 1000m row on my Concept 2. My aerobic capacity is much better now so I may give it another to to see if I've improved.

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    Originally Posted by dazlittle View Post
    had a dig through my photo's and found an old timed 1000m row on my Concept 2. My aerobic capacity is much better now so I may give it another to to see if I've improved.

    That's a solid time.
    A couple of years ago I was asked to do a fitness test, it had lots of things, naming a few: pushups (full depth) in 1 minute hitting max number meh.. easy. Air squats (parallel) in 1 minute - very aerobic but hitting the max score again easy, pull-ups (full RoM, to instructor direction heave/pause/down/pause etc) not so easy but could do just enough. 1000m on a rowing machine? -- I wasn't worried as I was jogging 4 times a week so must be fit, right? ... wow I was humiliated. Raised eyebrows and much scribbling on clipboard, right in the lowest category

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