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Title: Rower
Post by: TMonkey on May 23, 2013, 10:17:01 PM
Thinking about getitng one


id?

Title: Re: Rower
Post by: FLEX on May 28, 2013, 08:56:55 AM
If I had the space I'd have bought one instead of the bike.

More of a full body workout.
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: TMonkey on May 28, 2013, 09:09:39 AM
If I had the space I'd have bought one instead of the bike.

More of a full body workout.

I was waiting on id since i know he has one but im not feeling the love lately


I found out they have one at the city rec where i belong so i need to figure a way to get up there and try it out i guess.

my bil goes there all the time so i asked him to try it out and he did not like the seat on the unit at all said it was way to small (made for a woman were his words)


Title: Re: Rower
Post by: induced_drag on May 28, 2013, 01:07:36 PM
If I had the space I'd have bought one instead of the bike.

More of a full body workout.

I was waiting on id since i know he has one but im not feeling the love lately


I found out they have one at the city rec where i belong so i need to figure a way to get up there and try it out i guess.

my bil goes there all the time so i asked him to try it out and he did not like the seat on the unit at all said it was way to small (made for a woman were his words)


Just saw this......what do you want to know?   I think it is the single best (indoor) piece of cardio equip you can buy.  (concept II).   If you dont like it, they hold their value quite well and probably can sell it and only lose $100 or so.

I would recommend them to anyone.   Quiet too.   Much more so then a treadmill.   I enjoy it....I need to do it more often.   My wife has really taken off on it and rows much more then I.   She is just about to pass into the 1,000,000 meter club.  (you get cards that hold all your data and it keeps track of individual workouts...etc).   

 The unit is VERY flexible and you can increase intensity without adjusting anything.  If you pull harder, it just resists more.  (just like rowing in real life).   This makes interval workouts very easy. 


On the size issue, it folds right in half and takes up very little space.  (we leave ours out extended all the time though)
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: TMonkey on August 08, 2013, 04:19:33 PM
plan to go to my local rec center and try one before monday.

my doc said it would be good for my shoulder and it would also be good for my son (the pitcher)
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: TMonkey on August 08, 2013, 04:21:38 PM
id do you have the pm3 or 4

I was going to get the 4 for the extra games for my kids and the heart rate monitor - idk

Title: Re: Rower
Post by: induced_drag on August 08, 2013, 04:23:01 PM
Play around with it.   You can go light, or they are great for interval work.   After you are warm, try sprinting as hard as you can for 15 seconds and then just light row for 45.   Repeat several times.   When you sprint.....pull as hard as you can.   Drive with your legs and pull.   The machine will take it.    It will really allow you to appreciate what it can do and the variations you can get in training from it.

One thing I noticed is that rowing got much better when I dropped my waist down a little.   When my waist was larger, it was harder to row.  Good incentive ;)
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: induced_drag on August 08, 2013, 04:24:26 PM
I think mine is the PM3.   There is only one game on there (which I have never used).   I do have a heart rate monitor on mine though.  It picks up signals from any Polar monitor.    I like that for sure.
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: TMonkey on August 08, 2013, 05:20:18 PM
scroll to the bottom - you must have the 3

I already have a garmin strap


http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/performance-monitors (http://www.concept2.com/indoor-rowers/performance-monitors)
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: TMonkey on August 11, 2013, 04:12:45 PM
I went to my local gym that has two of these one was very old i think it was a a model with a wood handle the other was still pretty old and not the current model.

I was surprised how easy they were to row esp after the initial pull or two.   I can see how it would be a good cardio workout but was really shocked how easy they were to pull.

So I decided to go to a equipment place that had the new d model on the floor and it was quite a bit harder to pull but I still felt it was to easy for what I would like.

I then went to another equipment place and tried the body craft 500 model.

things i thought were nicer;
It has magnetic resistance what you can adjust from the control panel or right from the rower handle - it was tougher to pull at the highest setting but still had the row feeling of getting easier.

things that were nicer about the concept 2
chain drive vs a belt ( that looks like a thing seatbelt)
seems much more heavy duty - and the weight ratings prove that as well
price - i can get the concept 2 for $850 plus $40 shipping to my house, body craft was $1500

if the body craft was much cheaper i would probably but it even though I would like more resistance



While I still like the idea of a rower I  am not going to buy either but will probably look for something that offers more resistance - I guess i would even be happy with the low pulley on my lat machine if it was  a bit better & smoother 
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: Bando on August 11, 2013, 07:32:41 PM
do 30 minutes on the concept 2 before you count it out
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: Little Tim on August 11, 2013, 08:44:25 PM
do 30 minutes on the concept 2 before you count it out

I'll second this. Go to the store in whatever you would normally wear to the gym, try it out for even 10 minutes and it won't seem so easy.
Title: Re: Rower
Post by: TMonkey on August 11, 2013, 09:14:51 PM
I understand the cardio aspect - i used it long enough to figure that out

I would like like more resistance for my shoulders but not a lifting amount - i know it sounds crazy but my doctor told me high reps of light/medium rows would be great for my shoulders

but i also want him son to use it for cardio and his shoulders - he is a pitcher and i have also been told it is great for that as well