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Anyone use these to stay in shape when it's flat and a paddleboard doesn't do the trick?

I'm debating getting one.

The internetz says the conversation begins and ends with a Concept 2 - and I'm leaning towards picking one up. There's a small handful of people who say that Waterrower is a better machine due to the feel - and they certainly look nicer.

Any thoughts?

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Put me in the "begins and ends" camp, but I've got some decades of bias.


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Originally Posted By: etmo
Put me in the "begins and ends" camp, but I've got some decades of bias.


ditto. my sister rowed elite collegiate crew & swears by them. i use them as part of my training routine pretty regularly. make sure you learn & use proper technique. pretty easy to hurt yourself if you don't know what you're doing. you should see some of the nonsense that goes on at my gym on those things.

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We have a garage full of home exercise equipment either growing dust or being used for other purposes such as a rack to hang wetsuits on. So when i told my wife i wanted to get a rowing machine - she rolled her eyes. So spending a lot of $$ was out of the question for something that might join the scrap heap. Long story short she picked up this model

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Stamina-1050-Body-Trac-Glider-Rowing-Machine/17666066?action=product_interest&action_type=title&placement_id=irs_top&strategy=PWVAV&visitor_id=53835698543&category=0%3A4125%3A4134%3A1074324%3A1074329&client_guid=bc040504-0940-4176-a66c-e3aa5a150fb3&config_id=2&parent_item_id=17434561&guid=0ada2d9c-adfe-4dcc-9c43-df4ecfee872e&bucket_id=000&findingMethod=p13n#Product+Reviews

as a X-mas gift for me. Been using for roughly 4 weeks - i've noticed a huge difference with flexibility and overall paddling.
My motivation was a surf trip to Nica that i just got back from - on the trip i surfed 6 straight days - with 2 sessions on 4 of the days (on a short board). I also turned 54 in January and quite honesty - had it not been for the daily use of the rowing machine leading up to it - would not have been able to surf as much on the trip. I combine the rowing machine with an elliptical machine workout and a few other low impact exercises. Definitely - continuing to use it post trip - will be interesting to see how long it holds up.

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Originally Posted By: etmo
Put me in the "begins and ends" camp, but I've got some decades of bias.

So Etmo, How does your rower specifically help with your surfing?


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Who needs a rowing machine when you can just do towel rows.



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I use one at the YMCA. It's good aerobic exercise and it works the quads as well as the arms and lower back. I don't think it does much for your paddling / surfing conditioning except in a general way.

Swimming is the best thing if you can't surf or paddle. But I still need a swim even when I'm paddling (prone, old school kine) 3 days a week. It's too easy to cruise on the paddleboard. Swimming against the clock either in the pool or in the ocean is the best.


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Well aware of how not to row. My wife got turned on to it by her Xfit classes and the guy that owns the place used to Crew for Princeton before moving out to California - so he's incredibly anal about bad position. That, in turn, translates to my wife being pretty anal about it too (not in that way, unfortunately bawling )

poop. First post in awhile and I already jumped off the fvcking deep end *sigh*

Anyway, she's walked me through it. Her Xfit coach is in the "Concept 2 is the only rower, but if you have a Waterrower - that's pretty sweet too" camp.

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Hey SZ, what's up?!
How does your rower specifically help with your surfing?
(I really want to know) shrug


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Hey surfzombie, what's up man?
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And a brief synopsis on "good form" please. I've probably been doing it wrong!


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I've been swimming 3 times a week (got my IM time down to 1:18 - STOCKED).

I'm wanting something to do general conditioning for a quick 30 minute session 4-5x a week.

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Originally Posted By: Random Guy
Hey surfzombie, what's up man?
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Hey man, what's up?

Things going good?

Oh wait...you're mocking me, aren't you? frown

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Originally Posted By: O.T.
Hey SZ, what's up?!
How does your rower specifically help with your surfing?
(I really want to know) shrug


Beyond general conditioning - I have no idea. Same muscle groups appear to get worked out on paper and it's probably not a direct parallel - but it seems like it wouldn't hurt.

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