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Discussion: Erg

in: Garrison; Garrison > 2016-06-04

Jun 5, 2016 2:51 AM # 
I expect to be seeing lots of blue on your log between now and CT :)
Jun 5, 2016 2:59 AM # 
Me too... As you know from your own experience it might not be the perfect substitute for real paddling, but I'm horrible in getting out on the water in a good year. Surely logging some hours on this will be better than nothing (my normal approach to paddle training...)
Jun 5, 2016 8:43 PM # 
Did you guys hook up the bike computer? Is it good for anything other than RPM?
Jun 5, 2016 10:39 PM # 
Yeah, we have it set up. the distance doesn't necessarily take into account resistance, but it's been a good measure of our individual output, relative to ourselves.
Jun 5, 2016 10:50 PM # 
That's what I figured. At the very least I can compare workout A to workout B etc.
Jun 5, 2016 11:42 PM # 
Right, exactly.
Jun 5, 2016 11:43 PM # 
Oh, and I found that I felt stronger and had more power during the paddle in yesterday's Cradle of Liberty. So, I think the erg does make a difference.
Jun 6, 2016 3:28 PM # 
(However, the calluses that I thought I was building up didn't end up helping -- still ended up with blisters on my hands. Come to think of it, so did Brent, who NEVER has issues with his hands when he paddles. Maybe the erg is doing more harm than good :))
Jun 7, 2016 9:02 AM # 
Erg work tends to be sweaty and handles/grips rougher than a paddle shaft or oar handle. Plus you have to grip a little more on recovery as the flywheel chain is heavier than air :-)

Not suprised you notice better power on the water. While it is no substitute for technique on the water its bang for buck fitness gains for forward paddling. Particularly when you have kids!

Erg training is a standard training element for club and elite rowers and paddlers
Jun 8, 2016 11:28 AM # 
How is the resistance on the kayak erg?
Jun 8, 2016 12:52 PM # 
Based on only two workouts I would say that the resistance is certainly effective. Because you adjust it with a nylon strap (with numbers printed on it) and a buckle I'm not totally sure that the "5" on my machine would be exactly identical to the "5" on abiperk's, but that's not really a concern to me. (Unless she and broots issue some kind of challenge/dare.)

When I played around with it the first day I was easily able to get more resistance than I wanted/needed for a good workout so unless my paddling strength increases to an amazing level, this thing is going to help for sure.

Interestingly, the way the resistance is applied at the "catch" of the stroke feels surprisingly similar to how a normal paddle feels in the water. Obviously not the same, but considering I can do this in my living room, it's MORE than good enough in my opinion.
Jun 8, 2016 5:03 PM # 
Jun 8, 2016 5:31 PM # 
Well, that's a backhanded challenge if I've ever seen one!
Jun 9, 2016 4:37 PM # 
If mine was a backhanded challenge, was your response a backhanded acceptance of the backhanded challenge?
Jun 9, 2016 5:24 PM # 
I'd better call in the paddlers to watch!!

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