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Discussion: What's the aim?

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2016-12-30

Dec 30, 2016 8:51 PM # 
Do you want to go hands free so it's more like running? If you get a higher HR using arms, I don't see anything wrong with using them - this length of intervals is all about aerobic capacity and so the specificity of the movement isn't such a big deal.

If you're doing it because the physio told you to then please feel free to tell me to shut up :)
Dec 30, 2016 9:12 PM # 
When I was doing a lot of elliptical work, I had the same idea: that it would be closer to running if I did it without arms. At the time, I needed elliptical to replace lots of running distance as opposed to speedwork, so learning to do it without arms did seem like a good idea. I found that, after a lot of practicing elliptical without arms, I was able to bring my heart rate up even without arms due to improved balance. I also did workouts where I would alternate arms and no arms (e.g. 5 to 20 minutes each).

Perhaps it would make sense for you to use the arms when you are doing intervals and to try using arms less during longer sessions. There is an additional reason why this basic strategy might make sense: I think we do use arms more when we run fast.
Dec 30, 2016 9:56 PM # 
...Will have to figure out other ways to get my heart high so I can emulate running intervals....

How about indoor the winter? And outdoor single sculls on the Potomac in the summer?

For those of us that cannot run to achieve anaerobic conditioning, rowing is a great alternative. Good worldwide age-group competition on-line, inexpensive once the initial investment is made, and the machine folds up and stows very conveniently in less than a minute.

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