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Discussion: Considering an erg rower.....

in: Mr Wonderful; Mr Wonderful > 2017-03-23

Mar 24, 2017 1:01 PM # 
JustMe:
Questions - Do you think it really improves your overall fitness? Best for cross-training? Does it help kayak/canoe type paddling? What brand/model vs. value is best? Any other advice/comments welcome :)
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Mar 24, 2017 2:03 PM # 
Mr Wonderful:
It should improve my overall fitness if I used it more vigorously!

Concept2 is the gold standard. Buy and resell years later for most of your money (esp. since it's a Crossfit type staple), and you can get parts for every model they've ever made! I think it autocalibrates on the coast down so your workouts are always normalized, whether on your personal rower or at a health club or rowing club anywhere.

One of my friends is looking at a water rower, but I don't know much about them other than they can be much better looking than the Concept2.

Interesting article about Concept2 vs. WaterRower http://www.jamesstroud.com/postings/c2-versus-wate...

Funds unlimited it seems like it'd be better to get one that simulates kayak or canoe stroke to be more AR specific. Bash may have one?

Currently I think I mostly use it to enhance misery tolerance, as in, >1 hr on the rower = lots of mental toughness, esp. in regards to sitting on a slightly uncomfortable seat. It's the hardest piece to stay on the longest, I think. (bike trainer = easiest, treadmill next, elliptical, then rower for me). I should try to get to a higher heart rate more than I do - I'm not a terribly disciplined person. Also, I can freely erg away any time I'm worried I've worked my shins running - no pain or anything for me.

Mine is a $50 Salvation Army-acquired Schwinn, using a fan for resistance with some sort of belt to pull. It is a bit noisy, and the biggest reason I run wireless headphones for after hours exercise, so as to not have to crank the tv while others sleep.
Mar 24, 2017 3:27 PM # 
JayXC:
I've used this one recently-
http://paddleone.com/en/products-en/paddleone-k-en...
If you're looking for a kayak-specific erg then this is great. I've also used the Concept2 version and it's very similar but offers the ability to switch over to rowing and double-poling so if I were buying one I'd lean that way.
Mar 25, 2017 3:24 AM # 
JustMe:
Wow...... lot's of information. Thank you both for the input! Much appreciated :)
Mar 27, 2017 3:05 PM # 
Bash:
For AR, I like a kayak-specific erg but I can see JayXC's point. In Toronto, I would just ask the owners of Kayaksport what they think is best this year. Looks like they like the PaddleOne too!
http://kayaksport.net/products/machine.html

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