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Discussion: Considering an erg rower.....

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

Mar 24, 2017 1:01 PM # 
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 :)
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

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 # 
I've used this one recently-
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 # 
Wow...... lot's of information. Thank you both for the input! Much appreciated :)
Mar 27, 2017 3:05 PM # 
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!

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