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Anyone use a rowing machine to lose weight?

Ktbugs1978Ktbugs1978 Posts: 3Member Posts: 3Member
Has anyone used a rowing machine to lose weight? I have one and am looking for tips/advice...
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  • Easy_EdEasy_Ed Posts: 3Member Posts: 3Member
    I have lost 12 pounds in the past month by strictly using a rowing machine, watching my diet (6 days strict diet, 1 day is a 'cheat day' where I can eat whatever I want) while not eating anything past 7 p.m.

    A lot of it has to do with the rowing machine though. What has worked for me is to gradually increase your meters rowed. For example, for week 1 row 5000 meters, for week 2 row 5500 meters, etc and so on. Also, every 1000 meters or so during he workout I row AS FAST and HARD as I can for 100 meters and at the last 200 meters I do the same; row as fast and hard as I can.

    The rowing machine is one of the best full body workout machines on the market today - you're lucky you own one. Just make sure to row with really good form, gradually increase your meters rowed, and be consistent!!! You will definitely lose weight with your rower! Check out this post on info for what a rowing machine does to your body: http://www.rowingmachineking.com/will-a-rowing-machine-help-me-lose-weight/. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
  • BrianSharpeBrianSharpe Posts: 8,619Member Member Posts: 8,619Member Member

    The rowing machine is one of the best full body workout machines on the market today - you're lucky you own one. Just make sure to row with really good form, gradually increase your meters rowed, and be consistent!!! You will definitely lose weight with your rower! Check out this post on info for what a rowing machine does to your body: http://www.rowingmachineking.com/will-a-rowing-machine-help-me-lose-weight/. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.

    Running, riding and rowing are my three Rs. I row 2 or 3 times per week.

    but remember........most of your weight loss happens in the kitchen.

    Exercise = fitness

    Portion control & caloric deficit = weight loss
  • phjorg1phjorg1 Posts: 642Member Member Posts: 642Member Member
    I use a rowing machine to row...

    To lose weight I track what I eat.
  • CyclingbonnieCyclingbonnie Posts: 413Member Member Posts: 413Member Member

    Running, riding and rowing are my three Rs. I row 2 or 3 times per week.

    but remember........most of your weight loss happens in the kitchen.

    Exercise = fitness

    Portion control & caloric deficit = weight loss

    This ....

    I tell people that my exercising allows me to lead a less intense life. So I would like to have pizza and a glass of wine tonight with my buddies ... go for a bike ride and burn the calories.

    I do live by the you can't exercise away bad eating habits ... so I don't go eat pizza tonight and try to work it off tomorrow. If I'm going to splurge (not cheat I never cheat ... because nothing is off limits anyway) I burn the calories first ...

    Good luck rowing is awesome!!!!! Only thing better is cycling :wink:
  • naterciarodrigues58naterciarodrigues58 Posts: 105Member Member Posts: 105Member Member
    I've recently started using the rowing machine at the gym, LOVE IT! Can't say my weight loss comes ALL from that, since I do some other stuff, too, but it sure gets my heart beating, and I guess that's what it's all about ;)

    Just keep moving, moving is good! If you enjoy it, stick to it, if not, change it, but mooooove :D
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  • kazhowekazhowe Posts: 340Member Member Posts: 340Member Member
  • Beastmode454Beastmode454 Posts: 340Member Member Posts: 340Member Member
    I like to incorporate the concept 2 rower into my HIIT routines.. that thing will kick your but each time, If your always pushing yourself.
  • Rak35hRak35h Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    I'm a big fan of the rowing machine. I can go on and on working on it.
    I need to get a nice weight loss routine that I can use. My main area is belly fat. I have diet under control and I know focused Belly fat loss will need HIIT. Any pointers or links for a rowing machine routine that anyone can share?
  • patsully98patsully98 Posts: 40Member Member Posts: 40Member Member
    I'm a big fan of the rowing machine. I can go on and on working on it.
    I need to get a nice weight loss routine that I can use. My main area is belly fat. I have diet under control and I know focused Belly fat loss will need HIIT. Any pointers or links for a rowing machine routine that anyone can share?

    Punch in some stats and this will give you a somewhat customized program: http://therowingcompany.com/weightloss/interactive

    There's also the beginner Pete Plan, which has a mix of long slow distance and intervals: http://thepeteplan.wordpress.com/beginner-training/

    My main activity is Brazilian jiu jitsu (it's a martial art similar to judo or wrestling), but I have a six-month-old and can't make it to the gym regularly. I bought a rowing machine for those nights I can't train BJJ (and my fiancé and baby haven't worn me out too badly lol). I was following the Pete Plan for a bit, but decided to do shorter, more intense workouts that more closely approximate a jiu jitsu match. The rowing machine, for me, is to ensure that I'm not completely useless those nights I can train. That said, I love my rowing machine and am so glad I bought one.
  • yuckyellowyuckyellow Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    I second the use of the beginner Pete Plan. I am up to week 11 of the plan. I have been able to double the distance of my long row from 5000m to 10000m while maintaining pace. I am also seeing gains in pace during the weekly interval training sessions. I am only rowing the 3 main sessions per week. I am not doing any of the optional sessions. I am running 2-3 days/week when I don't row. I think that the lower impact nature of rowing provides a nice counterbalance to running.

    I have loss 10 lbs during this same time period. But I attribute that more to eating at a 500 cal/week deficit not to the rowing. Although it is nice to get a good long row in and know that you have burned enough calories to enjoy a cold beer.
  • HarjSidhu2013HarjSidhu2013 Posts: 2Member Posts: 2Member
    I'm a big fan of the rowing machine. I can go on and on working on it.
    I need to get a nice weight loss routine that I can use. My main area is belly fat. I have diet under control and I know focused Belly fat loss will need HIIT. Any pointers or links for a rowing machine routine that anyone can share?

    Punch in some stats and this will give you a somewhat customized program: http://therowingcompany.com/weightloss/interactive
    Thanks for the link. What does the 2 x 12' mean?? Is that supposed to be 2 x 12 minutes, or 2 x 12,000 metres??
    Appreciate any assistance!

    http://therowingcompany.com/weightloss/interactive?excess=10.4&sessions=3&level=1&weight=+75&programme=Generate+Programme
  • mikes99mailmikes99mail Posts: 318Member Member Posts: 318Member Member
    2 x 12 minutes.

    also check out the concept2 website, there are specific training programs for weight loss and 3 different 'workouts of the day' depending on how much time you've got.

    the weight loss workouts are mostly just 'row for as long as you can, ideally 40+ minutes'

    I'm trying to do 40 minutes, 3 times a week. I break it up into 2 x 20 minutes with a couple of minutes break to walk around and stretch between the 2 sessions. It needs loud music and the ability to turn off your brain.
  • HarjSidhu2013HarjSidhu2013 Posts: 2Member Posts: 2Member
    Thank you. At what resistance? Hardest you can?

    I have just bought the Bodymax Infiniti R100.
    It's brilliant. Decided to get this over the C2...
    (Backlit, saves user profiles, quieter as MagAir not just air, looks nicer, ever so slightly cheaper, it's the gym equipment of choice in USA)

    After two babies in 3 years I need to get back into shape, weight loss first and foremost!!
    When the oldest is at nursery I have ample time to get rowing...

    http://www.powerhouse-fitness.co.uk/infiniti-r100-rowing-machine-by-bodymax.php
  • momiji166momiji166 Posts: 32Member Posts: 32Member
    I was so scared of the rower and 8 weeks ago I tried my first 200metres and I got tightenings across my chest and so breathless I thought I was having an asthma attack. 8 weeks later, it's my favourite cardio in the gym, I row 500m followed by kettlebell swings for up to 5 sets, depending how I feel on the day, but I way prefer it to the treadmill and cross trainer.

    My weight loss and inch loss have been consistant throughout and I use the rower up to 4 times per week. I LOVE it!
  • round10round10 Posts: 16Member Member Posts: 16Member Member
    cool. how much weight did you lose using it?
  • Beautifulbridgittlee7Beautifulbridgittlee7 Posts: 352Member Member Posts: 352Member Member
    The rowing machines in both Y's are on their last legs, I put it on the highest setting and try to push myself, but I barely feel breathless or any challenge, so I'm sticking to jumping rope and other stuff until they get in new machines, both places actually will pretty soon. I wish I had a rowing machine, with my bike, and other activities I'd be all set.
  • Sambo232Sambo232 Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Doesn't really matter but drag factor 140 (usually about setting 5ish, but you can check) is most like rowing on water (if rowing in an eight). If sprinting a slightly higher drag factor might be better and if doing 18-20 strokes per minute for 1 hour then maybe a bit lower, but as I row on water too, I like to use the authentic drag factor.
  • juliahasselljuliahassell Posts: 20Member Posts: 20Member
    I have a rowing machine, and it is a great workout! I can burn usually 450-500 cals a day!
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