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  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Member Posts: 1,860 Member Member Posts: 1,860 Member
    Not much to add to the above. The C2 website has a forum page. There's one called the Pete Plan. The Pete Plan is named after Pete Marston, a well-known UK Indoor rower that competes and created a simple to follow training plan that's very popular. I was very, very active on the C2 forums for years and many of us did the Pete Plan often together.

    Anyway, that Pete Plan thread (which I created, BTW), became a fantastic resource for new Indoor rowers. It started with a few yearly PP threads where many of us were asking a zillion questions, learning about Indoor rowing (not Over the water) rowing over the internet -- not ideal, but in my case necessary. Because so many people were asking questions like me (and wanting to train together), we created the thread. It should be titled, "everything you wanted to know about Indoor Rowing but were afraid to ask!". It has tons of information on that thread and many indoor rowers that have forgotten much more than I'll ever know are contributors to answering questions. I'd check that thread out specifically for more information.
  • allother94allother94 Member Posts: 497 Member Member Posts: 497 Member
    My husband convinced me that we needed to buy a rowing machine. He claims it's the best full-body workout you can get from a single piece of equipment and that I'll absolutely love it. At least that's what he told me so I'd go along with this plan. :)

    I've never used one, so I'm planning on watching some videos and getting pointers from my husband to make sure I have proper form. It will likely replace the cardio part of my workout that I normally do on an elliptical.

    Do any of you use a rowing machine as part of your regular workout? Is it really the best-kept secret at the gym? Any tips for me?

    LOL!
    edited February 9
  • GiddyupTimGiddyupTim Member Posts: 2,815 Member Member Posts: 2,815 Member
    Some other people here have already discussed form.
    My wife is on a rowing team, so any time I get on an erging machine she kinda chuckles at me.
    And I have rowed a fair amount and received many tips and pointers.
    They say I still don't row very well and don't get as much out of it as I might.
    Point being: Most rowing clubs have free introductory programs, as someone here already mentioned. You might consider one to get some actual coaching before you start out. Erging properly is not as simple and easy as it might appear.
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 16,481 Member Member, Premium Posts: 16,481 Member
    GiddyupTim wrote: »
    Some other people here have already discussed form.
    My wife is on a rowing team, so any time I get on an erging machine she kinda chuckles at me.
    And I have rowed a fair amount and received many tips and pointers.
    They say I still don't row very well and don't get as much out of it as I might.
    Point being: Most rowing clubs have free introductory programs, as someone here already mentioned. You might consider one to get some actual coaching before you start out. Erging properly is not as simple and easy as it might appear.

    Unfortunately, it's not intuitive, not even close.

    There are starting to be a few rowing machine specialist gyms around the country, and some certifying/training organizations for instructors. Some of those may be good (check credentials), and I know a few are excellent. I've known good on-water rowing coaches to offer Winter rowing machine workshops, too, but I suspect their openness to true beginners would vary.
    edited February 10
  • aokoyeaokoye Member Posts: 3,497 Member Member Posts: 3,497 Member
    AnnPT77 wrote: »
    GiddyupTim wrote: »
    Some other people here have already discussed form.
    My wife is on a rowing team, so any time I get on an erging machine she kinda chuckles at me.
    And I have rowed a fair amount and received many tips and pointers.
    They say I still don't row very well and don't get as much out of it as I might.
    Point being: Most rowing clubs have free introductory programs, as someone here already mentioned. You might consider one to get some actual coaching before you start out. Erging properly is not as simple and easy as it might appear.

    Unfortunately, it's not intuitive, not even close.

    There are starting to be a few rowing machine specialist gyms around the country, and some certifying/training organizations for instructors. Some of those may be good (check credentials), and I know a few are excellent. I've known good on-water rowing coaches to offer Winter rowing machine workshops, too, but I suspect their openness to true beginners would vary.

    There are also existing rowing clubs/teams that offer erging courses in the winter specifically for adult beginners. Mine does, there are likely a handful of clubs in Puget Sound area that do, and I know that there are others on the East Coast that do as well (just based on clicking around websites). I'm assuming the rest of the West Coast as well as other parts of the country have similar things going on here, though it'll always be a "Google/ask around" sort of thing. That said, these classes are distinct from team erg practices.
  • AmyMummyTummy2AmyMummyTummy2 Member Posts: 24 Member Member Posts: 24 Member
    After I had my kids, and not being able to go to the gym anymore i was advised to look into getting a rowing machine at home because aswell as the cardio excersize it provides it helps to strengthen the core and increasingly tone the muscle. Which is exactly what I needed! I've been consistently using my rowing machine now for 15 months, 5 days a week, 45 mins per day (in 45 mins I can row 14.5km) and I've lost 4 stone whilst toning the stretched skin on my stomach. It is literally the best decision I ever made to buy a rowing machine. Sometimes i do longer on lower tension and other times do a HIIT workout on there on a higher tension.
  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Member Posts: 1,860 Member Member Posts: 1,860 Member
    After I had my kids, and not being able to go to the gym anymore i was advised to look into getting a rowing machine at home because aswell as the cardio excersize it provides it helps to strengthen the core and increasingly tone the muscle. Which is exactly what I needed! I've been consistently using my rowing machine now for 15 months, 5 days a week, 45 mins per day (in 45 mins I can row 14.5km) and I've lost 4 stone whilst toning the stretched skin on my stomach. It is literally the best decision I ever made to buy a rowing machine. Sometimes i do longer on lower tension and other times do a HIIT workout on there on a higher tension.

    Good for you! Congrats! That's awesome!
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