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Old 07-20-2006, 06:35 PM   #1
Jonathan McMahan
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i know i typed in the right thing on the search once and found a thread to this but i got my c2 put together a few minutes ago and i wondered if someone would be kind and tell me where to set the resistance for crossfit. and does weight and boys/girls matter or is it all the same??
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Old 07-20-2006, 06:48 PM   #2
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If you are an average sized guy, set it between 3 and 4 to start. You should work on technique for a month or so before worrying too much about resistance level--if you are new to the rower, too high a resistance will be counterproductive to establishing good technique.

Check the concept2 message boards for more info.
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:05 PM   #3
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Jonathan - The 3-4 level Clay mentions makes for a resistance that is fairly close to the feel of a fast boat. Think of the higher settings as climbing into a bigger boat, rowing a 4-man boat by yourself for example. Clay is right about the technique thing, if you are griding away with each pull your technique will suck.

Arms like ropes fully extended, extend the legs powerfully as much with the heels as possible, as you straighten your legs lean back slightly but not more than about 10 degrees or so, start pulling with your arms as the handle passes your knees, keep the chain flat so that the height of the handle at the end of the pull is the same as at the start. Keep your stroke rate around 30 on the slow side 34 to 36 if your pulling really fast...at least that's what works for me. The better rowers may have some better info for you.

You will love that rower. If you hook a computer to it and want a great program to make your rowing experience even better consider getting Row Pro...it's great. Fitcentric makes some great stuff too.
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:31 PM   #4
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thanks guys. i really appreciate it.
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Old 07-20-2006, 08:20 PM   #5
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Does this qualify as a FAQ? I've seen it asked a number of times. Anyway, some good info from Chris here:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/22/13650.html
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Old 07-20-2006, 08:31 PM   #6
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You should also listen to the Crossfit live archive on the C2 - very useful information there.
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Old 07-21-2006, 04:09 PM   #7
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thanks to both of you.
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