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mike caudill 12-26-2005 11:37 AM

I want to get a rower, my question is how do I keep my back out of it until I get stronger? My fear I will screw up my back and regret getting the thing. Any suggestions welcome.

Matt Gagliardi 12-26-2005 12:23 PM

Could you elaborate a bit on what the problem is with your back? It's impossible to keep your back entirely out of the row...

Eugene R. Allen 12-26-2005 12:53 PM

As Matt points out you can't keep your back out of the rowing stroke. At the catch you have to bend forward to allow the chain to retract as fully as your flexibility allows. You begin your pull with completely straight arms and a powerful extension of your legs. As your legs get to full extension you begin leaning back and then finally get your arms into the pull at the end. Does this part of the pull hurt your back?

mike caudill 12-26-2005 07:17 PM

Great questions. I assume my problem is either improper technique or lower back strength. I am six weeks into crossfit and getting much stronger. There are no machines locally I can get to and the couple of times I used a concept rower I was sore afterwards. Maybe too much to begin with, "more lungs than strength."

Mike Minium 12-26-2005 09:23 PM


If you're looking for advice on correcting some common rowing technique flaws, here's a nice link:



David Wood 12-27-2005 08:36 AM

Rowing without the feet in the straps improved my form a great deal. Leaning back at the end of the stroke is nearly impossible without straps . . . so you tend to row more "upright" (that's mostly good).

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