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Old 08-11-2010, 01:58 PM   #41
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

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And, that's why I won't row a 5k for a million dollars.

Unless it's a WOD at the Games...
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:01 PM   #42
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And, that's why I won't row a 5k for a million dollars.

Unless it's a WOD at the Games...
If The Games are your goal, then you HAVE to do it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:02 PM   #43
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

Ask any competitive rower, and they'll tell you the 2K is much more painful than the 5K. I recommend turning up the intensity on your 2K.

Looking for a good rowing WOD to help with this? Try doing 16 x 500m relays with two-person teams (each person does 8x500m).
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Ask any competitive rower, and they'll tell you the 2K is much more painful than the 5K. I recommend turning up the intensity on your 2K.

Looking for a good rowing WOD to help with this? Try doing 16 x 500m relays with two-person teams (each person does 8x500m).
I'm not a competitive rower, and I don't want to be a competitive rower, I'm a generalist.

I do 2K's more often then 5Ks... and an all-out 2K is quite painful. However, the 5K tests the limits of my endurance greater. I can row pretty hard for the greater part of a 2K. A 5K is not really "sprintable". New word, sprintable. I claim ownership.

I regularly do tabata rows... and intervals are suckish for sure.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:09 PM   #45
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

While we're discussing the horribleness of rowing... my affiliate did a team workout that was really awful.

Person A runs 400m. Person B rows until they get back, then they switch. AMRAP 20 minutes. Score is total distance rowed.

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Old 08-11-2010, 02:09 PM   #46
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

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With "Mark" embroidered boldly across both cheeks. Let's not forget.
I think the agreement was that you had to be really, really nice to me.

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If The Games are your goal, then you HAVE to do it.
Just like my coach says I have to start biking and swimming in case they throw that at us at the Games...
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:11 PM   #47
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While we're discussing the horribleness of rowing... my affiliate did a team workout that was really awful.

Person A runs 400m. Person B rows until they get back, then they switch. AMRAP 20 minutes. Score is total distance rowed.

Katherine
Oh, that sounds "fun". I might have to break that out.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:19 PM   #48
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

Meet Tabata Row.......you will have a whole new understanding
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:32 PM   #49
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

I LOVE rowing and so thrilled that my gym has brand spanking new C2s, hardly anyone else uses them, so I never have to try to shoo someone off them. Wish I had one in my basement.

For those of you who are new to rowing (never rowed in water or used a C2) or if you would like to review settings or form, the vids on the MP are excellent.

Now I need to figure out how to convince the gym to add a wall ball section....
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:47 PM   #50
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

Like some other people have pointed out, a rowing workout is only as hard as you make it. Rowing 2k is easy if you spend an hour getting through it. To get around this, I like this strategy that CrossFit Seattle took --

Row max distance in 30 seconds, all out (or 1:00, 2:00, or whatever. Just choose a time). Rest for a few minutes and just remember that distance.

Then, every minute on the minute for like 5 minutes, or 10 minutes, row that distance and then take the rest of the minute off. So if you go harder, you're rewarded with more rest...but as you tire, the rest times become minimal. I think it's a good sort of self-regulating workout.

So in case you didn't follow, say your max distance in :30 is 150m. You rest for a few minutes, shake it out, then start the clock and row 150m. As soon as you finish, rest until the next minute starts. Row 150m again...repeat. So you can imagine that pretty quickly it takes you almost a full minute to row that 150m.
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