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Old 05-24-2011, 05:39 AM   #1
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substitution for swimming

Quick Q, Todays WOD calls for a 50m swim... only trouble is Ido not have access to a pool. I was looking to sub in rowing instead... two part Question
A. would rowing be a good sub for a swim, I feel yes since it works total body as swimming does.
B. I am still new to CF, about 2 mo's in now, so I am not a great rower but can get by, what would be a good distance to sub the 50m swim with... a 250m row? This is a 5 round WOD, I did 2k last week as extra which took be 7.30 min's, and was very taxing... so I am not sure what would be a good enough distance.
I am looking to workout in the next 2 hrs, so a speedy response if possible would be much appreciates.
Thanks!

PS the WOD if you did not know was 5 rnds for time of 50m swim and 25 pushups.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:03 AM   #2
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Re: substitution for swimming

Do you have any idea how fast you could swim 50m? I'd row as hard as possible for that time and if you don't know just call it a minute and go hard for 60 seconds. Swimming really pumps the cardiovascular system so its hard to replicate especially with the regulated breathing and all. Just go hard!
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:04 AM   #3
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Re: substitution for swimming

Oh, as a side note - hint at the games do we think? Is there a pool at the stadium?
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:08 AM   #4
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Re: substitution for swimming

That makes sense... just go hard rather than worry about distance. On the concept II is there anyway to program it so when I get off to do PU's I do not have to go through the start menu again?
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:14 AM   #5
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Re: substitution for swimming

Mate I honestly don't know - maybe if you set a distance goal of like 20km it might idle while you do the pushups. I'm sure someone who knows the C2 will be able to answer though
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:28 AM   #6
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Re: substitution for swimming

Yeah, depending on which version you have.
Set it up for "intervals with unknown rest" and choose 200m or whatever it is you're doing. Row 200m, do your pushups, when you beginning pulling the rower again it'll kick in. You can then go into history to see the total time rowed (excluding the rests for pushups) or the splits for each.

PS - Its rare perhaps? I think at our box only 1 or 2 of them have this version firmware in the computer even though they're all the same model/generation rower.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:36 AM   #7
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Sweet, I'll try this, hopefully they have it and it works!
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:07 AM   #8
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Re: substitution for swimming

IMO there's not much you can do to sub for a swim. You can do something that's the same time as a lap, but at the same time, you are BREATHING the whole time. Whereas swimming, you're forced to control your breath. I've done WODs like this before, you'll be amazed at just how hard it is in water!
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Old 05-24-2011, 09:52 AM   #9
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Re: substitution for swimming

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IMO there's not much you can do to sub for a swim. You can do something that's the same time as a lap, but at the same time, you are BREATHING the whole time. Whereas swimming, you're forced to control your breath. I've done WODs like this before, you'll be amazed at just how hard it is in water!
Obviously, however when one does not have access to a pool, one must sub in something else which is as close to it as possible.
I did the 250m row... felt like a pretty good sub imo... prob coulda done a little longer of a distance.
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:45 AM   #10
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IMO there's not much you can do to sub for a swim.
Agree. I think the closest you can get to subbing for a swim is to do the Pilates move "swimming" on a bench (not the "--press" kind, but the adjustable ones that are popular with dumbbell workouts). Yeah, you'll look silly, but you'll also be working the back extensor muscles, SO important to keeping a streamlined form in the water, and practice side-to-side breathing choreagraphed with strokes, both arms and feet.

I don't see a need to wear goggles, though...there's a limit to adding realism to accentuate the training effect
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