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Old 11-03-2013, 02:19 AM   #1
Grant Potocnik
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Question No distance on Rower. What to do?

Hi fellas, I got a cheap rower for home, but it doesn't measure distance... only time, strokes, and calories... What should I do when wod calls for 1000, 5000 etc meters? any conversions for strokes or calories, or just row for a certain time? I don't have access to any other rowers at all.

its a lifespan fitness 440 rower... all i could afford.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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Re: No distance on Rower. What to do?

Do you know the rate at which you row 500m, 1000m, and 2000m that you would row during the middle of a workout (so that it is less than a time trial effort when you are only rowing)? If so, I would just row for time.

For example, if you row 500m in 1:45 on a moderately hard but not all out effort, I'd row for 1:45 if the workout calls for a 500m row. My guess is the calories on the rower is probably way off if it is a cheap one.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:00 PM   #3
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Re: No distance on Rower. What to do?

If I remember correctly, it is about 38 calories per 500 meters rowed. Check your time on another rower vs calories, and see if you get the same time/calories ratio on your rower.
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Re: No distance on Rower. What to do?

thanks for the answers. i don't have access to any other rower to workout my times. I tried rowing for the 38 calories, but it took 6 mins to reach it on this rower, so its obviously different for this rower.

i'm thinking of just rowing for the same time as my run times? eg. for 5000m i will just row 19-20 mins . is this accptable?

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Old 11-13-2013, 10:01 PM   #5
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Re: No distance on Rower. What to do?

Is this for consistency across workouts ?
You could always set your own bench-marks.
For example, get on it fresh. Row at a solid pace for what you'd consider a 500m row. Just pick something like 1:40 or 50 pulls or whatever arbitrary measure you have. Now, note the calories on your machine and make a chart.
From now on, anytime you have to row 500m in a WOD, you row that amount of calories instead.
Do the same for 1000m and 2000m and then you could probably figure everything else out from there.

The problem with rowing for "a time" or "N pulls" all the time is that it becomes inconsistent as we get tired. e.g. For me, rowing 1:40 would be like 520m in round 1, but 420m in round 5
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:15 PM   #6
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Re: No distance on Rower. What to do?

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Is this for consistency across workouts ?
You could always set your own bench-marks.
For example, get on it fresh. Row at a solid pace for what you'd consider a 500m row. Just pick something like 1:40 or 50 pulls or whatever arbitrary measure you have. Now, note the calories on your machine and make a chart.
From now on, anytime you have to row 500m in a WOD, you row that amount of calories instead.
Do the same for 1000m and 2000m and then you could probably figure everything else out from there.

The problem with rowing for "a time" or "N pulls" all the time is that it becomes inconsistent as we get tired. e.g. For me, rowing 1:40 would be like 520m in round 1, but 420m in round 5
Hi mate, yep that sounds the best way for me. cheers!
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