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Old 07-17-2009, 11:57 AM   #1
Matt Berardi
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C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

I know obviously the best way to train for a running event is to run. If given the option to run every day, or run most days and row other days, will this give any added benefit? (like a cross training effect) My main goal is to be a faster runner, but the C2 interests me.

Also, separate question, is the model C, D, or E the best one to get?

Thanks for the help!

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Old 07-17-2009, 02:01 PM   #2
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Re: C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

Model C will work and is what most affiliates use.

Running more will make you more efficient at it unless it becomes an issue of too much running and that pounding on your joints and back. Also depends on what surface you are running on.
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Old 07-17-2009, 05:33 PM   #3
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Re: C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

http://www.furman.edu/first/fmtp.htm (WFS) These guys get some really good results actually cutting the running portion of the training down to just quality running, and subbing cross training, including rowing, for all the easy distance that a normal training plan would have in it. I think the finding is that the incidence of injury is much less and the training benefit is the same.
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Old 07-17-2009, 10:55 PM   #4
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Re: C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

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I know obviously the best way to train for a running event is to run. If given the option to run every day, or run most days and row other days, will this give any added benefit? (like a cross training effect) My main goal is to be a faster runner, but the C2 interests me.

Also, separate question, is the model C, D, or E the best one to get?

Thanks for the help!

Matt
When the Canadian military did their study of CrossFit vs. the standard military physical training, there was a guy in the CrossFit group that hurt his knee.

Everytime everyone else ran, he rowed. At the end of the study, he had a better improvement in his run than anyone else in the program.
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Old 07-17-2009, 11:18 PM   #5
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Re: C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

Thanks, Ahmik.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:44 AM   #6
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Re: C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

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When the Canadian military did their study of CrossFit vs. the standard military physical training, there was a guy in the CrossFit group that hurt his knee.

Everytime everyone else ran, he rowed. At the end of the study, he had a better improvement in his run than anyone else in the program.
I believe it. When I was a rower for my last two years of high school, we actually got told the inverse of what the OP is suggesting, i.e. "the best way to get your erg (rower) times down is to run". My coach may or may not have known what she was talking about, since after all she was also making us do "Ab-Ripper X" and bicep curls.

Also, to answer your question about models: my heart will always remain loyal to the model C, on which I learned. I hate the handles on the D and E models, and they just don't feel right. There are definitely advantages to the new monitors on the D and E, but for purposes of CF or becoming a better runner, the C is the way to go!

Another thing I've found that irritates me about these new models (which I guess I've gotten used to). For whatever reason, it seems like the monitor on the D and E take a split second longer to calculate your power output and display the split (e.g. 1:40/500m) on the screen after each stroke. With the C the feedback comes right as you finish your pull, which I find more satisfying.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:49 AM   #7
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Re: C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

*sigh* Rower, my fav of all cardio based machines.
I agree, C is where it's at.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:19 AM   #8
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Re: C2 Rower Fitness translation to Running?

Thanks for all the information. I suspected there would be benefits from rowing to be added to running. Kind of like football / baseball players cross training by playing basketball (don't know if they still do that or not.)

Time to look for a Concept C on Craigslist!
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