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Old 04-29-2010, 10:08 AM   #1
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Concept 2

Hi everyone,

I finally picked up a used C2 off ebay and had a quick question. Is there a standardized damper setting to be used in the WOD's?
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:23 AM   #2
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Re: Concept 2

asked weekly .... search damper settings your gonna find a lot of information.
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:23 AM   #3
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Re: Concept 2

No, just whatever works best for you. Think of it kind of like gears on a bike. That said, most people are going to tell you to keep it under 5. From what I understand, elite rowers usually go with 3-5 and often train even lower. People who are really strong but slow may go with a higher setting, but I would suggest starting at 4. Row a couple 500s at different settings and see what gives you the best results.
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Re: Concept 2

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No, just whatever works best for you. Think of it kind of like gears on a bike. That said, most people are going to tell you to keep it under 5. From what I understand, elite rowers usually go with 3-5 and often train even lower. People who are really strong but slow may go with a higher setting, but I would suggest starting at 4. Row a couple 500s at different settings and see what gives you the best results.
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Ok I am writing this thread to clarify the drag factor on the Concept 2 rowers. Many people comment me "Chris - I row with the damper on 10 because its the hardest and thus im doing the most work." I shake my head in dismay. To clarify how the drag factor works imagine that you are in an actual boat. A drag factor of 10 is the same as rowing in a Central park row boat - 8 feet wide, 10 feet long, and impossible to flip. It's heavy, its slow, but if you can get it moving it has quite a bit of inertia. A 4-5 on the damper setting is the equivalent of a racing shell - 24 feet long, 18 inchs wide, and the slightest off weight tilt will flip you - a set of 5 strokes gets this boat moving. A 1 on the damper setting - There is no boat.

Now what is the best damper setting for you?

This depends on many factors - primarily weight. Workout being second.

To make my point clear a damper setting of 10 (8 for women) should only be used for pieces under 150 meters. This is not a rule - but a suggestion. The reason I say this is that unless you have been trained with the proper stroke for years - you will cause damage to yourself at this setting. 150 meters is a sprint/muscle piece that no matter what you do - it wont kill you.

Now I will discuss wieght before going back to distances.

The following is a laymans chart of where you damper should be around for your weight. (Applied for 500meter+ piece)

250lbs - 6-7
200lbs - 5-6
175lbs - 4-6
150lbs - 3-4
125lbs - 2-3
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:10 PM   #5
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Re: Concept 2

*Foot in mouth*

Yeah go look at that thread. I learned a lot after reading it. Sorry for the bad advice! I feel like a dummy now.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:57 PM   #6
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Re: Concept 2

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250lbs - 6-7
200lbs - 5-6
175lbs - 4-6
150lbs - 3-4
125lbs - 2-3
The chart Frank gave you is not the best one. Using his link, look below that for the chart that looks like this:

250lbs - 139
200lbs - 132
175lbs - 125
150lbs - 120
125lbs - 114

That is the one you are better off following. The numbers on the side of the erg aren't very trustworthy. Things like altitude, wear and tear, etc. can make a "5" on one machine the same as a "3" on another. If you use the display to test and set your drag each time, you will be sure you are using the drag factor you want. I'm not going to go into it here, but read that post to see how to view the drag factor on the screen.
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