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Old 01-31-2014, 05:24 PM   #1
Jason Marceaux
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Decisions, decisions, decisions...

I have a decision to make and I need some advice.

I trying to decide between buying a new Concept 2 rower (about $900 shipped) or a package that includes an Ohio bar, some HG bumpers, and a s-2 rack (about $1050 shipped).

Both will be from Rogue.

Right now I have a home made pull up bar (no kipping), a small trainer bar that won't fit on a rack (borrowed from a friend), and 50# in bumpers.

I go to a box 2 times a week. The rest of the time my wife and I train at home in the garage (when its not 15 degrees outside).

I would love a rower, but I also would love a bar, rack, and bumpers. Any thoughts?
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

A bar, rack, and bumpers are about 100x as valuable as a rower. That's a no-brainer.

There are a million substitutes for a rower if you're looking for conditioning work. There are zero good substitutes for a bar and bumpers if you want to get stronger.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:47 PM   #3
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

If the rower was only $600 brand new I'd still choose the bar and rack. Hands down.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:26 PM   #4
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

I just got a rower a few weeks ago and love/hate it. they're no running or bike that makes you feel that. you already have a bar and bumpers right? for a grand you might be able to get both if youre patient and hit craigslist. I paid a little over 400 for my C2.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:19 PM   #5
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

There are other good alternatives to get cardio workouts, and other subs for rowing...

There aren't other good alternatives for safety (squat rack)...

There aren't other good alternatives for heavy **** to lift (weights)...

The rower can wait...
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:20 PM   #6
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Jason,

I'd echo Matt's thoughts: the bar, bumpers, and rack are your best option for a versatile setup.

If I could offer some unsolicited advice, a ceiling mounted pullup bar should be added to that list so you can kip.

If you want any help thinking this through, I'm happy to talk: jon@againfaster.com.

Have an awesome night!

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Old 01-31-2014, 08:34 PM   #7
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

I have both. I really enjoy using my C2 rower ................












..................... about 4 times a month

Seriously, bars, bumpers, rack way more versatile and get way more use.
The rower is great for a warm up and to bring in on the odd wod. But is incredibly boring.
It all depends on your training goals.
If you're an endurance athlete. Rower.
For almost everything else, bars and weight/bumpers/plates first. (and 50# is nowhere near enough).
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:17 PM   #8
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

I have two rowers ! But I had a bar and weights first. As everyone else has stated, get the bar rack and the weights and keep on the lookout for a used rower. They do show up from time to time. We scored an almost new perfect Model C for $150 ! It does happen.
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Old 01-31-2014, 09:29 PM   #9
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Go with the Bar/bumper/rack package.

The S2 will allow you to kip if you put weight on it. So consider getting some additional bumpers (Go with the Alpha bar/bumper package with S2 or S3). This will also allow you to deadlift/squat with your bumper weight (and with an S2/S3 you want to be able to bail from behind).

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Old 01-31-2014, 10:00 PM   #10
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Re: Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Can't you also mount the S2 to the floor?
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