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Old 08-11-2010, 03:28 AM   #1
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O.K.....Why Rowing?

Seriously. It seems a little out of place. Where does it fit in ?
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:33 AM   #2
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

Out of place with what?
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:41 AM   #3
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

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Out of place with what?
With Crossfit. But that's just me. My mental image. Crossfit has all these cool weights and stuff - and then a rower. I haven't done it yet. I understand it is good exercise but a lot of things are. Just wondering why rowing specifically for the Crossfit methodology. I love the idea of functional fitness but I have yet to run into a rowing emergency.
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:45 AM   #4
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

Non-impact cardio I'd imagine?
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:09 AM   #5
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

Works your muscles through a long range of motion, teaches you to use large muscle groups then follow through with smaller muscles, can be used inside during rain or extremely hot or cold weather, is easily measurable and recordable, and has the capacity to inflict more pain than pretty much anything but thrusters...you'll have an appreciation for it after you give it a try. Most machines make your life easier--an erg gets harder when you push harder.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:54 AM   #6
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Yeah- go row a 500 in under 2 minutes and you'll see why!
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Old 08-11-2010, 05:20 AM   #7
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

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and has the capacity to inflict more pain than pretty much anything but thrusters
True dat.

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Yeah- go row a 500 in under 2 minutes and you'll see why!
My first 500m row ever was 2:14, and it didn't seem so bad. I even wrote in my log that I wanted a C2 for my basement. My last max effort was 1:44, and at the time, I would have rather died than pulled one more stroke. And, now I have a C2 in my basement, and I curse at it every time I walk by it.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:06 AM   #8
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

My C2 rower is by far the best/worst purchase I made for my gym. It's a love hate relationship.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:24 AM   #9
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

Humans have been rowing for thousands of years because it's an efficient means of locomotion over water.
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:25 AM   #10
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Re: O.K.....Why Rowing?

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I haven't done it yet.
Repost once you have. I imagine you will have a better understanding of "why the rower?"

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I understand it is good exercise but a lot of things are. Just wondering why rowing specifically for the Crossfit methodology. I love the idea of functional fitness but I have yet to run into a rowing emergency.
Couple of things:

First, I'd be interested to know what you think are "good exercises" that are not used by crossfit.

Secondly, I would disagree with your definition of "functional fitness." You may have never run into a "rowing emergency" but can you think of a situation which may require a high power output over an extended period of time? An exercise doesn't have to exactly mimic a "real world" experience to be functional.
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