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Discussion: rowing machine worthwhile?

in: Adventure Racing; Training & Technique

Feb 10, 2019 2:38 AM # 
Does exercising on a rowing machine have any crossover value for AR training? I used it a bit a couple of years ago but I'm not sure it helped. I'm looking for wintertime kayak-specific training but don't want to buy an erg...
Feb 10, 2019 3:40 AM # 
I like an erg but this site talks about rowing along with other indoor training.
Feb 10, 2019 6:36 PM # 
Enduring the boredom and time-slowing effect of indoor rowing could build mental toughness
Feb 10, 2019 6:48 PM # 
With a rowing erg, you'd miss out on all of the torso rotation that goes into efficient paddling. Ideally you'd want one of those "broomstick" paddling simulators.

Someone in my paddling club has one for free, fairly close to you:

There was someone on facebook last year offering plans for a similar trainer based on a Nordic Track, similar to this:
Feb 16, 2019 5:55 PM # 
Thanks for your tips, Dan. We live close enough to water that I think I'll just stick with on-water paddling. I've just been staring at the erg in my office gym for the past couple of winter months wondering if I should invest any time getting to know it.
Feb 16, 2019 6:14 PM # 
Depending on what you've got at your office gym, you might look into woodchoppers with a cable machine, or Russian twists with a medicine ball while lying back on a bench or fitness ball. Or just wait for ice-out and hit the water.
Feb 16, 2019 7:16 PM # 
There is a considerable amount of crossover to cycling if you’re doing it properly. Also an opportunity to work on upper body strength/endurance.
Feb 19, 2019 4:42 PM # 
Get your 2000m row or ski erg under 7:00 then 6:40 and you will be a monster.
Feb 19, 2019 5:54 PM # 
I recommend this erg :

Definitely worth it!
Feb 19, 2019 6:01 PM # 
Are you training for something, Jackson5? ;)

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