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Old 11-22-2014   #11
East of the Pine beatle, Colorado
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With the water rower the action is as smooth as can be- very similar to real rowing. Change the water level for more or less resistance. This is a beautifully made, quality piece. Noise is a gentle swooshing sound. Stand it up and wheel it into a corner for storage. They make an aluminum one if you want a more modern look.

I have nothing against the Concept 2- it's a fantastic machine- I just feel like in the home a beautiful, quiet, effective device is more desireable. I really feel that the workout is comparable, but I'm happy to leave the WaterRower out in my home. People often compliment it for its build quality and materials.

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Old 11-22-2014   #12
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The company I work for just put a WaterRower in our workout room. My wife, who works for the same company, tried it the other day and just told me about it. She didn't understand how to change the resistance so I was actually just looking these up this morning. It was set up to be very easy to row and she felt it wasn't giving her much of a workout. I would love to get on a rowing machine this winter and this might actually get me into the workout room!

Osseous, how practical is this machine in a gym? Would it be a pain to keep changing the amount of water in it to fit my workout? I'm not sure how many other people are using it.

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Old 11-23-2014   #13
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You only need to adjust the water to a suitable "weight"- then the speed and strength of your pull will determine how difficult your workout is. Hard to explain, but the harder your "catch" or initial pull is, the more resistance you will feel. You need to get the volume of water circling the tank- so the feel is very much like a real boat. I never change my water volume- I just row harder or faster to increase intensity.

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Old 11-23-2014   #14
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Old 12-02-2014   #15
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Keep it simple

Lots of options besides expensive equipment or gym memberships. Do some googling about exercise bands - not much you can't get done. They're inexpensive, simple and safe. Simple rowing exercises and push ups will provide the basics for your needs. Other band exercises can help with full body muscular fitness. Walking/running/swimming/biking will take care of your overall endurance. Yoga for flexibility and balance. I'm 66 and believe me it doesn't get easier. I do belong to an athletic club but for many years used the system described above and it worked fine. Good luck.
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Old 12-02-2014   #16
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I rowed in college and we used the Concept II machines. They're torture devices. Then again, we were trying to push our times to the limit. It's a different motion than rowing a raft though, if that's what you're trying to simulate. They are good for a full body workout though and you can get an intense workout in a short period of time. If you go that route, as someone mentioned, learn to do it right to protect your back.
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Old 12-03-2014   #17
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Do you all really pull that much on the river?
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Old 12-03-2014   #18
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I pull about half the time, maybe less. During rapids I push more but most rivers I do have more flat water than whitewater.

There is nothing else that mimics oar rigs as close. Versa climbers and some of those pedal machines that are used with arms help develop upper body cardio stamina but that don't remotely mimic the rowing mechanics.

Imperfect but close enough to be worth the effort.

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Old 12-03-2014   #19
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Originally Posted by solboater View Post
Do you all really pull that much on the river?
Randaddy does. I wimped out and bought an outboard.

Seriously though, I generally push until I'm in either a must-make move or fighting into a headwind. Utah rivers give lots of opportunity for pulling... is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2014   #20
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Originally Posted by solboater View Post
Do you all really pull that much on the river?
It isn't all, or even a mostly arm workout. The torso is a major player, and I have found it tough to get that type of workout any other way. Cardio for your back? It also really helps when surfing my cat, I had 3 minimum 60 s surfs last Sunday on the Lochsa, and it is tiring!

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