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The best damper setting for a great cardiovascular workout is in the range of 3–5. Rowing with the damper setting too high can be detrimental to your training program because it may reduce your output and increase your risk of injury.
- The harder you pull, the more resistance you will feel. This is because the Concept2 Indoor Rower uses wind resistance, which is generated by the spinning flywheel. The faster you get the wheel spinning, the more resistance there will be.
- You can row as hard or as easy as you wish. The indoor rower will not force you to row at any set intensity level. It is up to you. As you put more effort into your rowing, you will go faster, produce more watts, and burn more calories. All of these outputs will be measured and displayed by the Performance Monitor (PM).
- The damper setting is like bicycle gearing. It affects the feel of the rowing but does not directly affect the resistance. With a little experimentation, you will find the damper setting that gives you the best workout and results. We recommend a damper setting of 3–5 for the best aerobic workout. This is the setting that feels most like a sleek, fast boat on the water. Higher settings feel more like a bigger, slower boat.
- You can view your performance in pace, watts and calories. The PM displays your output in a choice of units and display options. You can choose the units and displays that work best for you.
The rowing stroke can be divided into two parts: The drive and the recovery.
You will learn a coordinated movement pattern built upon the following positions and phases:
The Recovery (Phase 1)
- Extend your arms until they straighten.
- Lean your upper body forward to the one o’clock position.
- Once your hands and the oar handle have cleared your knees, allow your knees to bend and gradually slide the seat forward on the monorail.
The Catch (Position 1)
- Arms are straight; head is neutral; shoulders are level and not hunched.
- Upper body is at the one o’clock position—shoulders in front of hips.
- Shins are vertical and not compressed beyond the perpendicular.
- Balls of the feet are in full contact with the footplate.
The Drive (Phase 2)
- With straight arms and while maintaining the position of the upper body at one o’clock, exert pressure on the foot plate and begin pushing with your legs.
- As your legs approach straight, lean the upper body back to the eleven o’clock position and draw the hands back to the lower ribs in a straight line.
The Finish (Position 2)
- Legs are extended and handle is held lightly at your lower ribs.
- Upper body is at the eleven o’clock position—slightly reclined with good support from your core muscles.
- Head is in a neutral position.
- Neck and shoulders are relaxed, and arms are drawn past the body with flat wrists.
The drive is the work portion of the stroke; the recovery is the rest portion that prepares you for the next drive. The body movements of the recovery are essentially the reverse of the drive. Blend these movements into a smooth continuum to create the rowing stroke.
For all of you mountain bikers….
Tomorrow (Thursday, April 12) is the last day to sign up for the Rumble at 18 Road, Cross Country Mountain Bike Race. All registrations are online only. There is no race day registration. Race packet pickup at LTR Sports the Friday before the event until 7p.m., or at the venue the morning of.
How to get there:
NOTE: The parking / staging / start / finish is not at the 18 road campgrounds. We are in the lower desert. Get to Fruita, Colorado (Interstate 70, Exit 19), Go North on Cherry Until Ottley, Go East on Ottley until Maple (17 1/2), -North on Maple (17 1/2) until N 3/10, East on N 3/10 Until 18 Road, North on 18 Road 3.2 miles, Cross Cattle guard, at BLM Sign, turn Right. Take this road 2 miles to Parking Area.