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Old 06-07-2012, 08:03 PM   #1
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Anyone use a Rowing Machine?

I have a modest home gym in my basement, and used to work out 2-3 times per week. Alas, back problems (since January) have severely limited the things I can do with my weights.
I thought a Rowing Machine might be a partial substitute for some weight lifting - in particular help my now-faded biceps. Anyone have experience with rowing machines and can it act as a substitute for some weight lifting?
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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I have a modest home gym in my basement, and used to work out 2-3 times per week. Alas, back problems (since January) have severely limited the things I can do with my weights.
I thought a Rowing Machine might be a partial substitute for some weight lifting - in particular help my now-faded biceps. Anyone have experience with rowing machines and can it act as a substitute for some weight lifting?
Sorry to hear of your injury.

I use a concept2 almost daily. It is great exercise, and your arms will not go soft, but it will not build biceps. Look at photos of Olympic rowers. The arm movement is almost passive 2ndary to the lats and shoulder girdle pulling the bar to the chest.
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Old 06-07-2012, 09:17 PM   #3
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I used a Concept2 at my gym for a couple of months or so last year. I thought it was wonderful exercise, and for me seemed to provide a combination of strength and cardio. I didn't really feel it in my biceps, so much as my shoulders and back, really.

Since they are so expensive, I would suggest trying one out for a month at a local gym, first, to see if it is what you had in mind. Then you can figure out if it is too tough on your back.
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Here is a very long thread on the Concept2 a few months ago. It actually led me to buy one which we really like a lot.

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I have a WaterRower. It's a good workout and I used it every day when I first got it, but I haven't used it in months if not years. Nothing at all wrong with it, just prefer walking, bicycling and resistance training.

I don't know if it's true for Concept2's, but you can pick up a like new WaterRower on eBay for 10 to 20 on the dollar vs new FWIW...
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:51 PM   #6
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I once owned a rowing machine but I soon learned they were designed by the Marquis de Sade to torture people. I have had major back surgery and remembering back to when I used the rowing machine I feel they do put a strain on the lower back. I now walk and I just bought a bicycle. I am sure that if you do a Google search you can find ways to build up your biceps without putting strain on your back.
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i have a walker and a rower good for upper body workout
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:23 PM   #8
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I dont have a row machine, but a alden rowing shell (boat). I row about 3 miles/day (takes about 45 minutes) and have found the results pretty satisfying. Legs get very tone, Upper back gets incredibly strong, and arms get tone but not bulky. Middrift bulk disappears and get buns steel!Alden 16
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I use a Concept 2 at my gym on a fairly regular basis. I alternate it with a few other machines for the cardio part of the workout before I lift weights. (Some days elliptical, some days stationary bike, some days C2.) I feel that of the 3 the C2 is the best overall workout.

I also have a very old piston-type rower that I use at home occasionally. I don't like it nearly as much as the C2 but on days I can't get to the gym it can be useful.

Of note, about a year and a half ago I had an impinged rotator cuff and had to go to physical therapy to deal with it. The motion with the C2 is similar to some of the exercises I had to do as part of PT. Since I've been using the C2 I've had no recurrence of the rotator cuff problem. Don't know if that's coincidental or cause and effect.
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