Best way to use a Concept2 rower
October 17, 2012 6:03 PM Subscribe
I just purchased a Concept2 Model D rower with PM3 monitor. What's my best way to use it given my condition and goals?
posted by unSane to sports, hobbies, & recreation (19 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I recently joined a Crossfit gym, but bailed on it after a month for a number of reasons. Mostly, it was too far from me, but also I felt like I was going to get injured and I've had enough of that. So I spent the money I would otherwise have spent on the one bit of equipment they had that I REALLY enjoyed using, namely a Concept2 rower.
(I liked Crossfit, especially the variety and challenge)
I had a spin bike before, but found it mind-numbingly boring. The rower, however, doesn't bore me at all.
I want to use this to do a combined strength/cardio workout if possible. I do also have a set of dumbbells and I aim to also work on pushups and situps to complement the rower.
Okay, data points a-gogo.
-- my cardio fitness is very good, borderline athletic, because I mountainbike a lot. I also snowboard in the winter -- another leg thing.
-- my lower body strength is good, upper body strength terrible, core weak. I can squat til the cows come home but can only do about 4 or 5 pushups, and maybe 20-25 situps (continuous).
-- I'm a bit overweight, not massively
-- I find long slow workouts very boring.
-- I often find myself wanting to do more at the end of a workout. The flipside is I tend to push myself too hard.
-- my goals are general overall fitness. In particular I want to balance out my upper and lower body strength. I also really need to increase my anaerobic fitness, as I'm great on a long bike ride but point me up a sharp steep hill and I die.
-- I want to maintain my cardio over the winter so I'm starting at a higher leve mountainbiking in the spring.
-- I've got a copy of RowPro
--- I've got an ANT+ HRM but it doesn't interface with the PM3 and I don't want to stump for a PM4
I know this is a bit diffuse but I'd really welcome any pointers, or descriptions of how you use the Concept2.