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Rowing Machines and Fitness

2K on the Concept2 – No Place To Hide!

The British Rowing team has a long and impressive history and a close connection to the Concept2 Rowing Machine. The level of training is beyond what normal human beings like you and me could really contemplate. One of the big standard tests of how good / fit you are is the two kilometer sprint on the Concept 2. All rowers of every standard dread it.  You put yourself on the line, there is no place to hide. Watch the video to see what they think of it.

The Concept2, 2K Test

There are very few sports which challenge the body as much as rowing. That said, it is a safe way to get fit as it does not harm the joints in the same way that running  does. The British Rowing team and pretty much all of the worlds rowing clubs use the Concept2 as their chosen Ergo due to the fact that it is so accurate. You can do the test at sea level in London or on top of the a mountain and the data will still be the same. Continue reading 2K on the Concept2 – No Place To Hide!

Rowing: The New Cardio

Chances are your entire cardio life has consisted of alternating stints on the treadmill, elliptical and bike. You probably thought that would be the best way to burn calories, torch fat and increase your overall fitness, right? Wrong. Turns out you should have been rowing. The oft-forgotten rowing machine burns the most amount of calories in the shortest amount of time with the lowest perceived rate of exertion, while being easiest on your precious, carefully-honed body.

It’s not your fault. You didn’t know any better. And why? Well, for two reasons: First, the poor rowing machine is usually cast to the corner like an unwanted stepchild — an afterthought amidst the more high-profile cardio equipment of treadmills, ellipticals and bikes. Not very motivating. And secondly, you most likely don’t know how to use it. Continue reading Rowing: The New Cardio

The Benefits of Jump Rope

The lowly jump rope is making a comeback as a stellar fitness tool. Here are some of the many advantages of taking up jumping rope or skipping as part of your fitness program.

Cardiovascular Exercise.

Your cardiovascular system includes your heart and the arteries and veins that bring blood and oxygen to and from your heart. By improving the efficiency of this system you increase your chances of being able to do your daily tasks without becoming breathless. Walking, biking, and jumping rope are the best ways to improve your cardiovascular system.  Jumping rope strengthens your lungs and heart. Continue reading The Benefits of Jump Rope

Weight Loss is not Just about Counting Calories

The popular belief about weight loss long held by dieters and professed by fitness and diet experts was: Burn more calories than you take in and you’ll lose weight. Simple! Well perhaps so but many disillusioned dieters would beg to differ with this mathematical maxim.

Many food companies, intent on improving their image in the face of mounting obesity have created “lite” versions of popular snacks like Oreos, Twinkie and Twixt. Coca Cola has created a fun video to demonstrated how much fun it is to burn off the calories in a can of regular Coke. Continue reading Weight Loss is not Just about Counting Calories

Exercises that Keep Seniors Active

Forget childhood obesity. Children are not the most inactive group of North Americans. Studies show that adults over sixty-five spend ten or more hours a day sitting or lying down. They are the most sedentary age group.

Inactivity comes with a cost both physical and mental. Inactive seniors have higher incidences of falls, obesity, heart disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s and early death compared to their more active counterparts.

Staying active often means staying healthy and maintaining independence.

Keeping active is an excellent way to combat the aging process. There are a lot of misconceptions floating around out there about aging and exercise. Here are some examples. Continue reading Exercises that Keep Seniors Active

What are the benefits of a rowing machine workout?

If you’re looking for an exercise machine that will help you lose weight build strength in major muscle groups and maintain bone density no matter what your age or level of fitness rowing is the perfect exercise for you.  Rowing also offers those who are recovering from an injury or surgery a good workout that won’t irritate injuries or incisions.

When you row, not only your arms, legs, chest, back, and abs but also your mind gets a complete workout. The smooth, rhythmic motion of rowing and the time to let your mind wander do wonders to relieve stress.

If you have aging joints rowing offers Low-impact exercise that is easy on the knees and ankles. Rowing proceeds at your own pace. Thus, people of any age or fitness level can do it. Rowing actually improves range of motion for bodies that are aging and losing range of movement. Continue reading What are the benefits of a rowing machine workout?

Strength training for Rowing

What is Strength Training?

Strength training includes any physical exercise which uses resistance to stimulate muscular contraction.

Why do Strength Training?

There are lots of good reasons for doing strength training exercises.

Strength training builds muscle strength and size and anaerobic endurance.

Strength training can also provide improvement in general health, including increased bone density, muscle, tendon and ligament strength, increased joint movement, and improved cardiac function. Strength training will also raise HDL cholesterol and lessen the likelihood of injury. Continue reading Strength training for Rowing

Rowing Training Diet

When you are in training good nutrition rules don’t change. However, because of the calories you burn during workouts there are some eating suggestions that will help you stay strong and energetic. Variety in foods including fruits, veggies, nuts, dairy products, and whole grains is the secret to peak performance levels.

Unlike a diet for people engaged in less strenuous activity, athletes in training consume more carbohydrates and fats. These fuel the physical activity. Athletes may also need more protein than regular diet. Continue reading Rowing Training Diet