Rowing and the WaterRower (Page 3 of 4)
Ask most fitness equipment users to work harder and they'll immediately reach for the knob or button designed to increase resistance. But naturally performed aerobic exercises don't have knobs to turn or a button to push, so how do you change resistance when you are swimming, running, cycling or cross country skiing? You don't. If you want to increase your intensity, you simply swim, run, cycle or ski harder.
The WaterRower's patented WaterFlywheel has been designed to replicate the natural dynamics of rowing. To increase intensity, you simply row harder.
Conventional rowing machines require the user to overcome a resistance, which typically fades as it is overcome. The beginning of the stroke is often heavy and the finish light. This makes it difficult for the user to load the muscle groups evenly and often results in over fatigue in one muscle group (usually the legs, dependent on the users technique and physique).
The WaterRower's patented WaterFlywheel design emulates the fixed mass characteristic of rowing. The volume of the water in the tank represents the mass of the boat and crew, and is the same from beginning to end. You may alter the water level in the tank but this does not change the resistance - it changes the drag effect. More water simply requires the user to maintain the momentum of a greater mass, much like being in a heavier class of boat.
When rowing, the connection between the oarsperson and the water is fluid, a paddle in moving water. Conventional rowing machines are, by contrast, harsh and mechanical, generating a jerky, jarring action which is unlike rowing. The WaterRower's patented WaterFlywheel design emulates the fluid connection making it the smoothest and quietest rowing machine available.
Training for Rowing
As with many aerobic based sports, the majority of training for rowing is done at quite moderate levels of intensity (about 60 to 70% of maximum heart rate) over prolonged periods of time, allowing the oarsperson to exercise for long durations with little accumulated fatigue.
Training within these levels allows the rower to realize the durations of exercise necessary to improve cardiovascular efficiency/fitness and also technique.
Training for rowing does not require a consistent all-out effort. If the intensity of the exercise is increased, the oarsperson will fatigue more quickly. Technique will also deteriorate, increasing the risk of injury. As a result, the higher the intensity in rowing, the shorter the duration of time involved.
In summary, the principle of training for rowing is two part; physiological training and technical training.
If it hurts - you're doing it wrong.