Hey everyone! My name's Cam, I'm brand new to Zerg and also new to the erg. I'm really loving it so far and looking forward to getting into the training! I just have a question about the readings on my machine. First off, I don't have a Concept2 and that's most likely the biggest issue and going to make it harder to accurately follow the training plan, but I can't afford a C2 at the moment so I'm just hoping to get by with what I have for the time being. I'm using a Nordictrack RW200. So to my question, since I'm new to this, either I'm very out of shape and have terrible technique or my machine is way off. My average 500m time right now with the damper set to 2 out of 10 is right around 3:40 at an average of 29 spm and average of 210 watts during bursts(I'm also not sure what data is useful to be giving here and my machine unfortunately doesn't have a drag factor reading on it). This time seems really high to me though. Is it possible my machine is off on reading distance and other things or am I just that out of shape? Again, I'm brand new to rowing so maybe I'm just getting a rude awakening? Haha. This is my first endeavour into a real cardio fitness routine. I was mainly doing bodyweight and weight lifting exercises before this, nothing super intense. The obvious fix would be to just get a Concept2, which I'm hoping to do ASAP. But in the meantime I'd like to know if my machine is just way off and should seek repairs/replacement or if 3:40 for 500m is about right for someone brand new to an erg and not in great shape. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thanks so much! Looking forward to progressing with everyone here!
3 days ago
Following a strapless 5k I decided to try rowing with loose foot straps. I was encouraged to do this as a training technique years ago when i was in a boat crew and I forgot what difference it makes. There's a huge temptation to strap in your feet as tightly as possible, but it's really not necessary. Just looping the straps loosely over the bridge of your feet - literally just enough to stop you flying backwards off your seat - gives you so much flexibility and power if your technique is right. Does anyone regularly train like this, or has anyone else even tried it?