Close


Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Rowing Machines

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Posts
    535
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    32

    Rowing Machines

    I would like to get some comments on the effectiveness of Rowers for MX. Does anybody out there own one? I found a Schwinn (wind resistance type) rowing machine a a play it again sports for 300$. It's a used model (I've seen them new for over 700$) and I think it's a pretty good deal. I don't think that Schwinn makes rowers anymore and I'm not sure if I will be able to get any parts for this thing or not. The sales guy that works there is trying to find out if parts are available threw some other source. Any comments are appreciated. Thanks

    This exercise bike just doesn't seem to help that much. I still have a hard time getting threw 4 laps without feeling like I'm about to have a heart attack.







  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2000
    Posts
    4,712
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    100
    Riding is pretty much all pushing muscle groups (quads, delts, tricepts, pecs...) the rowing machine does work the legs a little but it focuses on pulling groups (bicepts, traps, lats, back...)

    For MX I train strength and endurance on all push muscles with weights. And for a cardio work out the best thing you can do for MX or riding in general, IMO is hitting the punching bag. It is a great work out and it is very similar to the type of impact you take when riding. You work cardio like with a bike but you are constantly causing the push muscles to fire in powerful burst building endurance and strength.

    I would highly recommend you look into a heavy bag rather than a rowing machine. 100lb.Everlast canvas bag and stand ran me about $250. Get bag gloves!

    Hope it helps.



    m y   s i g n a t u r e:


    <>

    Check your six.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2000
    Posts
    2,086
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    48
    I have to say that I'm not an expert, but I think the rowing machine helped me get in shape for woods riding, not sure about MX.
    After using the rowing machine I noticed that I had less arm pump, perhaps due to stronger forearm muscles. With my upper body being a little more toned I noticed that I could also fight the bike through ruts with less shoulder fatigue. As I mentioned though this worked for me, but I'd say a rowing machine would be a worthwhile investment. I only used it for the most 5 hours a week for 10 weeks. Good Luck.



    m y   s i g n a t u r e:


    All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed;
    and Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Posts
    159
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    28
    I would say that the rowing exercise is a good one for dirtbike training. I was very sore after my first enduro last weekend and my upper back, lower back, thighs, and biceps were among the most sore. These are the muscles that are mainly worked by the rowing machine so I'd say go for it. My chest and triceps were also sore so maybe the rowing and some pushups would be a good combo. Let us know what you decide...




  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2000
    Posts
    124
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    29
    If done properly the rowing macxhine will work the quads very well. Also the forarms,lats and lower back. This plus the cardio training you'll get while rowing, is a great benefit to riding. You can even purchase a handlebar shaped attachment for the rowing machine to better recruit the muscle used when riding. If you think about it, you pull on the bars, more than you push.

    As Thump said, hitting the bag is also a great workout, good for relieving stress also.

    vetwfo'er




  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Posts
    1,224
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    40

    Check Yard sales

    --I bought an excellent Westbend 5100 Rowing Machine at a yard sale for $20.00




  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Posts
    535
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    32
    Thump, thanks but no thanks I'm not a punching bag kind of a guy. Though it may be a good workout I'd feel like a fish out of water punching a bag.

    I think I'm going to buy the rowing machine.

    Thanks for all of your input guys.




  8. #8
    Join Date
    Sep 2000
    Posts
    78
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    28

    Watch your back

    I used to row crew and think that rowing machines are a great all around workout, just be careful to do it properly or else you can really hurt your back. If I remember correctly Schwinn makes really good rowing machines. Have fun and good luck!




Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Topics

  1. Defending the 2-strokes
    By FlyinHawaiin in forum Flame Board!
    Replies: 175
    Last Post: 04-23-2007, 12:58 PM
  2. tm enduro machines
    By RAHRAH in forum KTM / Euro Bikes
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 02-16-2004, 01:04 PM
  3. clutch or clutch cable problem?
    By lynn02 in forum 2-Stroke Discussion
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 01-26-2004, 08:24 AM
  4. Half Moon Bay Dream Machines Event April 28th
    By GETMETOCA in forum General & Off-Topic Discussions
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-18-2002, 04:19 PM
  5. Rowing Machines or Elliptical Trainers
    By CR_Dave in forum Riding/Training Techniques - Injuries
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-24-2001, 03:37 PM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •