Does anyone x-train with the rowing machine? i've found it's nice to straighten you out after being hunched over the bike
Okay, I've been up a little late enjoying the Saints victory! But do you think these exercises would help someone who is having back pains from shoveling snow. I've heard of heating pads, hot tubs and alcohol. Just wondering as I have to venture out tomorrow and help out some stranded neighbors.
Hi nbehappy - I'm a rower and crosstrain on the rowing machine (erg) a lot. I'm training for my first tri with NTP and erging/rowing is a major part of my training plan. The major benefit I see is increased aerobic endurance and leg/core strenthening (all helpful for run/swim/bike). Just make sure you're doing most of the work by pushing your legs (as opposed to heaving with your back) to avoid a back injury! :)
I know Ryan and agree with him as I erg quite a bit, too. The erg is quite the truthsayer, but moreso if used correctly.
Like any sport or exercise, it can hurt if done incorrectly. The video linked above gives a good breakdown of the stroke. You can find other videos on YouTube as well as on the Concept2 website.
if you want to help your back from shoveling this is simple cross training routine.
1. go to fridge pour a glass of water or OJ.
2. go to medicine cabinet, get some alleve or advil
3. take alleve or advil and water together.
4. repeat steps 1-3 as necessary according to instruction on medication box.
5. wait 30 minutes and your back will feel better.
worked for me.