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Cross training - Rowing(5 posts)

Cross training - Rowingmuncher
Apr 19, 2001 6:18 AM
Anyone else been training on a rowing machine? I have started to do a lot of this lately (gym near work - good use of lunchtimes), but a question arises - is it better cycling support training to row a heavy load - power/strength training for the legs, or to row a faster cadence - more speed/flex training, given a fixed amount of time?

Any experience/thoughts?

Tks - M.
re: Cross training - Rowingsteveuk
Apr 20, 2001 6:52 AM
well power rowing will build upper body muscle too won't it? If so that's a bad thing because a lot of muscle on you upper body will do you no good cycling and will slow u down! Also cycling is an endurance sport (as you may know;) so doing off bike power training should be a compromise between building up enough strength for sprints etc while not overdoing it and bulking out your legs/arms with power muscle fibres at the expense of endurance muscle fibres. Rowing IS excellent for cardio vascular fitness though so to get best benifits for the biking I'd go with low-mid intensity (so as not to upset yer cycling muscle build) with maybe the odd 'sprint style' power row of 30 odd seconds. I'm no expert though maybe try whatever and monitor your weight + performance on bike?
rowing will not build muscle...nmjim gravity
Apr 25, 2001 1:49 PM
why not?Bruno S
Apr 25, 2001 8:53 PM
Rowing is one of the hardest exercises. The races require anaerobic as well as aerobic efforts. They last less than 10 minutes. Why would rowing not build muscle?
why not?muncher
May 2, 2001 5:30 AM
Answer is it seems to. I tend to row 10,000m or thereabouts - that's about 35-40 mins usually, depending on how up for it I am. Since going back to it (after a 2 year gap), over 4 weeks of 3xper week, my BF has dropped, and my weight is just about the same. By my reckoning therefore, I must have converted some fat weight to muscle weight. Appears to be in the shoulders. As a cyclist, I don't find it that tyring on the legs, so I think there is no great effect there.