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best inexpensive rowing machine?

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Created November 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I exercise in the morning before work (5 or 5:30 a.m.) but am finding that I have a ton of energy at night, so much so that I'm not tired for my 9:00 bedtime. I used to go for walks in the evenings, but with it now being cold and dark so early, I'm looking for an alternative. I figure a quick 20 or 30 minutes on an erg, even at low intensity, could definitely be a good thing.

Has anyone found a quality, inexpensive rowing machine? I'm talking no more than $200 or so? Bonus points if it's collapsible :)

If there is no such magical machine, what brand is a good one to look for used?

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on January 22, 2013
at 05:37 PM

I bought a used Model A (!!!) with the bicycle wheel and it was seriously awesome. I used it for a year and sold it for what I paid (close to $300). Now I'm in the market for an Airdyne, ouch.

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on December 20, 2011
at 02:04 PM

That's awesome!

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on December 20, 2011
at 01:15 PM

UPDATE: done and done! got a cheap old airdyne thru craigslist and that thing is pretty great. did Tabata and thought i was going to DIE. it's that good :)

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on November 28, 2011
at 10:54 PM

Damn! Tabata on an AirDyne sounds like a killer workout...

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on November 28, 2011
at 08:08 PM

after a Tabata on the AirDyne I almost dropped to the floor. I would say that your heart rate monitor is telling you exactly what's up!

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on November 28, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I wouldn't say that I have more energy at night or that my energy levels are uneven, but just that they refuse to die down as it gets later.

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

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on November 28, 2011
at 07:21 PM

AidDyne (as far as my heart rate monitor tells me) burns more calories per minute than running (60% MHR), rowing or stationary bicycle. It's pretty gnarly and it's the cardio of choice for MMA fighters trying to make weight.

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:46 PM

If getting a rower, don't slum and go in any direction other than Concept. Shop around and you may get lucky, but they are worth even paying the full price. I also agree with Jake A's post about the AirDyne. Those things are pretty nasty.

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:33 PM

just looked on craiglist and in my area there are two airdynes for sale. One at 250 and the other is 175.

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:29 PM

FYI I saw a model C on craigslist once for $50. Be careful those things go FAST! And they are really easy to fix up even if small parts are broken.

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:28 PM

so tempted to do the CRASH-Bs this year....

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1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:32 PM

If you are looking for just a workout and not rowing-specific, pick up a Schwinn AirDyne. Cheaper than a concept2 erg and it's called "Satan's Trycicle" for a reason.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on November 28, 2011
at 06:33 PM

just looked on craiglist and in my area there are two airdynes for sale. One at 250 and the other is 175.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on November 28, 2011
at 08:08 PM

after a Tabata on the AirDyne I almost dropped to the floor. I would say that your heart rate monitor is telling you exactly what's up!

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

(1669)

on November 28, 2011
at 07:21 PM

AidDyne (as far as my heart rate monitor tells me) burns more calories per minute than running (60% MHR), rowing or stationary bicycle. It's pretty gnarly and it's the cardio of choice for MMA fighters trying to make weight.

Ba20b502cf02b5513ea8c4bb2740d8cb

(1669)

on November 28, 2011
at 10:54 PM

Damn! Tabata on an AirDyne sounds like a killer workout...

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

(2178)

on December 20, 2011
at 01:15 PM

UPDATE: done and done! got a cheap old airdyne thru craigslist and that thing is pretty great. did Tabata and thought i was going to DIE. it's that good :)

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on December 20, 2011
at 02:04 PM

That's awesome!

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I'll chime in really quickly (sitting in class right now). I was a pretty successful college rower and I currently coach collegiate rowing... let me suggest a couple things:

  1. Concept2 although pricey, is THE BEST erg you will be able to buy. It's virtually indestructible, reliable, and the closest thing to rowing on the water. It has been used for ages and is still used today. Now, I don't suggest that you go spending $1k on an erg. Check craigslist or other local classifieds you might be able to find an earlier model (B,C) for much cheaper.

  2. Once you get the said erg I would really dedicate some quality time on achieving the proper technique. I've seen too many people get hurt when they should not.

  3. In February all around the nation there are events called Erg Sprints. I'd google one close to you, if you want something to train for. It's a TON of fun :).

Hope that helps. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on November 28, 2011
at 06:46 PM

If getting a rower, don't slum and go in any direction other than Concept. Shop around and you may get lucky, but they are worth even paying the full price. I also agree with Jake A's post about the AirDyne. Those things are pretty nasty.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on November 28, 2011
at 06:28 PM

so tempted to do the CRASH-Bs this year....

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on November 28, 2011
at 06:29 PM

FYI I saw a model C on craigslist once for $50. Be careful those things go FAST! And they are really easy to fix up even if small parts are broken.

A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

(321)

on January 22, 2013
at 05:37 PM

I bought a used Model A (!!!) with the bicycle wheel and it was seriously awesome. I used it for a year and sold it for what I paid (close to $300). Now I'm in the market for an Airdyne, ouch.

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:34 PM

You should balance your hormones and dim your lights as it gets dark out. You should not have more energy at night. If those don't help, look into an adrenal support complex. If you're fatigued all day but wake up after about 6pm, that's a sign (one of many) of adrenal fatigue. Otherwise, just keep trying to become regular with your energy. Don't consume stimulants or caffeine after 4:00. Try not to have an energizing meal too late in the evening. Just a suggestion, don't mind me...

76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on November 28, 2011
at 07:54 PM

I wouldn't say that I have more energy at night or that my energy levels are uneven, but just that they refuse to die down as it gets later.

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on November 28, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Crossfit has many excellent rowing demos here:

http://www.crossfit.com/cf-info/excercise.html#Row

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