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  1. Ashley
    May 1, 2013

    I randomly tried out for the novice NCAA rowing team at Michigan state and made it in college. Never rowed a day in my life before. Then magically I was this super fit rowing ( erging is the indoor machines to us) twice a day inside and out rowing tanks. Strength training 2-3 times a week with coaches …leg pressing over 400 lbs on one leg 7x…

    I loved running because rowing was miserable even as a big ten NCAA athlete. I understand your hate lol

  2. Chelsea
    May 1, 2013

    The last time I was on the rowing machines I got blisters, and when they popped I cried.

    Moral of the story: I’m a total wuss, and way impressed with your rowing ability! πŸ™‚
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  3. Jenny
    May 1, 2013

    Why don’t you post about food anymore? πŸ™

  4. Jane @ Not Plain So Jane
    May 2, 2013

    My gym is now offering underwater rowing classes. You even have to wear a snorkel mask. Ha, sounds interesting!
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  5. Allie
    May 2, 2013

    The only other kind of race I’ve ever competed in is your worst nightmare – I was a rower (4 years in high school and a year in college). If you think 800 meters is bad, you should try an hour of power (most meters rowed in an hour wins). Rough. But all you need to remember is this mantra – legs back arms, arms back legs.

    Think of it like this: you’re in your catch position (all the way forward – legs bent, arms extended, your back is straight, not hunched, and leaning forward). First, without moving your arms or back, just straighten your legs. Now, your legs are straight, you’re still leaning forward, and your arms are still straight out. Next – back. Go from leaning slightly forward to leaning slightly back. Last – Arms. Pull your arms to your chest. You should almost hit yourself in the chest with the handle right at the bottom of your sports bra.

    Then, reverse it. Arms go straight. Then you lean forward. Then you bend your knees and come up to the catch again. Legs-back-arms, arms-back legs. Practice it really slowly at first, and it’ll start to come naturally. And don’t worry – even rowers hate the erg (rowing machine).

  6. Libbi
    May 2, 2013

    i am also a hater of the row. I “think” you may be short (I am too). Rowing really is a power movement for people 5’7″ or above and for those of us who aren’t that height, it’s always going to be a struggle. I went to a rowing clinic back in November that made it kind of better, but of course I took some time off and now I’m dead in the water.

  7. Ellen
    May 2, 2013

    Yes: legs back arms, arms back legs!! Only one body part moves at a time. Really. Take it slow, focus on what part of your body you’re moving, and do it one step at a time. Once you get the feel of it (it feels jerky at first) start going a little faster.
    Also, you can think of rowing as an explosive movement, like a clean. Try to push off your feet so that your butt lifts off the seat a little.
    I think of running and rowing as taking similar mental effort. Just keep practicing with the rowing movement!

  8. Ellen
    May 2, 2013

    Also, rowing ability has nothing to do with height! Its like saying you can’t deadlift because you’re short. Doesn’t make any difference. Someone could even argue that because you’re short you don’t have to pick up the weight as high!

  9. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    May 2, 2013

    I used to compete in spelling bees and even made it to the regionals of my state. But there I met up with people who studied the dictionary, which was my downfall. My good spelling came from reading a lot.

    A beauty pageant in high school sounds interesting! I would have been terrified, though.
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  10. Andrea R.
    May 2, 2013

    I did my first crossfit competition last fall! I was a COMPLETE newbie and thought I would feel so out of my league… but it was great! everyone was so super supportive and cheering me on. They knew I was new, and even the other teams there (not from my box) were cheering me when I got a new Deadlift pr (eventhough it was like 100+ lbs less than the others!) and were excited for me anyways! it IS like running… just like runners like other runners out there working hard… crossfitters like other crossfitters who are pushing themselves and kicking A$$!! You should definitely give it a shot just to see how you like it!!

    Also– being a runner myself— i want to KILL the rowing machine. i cannot express my hatred for it. Yet… i guess it is a Love/Hate. Because it NEVER FAILS to give me the greatest workout and make me panting for air and muscles scream!! ((it also seems to give me “butt burn” ?? anyone else get this??))
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  11. Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife
    May 2, 2013

    I hate rowing too! It is so stupid. I’d run any day! haha. I’m not ready to do any competitions yet either. I can’t even do a WOD RX’d on a regular basis… so until then no competitions!
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  12. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    May 2, 2013

    I survived my first mud run this past weekend–does that count? πŸ˜‰ In college, I took two semesters of Russian (not by choice!), and every spring, there was a “Russian Olympics” hosted at a nearby school. Let’s just say the atmosphere was a bit different than that of a road race or triathlon.
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  13. Meghan @ After the Ivy League
    May 2, 2013

    I recently tried the rowing machine at the gym for the first time, and I kind of loved it! I liked the whole concept of working your upper body but still getting cardio in, plus it made me feel badass as I imagined myself on a Harvard crew team or something hahah (totally would never happen but still). Running on the other hand…it’s something I’ve “learned” to love haha
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  14. Emily N
    May 2, 2013

    Hearing you talk about CF competitions make me realize that you are ABSOLUTELY going to do one in the future. You have talked the same way about an Ironman, just saying…
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  15. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
    May 2, 2013

    I def see a CrossFit comp in your future πŸ˜‰ I love the rowing machine. LOVE. It is my favorite cardio after running.
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  16. Karen @ Runner Girl Eats
    May 2, 2013

    I def see a CrossFit comp in your future πŸ˜‰ I love the rowing machine. LOVE. It is my favorite cardio after running.
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  17. Courtney
    May 2, 2013

    I was a competitive gymnast for ten years, so I competed plenty with that, as well as competitive diver for a season in high school. After spending a decade teaching myself to land on my feet no matter what, diving ended up to be QUITE the challenge. πŸ˜›
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  18. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
    May 2, 2013

    I was a cheerleader (still coaching) so I’ve been to a ton of competitions. I was always SO nervous right before we’d take the mat, but then once I got on the floor and started, I just got into the zone and did my thing! It’s such a rush, I love it!

    I just started CrossFit and I’m loving it so far. My box is so supportive and I love learning new lifts… but it’s also extremely frustrating when I can’t do something correctly. Very humbling πŸ™‚
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  19. Holly
    May 2, 2013

    I feel you on the rowing machine! I can’t seem to find a way to go any faster than I currently row. Unlike you, I don’t think I have the rhythm down yet with the legs, back, arms. We’ll get there!

    I actually just participated in my first CrossFit Competition this past weekend. It was a team event and although I had no idea what to expect and was worried that I hadn’t ‘trained’ enough, I loved every second of it! It pushed me beyond my comfort zone and left me feeling an incredible high. It was also a great bonding experience with the teams from my box. It was also a great place to get new inspiration. Whatever your goals are, you’ll find someone who inspires you to reach them. I’d highly recommend it!

  20. Karla @ Run, Karla, Run!
    May 2, 2013

    I was a college rower. LOVED being in a boat on the water, HATED the erg. It’s a torture device. But keep at it and you’ll get the feeling of the stroke. It’s about leveraging the power in your lower body. Your legs do most of the work and your back and arms finish the stroke. It makes more sense in a boat when you have an oar in your hands that’s literally acting as a lever. But if nothing else, think of the CRAZY calories you’re burning on the erg!
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  21. Amanda
    May 2, 2013

    I used to show horses in high school and a bit in college. Luckily I had some great trainers/coaches to teach me the ropes.
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  22. Ashley
    May 2, 2013

    I was a competitive gymnast for ~15 years and I dove and played varsity tennis in high school. Quite the little athlete. Gymnastics meets were a lot like beauty pageants in that we spent hours doing out hair and makeup (and covering ourselves in glitter!) haha. But I love competition, always have, always will.
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  23. Molly
    May 2, 2013

    I go to Orange Theory and they incorporate rowing into every workout. I knew I wasn’t doing it right, and I knew I was forming bad habits…. that is until I watched the video Tina (CarrotsnCake) uploaded on her blog about proper rowing. It helped a lot. Especially the part that talked about starting out NOT strapped in. Totally worth the watch! Made me appreciate it more. Hope that helps!
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  24. Beth @ Running with the Sunrise
    May 2, 2013

    Kudos to you for sticking through the row workout even after bonking. It takes a lot of mental fortitude to keep going in conditions like that. Dang, Ash is strong! Wish I could do that. πŸ™‚ I haven’t really done much competing athletically, but back in high school I was a huge choir nerd and did voice and show choir (yes, I lived out Glee before it was cool) competitions. And yes, a beauty pageant totally counts. πŸ™‚
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  25. Natalie @ Free Range Human
    May 2, 2013

    I actually competed in a cooking competition that my town had a few years ago. That was fun! I also did a beauty pageant in high school, but let’s not talk about that… πŸ™‚
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  26. Annette @FitnessPerks
    May 2, 2013

    AWwww those twins are so cute!

    Way to finish the WOD though!
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  27. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions
    May 2, 2013

    I played the trumpet from fifth grade through my senior year of college, and in middle and high school I was all up in the Solo & Ensemble scene. It was pretty low key in middle school, but in high school you could qualify at regionals to go to state, so it was a little more intense (emphasis on little haha). I made it to state my sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school (and actually had a pretty miserable experience at state each year haha). I guess S&E was really a lot like road races in that everyone is there to do his or her best — no one “wins,” and I feel like for most road racers, they’re more concerned with doing their personal best than being the best runner at the race. Although in road races, no one quizzes you on technique and form like they do at S&E…always my downfall!
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  28. Courtney
    May 2, 2013

    Rowing in my nemesis! Damn these short legs!

    (FYI: Heavier, taller people ALWAYS have the advantage on the rower!)
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  29. Jamie at Sometimes Healthy Living Blog
    May 2, 2013

    I haven’t competed in anything besides a plain old road race since high school! Back then, it was tennis meets, but those were hardly competitive. I became best friends with many of my opponents!

    I was thinking of entering a cupcake baking competition…
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  30. candice@hungrymotherrunner
    May 2, 2013

    I’m totally with you on rowing! I don’t mind short distance in rounds but anything past 500m is pushing it.
    I remember reading janaes blog {HRG} did a rowing workout and went 10,000 m!
    I would never… my back would hate me!
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  31. Ashlee
    May 2, 2013

    You are too sweet!!! I had so much fun on Monday! One tip for the rower that helped me take 10 seconds off of my 500 meters: the entire time I row I think “legs, arms,arms,legs” at first it will slow you down but just keep repeating it in your head and you will get it! Maybe one day we can compete together!!
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  32. Carissa @Fit2Flex
    May 2, 2013

    I dont love rowing either. How is it not boring! But when I’m trying to not run I have to and recently did a 5k 2 days in a row. I was proud…and bored!
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  33. Becky @ runfundone
    May 2, 2013

    I’ve never been on a rowing machine, but I believe that I feel about pull-ups the way that you feel about rowing. Hate it. Hate. it. So much!
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  34. Kaitie
    May 2, 2013

    I have yet to try rowing, but am dying to give it a whack. Oh, and in high school, I was totally a mathlete. And won several times πŸ˜‰
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  35. Carli
    May 2, 2013

    I think crossfit is intimidating. Period. It might help if we had a box around here and I could actually see it. But reading about it on everyone’s blog makes me feel like it would be a little tough for me.
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