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  1. You should focus on building a strong aerobic base. Go on long runs, bike rides, swim, anything that gets your heart pumping; you should be working for about 40-60 minutes, at a comfortable pace (don't go all out and quit halfway through). Like Malenfant said, your legs are the main power source for rowing. Do some squat jumps, box jumps, and hill sprints to get your quads ready for the punishment. Also, make sure you're working your core, as the entire force of your legs is transferred through your back, and you won't go anywhere if you're flopping around in the boat like a noodle.
  2. I am completely in on this. I've logged about 700km since January, but 4000km is some good motivation to get me on the erg more.
  3. I love it. Their Nutrition section is pretty solid, too. A little bit CW, but good basic info.
  4. I had a pair of Skullcandy earbuds (Fixd, I think) that worked pretty well. They had a bit of a hook on them so they sat well in your ear, and the sound was good. I think they were $40.
  5. Eat Move Improve has been running a handstand clinic of sorts for the past few weeks. I'm following it very loosely, but there are some good tips that helped me get started.
  6. Pretty sure canola oil isn't paleo...
  7. I figured on that much. Should I change my training (cut out Starting Strength?) with this in mind? I don't want to lose a ton of strength, and I know I can gain it back at a lower weight.
  8. I never thought I'd be saying this, but I need to lose weight. I'm 6'2", 200lb, 10-15%bf (tape-measured), so I'm not exactly overweight, but in order to be competitive as a rower, I need to be around 185. For the mathematically lazy, I need to lose 20 pounds. I'm eating paleo, lifting heavy 2x weekly, sprinting 2-3x weekly, and doing ~1hr steady state cardio 5x weekly, which I plan on increasing. My estimated calorie expenditure is 4,000kcal/day, and I'm aiming for 3,500 to start. I read Lyle McDonald's series on cutting while training, and used eatthismuch.com to rough in my meals. Am I missi
  9. I have a ridiculous amount of extra time lately, all of which has gone into training. I just joined a real gym (for the first time ever) and they have all the equipment I could ever ask for, including kettlebells. My primary training focus is rowing (I want to gain some serious speed and become recruitable for college). Now I'm doing: 40-80 min steady-state cardio, 5x/week Starting Strength, 2x/week (might push it to three) interval sprints, 4-5x/week bodyweight circuits 3x/week (might lower number/replace) I know kettlebells are good for the posterior chain, which can always use more work, a
  10. I have head-to-toe Under Armour for rowing when it gets into mid-October (which equals 45-50º days around here). It's been rained on, splashed, and soaked completely through, and I stay nice and warm regardless. It's kinda touch to justify at $40/piece, but it's 100% worth it. Also, the new "Fitted" Cold Gear works a lot better than the old skin-tight stuff.
  11. I think the Baoding balls (at least some) are specially weighted and designed for the exercise. I have a set that I pick up on occasion, but I haven't used them regularly enough to notie any benefits. If you're worried about wasting money, I'd look at some other options first.
  12. I liken crap food to smoking—it may be appealing in the moment, but you know damn well that the long-term consequences (or even the immediate post-consumption ones) far outweigh any benefits. Once you've been eating healthy for long enough, even the "good" foods no longer have any appeal—until then, it's just about telling yourself it isn't worth it. Still, you'll slip occasionally. Everybody does. The first thing is to just stop eating the junk (duh). Don't under-eat to try and make up for anything—you'll recover much faster working out at 100%. Make sure to hydrate, and make some ginger or p
  13. How were you running? If you're using either a mid-foot or fore-foot strike, it's pretty common to have some calf soreness afterwards, even from a short run. If you were heel-striking, you might have shin soreness from that. I've had it come and go in the past—never really figured out the cause, but it goes away with some stretching and a little time. I wouldn't be worried about shin splints after the first workout, but if there is actual pain (not just soreness) or anything that severely impedes your workouts, it's time to take another look.
  14. I lift alone, so the embarrassment isn't a factor (I shame myself enough when I fall out of a squat). The worst part for me (at 150#) is rolling the bar over my hipbones. Otherwise, I can't sit up, so I just end up stuck in a weird crunch with the bar in my belly.
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