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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.
  15. Same question. I'm not a pro, but I could probably work a few things up.
  16. At this point, I am conversational in French, and I can get by in Spanish. I really want to learn German and Khmer (Cambodian). I picked up a couple of Khmer phrases spending three weeks in Cambodia, and I really want to go back with a few more words under my belt.
  17. The scale is a cruel mistress. I've had my weight shift by as much as 8lbs over a couple of days, without any noticeable physical differences. There are so many factors involved—water retention, stomach/intestine contents, hydration level, muscle vs. fat mass—that weight becomes a very unreliable barometer of health (especially as you become more fit). Have a look in the mirror—if you're happy (or happier than last week), you're just fine.
  18. P90X is great if you want to look good (and you define good as "skinny with some weird muscle-ish things.") I've had a few friends start it, and all of them quit within the first month. A barbell would have you (and him) looking better with the added bonus of being able to toss the P90Xers around the beach like a frisbee. I'll pull out the old Mark Twight quote: "Appearance is the consequence of fitness." Get some strength, and you'll never look better.
  19. Can you tell I try really hard to come up with names for these? Anyway, I just want to put my squat here (255#) to make sure everything is where it should be. I struggled with 235# for a while until I fixed my form, so I'm wondering if there are other changes to be made.
  20. It's happened to me a few times. I've been primal for over 6 months now, and I still get the occasional ravenous craving for all things flour-based. Sometimes, it's just a case of nothing else in the house, so I eat one thing, and then use that as an excuse for another, and on and on... Recently, they've been coming less and less frequently, and I can avoid them almost entirely, so long as I stay full on paleo-approved food.
  21. Another rower?! Finally! I've been so lonely on here... You'll definitely get a better workout on a university team. Who will you be rowing for? I'm not headed to university until next year, but that just means more training time. That's about right. Don't worry, you'll have no problem pounding down the calories after a week or so.
  22. Is anyone actually surprised that someone who weighs 200lb burns less than someone who weighs 300lb? I suppose having actual data and formulae is useful, but it doesn't exactly seem like groundbreaking information. Also, one scientist essentially said the findings just supported what they already knew.
  23. This. I've rowed for four years, and until this winter, my diet was all over the place. When I started training harder, I needed more food to maintain that level. I went paleo, and since then, my performance has exploded. If you're not serious about performance, you may not need to worry about your diet, but if you are, it's foolish to think what you eat is unimportant.
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