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    Quote Originally Posted by recoveringcma View Post
    Wikipedia has an entry under vo2 max. Look it up. (I can't post links).

    Rowing and cross-country skiing produce athletes capable of amazing cardio outputs. If you think erging isn't an integral part of of a rower's workout, you would be gravely mistaken.

    "New Zealand sculler Rob Waddell has one of the highest absolute VO2 max levels ever tested"
    And black belt in judo.
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    What are you after? Areboic fitness, anarobic fitness, heart health or just plain old burning cals. If your just after burning cals rowing is a good way to go, in part due to the elevated amount of cals you will still be burning after you are done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodlun View Post
    What are you after? Areboic fitness, anarobic fitness, heart health or just plain old burning cals. If your just after burning cals rowing is a good way to go, in part due to the elevated amount of cals you will still be burning after you are done.
    I'm after aerobic/heart fitness, with minimal joint impact -- for anaerobic, I don't think you can beat weights. Its my understanding that aerobic exercise, particularly high intensity exercise, improves heart rate as well as your maximal oxygen uptake. I think heart health is a bit more complicated overall, in that it involves dietary factors and different kinds of testing measurements other than VO2 max, like heart rate variability. Genrally tho, I've heard that aerobic exercise has more beneficial impact on the heart than aerobic training.

    As for burning calories after a rowing workout, not sure whether that would be any different than say, running on a treadmill. I've also heard conflicting stories about whether aerobic or lifting leaves you burning calories longer post exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cassius View Post
    Using an air fan type rower:

    Set the rower on its highest resistance level. Row a 5k as fast as you can. A good first goal to set is sub 20 minutes.

    Report back when you've tried this.
    I'll give it a try, and compare it with 20 minutes fast as I can on an elliptical.

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    Personally I want a decent water routine.
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    I would think a HITT routine using the Rower would work out well for what your looking for,

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    Thanks -- I've been doing some reading on High Intensity Interval Training. Sounds a little counterintuitive if you're used to the view that long stretches of endurance exercise is the best cardiovascular training, but there's enough solid rsrch that I think its worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CapnMunchh View Post
    Thanks -- I've been doing some reading on High Intensity Interval Training. Sounds a little counterintuitive if you're used to the view that long stretches of endurance exercise is the best cardiovascular training, but there's enough solid rsrch that I think its worth a try.
    As much as I don't want to ever point someone towards Sherdog, their strength and conditioning forum has a conditioning thread with a really good post that explains the energy systems in the body and what kind of cardio (long n slow vs intervals vs whatever) builds what systems.

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