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No Sweat !

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:53 pm
by portoman
Hi

Whenever I use my indoor rower I never seem to sweat and it's frustrating me, as if I was running or cycling I would be! I've been doing intervals lasting for about 15 minutes, consisting of 1-2 minute warm up and then one minute steady/one minute fast etc. At the end my mouth is dry and I'm out of breath a bit, but I'm not sweaty.

Am i doing something wrong - I usually row on setting 7 or 8 (of 10) on my rower.

Thanks

Re: No Sweat !

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:41 pm
by plummy
Hi Portoman. Interesting one - decades ago I could go for a long run and barely sweat, play badminton or squash exactly the same and even when I started rowing I sweated very little. Now, it's very different but I rarely row less than 10km.

I would consider 15 minutes as just the warm up and if I was only going steady would not be anything more than "glistening" by then.

I think if you extend the time you'll find it changes but it also must have a bearing on how hard you are rowing (not necessarily the damper setting as that will vary from machine to machine depending on how clean the fan cage is).

You will find that the vast majority here will say that the damper of 7~8 is "wrong" and 10 "very wrong". On a clean machine you should be looking at 3~5 as a setting unless maybe doing flat out sprints.

Plummy

Re: No Sweat !

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:24 pm
by paulgould
I have found that the lower the DF(drag factor) the more I sweat - I have recently lowered the DF I row on quite significantly and find I am sweating buckets, and at a slower pace.
As for what the correct Damper setting is, I believe the one you are comfortable with is the right one so experiment a bit and find the setting that feels best - for some it is 3/4 and others prefer 9/10.

Paul G

Re: No Sweat !

Posted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:57 pm
by portoman
Okay, so maybe try it on a lower setting but perform the same routine? I'll give it a go yes !

Re: No Sweat !

Posted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 9:13 pm
by paulgould
As Plummy suggested, maybe do some longer steady state sessions - I think you will work up much more of a sweat than doing intervals.

Paul G