Make the rowing machine help you!
There are certain things on the Concept2 Rowing Machine that you can adjust. Do you know what they are?
Check out this video to find out what you can change and a brief intro into what the optimal settings and adjustments are.
Check out my other videos to see more in depth into certain areas.
This question gets asked a lot in clinic.
You had some tingling in your leg, or maybe just serious back discomfort that wasn't going away. You went to the surgeon, they told you the only way to fix it is, surgery. So...you get the surgery...but now what?
First, hopefully the surgery helped and your pain has decreased. If not, please reach out to me or a physical therapist in your area...we can help!
Second, yes, you can row! Many people row after back surgeries. Everyone is a little different on what they had done, what their symptoms were, and if the symptoms are gone or not, but this video covers a little bit about what you can do to get back to rowing and things to pay attention to that I commonly see.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
I see this question WAY TOO OFTEN...and it isn't your fault.
Our healthcare system is failing us and scaring people into inactivity. I am here to tell you that your body can take way more than you think it can and, yes, please move, row, workout, whatever it is. Do so slowly and work your way into it, but our body wants movement. Also, if you had surgery, your body is "fixed". Just because it gets a little sore, doesn't necessarily mean it is hurting something. It just got cut into!
Watch the video to learn more.
Do you get pain in the front of your rib, or maybe back by the spine or behind the shoulder blade? This is often the cause of a rib not being perfectly happy. This can happen for a variety of reasons. However here is a little insight into why it might be happening and some things you can try on and off the rowing machine or boat to help.
Often, we are sitting most of the day, then we row, which is still sitting, but involves sitting and a repetitive motion in one plane of motion, meaning forward and backward. There isn't rotation, which we normally do in our day. So certain muscles are working on overdrive and others not as much. So if we teach certain muscles to stabilize while in that position, that can help. Additionally, there are other things you can do.
Check out the video for demo and more information on the 4 things you can try.
Comment below if you have any questions.
Sciatica is super common, and even common in rowers. The rowing position requires our body to be active for a longer period of consistent repetitive movements that require our entire body to work. Additionally, the movement can put a lot of strain on our nervous system.
Check out the video to see some tips and tricks you can try to help with your symptoms and rowing.
While form is super important, it's almost important to know how to adapt the machine to work for you!
This is a short video to show a tip you can try while rowing if you have some heel or shin pain. This also works if you have limited ankle mobility.
More to come in upcoming weeks on heel pain and things you can try. Follow the blog to learn more.
In this video I show you what the screen looks like and what the buttons do. This is a brief overview and a more in depth video will be coming explaining why these numbers are important.
Watch the video to learn about the numbers and what they mean.
Everyone is a little different. Some of us are short, some of us are tall, some of us have bellies, some don't have hip or ankle mobility, etc. We are all unique and different.
Instead of just walking up to the rowing machine, make the machine work better for you by adjusting the things you can adjust.
One of the things you can adjust is the foot placement on the rowing machine. Here is how to adjust the concept 2's foot placement to work best for you. Watch the video to find out how to change it and what you are looking for when you change it.
Amanda Painter is the Rowing Doc. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is here to help people stay active and rowing without aches and pains so they can keep doing what they love!