Ever wonder where you should put your feet on the rowing machine?
Or how about should you push through your heels, toes, etc?
This post takes care of those questions.
Gives the optimal positioning for where to push through your feet when rowing. Even gives some info if you walk duck footed and what you can do for that.
If you are more curious about how to setup the machine so your feet are in a good position, check out this video here.
Once you know the good setup position, watch this video below to know where to push through your legs and feet when rowing.
This is a great question that I got the other day. I actually went looking to see if anyone else was addressing this issue, and only found one post on it. So...I decided I would make a video with the pros and cons of some typical shoe types I see people rowing in.
I made this video, and within hours, had someone post a picture of their bloody scraped up heel/ankle from rowing in hiking boots. It's funny, because I didn't even think to mention hiking boots in my video, so I will address that here....not a great idea.
Hiking boots don't allow for a lot of movement, they are designed to keep your foot and ankle stiff so when you are walking on uneven surfaces, you can last longer. However, on a rowing machine, you want to have motion. So your heel will be trying to create motion at the foot and ankle, and the hiking boot will try and limit it, hence unhappy feet at the end of it.
Check out the video for other shoe tips and what is ideal to wear on the rowing machine and why.
Are you using the rowing machine as a form of cardio for weight-loss? Or maybe you are just out of shape, like me, and have a bit of belly or thicker thighs. I do. I am a size 16 pants. I can't even get that size in a normal store...which is another ridiculous story, but still. I am by no means a stick figure or a model. I can't get into that amazing "perfect" position for rowing for a few reasons. One, I have a belly and thighs. Two, I have had three ankle surgeries. But...I still rowed in college at a D1 school, even after three surgeries. I row now! I don't let it stop me. However, there are some things we can do on the machine to help us out.
Check out the video to see what I mean.
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.
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!