Ever wonder what the thing is on the side of the rowing machine and what the numbers mean?
I have seen post after post on Facebook groups of people asking what setting to use. And what annoys me is that the first response is always...look at the buffer setting...the damper doesn't matter. Well, what the heck is a buffer setting? I am trying to figure out what the thing on the side is...(damper setting). What annoys me about it is that as a healthcare professional, I am used to explaining things really simply for people. Not only that, but to be completely honest, I don't have an amazing vocabulary. Granted, I know what these two words mean, but most people don't. It's like learning a new language....
One day someone was trying to teach me some words in Spanish. They tried to teach me, "who", "what", "when", "where", "why", "the bathroom", and some others...well, you know what I walked away with?
"Que, el bano"...which translates into..."what, the bathroom". If you teach people too much at once, sometimes we get confused. So rowing is a new language. Slide, damper, buffer, catch, drive, recovery, SPM, split, etc... Why do people assume that when someone asks a question, they want a more complicated answer? Sometimes we need to learn the basics, get an understanding, and then learn the more complicated version of it.
So, since I tend to explain movement patterns, and body mechanics, and injuries really simply to patients, I think I am pretty good at explaining things to those trying to learn. So, I put together a video explaining the damper setting. It can be complicated, or we can start simple. So here is the simple... hope it helps!
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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!