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Posted in Concept II,Gym Strength by Mike on February 19, 2008

Nothing too serious but it felt pretty good.

Concept II – Vent closed
1,000 meters crusie (sub 2:15)
5oo Sprint (sub 1:50)
X 3
500 meters cooldown
Total 5,000 meters

275 5 X 5

Hanging Knee Raise 2 X 10
Hanging Leg Raise 1 X 10

Reverse flies (using rubber tubing of unknown resistance)
3 X 20

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  1. brent said,

    something i’ve been wondering about

    i might be completely off here but the c2 rower at Rip’s gym has a kind of large dial on the vent that goes from 1-10 – is this how you open and close the vents?

    if so, and this is going to be an insanely dumb question but, what’s the difference between having the vent open or closed? i’ve tried it on 1 and 10 and i don’t think i can feel any difference, if at all, am i just not rowing correctly or am i being ridiculously ignorant right now

  2. Chris Rice said,

    #1 should feel much easier than 10. 1 feels like you are rowing a very light racing shell and 10 feels like a big old row boat. Now if you just take a couple easy pulls, you won’t feel the difference because it air resistance and the harder you spin the wheel, the more difference you create. If there’s no difference when you row hard – something must be broken.

  3. Mike said,

    It’s like the man says, sorta.
    I’m rowing on a model B so there are no numbers for me to go by. I assume “vent closed” for me = 10 but I don’t know. I knew once from a crossfit article Chris linked to me, but I’ve forgotten.

    For me, I don’t feel like one is harder than the other, they tend to take on different aspects, the open position requires more pulling cause it slows down quicker, the closed requires less pulling but the pull is heavier but it keeps it’s speed.

  4. Chris Rice said,

    I could write up a great big article to explain it but Concept 2 has already done it on their website. Check it out there. If you just think about a sleek light boat and a stubby heavy boat – that’s a pretty good comparison. You can put 100% effort into rowing either boat but they will “feel” completely different.

  5. brent said,

    that’s actually pretty cool – admittedly i haven’t really rowed a significant distance or very strenuously, all i’ve really done is like 500m every once in a while as part of my warm up on extremely cold days

    the way it’s designed sounds really, really cool, though

  6. Chris Rice said,

    The Concept 2 rowers are quite a concept actually. Along with being a great training tool – they also have World Wide Competitions that you can do. It’s well worth your time to go visit their website and dig around a while. In the comfort of your own home, you can compare yourself to the guy that won the Gold Medal in the last Olympics etc – how cool is that? And my honest opinion is that it may be the best way to lose significant amounts of body weight due to the total lack of impact forces involved – a serious problem for many with overstressed knees etc.

  7. Mike said,

    I agree with Chris 100%

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