I have put a lot of thought into what my goals are and what I want my training to look like for Beach 2 Battleship in October. My fitness level going into this training cycle is much stronger than it was at this time last year and I am excited about what I can do in this distance. With that being said, I also have SO MANY things on my plate this summer with work and personal travel and other races. My number one priority is to balance everything, but still go into the day on October 20th knowing that I am fully prepared to race at a high level (for me).
With all that being said, I have decided to use a flexible training plan until 12 weeks out from the race. What I mean by that is I have really been “training” (without a schedule) for about 3 months now. I have been doing anywhere from 6-11 hours of swim, bike, run every week, depending on travel, races, etc.
Instead of jumping into a structured plan now, and risk getting burned out before October, I have decided to continue to do what I am doing until the 11 week point, then start a more regimented schedule. In a way, it aligns with the training plan that I will be using because the first 8 weeks consist of “base phase” and at 12-weeks, the “build phase” begins.
Why I Like Rowing
Rowing is one of the best ways to get fit. It strengthens muscles and is a great aerobic activity. A rowing machine is said to be the best fitness machine for strength and cardiovascular fitness. It is less expensive and provides efficient and effective workout that helps build all muscles of your body including arms, legs and back.
Benefits of rowing machine
If you have been wondering about the benefits of a rowing machine, they are numerous. The best rowing machine can provide you with a total body workout, and this is what many people are looking for. When you use a rowing machine, you will be getting a workout that really pumps your heart. This will affect your entire body and is really a great workout. With a rowing machine, you are using your arms and legs, and this is what many experts recommend.
It is still considered a low impact workout, because you are not doing any pounding movements that cause stress on your joints. If you have any knee or joint problems than a rowing machine can provide you with a great alternative to high impact workouts.
Another one of the great rowing machine benefits is that it is fun. It can almost feel like you are in water, and this is a great way to experience a workout that does not feel like work. When you are doing a workout that you enjoy, it will help you stick to it, and this can be the motivation you need to be successful.
There are many rowing machine benefits, and if you are looking for a fun, easy way to get in shape and stay healthy, this may be the workout for you. You do not have to do high impact exercises to see results. You will quickly learn that a workout can be fun, and maybe something you even look forward to.
Purchasing a rowing machine in UK
However it is not very practical to always launch a boat or skiff. So how about considering the purchase of a rowing machine? You may want to start by looking at all of the rowing machines that are available in UK. You may be surprised at the differences. The best rowing machines can be found by looking at many of them and giving you some time to note the differences.
Here are some of my rowing machine recommendations.
- If you’re on a limited budget, then consider the Stamina Body Trac Glider. It sells for under $200 yet is constructed with a ball bearing roller system and adjustable cylinder resistance arms. It mimics the movement of oars in the water and therefore provides great overall results. The unit also includes a multi-functional fitness monitor. If your space is limited, this unit is great because the arms can fold inward when not in use. It also includes a comfortable molded seat and features a full one year warranty.
- If you want more durability and features, the BodyCraft VR100 rowing machine may be just what you are looking for. It has a compact design and high quality construction. With 44 inches of travel from the pedals it will accommodate almost anyone. It has six levels of resistance. The first level is air resistance and levels 2 – 6 are based on air and magnetic resistance. The contoured ergonomic seat glides effortlessly along a high quality track, and the frame is guaranteed for life.
- For the utmost in features and durability, consider the Water Rower S4 natural rowing machine. It will set you back around $1,000 but it’s worth it if you can afford it. It includes the following;
- A performance monitor with many user friendly features. It can display workout intensity, stroke rate, heart rate, zone bar, duration, and distance. High quality wood frame construction with ball bearing movements. The resistance settings are easily adjusted and customized to your particular workout routine.