HIT rowing

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  • With my age at 70 and my wife at 66 coupled with a large garden and a sedentary cat and the shops so far away we have to use the car, our life takes on struggle sometimes. We have found that with our trusty rowing machine we can do a warm up/warm down plus the interval training in about 15 mins a few of the other exercises then a few hours gardening has helped enormously.
    Has anybody else been surprised as us with this Fast System!

    I also do HIT rowing. I try to do 2 or 3 HIT sessions on my rowing machine per week. I do 1 min warm up and one min HIT until 15 mins and then add 5 mins reg rowing or get to 3 k (which ever comes first). I love it and it makes a difference. If I do not have access to a rowing machine I sprint out doors or on a treadmill.

    I have started doing a HIT workout on our rowing machine. I do a slow warm up for 1 minute then 20 secs of hard rowing followed by 10 seconds of gentle, barely moving. I do this for 8 cycles. It gets my heart rate up to about 80% of max which I’ve read is right for my age (67). Would it be OK to do this a couple of times in a day (not necessarily every day though)?

    Just as an update, I have continued with the HIT rowing, Tabata style, two to three times a week, though had 10 days off when we went on holiday. I have found that now I can manage more strokes per 20 seconds (20-22) than before (18-19) and my heart rate now reaches 94% of max. I assume this means my aerobic capacity is improving but don’t have the equipment to measure it. I can say, though, that I always feel invigorated afterwards (and warm for some time!) and I feel quite fit and lean so it must be doing something for me. I also fast twice a week (5:2).

    I started the 5:2 3 weeks ago and have lost just under 4kg. On fast days I do interval sessions on the C2 rowing machine. These can be 6x500m with 3 min rest in between or 10x250m with 2 min rest. Both are killer workouts but I’m a rower and like to compete. Obviously weight is an issue in rowing in a boat and I’m amazed at the speed of weight loss and muscle retention. I tend to only have one meal in the evening around 7pm and will do the workout on the ergometer at around 5pm so i can satisfy my appetite afterwards. On non fasting days I tend to do the long sessions 60min plus on water or erg. These are especially hard on the day after fasting even if I go slow but I can feel my body just burning up excess fat, it’s very motivational. So HIT type workouts on fast days and longer workouts on non fasting days. It seems to work well…..

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