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  • To Compliment The Turbo Trainer?

     Gunner updated 11 years, 4 months ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
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  • Anonymous

    Member
    13 September 2009 at 9:49 pm

    After a summer of not riding as much as I would have liked, due to broken frames, bo##o*ks and promises I am not as fit as I would normally be at this time of year. So that I don’t degenerate any further over the winter, I’ve dragged the Turbo Trainer out very early, but am looking for something to compliment this in terms of overall fitness.

    I used to be a competent swimmer, and when I put my mind to it, can still cover a mile in less than half an hour and do 150 lengths of a 25m pool at a push, although the walk back to the changing rooms is a little like having had 10 pints of Stella 😳 😳 😳

    One piece of kit that springs to mind is a rowing machine. On the couple of road rides I did earlier in the year, I recall Harry saying that he was into this kind of activity, and indeed was contemplating a return to competing (on rowing machines that is).

    Having finally come to the point, are these a useful piece of equipment, and do you need to spend a fortune on one? Plan is (if it turns out to be a good idea) is to buy one off e-bay or similar, to see if it’s for me.

    A couple of local examples are http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130329811059&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

    and

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Body-Sculpture-Rowing-Machine-Model-BR3050_W0QQitemZ110433528852QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_SportLeisure_ExerciseFitness_Rowers_JN?hash=item19b659ec14&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

  • Gunner

    Member
    15 September 2009 at 1:26 pm

    Without really looking at the kit you’ve listed, I find the problem with fitness equipment of this type is that it falls into 2 categorys.

    1 Cheap and nasty and short lived, ideal for the average couch potato who will not put that much strain on it.

    3 Fantastic, fit for purpose, but ridiculously expensive, but ideal for the person who is interested in improving physical performance.

    The only thing that I believe bucks this trend is the turbo, where you have paid the high price for the bike, and a turbo can be reletively cheap.

    As you say, Harry would be the ideal person, maybe you could PM him for some advice.

    Would you not consider a dumbell/barbell set………..it doesn’t have to be about bodybuilding, there are a myriad of programmes you could design to help you acheive some of your goals.

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