> > one thing I forgot to add...this woman somehow managed to .... pauses to
> > control fits of giggles...still pull the chain with her
> > arms...while...somehow....moving the rest of her body... forward...
> > col
> I think I see that more often. They start the recover, but still pull with
> their arms. strange...
Yes, that's what I occasionally see with non-rowers on ergs. The leg
movement and upper body (including arms) movements are almost totally out of
phase, resulting in very little movement of the handle. The body folds
forwards as the legs straighten (ie bum shove) and the arms at the same time
extend. Then the reverse happens.
Trouble is that very few gym instructors have a clue about rowing technique.
A friend in Sydney once told me she had started working out on the erg and
proudly said she was now doing her 2000 metre pieces in under 15 minutes!
She's a quack, so I asked her a medical question. "Has rigor mortis set in?"
Anyway, it transpired she was doing these pieces at ratings in the high 30s
at the instruction of her "personal trainer", and was clearly bucketing up
and down much as described above without the flywheel really going round at
all. Like me she's over 50, and unlike me she's over 100kg (yes a quack
ought to know better about avoiding obesity, but there you are), so the
thought of her wobbling around like that was just a little mind boggling. I
guess that the amplitude of her slide motion was pretty small. I carefully
explained to her the elements of good technique, and to drop the rating to
about 22. Sure enough, she soon got her 2000m down close to 10 mins, and was
delighted, but then she told her "personal trainer" who was furious that I
had dared question his fitness programme for her, and stressed the
importance of that high rating for "good" technique. Proof that you don't
need a lot of knowledge to set yourself up as a personal trainer!