The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

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The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Bobby » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:39 pm

What effect does the damper setting have on your time on a 2000meter row?
I will try different settings next week but was wondering if any of you have experience on this.
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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Bobby » Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:40 pm

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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Alfred_E._Neuman » Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:47 pm

Completely depends on the person doing the pulling. The C2 measures pace by figuring out how much power you're putting into each stroke and then using an equation to back that power and stroke rate into distance and pace. It does this by measuring how much the flywheel slows down between each stroke. The more air that can get to it (higher damper setting), the more it slows down between strokes.

So if you can keep the exact same stroke (same time spent on recovery and on drive) on a level 9 as on a level 3, you'd row much faster at the 9. But for each person there's a limit as to how long they can maintain a race stroke rate and still pull with the same drive time as on lower settings on the higher settings. Bigger guys can definitely get away with the higher settings due to more mass behind their drive.
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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Zombomatic » Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:01 pm

With the damper on 10 on a C2, I can do 1000 in about 4:30, 2000 in about 10:00, in the crappy cardio shape I'm in now. I've never tried it on a lower damper. I weigh 250lbs.

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Post by Jonny Canuck » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:29 pm

I think concept offers some good training videos that might help you. I Usually row for warmup but only 600 m and I keep the damper on 5. I think concept would recommend 5 or below for a 2000 m row.

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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Bobby » Sat Jan 07, 2012 7:52 pm

I`ve tried both 3 and 5.Right now I keep the damper on 5.I`ll try different damper settings next week.Monday evening I`ll try a hihg setting and work down.
Just have to try to do it when feeling fresh.
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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Jonny Canuck » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:23 pm

My row times are so much better after a rest day! I usually do a 500 m warm up then some stretching and bodyweight stuff and then my 1000 or 2000.

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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by The Crawdaddy » Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:28 pm

There is something on the C2 website about this IIRC:

http://www.concept2.com/us/training/bas ... ensity.asp
The best damper setting for a great cardiovascular workout is in the range of 3–5. Rowing with the damper setting too high can be detrimental to your training program because it may reduce your output and increase your risk of injury.....
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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Holland Oates » Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:45 pm

When I row and I use 10. But I am rowing as a recovery/low intensity conditioning tool to try and flush the lactic acid and just general pain out of my lower back.

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Re: The effect of damper settings on 2000meter time

Post by Bobby » Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:34 pm

It helps a lot when I have hip pain (sound like an old man....well nearly there!)
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