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Fitness Tips From FitSugar Readers

One of my favorite parts of writing FitSugar is the comments. They are not only entertaining and insightful, but full of important tips. Here are a couple of fitness tips from other readers for you to add to your mental fit list.

For the treadmill:
LilCROAT03 firmly believes, and I agree, that running on a treadmill shortens your stride since you're running in a confined space. This puts strain on your hips as they "go into overdrive trying to shorten your movements which can really damage your hips." It is for this reason that she reminds us all to stretch our adductors (inner thighs) and glutes (booty) after a treadmill run.

For the rowing machine:
User lcterp warns to keep the damper on the rowing machine set to 4 or 5, the level that is closest to actual water resistance, and that setting it higher can set you up for injury.

Rowing coach and FitSugar reader Flack explains that rowing is 70 percent leg work, and offers points on how to properly row after the break, so


Here are Flack's notes on rowing technique:

  • The order of the stroke should be (from starting "crouched" at the catch, closest to the wheel): Extend the legs, keeping the angle of the back static and the arms straight.
  • Once the legs are extended, the back should swing (not crank) into a very slight layback, focusing a bit of tension on the abs.
  • Once the "layback" of the stroke is complete, bring your arms in to around the bottom of your bra and then let them follow the chain so that they're once more straight.
  • At this point, follow the momentum and bring the back angle back to where it was at the beginning.
  • Now, allow your knees to bend and bring you back up to the "catch," so you're once again crouched.

Put these concepts to practice with these rowing workouts.


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MaggietheCat MaggietheCat 8 years
I am also stairmaster-impaired.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I've never understood how to use the rowing machines. Any advice for stair masters? I don't understand them at all! Well, I'm not dumb I know how to use them but.. I always screw up somehow and feel like I'm not getting a good workout..
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I so wish I had a rowing machine at my gym...I LOVE those. Those rowing tips are really great, btw. I never thought about setting the resistance to 4 or 5 so it mimics actual water...great idea!
psychobabble psychobabble 8 years
Awesome rowing tips. I used to row in high school, form is crucial. It's amazing to see how some people use an erg with the power coming from their back or arms.
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