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    concept 2 rower as sprint alternative?

    I am recovering from an injury and my ortho and PT have given me the go ahead to resume working out but have told me to stay away from running and box jumps. I am looking for sprint alternatives. Will all out sprints on the concept 2 rower provide the same effect as traditional sprinting in the context of the PB?

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    For the most part, I think it will. It's not as much of a bone-building-stress type exercise as running, but it does get your heart rate up like running sprints do. Go for it!

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    It's definitely a good alternative. If you do any resistance training, you don't need to worry about the bone-building aspect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fes31129 View Post
    I am recovering from an injury and my ortho and PT have given me the go ahead to resume working out but have told me to stay away from running and box jumps. I am looking for sprint alternatives. Will all out sprints on the concept 2 rower provide the same effect as traditional sprinting in the context of the PB?
    Well depends where your injury is. It's a good full body workout but I would try to do the motion first with a light resistance and see how that goes. Then try the sprint.

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    If it is raining or extremely hot or cold outside on Wednesday(my sprint day) I will swing by the gym and do sprints on the stationary bike. Seems to work pretty well even if I do get strange looks from the cronic cardio crowd there.

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    Don't get me wrong, I love my concept rower... but as far as sprints go, I think a $100 used airdyne is much more efficient/brutal than a rower. For me, at least, it feels much more akin to a balls out sprint when I use the airdyne.

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    agree on the airdyne, that thing is absolutely brutal but I don't have access to one anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fes31129 View Post
    agree on the airdyne, that thing is absolutely brutal but I don't have access to one anymore.
    They are cheap on craigslist and don't take up much space. I've seen them for as little as $25 locally, mine set me back $100.

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    really, i checked on amazon and they were like 400 bucks and in some cases, substantially more

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    Quote Originally Posted by fes31129 View Post
    really, i checked on amazon and they were like 400 bucks and in some cases, substantially more
    New ones are in the $600 range... but they've been making them since the 70's and they are built to last. You can find them used on craigslist for next to nothing, if you are patient. The only difference between the various generations is the "computer" and the color. I paid $100 for mine. It's probably from the late 80's/early 90's, but it looks brand new. I see no reason to buy a new one over a used one.

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