- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse; Revised edition (November 26, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595434371
- ISBN-13: 978-0595434374
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Row Daily, Breathe Deeper, Live Better: A Guide to Moderate Exercise Revised Edition
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About the Author
D. P. Ordway is an author, attorney, and mediator. He learned to row as an undergraduate at MIT and competed in the 1970s. Ordway has coached rowing at Brown University and the University of Michigan, and now works with both youth and adult rowers. He continues to row, indoors and out.
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The idea is to engage in an easy, total-body workout every day, breathing deeply in the process, resulting in benefits that will flow to your overall health, longevity, mental functioning, etc. Why rowing? A rower uses many of the large muscles, all the while being low-impact. The author discusses the selection of a rowing machine, although he clearly prefers a Concept2 machine, the leading rower on the market. The basic rowing motion is outlined with some elaboration on a few aspects. Among problems mentioned by the author, he fails to include strain on the lower back, a not uncommon injury for rowers.
The lack of technical information could be frustrating. For example, something as simple as "what pace to row?" is not discussed. Of course, pace, or time per 500m, is the standard display for a rowing machine and is the basic measure of how one is doing. The types and lengths of workouts are only vaguely presented - rowing twenty minutes a day is good, but forty-five minutes is better. Interval workouts are minimally discussed with the glaring absence of pacing. Consecutive days rowed seems to be the most important stat for the author.
The book is definitely geared to beginners, preferably to those with plenty of time on their hands. Athletes and intermediate rowers will find the book to be quite simplistic and inadequate. There are some appendices that point one to further information. A good book on the subject of indoor rowing is THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO INDOOR ROWING by Jim Flood.
This book is such an inspiration for me.
I bought a Concept 2, E model.
I am 60 years old, I walk 3 miles per day with my dog and then go swim 3 miles at the pool five days a week.
I really love swimming but it was such a long drive to the pool and back taking up so much time, burning lots of gas, not including the wear and tear on the car, so I bought a rowing machine.
The indoor rower IMO best emulates swimming as it is very low impact on my joints, stresses pace and breathing providing a full cardio workout in 45 minutes.
This book is not for highly experienced power rowers but for regular people who are just trying to improve their fitness level.
The author advocates moderation, that in itself for me is highly motivating.
This book is a pleasure to read, and I read it often.
This book excels at that. The next levels of indoor rowing are not his concern. For that, you'll have to buy another book (Jim Flood's "Complete Guide to Indoor Rowing" is my recommendation) and/or go on Concept2's website and forums.