- 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,963 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The program outlined in this book works for me. The workouts have raised my conditioning level to make my other hobbies more enjoyable. It also recommended getting involved in the online rowing community. I set up an account with concept2 and have participated in one challenge to date. The challenges and the logbook tracking give me regular visibility into my performance, which has been a great motivator by feeding on my competitive nature.
The biggest gap in the book to me is that it doesn't provide a complementary stretching program, so you have to figure that out on your own.
I recommend this book for all of us ex athletes looking for an effective exercise that doesn't pound our joints.
I feel it has given me a workout approach I can sustain through the rest of my life (I'm shooting for another 50 years)!
At 65 years old and having used every type of exercise equipment on the market, I find that rowing provides the most thorough and satisfying workout. While I'm sure that experienced rowers will find this book to be too simplified, for my purposes it was perfect. It taught me how to row properly and how to minimize injuries. When I first started rowing, I thought that it was mainly an upper body exercise. Having read the book, I now know that pushing with your legs is more important than pulling with your arms. Now when I row, I concentrate on using my legs, which is something that I didn't do properly before reading the book.
The only hard part for me is rowing every day. As mentioned, I do an hour a day, 5 days a week. That leaves my weekends free and also allows me to do other forms of exercise such as walking. Obviously from what the author says, it's best to row 7 days a week, however I'm finding tremendous benefit by adhering to a slightly different schedule.
I highly recommend that people who are new to rowing purchase this book. It will teach you the proper techniques and will give you the motivation to succeed.
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