- Format: Color, NTSC, Original recording reissued, Full Screen
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0045IG7CS
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,846 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Rowing Machine Companion NEW EDITION
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As a follow up to the Best Selling Rowing Machine Companion this new edition has two additional workouts. This unique DVD is one of the first "virtual" excersize videos to hit the market. Although it was shot some years ago, the quality of the workouts is solid and there is nothing else like it out there. It lets you "watch while you row" making the time fly by as you drift down the river going under bridges and passing other boats. The workouts include: A warmup of 6 min. A nice steady row of 22 min. An intermediate row of 15 min. And for the die hards, an advanced row of 14 min. All in all you have over an hour of workout footage on this DVD.
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There is an Introduction, a 6-minute Warm-Up, a Beginning Row, Intermediate Row, and Advanced Row. It all ends up being about an hour of rowing. The fact that I did that as a brand new rower is amazing. I was enjoying the feel of being out on the water with the other rowers so much that it distracted me as the time went by.
I just got a new Concept2 Indoor Rowing Machine. I've watched the online instructional videos. I have an excellent book on rowing. What I didn't have was the feel of actually being out there on the water.
The technical quality of the DVD is not excellent. The photography itself is excellent, but it has the look of older technology. For some reason the introduction and warmup sections seemed old-fashioned, although perfectly fine instructional value.
At first, the audio was practically nonexistent. I could hear the water, which was very nice. Actually that was a major reason why I wanted an on-the-water DVD to train with. Occasionally I could make out a few words. I'm guessing that the rowers were able to understand more because they knew what to listen for.
After the 3rd time through, I realized I was hearing and understanding the commands. I'm amazed at the difference. The DVD didn't change, of course, but my ability to understand what as going on did, dramatically.
Once I got into the rowing, I didn't mind that the picture wasn't crisp and clear. I could see the view around us. The view of the water was authentic and made me feel as if I were rowing on the water. I was able to mimic the rowers in front of me. I'm not advanced enough to do more than basic rowing anyway. After 3-4 sessions, I felt I was getting a much more complete rowing experience.
The DVD did what I needed it to do. It gave me the experience of rowing on the water, with the sound of water as we row. As I said earlier, I recommend this DVD and will be the first to buy when they update it!
What are the other reviewers expecting in this, I haven't the faintest idea. Every time you play the DVD (or any DVD), you will get the same video, the same scenery (DUH!). So enough already. Get out and row then. Sell the video back for someone new to rowing instead of complaining about it. IF YOU HAVE BEEN ROWING FOR A LONG TIME, THEN DON'T GET THE VIDEO !
It's a GREAT VIDEO FOR STARTING OUT, and you won't break the bank buying it!
** There is a counter in the upper left that counts down. If you listen carefully (turn up the volume on the TV),(or hook up some ear buds in your ears), you can hear the coach calling out the routine. He will tell you to slow down/rest, speed up to a 32 s/m, and so on.
You just don't play the video and just row, you need to listen to the coach instructing the rowers how fast or slow. THAT is the key to this video.
I found this to be a really good feel for starting out.
If you don't like the video, then sell it back for other newbe's to get a feel.
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I was hoping for more of a scenic video of a camera looking over the...Read more