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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Good rowing times

    I'm not looking to compete in crossfit, but since there is a lot of rowing in the training, curious what some good time goals are? I used to row in HS (15 years ago now...) and can't remember what we used to test out on the erg. I think a 2000m row in 7:00 would be a good goal. I was watching some crossfit 500m rows on youtube and it seems like sub 1:20 is a good time, but holy crap was their form terrible, they would flip the boat over with their form.
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    1:20 is really fast. Most people can't get that low. Last time I tried, I got 1:31.5, and I have pretty strict form. I agree though that most people are horrible on the recovery portion. I havent been many who rowed under 1:30, not that it's a spectacular time or anything. Honestly, we dont use the rowers a whole lot because we only have 3. We do just happen to be doing a 500 and 1000m benchmark Tuesday though.

    One of our previous coaches hit a 1:21, but he's also 6'5/285, and tall people generally do better due to longer pulls, and especially tall people with a 600+ deadlift..lol. I would wager that in my gym, there's only a handful of people who row sub-1:25. If you look online at concept2's list, which are verified via either video or upload from the unit, you'll get a good picture of where most people stand. Last time I saw it, the world record was something like 1:10.
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    I have hit 1:27 on the 500m row and was in the top 5 at my box. I sure can't keep up that pace for 2000 or anywhere close.

    I would say a low to sub 1:20 500m row is real fast and 7:00 is definitely a solid 2000m row time
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    My fastest time for 500m is in the upper 1:30's - but I am also fairly short which I believe makes somewhat significant difference on the rower (due to stride length). When doing a longer duration on the rower I will typically just work to stay at a sub 2:00 500M.
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    My best time is 1:20.9 on 500m (which is my better distance) and about 6:40 on 2000m. Not a lot of guys go sub 1:20. I beat a guy that was on the US team thst won bronze when we raced indoors. Form is important, but being really explosive and having a good back-pull (like bent rows) helps a bunch. The best 500m vids I have seen showed less than perfect form.

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