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Weekend Recap: Rowing Advice Needed

Hi friends!

How was your weekend? Ours turned out to be fantastic, and I feel like we squeezed a ton in, without really meaning to. Seems like the most fun weekends are the ones where you go with the flow. If you follow me on Instagram, then you already saw most of the details. But, for those of you who don’t, here’s a short and sweet recap:

weekend recap - enchiladas, hot springs pizza, lululemon new outfit

1. Instead of Pizza Night on Friday, I made my (according to Adam) famous open-face enchilladas. They are DELICIOUS.

2. Saturday morning I did a mini session for some friends’ 6 month old. He is too precious!

3. Saturday night we went on a double date down to Hot Springs for pizza! We stuffed our faces, and I don’t feel bad about it.

4. Part of my new outfit from lululemon came in! I finally used my gift card to order another 105* F Singlet, the Run Inspire Crop II’s, and the super cute hot pink Run Speed Sports I mentioned on Instagram the other day.

photo 3

5. Saturday afternoon when I got back in town, I finally started making a photo book for the Walt Disney World Marathon. I’m a little past half way done, and can’t wait to finish it and get it ordered!

bowling in little rock at professor bowl

6. Sunday night we went bowling with a few friends from small group. Adam and I both decided we have no future as future bowlingΒ pros.

funny black lab laying on bed

7. And finally, Sunday night Truckee graced us with this view.

Branching out at the gym: Rowing advice needed!

Adam and I went to the gym for a little while on Sunday afternoon, not long, just long enough to warm up on the treadmill then do a little rowing. I ran 1.3, but honestly probably only ran 1 and walked the .3. I started at 8:49 and eased down to 8:21, but one mile was enough to warm up for sure. I’ve just been feeling lethargic on the treadmill lately, and haven’t had much motivation to push it. Call it post-marathon blues, or ready-for-spring-so-I-can-run-outside. Or a combination of both!

Anyways, I was excited to branch out and try something new and thought a less-crowded day like this would be a good day to look like a complete rookie on a new machine. One of my goals this year is to really try to broaden my fitness routine, and incorporate more than just running. This was the first time I’d tried the rowing machine, and I had Adam teach me the basics. I rowed for maybe 7 minutes, and decided that maybe I wasn’t doing it right. Adam rowed before me for probably 15 minutes and was sweating up a storm. But when I tried, I had trouble getting in the groove, and “feeling” it work in the right places. I think more than anything it hurt my back to pull back on the cord.

row machine at work

Obviously that gif from A’s phone is wonky, so don’t judge my form too much based on that! But, I wanted to ask all you fellow fitness-sistas (or dudes) out there if you have any advice for rowing, whether it be rowing form, technique, speed, rowing workouts, tips, tricks, etc! We all know my slightly uncoordinated self struggles with burpees, so the logistics of the row machine also proved to be a challenge at first, ha! I’ll get there!

I thought it was really fun though, and towards the end I did feel like my heart rate was rising and I could feel it some in my upper back, but I’m so new to it that I just don’t know much to begin with!

Ok, now it’s your turn! Tell me everything there is to know about rowing!

When is the last time you tried something completely new to you at the gym? Do you workout on the weekends? Tell me about the last piece of fitness apparel you added to your wardrobe!

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24 Comments

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    Jenn
    February 9, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Truckee is hilarious!

    I love those busy but awesome weekends! I’m so glad you had a great one.

    I have never rowed, so have no advice to offer, but I think it’s great that you are expanding your routine. It’s only going to serve you better in the long run!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

      I think so too! And during this period of trying to back down on the running, I think it will help with my overall cardio for sure!

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    kristin | W [ H ] A T C H
    February 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    bravo to you for making a photo book so quickly! I never seem to get photos printed.
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:48 am

      HA, well…..I’m still stuck at the half way point. However, I DID start it πŸ™‚

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    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    February 10, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I always find the rowing machine tricky – I think I’m just super uncoordinated πŸ™‚
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who struggled with it!

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    February 10, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I just started to learn more about rowing technique when I started CrossFit. What helps for me is saying in my head, “legs, back arms….arms, back, legs” meaning straighten legs first, then extend back then bring in arms going out and on your way in extend arms first, bring back in, bend legs. I dont know if that makes sense but it works for me haha. Also use as much of the rope as you can!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

      That does make sense! Now it’s just a matter of if I am coordinated enough to do that πŸ™‚

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    February 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Oh Truckee!
    I’ve never tried the rower. If you figure it out let me know!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

      Still working on figuring it out πŸ™‚ Going to go tonight and see if I can conquer it πŸ˜‰

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties
    February 10, 2015 at 9:50 am

    HAHA one time, and one time only, did I try the rowing machine at the gym. I watched an older guy doing it then tried to imitate… and a few mins later that same guy sat next to me and said I had the worst form he had ever seen and attempted to teach me. it was mortifying! and I still didn’t understand! hahah so I have never gotten back on there πŸ™‚
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

      HAHAHAHA

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    Hilary @ Embrace the Neon
    February 10, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    That picture of Truckee is adorable! I’ve always wanted to try the rowing machine, but have been too intimidated. I hear it’s a great workout though!
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:46 am

      You should try it for sure! I think because I’m so used to running, it’s scary to try something new, and it’s always humbling because I am NOT good at everything at the gym!

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    Jennifer L.
    February 10, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I feel the same way as you on the Rower. I don’t feel like it makes me sweat as much as other forms of cardio. I am totally going to stalk your comments to see if I can get any pointers, too. πŸ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Exactly! Ok well maybe we can figure it out now πŸ™‚

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    Jen@jpabstfitness
    February 10, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    The rowing machine- doesn’t look it would be so complicated, but it is! I still haven’t figured it out.
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Haha yes!!!

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    ganeeban
    February 10, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    If I remember correctly from my gym – its legs, hips, then arms for the rower. I think I have that in the right combination. The rower is NOT my forte, but it is a great machine and makes everything burn if you go for time! I love to do the rower for 2 minutes, hop off and do 10 burpees. 5 rounds for a warm up, instead of the treadmill! Happy rowing! xoxo, ganeeban

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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

      Hey, that’s more than I know! That workout idea sounds like it would definitely hit the spot!

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    Bree
    February 11, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I think with the rowing, form is super duper important. I looked up tutorials online before I really started delving into it. Even now, though I don’t do it for long increments…cuz it’s boring. But you can press something on the screen (“Menu” maybe?) and you’ll get a graph looking thing and you want to shoot for a smooth arc with every row.

    And I’m totally jealous of your Lululemon awesomeness! I know ultimately that I have enough gym clothes but I feel like people are going to notice my different outfits and be like…mmmhmm I know you wore that the day before yesterday. As for diving into new fitness things…I loved learning how to do things like the ropes and new classes (PiYo and Spinning for the win!)
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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Haha! Yea girl same here, I feel like I have a ton of gym clothes but end up wearing the same thing all the time! And the ropes were so fun, I’m anxious to go try them again!

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    Kate
    February 12, 2015 at 9:40 am

    This video helped me a lot with rowing! Just watched it again and it was a good reminder!

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      Sweet Miles
      February 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

      Awesome!! Thanks Kate!

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