Row, row, row your boat…
I know this must be hard to believe for people who know me, but I just bought… a rowing machine!
And not just any rowing machine… No, a genuine WaterRower 1.
Since there is no official distributor or reseller whatsoever in Norway, I ended up at Sport-Tiedje, a German company who ships for free to Norway. 2
Why, you may ask? Well… In the past I used to look at people I see around me, and thought: ‘My stomach/proportions aren’t all that bad…’. Recently though, I did some BMI calculations 3, and started to look at at other people instead. And then there is of course room for improvement.
Well, then why not a treadmill or an exercise bike 4 instead? Well, according to Oogle, on a rowing machine you use 84% (not 83%, not 85%) of your muscles. This means only 16% of my muscles are not exercising. I don’t know whether bigger muscles count more than smaller muscles, but apparently the/my largest muscle is… my ass!
Years ago I used to own a simple rowing machine, which I sold after a while. I had lost interest in it, no doubt partly because of its flimsy quality.
I am aware it’s a matter of commitment. Let’s hope that, with enough distraction (TV? music? perhaps audio books?) the exercise time will pass quickly enough. And who knows… I might even start to like it! 😉
I’ll update this post with experiences once the machine has arrived, thereby turning this into a ‘The total newbie’s guide to the WaterRower’ review some day.
- a WR110 – WaterRower Natural Beechwood, to be precise ↩
- WaterRower Benelux does export to Norway, so that’s also an option ↩
- 27.8, if you must know ↩
- Why regular cycling is not considered by me should be obvious to anyone participating in traffic in Norway… ↩
- Whether of not Kevin Spacey likes/endorses the WaterRower as well is unknown ↩