This will likely come as a shock to many of my regular readers, but I did it. I bought a rowing machine, a decision I’ve been struggling with for literally days.
So what kind of rowing machine did I end up getting? There was never really any other option for me than the Concept2 Model D, which I ended up buying from Amazon because it’s the same price no matter where you look, and Amazon promised to get it to my door in 2 days for the same shipping cost as anywhere else.
Now when I say I bought it, I do mean that literally. It hasn’t gotten here yet, but it will be here tomorrow. I’m looking forward to what I hear is a very simple assembly process.
In the mean time, I’ve been doing research into how I’m actually supposed to use the thing. There are fewer videos on YouTube than I would expect on technique, but they’re out there, including some stuff from Concept2 directly:
Making It Count
My biggest struggle right now is the idea is that I’ll fail to establish a habit with the machine. The plan is to start as slow as possible, only working out for 5-10 minutes per day, maybe less. If I fail to strike a rhythm that works for me and also makes me feel good in the short term, this purchase will be a huge mistake.
On the bright side, I hear these things retain very good resale value.
Right now, I have a 16 day exercise streak, which I attribute to making the target behavior as simple and easy as possible. I’m going to try to keep that up with rowing, starting the first few days practicing basic technique. This should ease me into the habit I so desperately want to create.
Another motivator for habit change is accountability, and what could be more effective than being held accountable by my swarm of loyal readers? To that end, I plan on creating an exercise log, where I will post every day that I work out.
Edit: Here is the exercise log.