Highlights for the Week of 26-29 March 2019

Infiniti R9i Rowing Machine

It’s here!

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

My new rowing machine is here and man is big. I love it – and even learned how to fold it up which is cool. My one and only problem? I’m kinda short and stout. Reaching the rowing bar is soooo just out of my reach! Luckily because I’m short, I went and found a reacher gadget and can now access all of the parts just fine. I’m taking about 10 minutes each day to get completely familiar with it but so far… I’m really thinking I made a good choice. 
Infiniti R9i Rowing Machine
Infiniti R9i Rowing Machine

Got it figured out.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Yesterday I wrote about not being able to reach the bar on my new rowing machine. Last night I sent an Email to the company that makes the machine and asked them about it. They replied today and just my luck, they’ve never run into that problem before. Leave it to me to be that weird ‘special one’. Ugh! 
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The engineer suggested maybe as I’m putting the feet in the straps to pull out the bar and tuck it behind my calves. I tried that and it worked but it felt very awkward. But while putting the bar back, I made a really simple but important discovery. The hooks for the bar have a bottom that’s just high enough so the bar will actually stay in place underneath the hooks. It’s only about a centimetre closer to me, but that’s really all I need. So I can reach it now if I put the bar there, which is fairly simple to do. See the photos below. 

I had a good day doing my regular gym session and figuring this out but never did get a chance to just ‘play with my new toy’ because I had to go get groceries after work today. Ahh well. There’s always tomorrow! 
Rowing Machine brackets for the handle

My bar fits just under these brackets. (Usually, it would go where the hooks are for it). 

Rowing Machine handle

And here’s the same spot with the bar sitting where I can reach it. So pleased to have found this by accident! 

Wow!

Friday, March 29, 2019

I thought I’d do about 10 minutes on the rowing machine but ended up doing 20! I’m now feeling muscles I didn’t even know existed!! 

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09Feb21 Another test of my hands  and the rower. I used the splints that are on the table next to the rower and aside from getting the splints quite sweaty, everything was fine. Neurmal wasn't worried a bit about me and slept through the whole 36 minutes of exercise. Some advisors just know when to stay quiet but nearby!  When not in use my rower chain is kept taut in its hook.  #2021pad #cf21 #taut #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse
30Jan21 I had another stint on the rower while wearing my hand splints.  This time I did better and didn't have any problems either immediately or the day after.  Neurmal, my Gym Advisor, kept a sleepy eye on my progress.  #latergram #2021pad #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse #imadarkhorse #keepmoving #catsofinstagram
27Jan21 I spent some time back on the rower again, testing out whether my hands would be ok with the handle with the damper set on 0. There's vibration in the chain as you move on the rower and it's that which causes an issue for carpal tunnel. I wore my splints as a precaution. After doing drills and a warm up, I rowed 15 minutes. I didn't have a problem until a day later so had a couple days before getting back on the rower again. #latergram #2021pad #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse #imadarkhorse #keepmoving
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20Nov20  Row along with John.  My new 3D Printed tablet holder for the rower arrived  earlier in the week so I was keen to give it a try.  It worked great.  My rowing?  Not so great!  Still all good work and worth the time doing it.  #muchlatergram #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #2020pad
13Nov20  So, my gym ‘advisor’ decided once I was finished rowing she’d check out what else what happening.  #catsofinstagram #homegymlife #muchlatergram #rowing #darkhorserowing  #keepmoving