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Just starting to get back into exercising after a 3 year absence (and letting myself go a bit). I recently started rowing as it is quite intense and involves the full body. I'd just like to know what times I should be aiming for.

I do level 10 (max resistance), 500m sprint followed by a 500m rest and repeat this through the entire workout. Last night I did it in 47.55 minutes. is this a good time?


about me: sex: Male

age: 21

height: 5 foot 7 inches

weight: 99Kg

body type: endomorph

background history: lifted weights from age 16 - 19

Typically I would like to know what times are accepted by certain institutions i.e. Olympic times, World records etc. So that I can compare myself against other records to get a benchmark for where I am right now.

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I don't think that this question is a good fit for our Q&A format, please look at the FAQ. It is far too localized AND you lack to provide information about yourself. This question could be made into something useful if you ask for ways how to determine a good time on a rowing machine or ask for standardized values that are accepted by some organization. –  Baarn Dec 4 '12 at 10:44
@Informaficker - added some edits to make things clearer –  Sam Street Dec 4 '12 at 10:57
I've updated my answer to give some info on resistance/damper level. –  rthsyjh Dec 4 '12 at 16:56

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Concept 2 actually have a page that may help you. Some of the better times are around the 33 -34 minute mark.

The page is dynamically generated depending upon criteria you enter. Below I've selected a few men age 19-29 heavyweight (>75Kg) world ranking for Concept 2 Rowing:

1   Eric Murray     29  Cambridge, New Zealand      NZL     31:17.2 IND_V D
2   Edward Budimier 21  Norfolk VA                  USA     33:43.5 IND_V I
2   John Madura     21  Hewitt  NJ                  USA     34:13.2 IND   I
3   Rich Connell    27  Dublin  NH                  USA     34:37.0 IND   I

In addition there is some information on the site about damper levels 1 - 10 and racing

Some confusion reigns because rowers tend to use a setting of 3-4. This is because on these settings the machine closely mirrors the feel of a racing boat. As they spend most of their time training in this medium then it makes sense for them to set the machine up to feel like a boat. For the indoor rowers who have never been in a boat, you shouldn't necessarily follow the rowers strategy.

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ahh thats brilliant thank you –  Sam Street Dec 4 '12 at 12:24
Could you excerpt some of the relevant information on that page, so that it doesn't get lost if the page moves or changes? –  Dave Liepmann Dec 4 '12 at 14:10
@DaveLiepmann The page is dymaically generated but I've taken a few records that fit with the question. –  rthsyjh Dec 4 '12 at 14:26
I edited your answer, if you are unhappy with the changes feel free to revert or edit again. –  Baarn Dec 7 '12 at 10:24

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