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We posted about conditioning and related topics last week. We talked about measuring progress. I'd say that if you can get through my Friday morning fitness class, and if your body weight is right for you, you are in decent condition. But when you begin, you plain suck and hate yourself because you are not in good condition.
Newbies have trouble at first, but the ones who stick with it religiously make good progress.
That class is cardio and endurance, but those things are important. A 4-minute rower sprint is a bitch. I can not sprint for 4 minutes, have to pace myself.
So although it's difficult to put a number on fitness class performance, you can get a sense over time about how you are doing/surviving a class. Or you can compare yourself with others, which is a bad idea but difficult not to.
At my gym, the classes are free. Usually it's 50/50 guys and gals in early morning. They kick your ass, start the day right. Give it a try for a few months, and see what happens. I do one or two weekly, and count it as my calisthenics. Difficult to call it "fun," but there is some comaraderie.
Just curious, i.e. I'm looking for a standard - how many meters in 4 minutes and what "resistance" setting. I actually find it easier if I max out the resistance setting - it seems more realistic in terms of the cadence one would typically use when rowing a boat. My typical goal for 1000m intervals is sub 4 minutes with a 3-ish minute "rest" interval during which time I do ab rollouts or some other type of core work. Rinse and repeat x4.
But yeah, everybody I train with says row sprint intervals suck.
Concept2 has some published standards for 2000 meters here:
But those are the times you need to hit to get a travel stipend to national competition, so if you're anywhere close to those you're in good shape.
Playing with this https://log.concept2.com/rankings might give you some more useful numbers. For "heavyweight men 50 to 59 rowing 1000 meters in 2019" it gives this:
1163 TOTAL PEOPLE
90th 75th 50th 25th
Result 3:18.6 3:28.8 3:41.9 3:59.2
Pace 1:39.3 1:44.4 1:50.9 1:59.6
Keep in mind that this is people who care enough to post their results, and includes "unverifed" entries.
I'm 65 and I'm not sure what I could do on a single best effort. Some of my sub four minute intervals end at 3:50, but I consider those as screw ups because I didn't pace myself correctly and it sets me up for failure on a subsequent work interval - If I go over the 4 minute mark, I have to repeat the work interval (that's a HUGE incentive to get it right the first time). My sub four minute goal is because I am doing interval work, i.e. 4 or more repeats with an incomplete "rest" interval ("rest" defined as doing work other than rowing).