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pi_fire  ·  1191 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Join us on IRC; we're making a Hubskian language!

Ah I think I missed the language conversation. I'm interested in conlangs (I know Toki Pona and am learning Esperanto), and in languages in general. I'd love to be able to help this project!

shanoxilt  ·  1191 days ago  ·  link  ·  
pi_fire  ·  1191 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Anyone like using the rowing machine?

There are some good crossfit-type circuits out there, with something like Row, squat, pushup, crunch, repeat in different amounts. Those'll beat hell out of you, not something to do every day. If you're looking for conditioning, make sure you integrate other exercises, particularly running. Rowers, kind of famously, can't run at all, so make sure you don't end up like us.

pi_fire  ·  1191 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Anyone like using the rowing machine?

I'm a rower on my school's team, so a bit of insight: the rowing machine is really for one thing, rowing. There are plenty of great workouts you can do, anything from long steady state to high intensity intervals. But if you're just starting out on the erg, you have to commit to learning the techniques and fundamentals of rowing. Not to turn you off from trying out the sport, but to tell you better what you're getting into.

If you're still interested, start by googling some tutorials on erg technique. You should be able to find some good videos from some respectable crew teams. For workouts, you can do anything from pick a preloaded workout on the machine, to googling "erg workouts" or something. I think concept 2 (the company that makes the machines) has some good exercises on their site.

PM me for rowing questions if you want, and welcome to the club!

PS I second nemo. If you want to get generally fit, do SL 5x5.

blackbootz  ·  1190 days ago  ·  link  ·  

So I'm hearing a lot about form and different machines, but why is rowing so good for you?

humanodon  ·  1191 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, technique has been something I've been reading up on.. What interests me about rowing machines is that rowing is a compound exercise. I'd like to create a full-body workout based on mostly these kinds of movements (including chin-ups, pull-ups, etc.).

I'm looking for general conditioning of course, but more than anything, functional strength.

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pi_fire  ·  1191 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There are some good crossfit-type circuits out there, with something like Row, squat, pushup, crunch, repeat in different amounts. Those'll beat hell out of you, not something to do every day. If you're looking for conditioning, make sure you integrate other exercises, particularly running. Rowers, kind of famously, can't run at all, so make sure you don't end up like us.

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pi_fire  ·  1203 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: They call it Cave music. Like House music, but more primal

What do you play? Oh, I play the traffic-coneophone

Chromatic_Jon  ·  1203 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Haha I saw a TED talk a while back by a guy who builds his own avant-garde musical instruments. He had some strange handmade contraption on stage that he played for a bit. He then proudly proclaimed to the audience that he was the best in the world at this instrument, then of course he went on to admit that he was also the worst.

pi_fire  ·  1203 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Do you keep a journal or a notebook?

Yeah, I've been using a Midori Traveler passport size as a wallet/calendar/commonplace book for a while now. It's really helpful to have a place to keep track of everything that's going on, both in my head and in my life.