How to Use an Indoor Rowing Machine

My worst nightmare is watching people row incorrectly on the indoor rowing machine (really called an ergometer, but to us rowers, an erg).  You will see me, beetle-eyed and crazy, staring at you from the arc machine across the way.  I will be preventing myself, with every ounce of being, not to correct your form.

Don’t make Brie sad.

Don’t be that person.  Here’s how to row correctly Smile

Also – it’s literally the best full body workout that you can get from a cardio machine.  If the erg isn’t your friend yet, become acquainted!  I’m not saying it’s pleasant or anything, but damn, is it worthwhile.

Right.  So, there are two terms to understand when rowing.  One: the catch.  This is the moment when your arms are outstretched and your legs fully engaged.  In an actual boat, your oar would just be about to drop into the water.

Second term you should know is the finish.  This is when your oar has come out of the water, when you have successfully completed a stroke.

Following thus far?  Excellent, excellent!

This is the correct progression from CATCH to FINISH and back to CATCH:

Teaching the “drive” (from catch to finish), and the “recovery” (from finish to catch)


Don’t do these things:

What NOT to do.


Rowing is one of the most beautiful things out there, and such a good workout.

Go get your sweat on!

And hop in a boat if you’re so inclined…

‘Twas The Land of Temptation

And all through the office…

Not a creature was stirring,

Except 10 million cupcakes.

cookies n’ cream!

Most of the cupcakes kill me (damn cream cheese), but they’re all delicious.  

In other news, I lost my internet for most of yesterday, so I apologize for the lack of post except in the very late evening.  My blender blew a fuse in my house as soon as I got home!  Who knew!

I tired to make coconut butter (from unsweetened coconut flakes) in my blender, and MAN, was that a fail.  I wish I had a VitaMix or food processor.  Someday.

I also took part in a lovely marketing photosession for our new materials at the Red Cross.  We’ve recently changed our logo for the first time over a hundred years –



Oddly enough, it’s not such a drastic change as it seems.  Sure, it looks much more modern, but it’s actually based off of some of the buttons that the American Red Cross was famous for, back during WWI and WWII.

Cool, huh?  Maybe you’ll be seeing my face on some fancy posters in the next year…

But if not, at least I got to pose with this cool bear.