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Row, row, row with your boots

Gently without strain…
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These rowing stirrups are quickly mounted and then pivot under the handles of your oars. Settle back in the stern of your rowboat and row more easily with your legs.

Leg rowing gives you more power, is a welcome change from back strain and allows a clear view of your forward progress. Clamp on our lumbar support, get some legs up and toast your honey in the bow.

FarmerJohn, Jan 16 2003

"A sliding seat enables leg power to be maximized." http://www.whitehallrow.com/sliderow.html
As an exercise fad, I'm afraid you're over 100 years too late. [DrCurry, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

"I'm not exercising. I’m out on the lake with my honey, I want to see where I’m going, and I want to give my back a rest." http://www.bwmarine...adet_pedal_boat.htm
[DrCurry, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       there are little boats that you pedal with your feet - mainly a young persons thing on a lake. this one is great.+1   

       das boot?
po, Jan 16 2003

       That's close [Dimandja], though I was thinking a temporary conversion kit for existing rowboat oars not pedals, ropes and pulleys in a canoe.
FarmerJohn, Jan 16 2003

       Having just started using the Ergs at the athletic club, I would like to point out you *do* use your legs when rowing, big time. Maybe not in your little row boat, but if you ever got out there and crewed a proper shell, you would find the exercise part thoroughly Baked.   

       What you need to convert a rowboat is actually a slide (sliding seat), with fixed stirrups. And that's Baked.
DrCurry, Jan 16 2003

       Well Doc, it's like this: I'm not exercising. I’m out on the lake with my honey, I want to see where I’m going, and I want to give my back a rest.
FarmerJohn, Jan 16 2003

       Stop wriggling on the hook. It's all been done before.
DrCurry, Jan 16 2003

       [FarmerJohn] why don't you let your honey do the rowing ?
skinflaps, Jan 16 2003

       DrCurry, neither of your links seem to have all that much to do with this idea.   

       It's not unlike the FrontRower, but the mechanism and markets are different. It might be a bit biomechanically awkward, but as a cheap and practical add-on for the casual rower, it sounds pretty cool.
Monkfish, Jan 17 2003

       I'm with [Monkfish] on this one - This isn't about maximising leg-power or using a pedal boat. This idea is for an adapted set of boots and stirrups so that a normal, run-of-the-mill rowing boat, without sliding seat is leg powered (with an oval/transverse path of motion).
Jinbish, Jan 17 2003

       Hey - if you guys want to put your respective backs out, go ahead and try rowing with your legs with just stirrups and a lumbar support. Otherwise, many fine contraptions already exist for FJ's various stated goals.
DrCurry, Jan 18 2003

       Well, no one is proposing that anyone actually DO this . . . .
bristolz, Jan 18 2003

       How will this foot-oar arrangement accomodate the various tiltings and turnings needed to operate an oar correctly?
ye_river_xiv, Feb 02 2007

       <Homer Simpson> Mmm... toasted honey! </Homer Simpson>
pertinax, Feb 02 2007


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