Originally Posted by rjmaiorano
Were you able to row/erg a lot while adding the weight? I'm about your size now, 6'2" 195; optimally I working to be a semi-lean 210/215. I spose upping my calories is a must, but I'm weary of excessive rowing while bulking. I feel like it will counteract my bulking effort...
I wasn't able to bulk up when rowing for the team due to the lack of focus on weights. However, I was able to put on 10lbs of lean muscle on my own during my 5th year of college because I erged, rowed the single a bit, and trained on my own with a focus on the "beach muscle lifting". You should use the rowing for the cardio and then do strength training to correspond with the rowing muscles as well as the muscles to balance (ie triceps/biceps; or chest/back). I did curls, bench, lat pulls, wide-grip pullups, squats (3 sets of 12 at 315lbs), bent-over row, overhead press, etc.
I feel that if I had done that while rowing, I might've put on the weight and been a stronger rower. I was a light heavyweight at 182lbs. I also carry much of my weight in my legs and the upper body strength really helped me row the single. Rowing the single really is a great workout that can be more like lifting since you're carrying your own ass around
My biceps, back, legs, and shoulders got bigger just from the single.