Originally Posted by brianappleby
ok, so what is proper technique?
Sounds wierd, but the proper way to do this is to grab the handles and extend your legs to almost fully strait (strait hurts the knees), sit strait up or even a leaning a little bit backwards, pull the handles to your chest. this is the finishing position.
let the handles pull till your arms are fully extended
bend AT THE HIPS so you're leaning as far forward as possible (when you had your back strait it should still be strait, do not bend with your back or you'll hurt yourself)
now bend your knees and slide foward
^THIS IS THE STARTING POSITION^
So reverse order
and continue. I was on my rowing team in college, this is the gist of it