When you rip and row a cold RIpRow, you might notice some play in the dampers. This is normal.
RipRow resistance dampers are simple and robust. In all our testing — and we’ve tested a lot! — we haven’t seen a failure.
These are “emulsion” shocks, which means the air and oil occupy the same space. When a damper is cold, the air and oil are separated. When air passes through the valves, you feel a dead spot in the stroke.
Warm up the dampers. You should warm up your body too, so I suggest starting each RipRow session like this:
- Move slowly.
- Move in the full range of motion.
- Pause at each end.
- To warm up the damper more quickly, use a higher resistance level, say #6.
By the time the dampers are moving smoothly, your body should be ready too.
This morning I did three sets of 20 Fours at #6. The dampers started very cold. By the second set they were ready — and so was I.
Get after it!