Getting My RowZone On!

Today I started off the week with a little something different.

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For the first time this morning I took part in a RowZone class at the Manayunk location, and let me just tell you – I had quite a workout!

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I didn’t know what to expect at first, but I was excited to try something new and challenge my upper body in a way it hasn’t been worked out before.

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Another fun aspect of this class was it wasn’t rowing 100% of the time – we did 2 minutes at 75% then a 1 minute sprint (which was killer) then we got off the rowers and did weights and abs – it was fun to switch it up every few minutes and it kept me from struggling on the rower!

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But before class even started I got a little one on one with the teacher to make sure I would be rowing with proper form, It was nice to start the class as a new student with the correct rowing technique.

Here is what that is supposed to look like:

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I was pumped to get my feet in the saddle and get my row on!

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Here is a little more about the Core Row class I took:

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The class flew by and the teacher (Matt) was awesome. He kept it interesting, fun and us on our toes the whole time. I loved getting my heart rate way up during the rowing sprints and then bringing it back down with he weights and abs work. It was a nice compromise.

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Since one of my New Years Resolutions was to challenge myself in new ways, I believed this to be a perfect fit for me. I really need to work on my upper body strength a bit more and rowing really helped work out some muscles I haven’t moved in a while!

Here are some things you can expect from a RowZone workout:

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I am excited about this location so close to my apartment and I can’t wait to go back for another awesome workout. The only thing is that next time I will be sure to bring my gloves – my hands were hurting after an hour of rowing!

Have you ever done an indoor rowing class before? What was your experience like?

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Thanks to Sean who hooked me up with a free trial class today! Check out the RowZone website to try out your first class free!   

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In other news, I picked up another amazing Living Social Deal today – 5 classes at Philly Power Yoga for $30! Woohoo! Any of my Philly friends interested in joining me in for some power yoga?

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8 Comments

  • Reply Alex @ I Eat Asphalt January 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    I am so bummed that I dont live in Philly any longer. I loved Philly Power Yoga. Such a great studio.

  • Reply Ali January 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I'm excited to see your RowZone experience. I always wondered what it is like in there. I may need to take a class now!

  • Reply Julia January 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Hey I actually bought a groupon similar to the one for PPY, but haven't used it yet. I saw the one for living social and my frugality almost took over. It's a good deal, but I'm not sure if it's for me.

    I've been to Bikram, but I hated it for being too much like boot camp. I've been to Dana Hot Yoga and I LOVE their vinyassa classes, but not the power yoga classes. I'm not sure where PPY falls on the scale. Do you or anyone else have any experience with it?

  • Reply Leslie January 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Julia – I have been to the PPY Pilates class and it was pretty good, I'm hoping PPY will be just as good. I love Dana Hot Yoga but am always looking to try something new! I will definitely keep everyone posted on how it is when I go, but it really is an awesome deal!

  • Reply aliontherun January 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Wow, this is awesome. I had no idea rowing classes even existed! Good for you for trying it out.

  • Reply Becky January 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    So fun! I like pretty much any workout in class format. Rowing must be killer for your back and shoulders. Nice.

  • Reply Shannon January 10, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I go there already and I'll definitely join you! PPY classes are amazing!

  • Reply patty O January 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    WOW – looks like a great workout, I am jealous! I need to suggest a rowing class at Gold's Gym!

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