Day 8 of Fitness – Indoor Rowing at Rowbot Fitness
Best Self staffer: Flannery
Even after a tough workout for Day 7 of our 30 Days of Fitness, I was really looking forward to today’s class: indoor rowing at Rowbot Fitness. Rowing is a very balanced workout that combines weight training and cardio in the same motions, so it’s a very efficient way to both build muscle and improve your overall fitness level. It’s also a great way to sculpt your back muscles, which can be a hard area of your body to work on. For all these reasons, I was pumped to try rowing for a whole hour!
Once I arrived, I filled out some brief paperwork to set up my account. Rowbot keeps an electronic card in the studio that you insert into your rowing machine each time you come to train. This card logs your distance and all your workout metrics, so you can track your progress with each session. So with paperwork filled out and log card in hand, I headed to the rowing machine to get started. The machine uses air resistance instead of water resistance like some rowing machines, so you can increase the resistance for an even more intense training session. Charles hopped on the machine next to me and demonstrated the technique, explained how to read the metrics on my machine, and got me a complimentary water bottle. Then we were off!
Aubrey, the instructor for the 5:00 p.m. class, led the class through some slow isolation movements to warm up our legs, backs and arms: all parts of the body integral during rowing. Then Aubrey guided us through a variety of intervals, where we sped up our stroke speed to match hers for several minutes, with brief rest breaks in between. The rowing motion felt a little unnatural at first (especially since we weren’t actually in a boat), but I quickly got used to it and didn’t have to think about it as much. The mirrored studio allowed Aubrey and Charles to easily see our form and suggest changes if needed: I kept dropping my “oars” too low and leaning too far forward. All the instruction was given cheerfully and encouragingly, and it was exciting to learn, work hard, and (almost) keep pace with Aubrey even in my first class. Like indoor cycling, though, I was in control of my own speed, so when I started getting tired I was able to slow down and recover a little. This makes rowing a very accessible class for all fitness levels and ages. Before I knew it, our hour was up. This workout passed faster than any I have done before, because in the midst of our intervals, all the class members were chatting and getting to know each other. We finished with more isolations and some stretches, and then we turned in our log cards for next time.
If you’re looking for a multifaceted workout that builds muscle and improves your cardio level, led by encouraging and friendly instructors and alongside dedicated studio members, Rowbot Fitness is it. To try a class for yourself, reserve your spot online and drop in to an orientation and your first class for free!
Details: 2030 Powers Ferry Road
Suite 368, Atlanta, GA 30339www.rowbotfitness.com