On the outs in 2016, big box gyms: "People are demanding better classes, more attention and new concepts, all of which they can find in the boutique studio,” said personal trainer Gerard Burley (a.k.a. Coach G). “The emergence of more and more studios with higher prices are showing that people don’t care about paying a little more for better instruction.”
Regardless of your fitness goals (weight loss, competition, general fitness and strength building) high-intensity intervals are an important component of any fitness program. This article demonstrates why we love to do intervals on the rowing machine. If you'd like to see examples of rowing interval workouts, check out our workouts page: http://ucanrow2.com/indoor-rowing-workouts/.
Group rowing classes like CityRow and Row House are the next boutique workout craze
It's great to see the world finally catching on to the joys of indoor rowing. Several studios we know well featured here, including our friends at New York City's Throwback Fitness, where they're certified to teach indoor rowing. Learn more about certification here: http://ucanrow2.com/instructors/
“ Want to continue to crush well into your 80s? Here’s how.”
Last February, 59-year-old Ned Overend, aka “The Lung,” aka “Deadly Nedly,” won the first National Fatbike Championships, held in Ogden, Utah. Fat Bike Nats isn’t exactly the Tour de France, but it’s no charity ride, either. Overend had to compete against a field of much younger pros, including former national mountain bike champion Travis Brown, 46, on a tough 19-mile course.
It’s tempting to dismiss Overend as a genetic freak, an outlier who defies comparison with the rest of us. He has dominated nearly every sport he’s entered since the early ’90s, from cross-country mountain bike racing to off-road triathlon. But even among the genetically gifted—and many elite athletes are—Overend is unique in his competitive longevity. Which is the reason he’s also one of the dozen or so athletes spotlighted in Joe Friel’s latest book, Fast After 50 (Velo Press), part of a growing library devoted to salt-and-pepper chargers past (and occasionally well past) the half-century mark.
Our UCanRow2 workouts are designed to achieve exactly what they're talking about here, using the rowing machine and SkiErg to get the heart rate high. "Friel believes the key lies in intensity—that is, consistently jacking your heart rate into the upper echelons of its potential peak ... all those intervals you did in college? You never should have stopped. If anything, they become more vital as you get older."
The benefits of yoga are obviously well-known. We like it too in combination with rowing for either a totally Zen workout or a nice balance of high- and low-intensity.
Low-intensity workouts could be done on-and-off the machine, where you would do the yoga moves then get into the Zen of the flywheel on the erg. If you're planning on a higher intensity erg session we recommend starting there and ending with the yoga . Music can help you strike a consistent chord so think about some appropriate yoga-ish tunes for your erg warmup, for example.
If you want to check out some of our fave classes look for our master instructor Angela Hart and her RowFlow class at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA outside Washington, DC. Or if you're in South Carolina don't miss Laura Caylor's Row-Ga class at Greenville Indoor Rowing. She's certified in indoor rowing, Row-Ga (created by Angela) and yoga.
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CrossFitters are alwaCrossFitters are always looking to improve performance by working on weaknesses. (At least that’s what they should be doing.) Rowing is most likely one of them. Why is rowing a part of CrossFit anyway?
Excellent technique cues that all CrossFitters -- and all indoor rowers -- should take to heart.
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If your fitness routine largely consists of activities like running, walking or cycling, you might be missing out on the benefits of resistance training. This yoga-focused workout, which uses body weight and the support of props to enhance muscular strength and endurance, is a great way to introduce this essential component to your training regimen.
A regular yoga practice is one of the best ways to keep a cardio or weight regime humming along. Try these basic moves, your body will thank you!
Last chance for indoor rowing certification in the midwest this year! It's our first time in Cincinnati, and we probably won't be back for at least another year. Jump in and get certified to teach indoor rowing classes, or get technique coaching from the experts.
NEW YORK Slim one-room gyms are in, and the low cost of starting them is turning gym rats and workout instructors into entrepreneurs. There are no Olympic-sized pools, rows of treadmills or steam rooms in these small fitness studios.
We see this all the time in boutique rowing studios that are opening across the country. Small-group fitness and high intensity workouts (HIIT) are where it's at!
Adequate back strength and stretching is an important counter to the push-pull motion of indoor rowing. The bridge pose will also help ease out any tightness in your hips and hip flexors, which can also take a hit from extended time on the rowing machine.
If your health club’s biggest challenge is keeping members, studies show that long-term members are more likely to participate in group exercise than new members.
There's nothing quite like the group environment to get people moving, build community and keep people coming back so they get results from their fitness efforts. Indoor rowing, of course, is a great place to start in our view.
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