I’ve never really been a fan of the rowing machines at the gym. I just don’t have the patience to sit there for longer than 10 minutes, so I only used them for warm up and not for cardio sessions. When I heard that a rowing-focused studio opened up on 17th Ave I was a little doubtful – I have to row for 50 minutes straight? But like any fitness class junkie I knew I was going to have to try it and see what all the hype was about. Plus it is the first and largest indoor water rowing studio in Canada – so why not.
Row17 is co-founded by Reese Risdon and Theresa Freeman and offers group classes with the WaterRower®GX machine – already an upgrade from the gym. It uses real water so it actually feels like you are rowing down a river as opposed to operating a fan. It’s a full body workout, and they make it fun with different types of rowing. What I found really great about the class was learning the basic technique of rowing – I found out that I have been doing it wrong at the gym forever, and that it is a better workout when you do it properly (surprise).