She Tried It! I Rowed For My Life At NYC’s City Row

August 4, 2015  |  

Me and my fiancé on our way to CityRow this past Saturday!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had much experience rowing. I’m not a White male who went to Yale and was on the crew team, so I wasn’t exposed to the sport or form of exercise until late in college. I got a job at my university’s gym, and after hopping on a rowing machine for the first time, I became obsessed it. Not only do rowing machines really get me moving so I can burn major calories, but they also work all of the main muscle groups: your abs, your biceps, your quads, your triceps, your lats, and your glutes. It’s a major workout all in one that you can’t get without spending hours in the gym.

After college, I found that the gyms I was joining (that I could afford to join) didn’t have rowing machines, and my current facility doesn’t either. So when I heard about the classes at CityRow, I was sold before even taking one. I dragged my fiancé along with me this past Saturday (my attempt at us spending quality time together), put on my tightest biker shorts and brought my gloves along to make the most of my workout. After 50 minutes of dripping sweat, doing push-ups and rowing for my life, I felt fantastic.

The thing that is awesome about CityRow is the fact that you don’t have to have any experience with the machines, or be in the best shape, to enjoy the class. In fact, you row for a short amount of time, doing intervals in between strength training and mat work. For instance, we would row as fast as we could, doing between 150 meters to 500 meters before unstrapping ourselves from the machines, heading to the floor and hitting planks, squats with barbells and more. It’s a total body workout that pushes you to your limit (and leaves the back of your thighs and butt sore), but it’s all worth it.

Inside of the CityRow studio in Union Square.

After 50 minutes, I felt like a true champion. As for my fiancé, who reached more for his bottled water than his dumbbells after getting tuckered out fast, he had this to say: “I thought I was in shape. But this is intense!”

As someone who is finally embracing fitness and a healthier lifestyle, I like to mix up my workouts. I do yoga, Zumba, kickboxing, TRX resistance band work and more each week, and NYC’s CityRow is definitely going to be added to my list of weekly fitness activities. In fact, I bought the 3-class pack for new members (for $90) and will be back at the Union Square location this week to sweat it out on the row machine again.

If you’re looking for something fun and something outside of the box to do as you try to reach your fitness goals, you have to try CityRow. The classes aren’t necessarily cheap at $32 a pop, but your arms, legs and booty will thank you for it.

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