I am the kind of person who gets incredibly caught up in a specific type of workout until I'm bored of it and then I need a new addiction. So, whenever there is an opportunity to take a class with a unique twist, I am always down!
Garrett Roberts started Go Row Studios five years ago and has a sunny studio above Pilsener Haus. Note, you WILL need a beer after this class!
As a high school and college rower as well as a Physical Therapist, he sought a way to combine his knowledge and passion with a total body ass-kicking workout. He succeeded.
Taking along my trusty sidekick, Cassie, we went into it nervous about trying something new. The class starts with some technique for beginners, followed by jumping right into your workout guided by Garrett on water rowing machines that he assisted the manufacturer in creating for his studio and clients.
The workout was non-stop work on your arms, legs, core, and back and you are corrected as often as you need to be on your form...as well as encouraged! Classes are kept small, so that each student can receive personal attention. Garrett adds in racing your classmates (I won, just saying!) and getting on his leaderboard of all his students for time and distance (neither of us got there, in case you were wondering). You also get off the rower, do work with barbells, mat work for abs and stretching at the end. As a side note, we both were in crazy workout pain the next day!!
Here are a few bonuses for all of you looking for something new:
1. If you have a non-crawler or non-walker, there are classes 2-3 times a week where you can bring your own baby in the carrier. Garrett will even rock the baby if need be.
2. As a PT, he is quite knowledgeable on c-section recovery and diastis recti. In fact, he noticed right away that I was struggling with something due to my own c-section and talked to me about frustration and rebuilding that core strength.
3. Your first class is 50% off! So, give it a try and we are sure you will also be hooked!
The class attended at Go Row Studios was complimentary so that we could review the class and write this article. We thank our readers for helping us to support our local businesses so that we may support our work here on the blog. xo Cassie & Melissa