Adam,
How did you learn about Row House?
I first learned about Row House through my friend, Jennifer who saw the deal on Gilt City.  She told me about these various rowing workouts going around the city.  I had no idea they were out there. The work out looked intriguing and we thought we would give it a try.

What was your first class like?
My first class was fun, loud and sweaty.  It was so completely different than any other workout I've tried in the past that I was immediately hooked.  I wasn't used to the movements or the technique at all so I got tired easily and needed instruction but I felt great when it was over.  From there, I decided I wanted to do it every week. 

What keeps you coming back?
What keeps me coming back to Row House is the intensity of the work out and the instructors' personal investment in my success on the rower. Each different instructor I have worked with has gone above and beyond to help me with my technique and has helped me achieve a goal we've both set. 

Do you have any regular classes you take?
I have several regular classes I take and always joke that those instructors will quickly tire of seeing me! I regularly take the 50 min Endurance on Sunday mornings with Caley/Hanna and 50 min Full Body with Gretchen on Monday evenings. 

What has changed since you started at Row House?
Since starting Row House, my endurance and physical stamina has increased tremendously.  I pair the Row House workout with running and I find myself going greater distances thanks to the intensity and techniques I've experienced in all my classes.  The physical difference I've experienced is nice too!

What would you say to someone walking in the door of Row House for the first time? 
My advice for first timers: listen to the instructor, listen to the person next to you.  Both are ready and willing to help make sure you leave feeling accomplished.  It's ok if you need help. I do all the time.  Also, be ready to sweat!!

Jen,
How did you learn about Row House?
I first came across Row House when I saw a deal on Gilt City.  I hadn't heard much about rowing classes before but when I looked at the Row House website, it looked like something I really wanted to try out.  

What was your first class like?
My first class was back in April with Eric VF - I got my friend Adam to join me as I thought he would enjoy it as well (and I didn't want to go alone).  I remember I was a bit hesitant going into the class because I had never really been into group classes but from the moment I walked in and sat on the erg, I was ready to go.  It was most definitely a fun and energetic hour, but I'm not going to lie, it was very tiring, tough and difficult.  I listened to Eric as he demonstrated the technique and kept focused on what I was supposed to do while the music played in the background. 

What keeps you coming back?
The instructors and the intense workout that I get out of class each and every time.  The instructors aren't there just to teach a class and go home, but they are invested in making sure I improve every class, push myself harder than I think I can go, and give personal attention to each person in the class.  While each type of class may have a similar structure, every instructor has their own style which I love - it adds a little variety and surprise each time.  It's an amazing full body workout and every time my class ends, I sign onto the app to get the next class on the books.  

Do you have any regular classes you take?
I take most of my classes at the 59th Street studio - I love the boutique feel of the space - and occasionally head down to Chelsea.  I usually take the 50 min Full Body class and throw in the Endurance class every Sunday morning.  There are a few instructors that I recently have been going back to (Gretchen, Caley, Hana, Arielle) but over the last 9 months, I have probably had about 10-15 different instructors and they are truly all fantastic.

What has changed since you started at Row House?
My endurance, strength and stamina have all increased significantly and I can see physical improvements as well.  I come to Row House about 3 times a week and work with an outside trainer twice a week - The combination has been an incredible experience and I won't ever look back.  Since starting at Row House, I have more energy and I just feel a lot better about myself.  

What would you say to someone walking in the door of Row House for the first time?
You're going to love it!  It's a hard workout and you're going to leave sweaty and tired but go at your own pace and push yourself as far as you can go.  Listen to the instructor as they demonstrate the technique, ask questions if you don't understand something, and don't compare yourself to anyone around you - do your thing.  Most importantly, have fun! 

What has been your biggest accomplishment?
The biggest accomplishment I've had at row house so far was rowing the half marathon last month. It was something that a couple of the instructors had done and I knew I wanted to make that a goal.  It was only with the support, motivation and drive of everyone at Row House and my fellow rowers that I was able to get through it and reach my goal time. Next goal: a full marathon on the erg (perhaps after another couple half marathons to prepare)

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