Hometown: London, England
How did you get involved in Row House?
Back in August 2016, I was looking for a new challenge.
Do you remember your first workout?
Yes! I discovered that I really enjoyed the energy of rowing together in a group. I rowed in a crew over 25 years ago on the river Thames and loved it – so it was fun to rediscover the crew feeling but in the easily accessible context of a fitness studio class.
What were your goals when you first started? How have they changed?
Over the years, I have pursued several fitness plans from the “do nothing at all” plan to trying to stay motived with a gym membership and even martial arts. I was starting to feel that I was slowly and steadily putting on pounds and not shedding them as easily as before. I was also looking for a pursuit with low impact as I have noticed that muscle injuries have started to take longer to heal.
Once I started to see how much I enjoyed rowing again I set myself the goal of losing 20 pounds in 3 months and achieved it pretty easily taking two or three classes as week and being more disciplined about eating right. Now my goals are about maintaining the weight I want to be at while improving stamina and fitness while focusing on getting my rowing form correct at every stroke – that’s one of the hardest things to achieve, but feels right when you take a perfect stroke.
How have you grown in that time you've been with us?
I am certainly feeling fitter and healthier carrying less weight around and being more conscious of my posture. After a busy day, the energy of a row house class quickly pushes stress away while you focus on getting the most efficient stroke right.
What do you enjoy most about Row House?
Small scale, friendly, totally nonjudgmental environment where staff goes out of their way to get to know you and make you feel welcome.
Do you have a favorite workout, or class?
In the last few months I have really been enjoying the Level 2 classes when we go through racing drills and distance pieces. These classes are best when they are small as the focus on split times and stroke rates is intense. Bethany’s Full Body classes are a constant go-to for me as she reads the mix of people in a class very well and tailors erg work and floor work perfectly to keep an elevated heart rate; achieve meaningful results in terms of split times and distances on the erg and also do a full set of repetitions on the floor. All while being a very motivating and fun coach!
I really liked the team spirt that came out during the 100,000M January challenge. It was great way to break down barriers between your fellow rowers and I personally loved the challenge of really trying to maximize my meters while still participating in all the aspects of a class. I needed to pick up some meters to make the challenge in an open class but even that ended up as a sort of meditative experience.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Get to know your favorite coaches and they will help you keep track of how you are doing with your goals and your training.
Dominic has become a studio favorite at Row House Chelsea, he even got back in the boat with Coach Jon earlier this summer during our On The Water Summer Series!