Name: Dylan Adams
Hometown: Plain City, UT
Which Row House do you use most? Row House Chelsea
How/when did you get involved in Row House?
I made a New Year’s Resolution for myself that I wanted to take care of my body better. I was looking for something that would not require me to be at the gym for hours on end and that would work my entire body, which led me to search online for most effective workouts with a busy schedule. Rowing came up in the search, and it led me to Row House. I decided to give it a try and started my journey with rowing in mid-January.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
I remember how welcoming the staff was when I went to Columbus Circle for the first time. Melissa was great at teaching me the basics, and I remember really enjoying the workout because it was the first time in a long time I got into a groove with a physical workout.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
My health has changed so much in this last year. People who have known me for a long time have noticed how much rowing has changed my health. Physically, I have gained 10 pounds of muscle since I started at Row House in January. Mentally, it has helped my mood when I am dealing with very stressful days. When I leave, I am in a centered place, able to focus more and in a better mood. Healthwise, Row House has forced me to look at how I eat. I am much more conscious of the foods I eat. I also stopped drinking soda this year, which has drastically helped my sleep.
What's your workout history like? How is Row House different than what you've done before? Before Row House, dance classes and recreational sports with friends were my main workouts. Gyms have never been a comfortable place for me, so stepping into Row House for me was willingly stepping out of my comfort zone.
What do you enjoy most about Row House?
The community. The community at Row House is very friendly and supportive. I have met so many great people that I would have never met without Row House.
What keeps you coming back?
Row House keeps me accountable toward my health. I work and do better when I am being held accountable. Because of that, I was able to start tracking my meters in February of 2017 and row a million meters by the middle of November 2017.
What's your favorite class type and movement?
I honestly love all the classes for different reasons, but I love Bethany's Full Body class. My favorite movement on the floor work is a weaving side arm plank.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Hold yourself accountable to every workout you do. It is your time to be present and you only have to worry about yourself. Talk with the staff. They want to help you! They want to know what goals you are trying to accomplish so they can help you best reach them. The last advice I have is show up. There are days we all don't want to go to the gym but if you show up, I promise you will feel better when you leave.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
I have three goals for myself in 2018:
1. Row a half marathon or start training competitively.
2. Get my low split to 1:30 when sprinting.
3. Row 1.5 million meters in 2018.
How would you describe yourself?
I am kind, friendly, driven and motivated in my career. I love theatre and seeing theatre.