Name: Olivia Peluso
Occupation: Editorial Assistant at Penguin Random House
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
I was plagued with injuries for years—hip, knee, ankle—and the pain made it impossible for me to work out consistently. Having been an athlete and a dancer my whole life, I was miserable, devastated that I couldn’t do any of my normal activities anymore.
Instead of my usual spinning or kickboxing classes, my physical therapist suggested I try rowing. I had no idea how to row on my own, and after some searching, I discovered Row House. I took my first class in October, and the rest is history.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
Yes! It was Kristie’s class, and I didn’t use my legs nearly enough. My technique was so wrong, but I was so excited to be working out again! I went home and told my roommates that I had worked out so hard I thought I was going to throw up, and I absolutely loved it.
What were your goals when you first started? How have they changed?
I wanted to get back into a cardio routine, which I was missing when I stopped dancing and spinning. I had no rowing experience whatsoever. Now, I have some rowing goals – to lower my split time and build up my endurance.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
Exponentially – to say that rowing has changed my life is an understatement! For almost two years, I was unable to work out or even walk without pain. Now, I am so much stronger in all respects – I have muscles I didn’t even know existed – and I feel so much better every day.
What do you enjoy most about Row House?
I love the classes, of course, but I also really love the community. Everyone is so amazing, the coaches are so enthusiastic, and it feels really great to workout with such awesome, passionate people.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Rowing is the best full body exercise out there – I can’t believe I only just discovered it. It takes a few classes to get used to it, especially if you’ve never rowed before, but if you keep it up, it is SO worth it! If you need advice, there are so many people – coaches and members – who would be more than happy to help.