Get to know Ben Farmer, Chelsea Front Desk Customer Experience Coordinator.
What does a day at Row House look like for you?
Early mornings for sure, either 4 or 5 a.m., Monday through Friday! It’s a day filled with familiar faces looking to push themselves further in their workouts, as well new athletes looking for a studio to call home. I make sure they feel welcome, at home, and empowered for the journey they’re about to take with us.
What's your favorite class type?
Bethany’s Full Body 45 class is always a go-to for me. It feels like MY class. I love the sense of ownership she gives all of her athletes, her energy and showmanship, her focus on breath and form and rowing as one unit, and the fact I get 9000+ meters every class!
Favorite off-the-rower movement?
I’ve been making my peace with push-ups. I like hand-release ones with a 3-second count down to the floor.
What's your biggest rowing accomplishment?
My first Half Marathon was pretty great! We had such an incredible group of both athletes and coaches in the room. It was an amazing energy.
When did you do your first half marathon row? Tell us about it.
I believe it in January of ‘16, about 4 months after Chelsea opened. I wanted to test myself and my endurance, as I’d been taking classes pretty consistently up to that point.
What made you decide to go back for 2, 3 and 4?
Just like any RH class, I had a time to beat! I had and kept a certain split time and set a new PR for myself! The 3rd I finished behind my old time, so this 4th is when I’ll set my record straight! I always swear to never do another, but whenever one is put on the schedule, I crumble.
What have you learned along the way? Has each one been different?
I think what I’ve learned most is to take my pride out of the equation, and be okay with holding a higher stroke rate than what I’m used to. In class, I want to hold under a 2:00 split at all times (except for paddling out). So for something like this, it’s been very humbling to hold a higher split, keep it consistent, and just be okay with that. Because if you go too hard too fast too long, you’ll run out of gas REALLY fast. And it’s 21,097 meters!
Why do you participate in Resolve 2 Row?
I LOVE starting off a new year with a fitness challenge like Resolve. Those who row know that there’s nothing more efficient in a cardio workout. Even at 33, because of rowing, I’m in the best shape of my life. It’s also a great way for me as an RH employee to get more involved in the community. I love rowing with our athletes, and they love having me in class in the front, doing my best to hold it down!
Where can we find you when you're not at Row House?
When I’m not at RH in Chelsea, you can find me at EVF Performance on Sundays for their Bodybuilding class, at home with the wife and pup in Washington Heights, or hopefully on set for some local film and TV!