Name: Alec Malstrom
Occupation: Software Engineer, Etsy
Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
Which Row House do you use most? Chelsea
How/when did you get involved in Row House?
I started at Row House in February 2017. I saw an advertisement for Row House when I interviewed for my job. After I got the job and moved to New York, I knew I had to start at Row House.
Do you remember your first workout? How was it?
It may not have been my first workout, but I remember that early on, I was in one of Bethany's classes. She came over and saw that my split was about 5 seconds slower than the last piece and she called me out. It was (and is) invaluable to have somebody else who could push me harder when I was exhausted.
How have you grown in that time — health, body, mind, etc.?
This was a time of dramatic change for me. I moved to a new city, got my first job, and started a whole new life.
What's your workout history like? How is Row House different than what you've done before?
I've been a rower for about 10 years now. I went through a fairly long hiatus towards the end of college where I tried a few other things like running and lifting. Nothing has been able to stick like rowing has. Finding Row House and getting back into rowing has been the most successful workout I've had since then.
What do you enjoy most about Row House? What keeps you coming back?
As cheesey as it sounds, the Row House community is definitely the thing that keeps me coming back. Everyone that works and rows at Row House is so inviting. They make coming to the gym so much more fun.
What's your favorite class type and movement?
I'm all about the Full Row (aka Level 2, aka Competition) classes. Put me on an erg and let's row for 45 minutes.
Do you have any advice for new members?
Talk to people! Going to the gym can be such a drag. But it's so much better when you get to chat with your instructors, and the front desk, and the person on the erg next to you.
What do you hope to achieve in the coming year?
I'm looking to beat my 2k personal best. Last June, I hit my personal best after a Full Row class, and I'm looking to beat that time now (see you on March 31!).
Tell us about your racing history at Row House!
I love competition! I've always thrived in competitions. I decided I wanted to win the Resolve to Row Challenge (was that even a competition, or did I just make it one?). So when they announced that there'd also be a 10K and Half Marathon row, I knew that I wanted to compete in those as well. And they were so much fun! It was great to be with surrounded by all the people participating in Resolve to Row as we pushed ourselves to go so far! I'm currently gunning for the top seed in the March Meter Madness and am really looking forward to the Relays later this month!