Right now, most of you are reveling in the dwindling days of summer. We are too, but for an entirely different reason. 

Going back a few months, as the weather began to brighten and temperatures grew hotter, so did the experience of arriving for a class. A fresh, new face soon became a familiar one – Coach Matt greeted everyone with enthusiasm, excitement, and empowerment.

With the change in season, there inevitably come changes at Row House. In the next few weeks you’ll notice changes in our schedule – most notably fewer classes taught by Matt. Matt is both happy and sad to return to Rutgers to complete his final year. But we use the term ‘return’ lightly, as we’ve managed to keep Matt around for three days a week. 

Despite a lesser presence of Matt’s vibrant personality, there are changes happening to make your Row House experience even better. Our brand new studio in Chelsea opens in October and we couldn’t be more excited.

Matt, so naturally, became a constant character at Row House this summer. In an effort to fill the (imminent) void, we’re bringing you the insider scoop on all things Matt.

How did you get into rowing?
Near the end of high school I started using the erg consistently as part of my workout regimen and found I enjoyed it. When I started college, I knew I wanted to be a part of something, but being on a team interested me more than joining a fraternity.  

What made you interested in becoming a coach at Row House?
Unrelated to looking for a job, I stumbled upon the Row House website and was intrigued by the class concept and impressed with the facility and team. It was then that I realized I could use my passion for fitness and my experience rowing to influence others. Rowing has done so much for me physically and mentally and I want to be able to share that with others.

Your classes started to gain popularity quickly – what’s your secret?
Even though I’m coaching a group class, I make sure not to forget that the group is made up of individuals.  I focus on providing individualized attention to ensure each rower understands proper technique. Once the class feels comfortable with their own stroke, I put a heavy emphasis on motivating every rower to dig deeper and lower their split. My style isn’t just one way- I push people based on their personality, not my own.  

What is your favorite part about being a coach?
I love that moment when I hear "I'm really starting to get it." Rowing is a complex movement, but once it is harnessed it is unparalleled as a workout.

Speaking of complex movement, what advice would you give to those new to rowing?
Be patient. Even Olympic rowers constantly analyze and perfect their form. It's a process.

What better way to wish Matt luck on his studies and upcoming crew season than to take one of his classes? 


Stay Tuned for Part II of the Interview.