Rowing changes you from the inside out!

23 Feb

Ask anyone from the CRS Crew what our mantra is and the answer will be “Rowing changes you from the inside out”.

This fact is so evident that even after one class most people will tell you they agree wholeheartedly.   It might be because they are a little out of breath or maybe it’s because they can “feel’ the muscles that were just worked – which happens to be about 85% of your muscles.  Whatever their individual experience, they know they have just had a great workout.

Dragon Boat Charleston cross-training with a FitRow class.

Although most of us want to see changes immediately on the outside, it is often the internal changes that have the most profound effect on our health and fitness.  Because rowing is a full body strength and cardio workout, you will see the physical changes you are looking for such as increased endurance and strength and decrease in body fat but what people often notice first is the internal changes.

There are many internal benefits to rowing.

As you row, your body releases endorphins.  Endorphins are the chemicals released during exercise.  These are your feel-good hormones.  In addition to creating feelings of euphoria, they also interact with brain receptors to help limit our perception of pain or discomfort.


Rowing regularly can:

Increase energy

Reduce stress

Increase self-esteem

Aid in sleep

Lower visceral fat levels

Our bodies are a lot like a good book, the words are usually written before the cover is designed. So, set you mind on more than just your “cover” – choose to become healthier from the inside out.

Not sure where to start?  Contact us for a free assessment.  We will be glad to sit down with you, help you define your goals, and create a well-rounded program that will enable you to achieve those goals.

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Class Spotlight – FitRow

14 Feb

We’ve developed our class spotlight series to give you a little insight into the objectives and programming of each class offered at Coastal Rowing Studio.

FitRow:  Indoor Rowing + TRX = 1 Killer Workout

The third class in our spotlight series is FitRow.

This interval-based class uses the Concept 2 indoor rowing machine and TRX Suspension Training System for a complete workout that can challenge any fitness level.

You already know that indoor rowing gives you a great full-body workout.  In this class, we take it up a notch by adding TRX exercises to further work your core, upper body and lower body.

First, let’s learn about the TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) system.

TRX uses your body weight and gravity as resistance to build strength, balance, and coordination. Because you are partially suspended, your core is working all the time, providing stability. The TRX Suspension Trainer can be used to achieve any fitness goal and is adaptable for all fitness levels. By adjusting the placement of your feet, you can leverage your body weight to make the exercise more or less difficult.  With the TRX you can perform hundreds of exercises, giving you a full body workout.

What happens when you add suspension training to indoor rowing?

When you combine these two forms of exercise, each delivering a serious full-body workout on its own, you have hit the workout jackpot.

Let’s start with your core.  Rowing primarily uses the muscles that help you bend (rectus abdominis) and straighten (erector spinae) your body.  Adding TRX exercises allows us to also work the muscles that give us stability and allow us to rotate and bend side to side for a strong, stable core.

The same holds true for the rest of our body.  Rowing uses all the major muscle groups in our legs, arms and back.  Adding TRX exercises allows us to further target these muscles & more for strengthening and stabilization.

So whether you are just beginning an exercise program or are a seasoned athlete, FitRow is a class you don’t want to miss!

See what others have said about FitRow

Just completed my first FitRow class. I thought I was in decent shape as I’m a competitive paddler, surfer, and outdoor circuit training kinda girl. Tonight I kinda got my butt whooped (in a good way). If you are wanting a full body workout that will push you to your limits, then this one is for you.     – Jessica K

Tonight’s class was just what I needed to work out my frustrations and get my stress level down. Intense rowing for aerobic benefits with a TRX arm and abdominal workout that I will be feeling tomorrow.     – Doug C

Love this class! Great cardio and endurance training on the rower, and strength training using the TRX system. Cheryl keeps a watchful eye on us so we get the maximum benefit and less risk of injury. Lots of fun!    –  Kathy K

Learn more about other classes in our Spotlight Series – Rowing 101 and PowerRow.

Class Spotlight – PowerRow

01 Feb

We’ve developed our class spotlight series to give you a little insight into the objectives and programming of each class offered at Coastal Rowing Studio.

PowerRow – Get the most of your workout by incorporating correct technique & power!

The second class in our Class Spotlight Series is PowerRow.  PowerRow is a 45 minutes interval based class.

One of the great benefits of indoor rowing is that it improves strength and cardio endurance.   PowerRow focuses on generating more power from your body than the rowing machine for an incredible full body workout.

During a PowerRow class you will focus on the rowing stroke and how to develop power in your stroke to increase the intensity of your workout.  Each class will improve your rowing stroke through practical knowledge and application.  The Concept2 PM5 monitor installed on every machine provides constant feedback to the rower about the speed and power of each stroke.  Using this, you will learn how to engage your body to produce a more powerful, efficient stroke.

Similar to how you get stronger by using heavier weights in the gym, in rowing you get stronger by developing a more powerful stroke.  As you produce more power your muscles are working harder which in turn increases the strength and overall tone of your body.

Be sure to check out the first in our spotlight series – Rowing 101.



In this picture you can see the large muscle groups that are used with every stroke.  As you can see, rowing is one of the most efficient exercises around.  Come experience it for yourself!





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Discover Why Others are Calling Rowing the Perfect Exercise

16 Jan

We all know that there are many different aspects to being physically fit. Cardio endurance, muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, and mobility are all important.  Doing separate workouts for each would take a lot of time, which most of us don’t have.

People often refer to indoor rowing as the perfect exercise because it addresses many types of fitness at the same time.




  • When done properly, rowing uses about 85% of the muscles in your body. In one workout you have effectively worked you upper and lower body as well as your core.
  • Rowing provides resistance training which builds stronger bones and muscles.
  • Rowing challenges your aerobic and anaerobic systems for a well-rounded cardio workout.
  • This low impact exercise makes it a great choice for people with joint issues.
  • You can burn up to 800 calories per hour (maybe more) making it a great workout for weight loss and fat burning.
  • Rowing is a full-body, multi-joint workout that can help increase your flexibility and mobility.
  • A rowing workout it adjustable making it great for all fitness levels.

Sound to good to be true? Don’t take our word for it, come give it a try.

Your first class, Rowing101 is free.