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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Class Spotlight – Rowing 101

25 Jan

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.


Let’s get started with our Rowing 101 class.


This is the class we recommend to all first-time guests.  It has been developed to introduce you to the proper rowing technique and help you discover the joys and benefits of group rowing classes.

Proper technique is critical both for safety and to get the most out of your workout.  When you row with the right form you are using about 85% of your muscles and getting the full body workout you expect.

Although rowing is not difficult, the correct form is opposite of how we naturally want to row.  That is why we spend time during the Rowing 101 class breaking down the stroke, going slowly through each of the four parts of the stroke and incorporating drills to help you learn the feel of each part of your stroke.

Now you are ready for the workout!

One of the great things about indoor rowing classes is that everyone can workout at their own fitness level even though we are rowing together as a class.  No one gets left behind, yet a seasoned athlete can get a great workout in the same class as someone just starting a workout program.

This is accomplished through intensity.

There are two basic ways of building intensity – speed and power.  During each workout interval we will focus on teaching you how to build intensity during your workout.  We will vary our stroke rate to change intensity through speed and learn how to increase intensity using the power of our legs during the drive.  Harnessing this power allows your body to do most of work (with the machine doing less) and really turns up the impact of your full body workout.

After completing this class, most are ready to move into one of our other class which include PowerRow, Row + Go, FitRow, and EnduranceRow.  (Check back for each of these classes as our spotlight series progresses.)  Some find that taking another Rowing101 is best for them.

View our second post in this series, Class Spotlight – PowerRow

As part of our commitment to stop bad rowing and provide proper rowing instruction, we offer your first class (which, should be Rowing 101) FREE!  We invite you to join us even if you currently row somewhere else or have a rowing machine at home.

Any questions?  We’re here to help!

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