Logistics are always important to me when considering a workout and City Row gets an A+ for ease of use. The studio is less than a 10 minute walk from my apartment, so I can get up 30 minutes before the class and still make it on time. Hu Kitchen being right next door is a nice bonus too!
The studio itself is small, but sleek. There is a check in desk with friendly staff and a small hallway with coat hooks leads right to the studio space, a big room with about 20 (estimate) ergs. There is also a small bathroom and cubbies for shoes and bags right in the studio, so you don’t have to worry about locks. It’s a very well laid out functional space and I really like the great views down 5th Ave and 14th Street.
The workout: I’ve tried two classes, the Signature Row and the Row+Flow. Descriptions here.
The signature class alternates 6 minutes of hard core rowing with 6 minutes of strength. I love how you are constantly alternating, so the class never gets boring. Even if you’ve never rowed, it’s pretty easy to pick up the basic motion and even add some fun oblique twists. In my classes, you were often rowing for short bursts to achieve as certain amount of meters or split times–sort of HIIT-style. The strength was tough also, even the light weights really burned as we did a full body circuit by the end of the class.
The signature class was a great mix of sweat and strength, the short intervals, kept it interesting and I felt like I got a good workout in. I also think Frank would really like the class, and I love any workout we can do together.
The Row+Flow class started with about 15 minutes of rowing followed by 30 minutes of yoga. The instructor was equally good at teaching both row and yoga, she paid lots of attention to form and expected us to row at challenging pace. However, I prefer the signature class to row and flow, 15 minutes of rowing didn’t seem like quite enough time to really get my sweat on, although I did like that the 30 minutes of yoga was short yet effective.
Price: Classes are $32. Typical. But they are on ClassPass, so you can get a bit of a discount that way.
Will I try it again? Yup. I’d like to try the SignatureX and Signature Row–Core Focus classes as well!