Sunday, November 20, 2016

My Row45 Experience at Alloy Fitness

August of 2016 marked the 10th year that I've been working in the health and fitness industry. Whoa time flies when you're having fun! 

In those 10 years, I've held jobs in many areas of the business... front desk attendant, protein shake-maker extraordinaire, personal trainer, fitness center manager, wellness program manager, and group exercise instructor. 

The struggle was real as a protein shake maker...

I stopped teaching group ex classes a few years ago, when my role in the industry shifted more to the corporate wellness side of things.  So when I have an opportunity to attend a class, especially one that I've never tried before, I jump on it.

Lucky for me, Tina Morin, Owner of Alloy Fitness in Norwell, MA, happened to reach out and invite me to check out her gym and take a class, which I'm super excited to highlight on Fitness MoeJo!

Alloy Fitness is a chill, unintimidating, smartly-equipped gym/studio right off of Route 3 in Norwell, MA.  From the moment I walked in, I got a sense that members feel - and are treated - like family here. 

"You can be anything you want... but you must be STRONG first!" -Pavel Tsatsouline (infamous Kettlebell guru)

I was cheerfully welcomed and given a tour of the facility before class began. Real Ryder bikes and WaterRower rowing machines are on the 1st floor, while the 2nd floor has TRX suspension trainer setups, kettlebells, weight plates, and is where the strength classes take place.

TRX haven

If, by chance, you happen to be lacking a little motivation when you get to Alloy Fitness, the staircase leading to the 2nd floor will remind you what you're there for ;)

I wanted to try a class that was outside of my comfort zone, so opted to take the Saturday morning Iron Oar class, which is a mix of rowing and weights.  We scheduled it so far in advance though that the schedule had changed right before the Saturday I planned to go. 

Not to worry though, Alloy had a Row45 class scheduled for 7am on Sunday... not normally a time that I plan my Sunday workouts but it turned out to be the perfect start to my day.

Row45 was such an  awesome workout!  It was led by Tina's husband, Tim, and was very straightforward in its formatting but SUPER effective (as my glutes so kindly reminded me for about 3-4 days afterwards).  We alternated between rowing and bodyweight exercises done right next to the rower.

I had been on an Concept2 rower before but never a WaterRower.  Tina mentioned that they are a bit tougher than the Concept2 and she was correct :)  (Have I mentioned yet that this is a good workout??) 
WaterRower row

We started out by reviewing proper rowing technique then warmed up by rowing 1000 meters then went into AMRAP circuits for a set amount of time (AMRAP = as many reps as possible).

The first circuit included 100 meter sprints on the rower paired with 10 pushups. We were instructed to count how many reps we did but, true to form, I lost count after round 2.  (My clients will be the first to tell you that I am NOT a good rep counter!)

However, based on my rower's computer after factoring out the warm-up distance, I estimated that I did roughly 13 rounds... which is 130 (!) pushups... which if I had been told that the workout was going to include 130 pushups, I probably would've fell down laughing.  I'm not generally a high repetition exerciser.  Doing them in this format was much more manageable though!

We did a 2nd AMRAP circuit of a longer row at a more moderate pace than a sprint paired with alternating reverse lunges. Yep lost count here too.

It was crazy to me how fast the 45 minutes flew by.  This class has totally opened my eyes to incorporating rowing in my workouts.  I think my butt will thank me ;)

The ride from Boston to Norwell on a Sunday morning was exactly 30 minutes... not bad!  If you live, work, or visit the South Shore MA area, definitely check out Alloy Fitness!  In addition to the rowing classes, they offer indoor cycling classes, kettlebell classes, and classes that incorporate all of the above... oh, and personal training too! 

Pre-ass-kicking selfie at Alloy
Have you tried a rowing class before?  If so, did you like it? 
What are your favorite group ex classes to take?

Disclaimer: Alloy Fitness invited me to participate in one of their classes as a guest but all views and opinions expressed are my own.


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