I got a text from Reese on Sunday night saying, "I've got two spots reserved for a free rowing class tomorrow night. Want to go?" I'd never been to a rowing class, but I thought it'd be fun to try it out.
(The sweet instructor, Leslie, took this picture for us after class was over. We talked for a bit, and she gave us a little background on how Urban Row OKC got started.)
We walked into Urban Row OKC and were welcomed by friendly employees who let us know exactly what we needed to do. Walking into a new gym or a new group fitness class can be similar to walking into the lunch room on the first day of school. You're looking for someone you know (or just someone friendly), you don't know where to sit, and you kinda feel dumb. Luckily, I had Reese with me. But along with that, the instructors showed us where to put our things, where to grab our weights, and where to put our feet on the rowers. They adjusted the foot straps for us and gave us a quick rundown of monitor and the millions of numbers we were looking at.
Then, we started in. It didn't take us long to fall in love with it. The sound of the water rower and the back and forth motion sucked us in.
I've been going to spin 1-2 times a week for the past few months, and a lot of the reasons I like spin are the same reasons I like rowing - low-impact, high intensity, good calorie burn, and going at your own pace.
My favorite part of the class was the 500 m sprint relay race.
I watch this and think, COME ON, CLAIRE! GET IT TOGETHER! FASTER! But it was my first time, so I'll cut myself some slack. I look a lot slower than I felt like I was going. I assure you I was feeling the burn!
Maybe you're one of those people that hasn't found "your thing" when it comes to exercise. You hate running, dance-y classes like Zumba, weightlifting, sports, etc., but you know you need to be doing something. Well, maybe rowing is your thing. You should at least give it a shot! If you want something relaxing, challenging, and fun, then this is for you.
The best way to learn more about their studio, the classes they offer, and/or prices is to contact them through their website or follow them on social media. I hope some of you try it out!
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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