Studio: weRow Fitness Studio
Location: 34 13th Ave NE, Suite 110, Minneapolis, MN 55413
About WeRow: WeRow is the first indoor rowing-only studio in NE Minneapolis. Their website says, “Indoor Rowing. A full-body endurance workout. Competitive. Intense. Team-Based. Fun. Perfect Calorie Burn. Cardio-Burst. Easy on Joints. Measurable Results. Tones Back-Legs-Core-Arms. For any fitness level, age or weight!”
“Dubbed by media as “the new spinning,” indoor rowing is the best cardio workout burning fat and engaging the muscles in your legs, core and arms! They’re doing it in L.A., New York, Chicago and now we are doing it in the Twin Cities!”
The workout: “Short-burst, high-intensity, full-body intervals of cardio and sculpting on and off the rower. Set in a team environment with pump-you-up instructors and thumping music, this non-impact calorie burning workout will leave you sweat soaked.”
What to expect: If it’s your first time rowing, you’ll want to arrive 15 minutes early so the instructor can teach you the fundamentals of the rowing machine and technique. I did the regular Indo-Row class. 45 minutes of rowing. The instructor was great, it was a fun atmosphere and everyone was really friendly and cheered for each other. The class was divided into intervals – some sprint, some endurance. At the end, we did a relay so each person had to row 200 meters as fast as they could while everyone cheered. When it wasn’t your turn to go all out, you were still rowing at a regular pace.
Some people were wearing gloves and now I know why. I got a blister on my hand and once you are sweaty, it can be hard to hold onto the rowing bars. This was the longest rowing class I had ever done. The other times I’ve done rowing, it was part of a class but not the full component (see Orangetheory Fitness review and StudioME Fitness Shockwave review).
Rowing is hard! The instructor said rowing is 60% legs, 20% core, and 20% arms but to me it felt about 80% arms. Maybe because my upper body is my weakest link or because once I needed to hit a certain intensity or pace, I did not maintain proper form.
Overall, it was a good workout. The machine said I burned 563 calories in 55 minutes but I’m not sure how accurate it is as I didn’t have to input my height, weight, age, etc. I surprisingly wasn’t as sweaty compared to other workouts but my arms and upper back were drained by the end.
Bottom line: Rowing is an excellent cross-training workout, especially if you are looking for something low impact. As I have been struggling with a foot injury and was unable to run for weeks, despite continuing to train for a marathon, rowing was an excellent workout option to provide a good cardio workout without further impacting my injury. I really enjoyed this rowing studio and the rowing class. On my own, it is hard for me to do any kind of intense cardio workout other than running. I would probably NEVER row for 50 minutes if left to my own devices. So it was great to row in a group atmosphere and have an instructor tell you what RPM number to strive for on the rowing machine.
Check out weRow if you are in the Twin Cities area!
New clients get 5 days free to try it out!
***We were not compensated by weRow in any way, all opinions are our own.