American Row House

2016 THRILL LIST: MARCH
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT.

written by HEATHER KW BROWN | photos courtesy of JAMES HARRIS, REALTYPORTRAIT.COM

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Long before the doors ever opened to American Row House, the coolest new fitness class making waves in the suburbs, I peered through the window of its storefront just off historic Marietta Square, wondering impatiently what was to come.

Owned by husband and wife duo, Daniel and Kimberly Huck, American Row House is a boutique fitness studio modeled after similar venues in New York City, where exercise experts and enthusiasts alike have witnessed the health benefits of water rowers. After years of research, training and firsthand experience, the Hucks jumped in with both feet.

In addition to organic coffee, cold eucalyptus towels and highly filtered Avalon water, the studio offers two classes every day: Indo-Row and Total Body Row. Indo-Row is an unrivaled class during which participants strictly row for 45 minutes. These patented water rowers don’t have levers to change the resistance. Instead, the water levels are the same for everyone, allowing each person to use their own resistance for effective, strength-based cardio. Each workout includes three waves, done at different stroke rates (24, 26 and 28), followed by a “race,” when the class is divided into teams and it’s a mad sprint for the finish.

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Total Body Row, the more popular class, alternates rowing with body weight or dumb bell exercises, followed by the signature end-of-class race. “We wanted to build a program that is still high-intensity training but without the grounding and pounding,” Daniel said.

Rowing’s ratio of 60 percent legs, 20 percent core and 20 percent arms is low-impact, enabling folks with previous back, knee and hip injuries to get a great workout without worry of a setback. All first classes are free and the packages range from single class, small packages and monthly memberships. arhfitness.com