Fitness Files: Row House NYC Review

I have to start this post with a fun fact. There aren’t many sports where it is optimal to be five feet tall; however, rowing is one of them. The rowers are tall but the coxswain should be short. I coxed at The Kent School and again when I studied abroad at Oxford. When I saw Row House listed as an option for ClassPass, I knew I couldn’t miss trying it.

Row House

Row House Review

The Workout: Row House is a boutique fitness studio based on the principles of rowing. I went to Row House® Full Body with Caley Crawford. The class is a fifty minute class that incorporates time on the erg and core workouts off the erg. We did planks, crunches, pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and slams with sand bags. Each core workout lasted for four minutes – this is known as Tabata. We would alternate between rowing on the erg with instructions from Caley and hoping off the erg to do more core workouts. Caley was excellent! She was motivational, energetic, and helpful. The right music makes a workout more fun and I loved Caley’s playlist!


What to Expect: It’s a full body workout and your legs and abs will definitely feel it the next day. According to the Row House, “Rowing offers: low impact exercise, low risk of injury, high caloric burn, increased core and overall body strength, cardio conditioning, weight loss, increased mental clarity, focus, movement consciousness, scalability, and progress tracking.” I loved the class and am going to continue going!


What to Wear / Bring: You can wear sneakers and your normal workout clothes. Bring water.


I received a free month long membership for ClassPass in exchange for reviewing some of my favorites on my blog. This is an honest review. 

Images via Row House NYC, Gilt, and my Instagram


6 Responses to Fitness Files: Row House NYC Review

  1. This sounds like a good workout — and I love that being five feet is the optimal height 🙂

    BTW – did you ride when you were at Kent?

    • Elana Lyn Gross says:

      Yes, I was on the equestrian team and primarily chose Kent so that I could ride with Michael Page!

  2. Kelly says:

    I’m really short too, and I’ve been wanting to try rowing. Maybe I’ll give it a shot… 🙂 Thanks for the post!

    Ohio Stripes

  3. Sienna says:

    this looks really intense but probably a great workout!

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