Conveniently located a few doors from Hu Kitchen (ideal for grabbing a post-workout smoothie), CityRow, which opened in January, offers a variety of different classes all featuring the rower. While they aren’t new, they're sort of the red-headed stepchild of gym equipment. There’s usually no more than two per gym (if any), compared to countless ellipticals, bikes, and treadmills, and they never really seem to “fit in” with the other equipment. But, thanks in part to workouts like CrossFit, which often incorporate cardio bursts on the rower, they’re receiving newfound attention.
In order to get a well-rounded education in rowing, I tried two of CityRow’s most popular classes – Signature Row and the yoga-inspired Row & Flow. The airy studio offers an incredible view from its location just south of Union Square and features Indo-Row WaterRowers, which simulate the resistance (and sounds) of rowing in water with their signature WaterFlywheel. Each rower is accompanied by a yoga mat, and spaced generously apart so there’s plenty of personal room.