Any time I watch the Olympics I look and the rowers and think, “I wonder if I could do that”. Then I continue to hang out on my couch, eating cookies, and cheering. Have I actually tried rowing? Nope, but I’ll call this class close enough 🙂
Movement U is a gorgeous new fitness studio that opened in Calgary’s Bridgeland neighbourhood this fall.
Unlike other boutique studios where only one type of class is offered, Movement U has three dedicated rooms: Row, Spin, and HIIT (which is also used for personal training).
The space is stunning, and I’m not sure if I’m cool or fancy enough to be in a studio that’s so well designed. Leslie and I drove together and I think we were stunned by just how gorgeous the lobby area was.
The three fitness areas are through the change rooms (mens and womens, respectively) and there’s a waiting area if you need to wait for a class to finish.
Last week, Jen, Jen, Leslie and I were invited to check out Movement U and try one of their rowing classes lead by Sunny. We all arrived early so we could check out the space before hopping on our rowers.
Before last week, my experience with rowing had been at Orangetheory Fitness, or when my trainer used it as a warm up, so basically 5-10 minute increments at most. I was a bit daunted at a 45 minute rowing class. Like, that’s a lot of rowing!
Since my back had been bugging me (but was feeling better) I opted to take it easy during the class as I didn’t want to risk making it worse since it was on the mend. Even still, I was sweaty and felt it the next day!
There were a number of Movement U instructors in the class as well (talk about intimidating!) and they helped get us set up on the rowers, and then it was time to row.
The class started with a warm up to help get the feel of the machine and body movements, and then it was time to move into some higher intensity rowing, which involved my legs much more than I had expected. I did find my back got tight and a little sore at times, and I did need to restrict the range of motion when rowing as leaning back in the extension didn’t make my back too happy. While it’s possible to phone it in during a spin class, or when you’re working abs (c’mon, we’ve all laid on the floor and pretended) it’s not really possible to do so when rowing. I may not have given it 100%, but I know I worked hard. I’d love to come back and take another class when my back wasn’t giving my issues, as I probably spent too much time in my own head about my dang back.
Sunny picked amazing music for the class (is there anything better than team rowing to Work B**ch?!), and I was expecting 45 minutes of rowing to feel long, but it went by super quickly. I absolutely loved the energy in the room and it reminded me so much of spin classes when everyone moves together and you get into this amazing trance with the music. We worked our legs, took a break and worked our arms with a ViPR (a weighted tube designed for functional fitness), and worked our core with a paddling motion. I had expected rowing to be more upper body focused and boy was I wrong!
Speaking of spin, I definitely want to try a spin class at Movement U in the new year!
What you should know
Address: 16 4 St NE
Parking: $2 after 5pm
- First class FREE
- 2 week intro $60
- Drop in $23
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Have you ever tried rowing? How did you like it?
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