WITH THE CREW

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PAUL FARKAS

Athleisure - - The Art Of The Snack -

When you think about the Olympics, a num­ber of sports come to mind. In the list of clas­sic sports dur­ing these games, row­ing is at the top of our list. It's a sport that cre­ates images of col­le­giate ath­letes, coun­try clubs, and sym­phony in mo­tion. Known as the old­est con­tested col­le­giate sport, the first race was be­tween the Har­vard-Yale re­gatte in 1852! Back in the 20's and 30's, col­le­giate crew re­ceived the type of press that base­ball gets and it seems like there is a resur­gence that has taken place. We had the op­por­tu­nity to know more about the sport, how it has a lot of com­mon­al­i­ties with stu­dio row­ing as well as un­der­stand­ing why there is an in­creased fo­cus in mak­ing this sport ac­ces­si­ble to more peo­ple.

We found our­selves at the mem­bers only, Sau­gatuck Row­ing Club in West­port, Con­necti­cut - owned by Howard Win­klevoss (this is one of 3 row­ing clubs in the Win­klevoss um­brella), learn­ing about the fun­da­men­tals of row­ing from an elite team of train­ers from RowAmer­ica (their fo­cus is to sup­port, pro­mote and ex­pand the sport of row­ing), and the Co-Founders of ROW HOUSE NYC who have in­door row­ing stu­dios in NYC.

Howard's aware­ness of the sport came through his sons (Cameron and Tyler Win­klevoss who com­peted through­out their aca­demic ca­reer as well as plac­ing 6th dur­ing the 2008 Olympic games in Bei­jing - they are also known as crypto cur­rency in­ter­net en­trepreneurs) and their love of train­ing at this par­tic­u­lar row­ing club that en­cour­aged him to not only buy this boathouse, but ad­di­tional fa­cil­i­ties as a means to gar­ner in­creased in­ter­est of the sport and to pre­serve it as well.

To cre­ate an in­ter­est in the sport, a part­ner­ship be­tween Sau­gatuck Row­ing Club and ROW HOUSE NYC was cre­ated to al­low mem­bers of the row­ing stu­dio

to have the op­por­tu­nity to row on the wa­ter. Many of the skills uti­lized in stu­dio be­come build­ing blocks when on the wa­ter work­ing as a team.

In ad­di­tion, this boathouse is in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized as a pre­mier boat­club that has pro­duced an­nual na­tional and Olympic cham­pi­ons. Mem­bers can en­joy an ar­ray of row­ing pro­grams whether they're a novice or Olympic bound. Ad­di­tional of­fer­ings in­clude a num­ber of work­out meth­ods that are of­fered from yoga, spin­ning, body sculpt­ing, ac­cess to a state of the art gym as well as a lounge and restau­rant

Prior to our day on the wa­ter, we had rowed in stu­dio at ROW HOUSE NYC. It's a to­tal body work­out that is low im­pact but has a lot of en­ergy. In stu­dio, it feels like an in­di­vidul sport where you com­pete with your­self. While at the boathouse, we warmed up row­ing as you would in stu­dio but tran­si­tion­ing into ac­tu­ally row­ing on the wa­ter, there is a lot of dis­ci­pline and con­nec­tion in or­der to truly flow on the wa­ter!

To have our team of row­ers work in sync whether we were go­ing for­ward, back­ing up and even get­ting the boat in the wa­ter - tak­ing di­rec­tion is key. In ad­di­tion, you learn that each per­son is needed for the smoothest ride! Af­ter a few hours on the wa­ter, we hit our stride and work­ing the oars and gain­ing co-or­di­na­tion be­came much eas­ier.

To find out more about in­door row­ing, visit ROW HOUSE NYC to find your near­est lo­ca­tion. Once you be­gin work­ing out at their fa­cil­ity, you can find out more about in­tro­duc­ing your­self to row­ing on wa­ter at Sau­gatuck Row­ing Club.

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