I decided to be a little bit silly recently and participating in something that is so not my style. A runner’s world cover contest. Do I think I’ll win? Of course not, I cannot compare to the legions of more popular internet personalities and then there’s the runners with cancer, I really can’t compete with cancer nor do I want to. In the grand scheme of things, my personal struggles are simple and small. None the less, I entered for a chance to be on an issue of Runner’s World because why not. And while I know, I won’t win, I would still love to make it to the leadership board! If you can take a second and vote for me a day or 2 or every day? I would appreciate it. The website requires a verification through twitter or facebook, but you can close out when it asks for your email.
I struggle with putting myself out there daily since unfortunately these contests always allow multiple votes, but you can’t win if you don’t try, even if it’s last place ;).
So while I’ve been struggling with my plantar fasciitis, I’ve been trying to look at alternative forms of exercise. Truth is, I can’t love anything as much as the feeling of air in my lungs and full body movement of running. I’m not very coordinating, so running is my best hope. However, as they say you can’t alway get what you want, but you can get what you need. Other workouts, might just be what I need until I resolve my chronic drama. And making a great effort today with PT! Hopefully, I’ll like this one!
So one of the things I got to try last weekend was Indo-rowing at B-Tone Fitness on Newbury street. What is Indo-rowing? Think of a spin class only with a rowing machine! And the machines they use are the wooden water rowers style like in the opening scene of House of Cards (if you watch, I only watched the start of first episode).
What is Indo-Rowing?
The unique format of Indo-Row® (yes, just like Spinning, its a registered trademark, go capitalism!) captures all the elements of competitive, on-water rowing, creating a class that is fast-paced and engaging from the first minute. From “Skills and Drills” to “Waves and Recoveries,” and the final build up to a friendly but competitive “Race,” Indo-Row® quickly converts first-timers to devoted team members.
And to be honest, after trying the class with a bunch of Boston Bloggers on Saturday, it really lives up to the description.
I can’t vouch for the results as I only tried one class but I can tell you that it was intensely heart thumping for me! Maybe being an ultra-runner last made me incredible weak in quick cardio workouts, but I struggled with some panting as I tried to get into a rhythm.
Our instructor Jody was great. For those of us like me who are terrible listeners she had this diagram.
Photo credit to ParkerthePrepster
And for those of us who can’t handle the whole workout on a level of 8 out of 10 crap, there’s metrics, beautiful metrics to help guide your improvements and efforts.
The monitor displays time, distance, stroke rate, speed/intensity and total calories. Really everything you need for feedback on efficiency and workout level.
We started with a mix of workout styles from a warm up to a pace test. We followed by some endurance workouts and intervals and concluded with a relay competition with our competitors across from us. For the fun video, check out my instagram and see which side won!
For more on the studio and class check out B-Tone Fitness. The studio is located at 30 Newbury Street on the forth floor in a side room facing the front of the street. Currently btone is featuring an Introductory Special (3 classes for $30). Indo-Row is just one of their classes. They also offer Tone and Barre Blast. For those of you who followed me for a while, know that I tried Tone and personally the workout itself is just not my style. I am uncoordinated and terrible at listening to instructions, but something like Indo-Row was perfect for me and even with my terrible ability to follow directions, I still felt like I was able to follow and get a great sweatfest out of it!