Before Benjamin Franklin invented wind, rowing was the only way to get ships across oceans, canoes across lakes, or horses across streams. Stay ready for breezeless voyages with today's Groupon: for $39, you get 10 rowing classes on land at Class Fitness in Scottsdale (a $250 value), plus a $20 credit toward on-water classes at Rio Salado Rowing Club in Tempe. Class Fitness helps health seekers achieve their fitness goals through a wide array of classes and programs. Chart a course toward an unflabbed façade with 10 sessions on a rowing machine, which activates muscles in all regions of the body—unlike traditional rowboats and traditional gondoliering. The machines' sliding seats allow a low-impact blast-off for legs while the pulling action targets and tones the abs, back, arms, and shoulders. Use the cardiovascular sweat sessions to build stamina, singe off calories, and increase energy reserves. Classes take place in the Class Fitness studio, where rowers can watch themselves siphon off stress in front of a full wall of mirrors, and participation requires virtually no prior knowledge of sea shanties. The program is affiliated with the Rio Salado Rowing Club, which provides equipment and land-to-water training. Once students have mastered the anatomy of a stroke, they can take their skills to the water with a $20 voucher toward classes at Rio Salado, where oar-wielders regularly venture into the open waters of Tempe Town Lake.
Rather than stocking a gym with equipment and letting members just make the best of it on their own, the team at Class Fitness gets involved, leading intensive group classes that feel like personal-training sessions. The instructors keep members’ goals in mind, whether they’re coaching total-body boot camps or tailoring performance sport-training programs, which are designed to help runners, rowers, and cyclists finally take the gold in the office triathlons that determine who gets promoted. They’ve also packed a group-fitness schedule with a variety of dance-fitness classes that range from Zumba to advanced-jazz classes that aim to refine the steps of more practiced dancers. For those seeking weight loss, instructors back up nutrition-oriented classes with weekly measurements, meal planning, and fitness.