While, row, row, rowing your boat gently down streams is all the rage today, the original Viking war chant from which this modern melody derived was focused on rowing in place for muscle development. Channel Viking strength with today's Groupon to MidSouth Indoor Rowing: for $5, you get one drop-in indoor rowing class (up to a $15 value) at its downtown dojo.
MidSouth offers classes multiple times every day but Sunday, including doubly intense, half-hour "Power 30" sessions (all other sessions are 50 minutes). Mounted on a top-of-the-line Concept 2 rower and emboldened by the technical feedback and boisterous encouragement of your rowfittest instructors, you'll row your way into the flexing, chiseled realm of the Rowverse. With regular rowing, you can get as shredded as a block of cheese in a Mexican restaurant and ably equipped with boulder shoulders, promontory pecs, granite abs, and Grand Teton biceps. Best of all, it’s a low-impact, easy-on-the-joints workout that won't melt your knees or aggravate your ol' "hopscotch ankle."
Like a spinning class, indoor rowing uses the camaraderie of the group and the leadership of a trainer to push you into fit-kingdoms hitherto inaccessible to your solo self. Unlike spinning, however, rowing works all the major muscle groups, even the ones for sneezing and raising your eyebrows. Under the tutelage of USRowing coach Rick Gordon and collegiate rowing champion Sandie Mintz, your stay-in-place workout will be anything but staid.