While secret societies have terrific members-only benefits, their gorilla-centric initiation rites are often illegal. Make a solemn fitness vow that's legal with today's Groupon: for $39, you get five 45-minute core sessions at one of RowZone's three Philadelphia locations (a $90 value). Choose from RowZones in Fairmount, Rittenhouse, and Manayunk. Classes are offered seven days a week, so check the schedule at your desired location.
Recently featured on NBC 10 and in Philadelphia magazine, RowZone seamlessly melds strength training, cardio, and flexibility into a 45-minute group workout built around an indoor rowing machine. Founder, trainer, and former Roman galley slave Ian Andracchio pioneered RowZone's singularly structured sessions to offer an alternative to increasingly realistic and expletive-laden boot camps. Experienced instructors helm each session, leading a team of rowers through alternating sets of free weight curls, crunches, and the torso- and arm-enhancing motion of the row. Unlike right-handed lumberjack tossing or balancing kettle bells on your forehead, the workout works out an extensive coterie of contiguous muscles, with the average rower burning between 600 and 800 calories per session.
As much a body-blast for fitness neophytes as it is for venerable workout veterans, RowZone produces the kind of healthy mind and body that usually only comes after hours of doing crunches in the middle of a self-help seminar. The nature of the labor at RowZone facilitates easy camaraderie, so decide on your Breakfast Club archetype before buying today's Groupon to RowZone.
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- What we loved: Not only did we get the killer arm workout that we were hoping for, but the twists and turns Laura threw in with the basic strokes got our abs, too. – William Rush, Philadelphia magazine
- Do it or Ditch it: Do it. Laura kicked our butts. The erg/mat workout was fun and kept us motivated throughout class, and three days later we were still feeling it. – William Rush, Philadelphia magazine
Named a top 25 alternative gym by Greatist.com, RowZone's unique blend of rowing exercises and full-body toning techniques to help students of all ages and abilities stave off the boredom and plateaus of other fitness regimens. During RZ Core workouts, instructors provide helpful pointers and encouragement to students as they shape up with body-toning ergometers.
Each structured session presents a total-body workout that incorporates rowing, resistance training, and fitness techniques that solidify cores and improve flexibility. Additionally, free-weight curls, crunches, lunges, and other rowing exercises work to provide an effective strength-endurance workout.