Rowing is the most potent sport to exercise all major muscle groups, surpassing mixed martial arts and pedaling a tandem bike with all four limbs. Work out gracefully with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-hour introductory rowing lesson (a $50 value) from Washington Rowing School, located in Bladensburg, Maryland.
Backed by more than 33 years of competitive rowing experience, Cindy Cole's training paces instill basic sculling techniques in beginners of all ages. Launching from Bladensburg Waterfront Park, rowboats slice through the serene waters of the Anacostia River like a straw in room-temperature butter. Sheltered banks deflect wind from gathering momentum, giving oarsfolk free rein of the typically uncrowded channel. After the lesson, rowers can picnic in the park, hike along the adjoining Tributary Trail System, or hunt for their vehicle in the free parking spaces. Class sizes are small for maximal instructor attention and minimal bumper-boat battle reenactments, and schedules sometimes flex based on demand and the needs of students.
4601 Annapolis Rd.
Bladensburg, Maryland 20710