If you’re looking for a cardio workout that’s different than the hundreds of spin classes out there, look no further than btone‘s Indo-Row class!
You guys have heard me rave about btone’s tone class using the megaformer previously, so when they were bringing this new class to their Boston studio I couldn’t wait to try it out! I contacted Jody, the owner, who graciously agreed to host a bunch of bloggers to try out the new class. Not only did I love the class, but it was such a fun Saturday afternoon getting to know some new blogger friends!
Last Saturday, Jody hosted and gave us the total Indo-Row experience! The first thing we all couldn’t stop commenting on when we entered the class space was the lighting. The windows which face Newbury Street gave off so much great natural light. The color of the room made it even more fun with it’s bright hue, making it much more interesting and fun, that your typical bare gym studio.
To start off the class, Jody explained how to use the rowing machine. It was my second time using a rowing machine so I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about it. Sometimes my lack of coordination can get the better of me :). However after a few rounds through, I was definitely in the groove. Jody explained the monitors in the class and how we would be using them as well, whether it was for time, looking at our pace or distance.
The class was broken down into a few sections. First, we started off with a warm up and then a longer distance row of 500 Meters to get an idea of our pace and how to sync up our stroke to the instructor. After that came the real fun… starting with sprints for set time intervals and then moving to 200 meter drills. I think it was during the timed speed intervals that Jody played Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. That song never felt so long!
The class has room for 10 rowers and an instructor. Jody set us up so each side of the room was a team for any team exercises. The class consisted of both individual and team focused work. The interval training portion was team focused- one team would row while the other team would do another exercise off the machine, such as lunges or plank. When you were on the team holding plank as the other team rowed, you definitely wanted them to go faster! To close off the class we did a few relays which to me was one of the funnest part of the class. It really got the team working together- you had to signal the person next on your team when you had 20 meters left to row. I thought it was really fun and also made for a good bonding experience with everyone at the event. I was dripping by the end of that and the end of the class, so I know it was a great workout!
The verdict? I’d absolutely do it again! The Indo- Row class at btone is a great way to switch up your cardio routine with something that is fresh, fun and even brings in a bit of competitive spirit! I’m always looking for new classes to add in to my rotation and have a feeling I’ll be going to btone for more than just their megaformer classes in the near future. If you are interested in trying btone for the first time, be sure to check out their Introductory Special for new students of 3 classes for $30. It’s an awesome deal!
My big thanks go out to Jody and btone for hosting us! And to the lovely Boston Blogger friends that joined- Sarah, Jessi, Britt, Liana, Ashley, Meagan, Tiffany and Rebecca– it was so fun rowing with you ladies!