Indoor Rowing: Getting into the Rhythm

It all started in March 2019, I wanted to try something new and restart my workout routine. Before moving to Manila I have a fairly active lifestyle working out at least 4 times a week with a long run on the weekends without having to enroll in a gym membership.

I didn’t want to go to a common gym membership wherein I just go in and try out the machines, I’ve had Fitness First membership but I wanted to try something different. Yoga classes was another thing but I can do most of the yoga exercises at home. I wanted something that is engaging and the exercises are different each time. Then I found Saddle Row.

Why Indoor Rowing?

Indoor rowing provides low impact and high intensity training which focuses on different muscle groups, including quads, hamstrings, back, shoulder, biceps, traps, lats, glutes and abdominal muscles. Compared to running and cycling which only focuses on the lower part of the body, you get more benefits in an hour of workout.


Another great thing about the classes is that there are different packages and you can get into different classes in case you want to spice it up a bit. I like the rowing classes the most compared with their other offerings.

Most of the exercises are on and off row, meaning there are times where in you have to do exercises that are off the rowing machine. They have Finesse classes which is for the beginner rowers, they teach you how to correct your form. The Finesse Advance classes which I regularly go to, are circuit exercises with higher intensity. You’re forced to get out of your comfort zone.

The last session I had we had a HIIT workout and it was intense. We started off with 20 counts to 2 counts.

It’s been great fun so far.

Aside from rowing, they also have a cycling studio, shower rooms, lockers and a float pod in case you want to relax after a workout. The boutique gym is also next to a cafe, the spa and the cinema. It’s in a great location.