With so many trends, such as barre, spinning and CrossFit, sweeping the workout world, it’s hard to know which fitness practice is right for you. Want a workout that will leave you strong and energized? Coastal Rowing Studio delivers a series of options regardless of your athletic ability. The first studio of its kind in the Lowcountry, this family-run business has caught the attention of residents looking to embrace their greatest selves. Whether you are training for a marathon or simply want to look your best poolside, these professionals have just what you need to up your heart rate and your confidence.
“We wanted to provide something different from what is currently offered in the fitness market,” said co-owner Brian Provost, who owns Coastal Rowing Studio with his wife Cheryl. “Indoor rowing is an exercise that most anyone can do. We love the idea of being able to build a community of different ages and fitness levels who encourage and challenge each other to be the best they can be.”
A visit to Coastal Rowing Studio is sure to be impactful, as the sessions offered target a variety of areas at once. Unlike a treadmill or stationary bike, a rowing machine achieves a total body workout within a relatively short amount of time. Class participants row together, in unison, as if they are in the same boat gliding down a waterway.
“A workout on the indoor rowing machine is a complete workout,” said Cheryl Provost. “In one rowing stroke, you engage your legs, abdominals, back and arms, working 85 percent of the muscles in your body and building your cardio endurance at the same time. It is great for toning, building strength and losing weight.”
Cheryl, who comes from a background of nutrition and personal training, finds joy in working one-on-one with clients to achieve amazing results. Even in a class setting, participants receive the attention needed to get them to the next level. From dispensing knowledge on what food is the ideal source to fuel a workout to helping folks increase their stamina, she revels in watching the transformations of clients.
“For me, the most rewarding moment occurs when a client lights up as they realize that indoor rowing is helping them accomplish their health and fitness goals,” said Cheryl. “Whether it’s feeling better, losing weight or lowering your pace on the erg, there is something special and humbling in knowing you have had a part in helping someone else.”
In addition to helping clients achieve optimal health, the Provosts flex their altruistic muscle by donating to various charities. “Rowing wars” are held each quarter, with proceeds going to organizations that support those battling illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, autism and PTSD.
“From the moment someone enters our studio, we want them to feel as if they are part of the Coastal Rowing Studio crew,” said Cheryl. “We strive to create a Lowcountry community where our clients feel welcome and know they matter. It is by developing these relationships that we can truly encourage and challenge them.”
Burn calories and embrace your inner Olympian at Coastal Rowing Studio. Best of all, you can break a sweat without breaking the bank. Accessible, affordable and engaging, this is sure to be your new favorite spot to tone up.
Coastal Rowing Studio is located at 1233 Ben Sawyer Blvd. To learn more, visit coastalrowingstudio.com or call 843-972-8137.
By Kalene McCort.