Class Review: Row House (in Montauk)

Rowing classes have been popping up around the city much like cycling did a few years ago. I’ve taken a couple of row-focused classes at Equinox (Shockwave) but hadn’t yet visited a studio (Row House and City Row are two big ones). I follow Row House on Instagram and kept seeing gorgeous pics posted from their pop up in the Hamptons. Last weekend I was headed out there for a bachelorette and made it a priority to get over to Gurney’s and try this thing out.

I convinced another bachelorette attendee to join the workout and then 40 mins before class I got a text that she was bailing. If you love working out and go often, expect friends to bail on you all the time! Even though I’d be going solo, I was not going to miss my opportunity to try this class. I mean, look at this, where else can you find a fitness class in such a beautiful setting?

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There are a row of rowers set up facing the ocean, behind the rowers are mats and sandbags for the work you do off the rower. I was greeted by Eric and Debra, (married) owners of the studio. Erica and Debra are basically living my dream; they were Equinox instructors and then started their own studio. So amazing, anyways back to the class.

The group was mostly new people so Eric and Debra helped everyone set up and gave a basic overview of proper rowing form. Eric mainly led the class with Debra jumping in at certain points to row with us.

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(view from my seat)

Going into this, I knew nothing about rowing. I learned a ton in the first class. My form was a mess but by the end I started to get the hang of it. I’m used to cycling which is now second nature to me so it was kinda cool learning something new that’s out of my comfort zone. I think if I continue to go the movements will become much smoother and more natural.

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(loved the little notes on the sides of the rowers)

We did different intervals on the rower and then a few times got off the rower and did work on the mats include pushups, planks, squats and so on. With this combination we got a full-body workout.

There were a lot of things I liked about this class: it was a small group so you got a lot of personal attention from the instructors (lots of form correction for me!), there was good music, an amazing vibe as we looked out into the ocean, a friendly group of people, free Fiji water, a towel, a bandana (these things seem silly but when you pay for a workout, these things are important to me and make a huge difference in my experience). The workout was challenging and I was sweating up a storm.

If you asked me what a row-focused class would be like, I’d think it would be boring, what can you actually do on a rower? I was wrong, rowing with a group makes a difference as does going harder at certain intervals. I was entertained the entire time and was sad when the class was over, I wanted to keep going!

By the end I felt amazing and was ready to buy a package of classes (although I’m waiting until I finish up some other fitness packs I’ve bought elsewhere).

I really hope to check out the NYC studio soon. While it won’t have the beautiful ocean view, it will have the same amazing instruction and intense workout.

This class is ideal for all levels of fitness, it’s something that you can do at any pace. If you go, let me know what you think!

Snack Review: Nakd Bars

For the past month I’ve been snacking on these tasty bars and I’m ready to give you the full run down! The lovely folks at Natural Balance Foods sent me a mixed case of these vegan, 100% natural bars and I quickly became addicted, eating one a day (ok and some days, two).

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The bars contain very few ingredients, which is something I look for in packaged foods. If I’m going to eat something that comes in a wrapper I want it to be as natural as possible, only containing a short list of ingredients, all of which I can pronounce. Nakd bars fit the bill.

The details are listed on the back, check it out:

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I thought the fruity flavors would be my favorite but I actually loved the chocolatey ones, they quenched sugary cravings in a healthy way. I think perhaps my top flavor was the Ginger Bread bar, it tasted exactly like gingerbread and only has dates, almonds, pecans, ginger, cloves and cinnamon, that’s it!

I’m bummed that I ate every bar already and will have to order more, they are perfect to keep at my desk or for traveling; they were always in my beach bag this summer.

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You can order the bars on NaturalBalanceFoods.com, I recommend the mixed case to try all the flavors; I actually liked every single one.

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Class Review: Love. A Yoga Space, Montauk

Oh goodness, where do I begin with this review. There were highs, there were lows, there were weird moments. So. Many. Feelings.

Ok let’s start at the beginning…

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Hamptons Bachelorette Weekend Round 2

I headed back out to Montauk this weekend to celebrate the amazing Megan’s bachelorette! Megan and I met 9 years ago (woah) while interning at Shop Etc. magazine. Never heard of it? I’m not surprised, it folded shortly after our summer there. That summer, there was a miscommunication with hiring summer interns and there ended up being about 25 interns, which is insane for the size of the magazine.

No complaints here, it was my first summer living in NYC and I made amazing friends that I’m still close with today. Five of us from that summer were at the bachlorette this weekend and it was so great to all be back together.

We stayed at the Montauk Beach House. I have mixed feelings about the hotel, it’s very central, has a pool (and pool party) and is near the beach but it’s one of those hotels that tries to make as much money off you as possible. It had a good party vibe, ideal for a bachelorette weekend but they had silly rules like you can’t bring your own alcohol or food (we did anyways). It was totally fine for the weekend and put us in a good area for day time and night time activities.

Highlights include dinner at Swallow East, drinks at Surf Lodge and brunch at The Gig Shack.

Poolside Bloody Mary at Montauk Beach House

Shop Etc. girls back together again

& the whole weekend crew

Taking in the sunset at Surf Lodge. I recommend this spot but make sure to get there early, a line forms as early as 7pm. It’s a great atmosphere; half the bar is in the lodge and half is in the sand, there’s live music and views of the water.

Tasty fish tacos before heading back to the city.

And you know me, I went off on my own both mornings for a workout. Saturday was for yoga and Sunday was for Row House, I’ll be reviewing those shortly in their own post.

I had a great time with these ladies this weekend and can’t wait to reunite once again in New Orleans for the wedding!

1. Made two fun online purchases this week. I’ve dropped my iphone more times than I care to count and my current Kate Spade case needs to be retired (cracks all over da place) so I opted for a run-friendly case from Triple C Designs ($34). I love that when I go for a run I can easily hold an ID, credit card and a few bucks. And while perusing the Cameo Nouveau site I stumbled upon these adorable hair pins which I had actually seen on Instagram a while ago and have loved every since. I bought the Love pin ($12), I think this would be so cute to wear to a wedding with a little black dress. Pins available on Cameo Nouveau and ban.do

2. This afternoon I’m heading out to Montauk for another bachelorette party! I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait to get to our hotel, The Montuak Beach House, it looks all nautical and beachy. I know a handful of girls going and am looking forward to catching up, relaxing and exploring Montauk.

3. Every so often as a business meeting I get treated to a fancy manicure. This week we went to Paintbox in Soho. They have a book of options to choose from; I went for a pinkish sponge paint style. The shop is super nice, has delicious iced coffee and they do an awesome job. It’s on the pricey side but it’s gel and should last 2+ weeks. The best part? Mani cam! On your way out they have an actual mani cam set up to take your photo, already cropped and ready for Instagram. So fun!

4. This is not accurate, I’m not doing Whole30 but I am thinking about doing Whole30. I’ve been doing research on the program and it sounds hard. To put it simply, you eat real food for 30 days, absolutely no cheating. Without being very knowledgeable about it (yet) I’d say it’s extreme Paleo without a single cheat. If you cheat even a little, you go back to Day 1. It’s supposed to be a reset of your system and I’m intrigued. I cheat on my healthy eating all the time so this would be quite the challenge. You’re supposed to read It Starts With Food before beginning the program. I ordered the book and will read through before committing. Stay tuned.

5. Catching up with friends is oh-so-nice and doing it over a tasty meal is even better. On Tuesday I went to The Mermaid Inn with a friend and while it wasn’t my first time there, it was a new experience. We started at the bar for happy hour with rose, oysters and clams, taking advantage of pretty decent happy hour specials. After HH we were seated and did the Old Fashioned Crab Boil, a special on Tuesdays in the summer. For $26 you get a bucket of 4 Maryland blue crabs, jalapeno corn bread, potatoes and corn on the cob. I’m embarrassed to say that as a Marylander I had no idea how to eat a crab but luckily our placemats gave step-by-step instructions. The food and atmosphere is great, as it getting a lot of one-on-one time with my friend. The special only runs for two more Tuesdays so get there quickly!

Happy Weekend All!