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Rowing Machine Gym Opens in Clintonville

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Group fitness classes are rising in popularity across the nation. Not only are classes like Zumba and Boot Camp still going strong, but classes that encourage participants to utilize machines in groups are gaining momentum as well. One particular machine that is gathering a following is rowing. Gyms across the nation are equipped with rowing machines which simulate the experience of rowing a boat on water, giving participants a total body workout.

Clintonville is now home to Columbus’s first gym dedicated solely to the rowing exercise. RO-HIO began offering classes in June in the CrossFit Clintonville space. Their trainers are all former competitive collegiate athletes, and they work with participants to learn the low-impact techniques that will benefit them the most. Whether an aquatic rower or a fitness novice, this exercise will burn over 600 calories in an hour through working nine major muscle groups. Each machine can be adjusted to the level of difficulty the rower desires, so classes are a mixed group of fitness level participants.

“While spinning is great for your legs and lungs; your back, shoulders and core don’t get much of a workout,” said Dennis Kaps, co-owner of RO-HIO. “I thought, hey, wouldn’t it be great to offer the class experience that people love but deliver them a better workout?  The rowing machine is the solution to that — working every major muscle group and delivering a killer cardio workout.”

While this is the first studio, owners Dennis and Patrick have a long-term goal for RO-HIO to add more locations with a lot of options for class times while creating a strong name for the company throughout Ohio.

RO-HIO is offering a free class for first-time rowers for a limited time.

For more information, visit www.ro-hio.com.

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