Row Rage at Mad About Crossfit
I’ll admit, I was a little intimidated heading into a Crossfit gym with zero experience and no idea what to expect from a class called “Row Rage”. INTENSE was all I could imagine. The minute I walked through the door, I was greeted by the instructor, Diane and from that instant, I felt she was by my side every step of the way. She gave me the full rundown on how the class works and then strapped me into the rowing machine and guided me through the proper technique, as well as goals for a gal of my experience and condition. A group of regulars gathered, various ages and builds, and all looking delighted to be there. Here’s how it works (and I am told every class is different but with the same general philosophy): high-intensity blasts (rowing with the appropriate form to your optimum potential), then rest and recover. Next, perform a series of complimentary conditioning exercises (they’re posted on the dry erase board) — in our case, it was a determined number of reps of burpees, squats with medicine balls, and jumps onto wooden platforms (steps for me!). Then rest and recover again. Back on the rower and then repeat throughout the hour.
This class checked a lot of boxes for me. There was no opportunity for boredom. And I love getting my heart rate up by rowing without taxing my joints. Even during the recovery periods, I felt energized and motivated. I never felt exhausted or as if I was falling behind the class. Every student was working at their own pace and it was impossible to see my neighbor’s results or even notice any of their activity. I was too busy!
Diane has been a personal trainer for nearly twenty years. Her knowledge of rowing and Crossfit technique lends itself to her skillful direction. You are in the very capable hands here.
Mad About Crossfit uses sleek, oak rowing machines called WaterRowers. Each rower has a “water flywheel” that consists of two paddles in an enclosed tank of water that provide fluid, quiet resistance, just like the paddles in an actual body of water. The motion is smooth and there’s no jerking as on the rowers of yesteryear.
Mention the E-list and receive your first class for free plus a complimentary preliminary 20-minute session. Must book intro session prior to class. 203-903-9952
Mad About Cross Fit
170 Fort Path Road in Madison
by Laura Williams