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January 12, 2016
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Row Rage at Mad About CrossFit, Madison

Jameson Koptiuch, an instructor at Mad About CrossFit, is a stickler for form. Before my mom and I got to any rigorous rowing at his Row Rage class, he made sure we were rowing correctly, which is more precise than you might think.

“A strong, swift, and powerful stroke ordered by legs, core, then finally the arms and back,” Jameson explained in an email. “The recovery is slower, effortless, and in reverse order—arms, core, legs.”

We applied this form to a series of intervals, which alternated between a rowing sprint and air squats, kettlebell swings, or dumbbell shoulder presses for five or three-minute stretches. Thanks to Jameson’s expert and tireless instruction, he kept my mom’s world-weary knees safe with subtle yet effective cues, and he turned a kettlebell swing into a full-body, core-burning exercise for me with the minute adjustment of hinging at the hips rather than squatting at the knees.

Row Rage is an ideal (and beginner-friendly) class for those looking to up their fitness game with a low-impact, high-intensity, full-body workout—and plenty of attention to detail.


Classes: CrossFit, CrossFit Beginners, Row Rage, pilates
Schedule: Morning and evening classes Monday through Friday, starting at 5:30am. Pilates privates and duets by appointment, private CrossFit and Row Rage sessions by appointment.
Atmosphere: Large, modern-industrial CrossFit gym, two bathrooms. 
Price: Privates $95/hour and duets $70/hr, sold in packages of 10 and 20. CrossFit and Row Rage classes are offered in monthly, 3-month, 6-month, and yearly memberships as well as 5, 10, and 20-class packs.
Extras: “Whole Life Challenge,” an eight-week nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle overhaul, held three times a year. Information on recipes, nutrition, and “Workouts of the Day” posted on the website.

by Amanda Bloom

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