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Just Say Row: Newport Studio Offers Alternative Way to Get in Shape

Every New Year, tens of thousands of Americans make a resolution to lose weight or get in better shape. Many choose to join a gym or health club with the intention of working out two, three or maybe even four times a week. Unfortunately, by the time spring rolls around, many stop going for several different reasons whether it’s a lack of time, unhappiness with their results, or most commonly, a low level of motivation. For those who struggle with the latter, partner workouts or group classes are great ways to ensure you make (and even exceed) your goals.

At The Rowing Place in Newport, we focus on teaching students the proper technique and challenge them to give their best effort each class to maximize results. In addition to rowing, we also incorporate stretching, strength training, and core workouts into each class. While it’s true that rowing is a great cardiovascular workout, there are also many other benefits of this type of exercise which have been highlighted on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and People magazine, including:

  • Weight loss
  • Improve muscle tone
  • It is a low-impact exercise which is easier on joints
  • Rowing is a total-body sport that works your arms, legs, chest, back, and core muscle groups
  • Can be done as part of a cross-training or injury rehabilitation program
  • Fun (and beneficial) for people of all ages 

If you are interested in taking a class or want to know more about the sport, visit The Rowing Place inside NewCov CrossFit at 15 W. 6th Street in Newport, Kentucky or check out the studio's website at

Pedro Palacios owns and operates The Rowing Place and is a former member of the Mexican National Rowing Team. He has been the rowing coach at Cincinnati Country Day High School since 2008.

Photo courtesy of the No Limits Rowing Facebook page