There’s a new way to workout in Toronto.
Joining the already abundant different ways to sweat in this city (barre Fitness and cycle studios among them), ScullHouse is a St. Lawrence Market-area rowing studio that is the first of its kind in Toronto.
Founded by Canadian Rowing National Team alumnus Kristin Jeffery, the exercise craze not only Oprah-approved, but also boast numerous benefits. It’s a high-energy yet low impact cardiovascular workout that can burn up to 800 calories per class and uses over 85% of muscles in a full range of movements that aims to lengthen and strengthen.
The facilities at ScullHouse are compact comprising of a front reception desk, change rooms, weight room, and a single class studio. It means that classes are capped at 19 participants (plus one instructor) which adds an air of intimacy.
Four types of classes are available; The Classic, Row & Flow, and Core Row are each 55 minute workouts while an Express Row option is shorter (just 45 minutes) but more intense.
Perhaps most unique about the classes is that everyone rows in unison to emulate the experience on water while also fostering a sense of teamwork.
Concept2 rowing machines are equipped with PM5 monitors while music, instruction, and the energy of fellow rowers helps to keep participants in synch.
The Classic Row class offers a mix of interval training on the rowing machine alternating with intervals of mat work. As a first-timer, the proper form and technique required some extra attention, but once in the groove, the rhythmic motions became hypnotizing and the 55 minutes flew by.
Address: 35 Jarvis Street, Toronto