Greenville Indoor Rowing Instructors

Lowell CaylorLowell Caylor
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Lowell discovered the Concept2 indoor rowing machine in the late 1980’s while living in Denver. Once he started to row, he quickly became hooked and it has been his primary form of exercise since that time. As of this writing, Lowell has rowed more than 52 million meters on the Concept2 indoor rower and plans to continue forever !

Lowell played football and ran track in college at Miami of Ohio and then played a few years in the NFL before injuries cut his career short. He was a safety and special teams player on the 1964 Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL World Championship. Due to his competitive athletic background, he eventually started competing in indoor rowing races. He has won his age group category at the Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships in Chattanooga and at The Atlanta Erg Sprints. In 2008, he qualified for and competed in the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston and placed 5th in the 65-69 age group. In 2012, he again qualified for and competed in the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston and won the Bronze Medal in the 70-74 age group. The same held true for 2013, as he qualified for Boston again and again brought home the Bronze Medal for the 70-74 heavyweight age group. In 2017, he once again qualified for and went to the CRASH-B’s, but upon arriving in Boston, came down with an upper respiratory infection and was unable to compete.

Lowell became a Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor through Concept2. When he retired from the software sales business in May of 2008, he and his wife Laura decided to open Greenville Indoor Rowing so that they could share his passion for indoor rowing with as many others as possible. Since that time, many new people have been introduced to indoor rowing and have made significant improvements in their health and in their lives as a result – that is the most satisfying part of the job for him.

Laura Caylor
Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher / Thai Yoga Certified / SSQ Level III Qigong Instructor / Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Laura Caylor, Co-Founder of Greenville Indoor Rowing, has long been interested in fitness to keep excess weight and disease as far away as possible! Having battled with my own weight, in early years, I grew to know that I had to stay focused on a healthier way of living through nutrition and exercise. When I turned 50, I knew I needed to take extra good care of my health, my joints and my stability; I found myself focused on YOGA! Happily, after an in-depth, year-long Teacher Training program I became certified as a yoga instructor in March of 2010. I remain hungry for knowledge of all life-transforming, holistic sciences and practices which integrate the mind, body, heart and Spirit connection.

Sandi SmithSandi Smith
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

I was a coxswain for my crew team in high school and in college and thought my rowing days were long over. In May 2011 I found an ad for Row-ga classes at Greenville Indoor Rowing and thinking about how much I had enjoyed a yoga class I took in college decided to try it. After having 3 children in 3.5 years my fitness level was pretty low, and Row-ga was the perfect opportunity to ease back into a fitness regimen in a welcoming and accepting atmosphere. After a month of Row-ga classes, I got up the courage to try a rowing class, and I was hooked. The pounds started melting away and I started reaching for even higher rowing goals. 3 years later I have lost over 50 lbs, rowed over 3.5 million meters, completed 3 rowing half-marathons and competed in the Atlanta Erg Sprints. I became a certified indoor rowing instructor in August 2012 to share my love of rowing with all my friends at GIR. When I am not rowing I am laughing with my husband, chasing 3 kids around, and volunteering all around Greenville. In my 3 years at Greenville Indoor Rowing I have been so impressed and inspired by the diversity of our crew. There is a deep respect that abides in one rower for another. “Some people have friends who do their sport. We are a family.” – Frank Berry

John ObermeierJohn Obermeier
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

John began rowing in 2008 as part of rehab from foot surgery. He competed in the 2009 Atlanta Erg Sprints where he met Lowell and a team from GIR. He joined the club shortly thereafter. He has competed in a number of events including Atlanta, Tennessee and the Crash-Bs in Boston. After working as an actuary for nearly 30 years, most recently with Liberty Life he decided it was time for a change. John got certified as an Concept 2 instructor in October of 2012. When he is not spending time with his two children, he is rowing, working out or pursuing some other type of physical activity.

Helen IngramHelen Ingram
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

An Upstate native and UGA alumna, Helen Ingram discovered the joy of regular, consistent cardio workouts at the ripe age of 39. Years of complaining about how clothes fit finally pushed her to into the exercise habit. She ran her first 5K race in 2008, 10K in 2009 and discovered the indoor rowing phenomenon the same summer. Now a rowing freak, Helen has become a full tme class leader for a group that has become a lot more like family than just “the crew.” When she’s not rowing, she’s applying her social media prowess and verbal skills for a variety of freelance clients, and loving her daughter and husband.

Thom HansenThom Hansen
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Thom is a native of Greenville, although he lived in Southeastern PA for several years during his junior high and high school years. In his late 20’s, he returned to Greenville because he really likes the South.

An avid watcher of TV’s Biggest Loser, Thom was inspired in 2009 to begin a weight loss program at a local gym. He developed a passion for running and was successful during 2009–2011 in losing 60 pounds as he ran 5k’s, 10k’s, four half-marathons, one marathon, and one 12-man team 220-mile relay. After running took its toll, especially on his knees, Thom started yoga instruction and met Laura Caylor at a yoga class. Laura told Thom about Greenville Indoor Rowing, where he has been a crew member since September 2012. He has competed in the Atlanta Erg Sprints with the group from the oar house and has medaled in both races.

Along with just passing 7 million lifetime meters, he is enjoying his new role as a GIR rowing instructor and has his i door rowing instructor certification.

Robin MeuldijkRobin Meuldijk
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Former couch potato, mother to two ergheads, and wife to Ron (another erghead). I am a retired Neonatal, Air Ambulance Registered Nurse, former Nurse Recruiter and Personal Assistant. When I am not rowing I like to hike, read, bake and volunteer with services directed towards recovery from addiction and mental illness. Rowing has challenged me in ways I have not been challenged before. One hour of work, do it well, do it better, with another goal to meet. I started rowing September 21, 2010. Physically my body has gradually changed as 10 1/2 inches have melted away. I dropped pant size from 16 to 10-12.

Ergheads at Greenville Indoor Rowing celebrate each other’s successes and care, support and encourage each other. The Instructors at The Oarhouse believed in me until I could believe in myself. I love, love, love rowing!

Debbie BusbeyDebbie Busbey
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Debbie Busbey competed in age group swimming in Georgia, Texas and Ohio and then swam for Miami University of Ohio – just a couple years after Lowell attended there. Growing up with the discipline of swimming she developed a lifelong exercise habit. After the births of her three daughters, she found Jazzercise (which had childcare) to be a good way to stay in shape and decided to become an instructor. After several years of teaching Jazzercise (and meeting some fantastic people like Laura Caylor), she moved on to running with her husband and competed in many 5k’s. She enjoyed the competition immensely but found that the impact was taking a toll on her body. To help alleviate some of the wear and tear on her body, she began doing Row-ga classes with Laura and discovered the many benefits of practicing yoga. After a little coercion, she tried rowing and found a sport that has everything she needs: excellent cardio and core work, low impact, a different challenge everyday, competitions and most of all, it’s filled with great people.

Ward Bursley
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Ward began rowing in mid-November 2011 after meeting and talking to Laura Caylor at the Greenville Indoor Rowing table at his company’s “Wellness Fair.” After his introductory class, he signed up and has been rowing ever since – over 17 million meters so far. The combination of aerobic and muscular exercise of indoor rowing has helped him to improve and maintain his overall fitness. He enjoys the camaraderie of the GIR community, the encouragement he receives from other “erg heads” in The Oarhouse, and the variety of exercise routines used in each class. When he’s not rowing, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Jody), hiking, reading, and volunteer work at church. He and Jody have three daughters, three grandsons, and two grand-daughters.

Monique Cain
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Having always done some form of exercise, Monique joined GIR in September 2012 in hopes of finding a program that would give her a great workout, but not be too hard on her body. She found it here! She typically rows 3 days a week and has seen a great transformation in her entire body. In order to share her love for rowing and desire for living a healthy life, Monique began instructing rowing classes. When not exercising or working at her “real” job, Monique spends time with her husband, Mike and their two dogs.

Susan Ward
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

After an entirely unathletic youth, Susan stepped out of her comfort zone and onto the tae kwon do mat at the age of 39 in 2009. Later she also began attending yoga classes, where she met Laura Caylor who in 2014 became her teacher. It wasn’t long before Susan added indoor rowing to her fitness regimen. When she attained the rank of second degree black belt, she retired from TKD and made rowing her primary sport.

Following the death by suicide of her teenage son in 2017, Susan found that rowing and the community at The Oarhouse became a crucial part of her grief support system. Loving the GIR family and wanting to “make it official”, she attended the UCanRow2 certification course in May of 2018 and then taught her first class less than a month later. Now age 50, Susan has rowed over 5 million meters and completed two rowing marathons. She enjoys teaching a couple of classes a week, coming up with creative playlists and encouraging her rowers to “work hard and have fun!@”

When she’s not teaching class, she serves as the director of the Rader Ward Foundation, offering suicide prevention, mental health and grief support resources and scholarships for creative kids in need to attend local Montessori elementary schools.

Mark Dease
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

In 2008 I found GIR and the awesome sport of indoor rowing by a recommendation from a friend. I have always been active and willing to try new activities, but usually I get bored and move on to something else;  not with indoor rowing. The challenge with the erg keeps bringing me back 3-4 days a week. I have now started also using the SkiErg regularly; another great complement to indoor rowing and an awesome machine produced by Concept2.

I currently lead the Friday, 6am class regularly, but you will also find me there on other days as part of the early morning crew. When I am not rowing, I am working my real job, spending time with my family (wife and two daughters) and following anything Clemson. Go Tigers !

Jennifer Craft
Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Born and reared in the Upstate. Two degrees from Clemson. Two beautiful daughters. One spoiled dog. Rowing since July of 2012. Love my 6am rowers who make getting up so early worth  it. Shout out to Leslie Melcher who introduced me to this great place.