Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships

The 30th annual TIRC was held in Chattanooga on Feb 8th this year. At the TIRC’s they use an age handicap system for all racers over 40 years of age. Everyone 40 and over rows at the same time. Age handicaps are set in advance based on the number of years over 40.  They then take your raw 2K time, deduct your handicap time and medals are awarded based on those adjusted times.

Part of our GIR Race Team raced here. Here’s who raced:

Kasey Obermeier – Open Lightweight Women – 3rd Place Bronze
Debbie Busbey – Open Lightweight Women – 5th Place
Camille Hood – Veteran Women (40 and Over) – 3rd Place Bronze

John Obermeier – Veteran Men (40 and Over) – 5th Place

Atlanta Erg Sprints

The Atlanta Erg Sprints does not use an age handicap system like they do in Chattanooga.  But, on the top end of the age group scale, everyone 60 and over rows together with no age adjustment. The Erg Sprints were held on February 15th this year.

Here’s who raced from GIR:

Emma Merry – Womens 30-39 – 4th Place
Camille Hood – Womens 60+ – 2nd Place  Silver
Robin Meuldijk – Womens 60+ – 1st Place Gold

Joe Merry – Masters Men – 4th Place
Glenn Wentz – Men Age 40-49 – 8th Place
Jack Turner – Men 60+ – 6th Place
Ron Meuldijk – Men 60+ – 5th Place

US Rowing Indoor National Championships

This year the US Rowing Indoor National Championships were held on March 1st in conjunction with the CRASH-B Sprints. We had two rowers from GIR compete this year.

John Obermeier – Mens 60-64 – 9th Place
Dave Watts – Lightweight Mens 80-84 – 1st Place Gold

Two Million Lifetime Meter Club (1240)

The following have rowed over Two Million Lifetime meters (1240 miles):

Alex Schneider

Allen Newton

Amanda Jacobs

Amy Buxbaum

Becky Hendley

Beth Dameron

Betsy Anderson

Brenda Young

Catherine Thornton

Clive Gobbett

Debbie Sloan

Debra Bernier-Davis

Denis McKevitt

Denise Johnson

Doug Brown

Ellie Wentz

Emma Merry

Felisa Williams




Gordon Sherard

Jerry Shive

Jim Miller

John Cebe

John Thornton

Judy Widmer

Ken Costanzo

Ken Pelanda

Kimberly Cooley

Laura Caylor

Linda Pugh

Lisa Robb

Lucynda Moore

Maggie Patton

Manuel Cornett

Maria Lappin

Marsha Shive

Mary Phipps

Mike Cain

Mike Meszaros

Mike Smith

Mike Williams

Morgan Stewart

Pam Howard

Rebecca Pawlus

Retha Fields

Rose Mihaly

Russ Wise

Stella Walvoord

Steve Palmer

Susan Floyd

Tere Poplin

Tom Baliker

Tony Gregory

Walter Gainer

William Ward

Wylie Guest





Rowing Class Schedule

Rowing Class Schedule:

Monday6:00am, 7:30am, 9:15am & 6:00pm

Tuesday6:00am, 7:30am, 9:15am & 6:00pm

Wednesday6:00am, 7:30am, 9:15am & 6:00pm

Thursday6:00am, 7:30am, 9:15am & 6:00pm

Friday6:00am, 7:30am & 9:15am

Saturday7:30am & 9:15am

Call or text ahead of time for seat availability  /  Lowell Caylor – Cell: 498-8608


Yoga Class Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday and  Saturday at 10:45am

Reservations are not required.

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.

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.


Half and Full Marathon Clubs

Rowers who row a full-marathon are rowing the equivalent to a runners 26.2 mile full-marathon and rowers who row a half-marathon are rowing the equivalent to a runners 13.1 mile half-marathon. Rowing distances are measured in meters; a full-marathon being 42,195 meters and a half-marathon being 21,097 meters.

Below you will see which GIR Members have rowed half marathons and which have rowed full marathons, or BOTH! Scroll down to see the complete listing.

Half Marathon

Full Marathon

Al Dobbs
Alan Hester
Anne Moore
Beth Fortune
Bill Dennis
Bob Mancuso
Brian Henson
Carla Carter
Caron Vallance
Cathy McFadden
Cheryl Childers
Dave Carter
Deb Adams
Deb Sloan
Don Gilstrap
Dora Dulaney
Dwayne Alexander
Farrar Pittman
Garry Patton
Gene Rupe
H Coe Meuldijk
Heather Smith
Helen Wynkoop
Jason Carden
Jason Scroggs
Jim Beischer
Joan Nell
Joe Rickman
John Barth
John Moore
Josephine Oakley
Joyce Hunter
Judy Widmer
Kathy Gettys
Katie Broderick
Kelly Korobkin
Lance Ferrill
Larry Wisler
Lisa Littleton
Lisa Robb
Lowell Caylor
Mark Dease
Mark Wessel
Monique Cain
Morgan Stewart
Myra Bonner
Olga Layfield
Pam Lizanich
Paula Wynn
Philip Floyd
Phillip Gold
Rachel Reed
Retha Fields
Rhonda Barth
Robin Meuldijk
Ron Meuldijk
Ross Nell
Sandi Smith
Siobhan Rose-Innes
Susan Garren
Ted Hammer
Thom Hansen
Tom Odle
Van Clanton
Vicy Wilkinson

Jason Carden
Mark Wessel
Morgan Stewart
Ron Meuldijk
Ted Hammer
Thom Hansen
Van Clanton
Vicy Wilkinson


































What is “Row-ga!”?

Laura Caylor, GIR's RowGa! Instructor “Row-ga!” is a 75-minute yoga class offered at our Greenville Indoor Rowing studio as a complement for the rowing enthusiast and as an alternative for the YOGA lovers of Greenville! Every “Row-ga!” class is unique and dependent on the audience; we do our best to keep things fresh and interesting with your safety in mind, at all times.

It’s kind of amazing to see how we transform a highly intense and energetic rowing facility into a soft, quiet and very calming yoga center. YOGA @ GIR offers an organic flow of physical yoga poses, (asanas), sequenced to suit  your needs with whatever adjustments  or modifications necessary to allow you  to enjoy the experience even more. Each class is finished with a lying-down, guided meditation for the restful absorption of the yoga practice, releasing and relaxing one body part at a time.

We have mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets and an occasional tennis ball to enhance and deepen your practice at GIR. Our warm and welcoming Community of Yogis helps participants learn, grow and experience a great space for yoga. The practice is always well-rounded and effective for both the experienced yogi as well as for any and all “newbies”. As I  gently remind folks, “There is no need to fear yoga, here!”

“Row-ga!” Classes – 10:45am til Noon

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

Laura also offers other unique services for clients who wish to take their yoga and energy-enhancing practices even further.

Contact Laura for more details at 864-901-3776.


Meet your Yogini, Laura Caylor


Greenville Indoor Rowing Prices

Orientation Sessions:

Prior to taking your first group class, we require you to attend a free orientation session to learn about the indoor rowing machine and introduce you to the proper rowing technique. This orientation session will be done 30 minutes prior to your first class. If you have previously used the Concept2 indoor rower, then your orientation session might be shorter, based on your experience level with the indoor rower.

If seats are available in a class that you would like to attend, we will schedule your orientation session for 30 minutes prior to that class. Please call Lowell at 864-498-8608 or email him at lowell.caylor@yahoo.com to set up your orientation session. You will be glad that you did.

Current Rowing Pricing Schedule:

Orientation session and  first class are both free.

Singles Pricing:
10 Class Punch Card  /  $150  /  Our punch cards have no expiration date
20 Class Punch Card  /  $250  /  Our punch cards have no expiration date
Frequent Rower Club  /  Unlimited classes  /  $100 per month

Couples Pricing:
10 Class Punch Card  /  $110  /  Can be shared by the couple
Frequent Rower Club  /  $85 per person per month  –  $170 total per month
Couples Combo  /  One does a punch card and the other does Frequent Rower

Current “Row-ga!” Pricing Schedule:

Single Walk-in Price = $10
10 Class Pass = $80

Special Pricing applies if you also attend rowing classes.

Concept2 Rowing Machines (Ergs) For Sale

Rowing is impact-free, and tConcept2-logohe intensity is completely user-controlled. Thousands of customers have found rowing to be the best low-impact, full-body workout available! Work out in comfort of your own home, or purchase Concept2 Rowers for your corporate fitness program.

Worried about space? Rowers collapse to take up very little room when not in use. We offer two models of rowers, the Model D and the Model E. Both models come with the latest PM5 monitor.

We are an authorized reseller for Concept2

Call us for the latest pricing on a machine to meet your needs.

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Visit Concept2’s website for the latest information on rowing, workout of the day, national rowing team rankings, etc.