Welcome to Greenville Indoor Rowing

Welcome to Greenville’s FIRST and ONLY venture dedicated exclusively to indoor rowing. Please take some time to browse through our site and contact us with any questions.

Lowell Caylor’s Cell: 864-498-8608 / Laura Caylor’s Cell: 864-901-3776

 

“Row-ga!”an awesome offering of Yoga at Greenville Indoor Rowing. We call it Row-ga because it is simply Yoga taught at our indoor rowing studio. Learn how to use your body and breath to increase strength, stamina, flexibility, endurance, and over-all well being.

YOGA is offered at 10:45am – 12pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays! JOIN US to increase your flexibility, on and off the mat!**

Laura Caylor, Certified / Registered Yoga Teacher and Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor will lead you in an hour long class of bodywork, followed by 15 minutes relaxation called Savasana. “Row-ga!” provides the body with mindful concentration and movement on your yoga mat. Warming and contracting the muscles along with stretching and lengthening the muscles will offer you a complete body workout that is non-impact, non-competitive and less intense than our regular rowing classes. Come see what “Row-ga!” can do for you!

Rowing Technique

Rowing Technique

Not Sure What Indoor Rowing is All About? You are not alone. Unfortunately, it has been a well kept secret at most health clubs. When people get proper instruction and are able to experience the many benefits received from rowing, they wish they had discovered it much earlier.

Indoor rowing classes are similar to spinning classes, except that every major muscle group is involved. 86% of your muscle mass comes into play during the rowing stroke. Getting proper instruction is vital to attaining the proper technique. Recognized as the ultimate calorie burning exercise, indoor rowing is a great way to boost your metabolism. It provides one of the most rewarding forms of exercise as it works every major muscle group of the body and it is a great cardiovascular workout.

Study Supports Rowing for Astronaut Fitness

Dr. Benjamin Levine, medical researcher working with the National Space Biomedical Research Institute said the following on the Earth and Sky Radio Series:
”We looked to the sporting world and asked, which athletes have the biggest hearts, the densest bones, the biggest muscles. And that was a pretty quick answer: it’s rowers. Levine said that rowing is a very unique exercise. He said it’s like a combination of weight training and endurance training. Plus the blood pressure goes up high with each stroke, so it’s a good, solid workout for the heart. And it appears the rowing regimen does keep the hearts, bones and muscles of astronauts fit, while cutting the time spent on exercise by more than half”.

In essence, indoor rowing is a very time efficient workout. Since it uses every major muscle group, plus cardiovascular, all in one exercise, you can accomplish more in less time than with any other form of exercise.

Technique Video Link

Click here to watch an excellent short video on the proper rowing technique

Group Rowing Classes

Join our Group Indoor Rowing class, or sign up for individual private sessions. Class pricing is determined by number of classes desired – you decide what works best for you. Classes are held at various times on most days. View the class schedule to find the times that work best for you.

We Look Forward To Having You Row With Us or Experience Yoga With Us !! Or Even Both.

Call Lowell for rowing at 864.498.8608. / Call Laura for Yoga at 864-901-3776.

About Greenville Indoor Rowing

Greenville Indoor Rowing was founded by Lowell Caylor in the Spring of 2008.

Lowell Caylor, a former NFL Defensive Back, has been hooked on indoor rowing as his primary form of exercise for about 35 years. Upon retiring from the software business in 2008, he decided to establish Greenville Indoor Rowing, LLC, to share the benefits of indoor rowing with others.

While living in Denver, Lowell first became curious about the rower as he watched a very fit individual using it and he asked some questions about it. He realized the rowing machine was getting very little use in a very busy fitness facility and it didn’t take long for him to know he’d found a new, very accessible love. He later bought his own for home use and has diligently trained on the rower over the years.

Having always been a competitive champion, Lowell decided to participate in regional indoor rowing competitions and medaled each time. Most recently he won the Gold Medal in the Mens Over 40 category at the Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships. His passion for this form of exercise really hit home when he had a heart attack in May of 2006 and survived. Having a 100% blockage of the right coronary artery, Lowell’s cardiologist was amazed that he was still breathing. While performing the angioplasty and stent implant procedure, his cardiologist made the statement to him, “that piece of equipment (the rower) saved your life”!

Lowell is a certified indoor rowing instructor and is affiliated with Concept2, the company that created the premier indoor rower. The Concept2 rower is the one that all others are measured by and the primary equipment used for training and competition by college rowing crews and rowing clubs around the world.

In his own words Lowell states, “I think this piece of equipment is the best there is for overall conditioning. The machine works every major muscle group, plus cardiovascular, all in one workout. It is also low impact so your knees and ankles don’t take the pounding you get from running or jogging. It’s truly an exercise for all ages and all fitness levels”.

Contact Greenville Indoor Rowing

Thank you for your interest in Greenville Indoor Rowing and “Row-ga!”. For additional information about our fitness programs or rowing machines, call or drop us an email. We’d love to hear from you!

Lowell Caylor: lowell.caylor@yahoo.com
Laura Caylor: lauraandlowell@bellsouth.net

Call us or text us at:
Lowell’s Cell: 864-498-8608
Laura’s Cell: 864-901-3776

Or come visit us in person! Our new and expanded indoor rowing and “Row-ga!”studio is located at:

576 Woodruff Road
Greenville, SC

We are right next to Hot Springs Pools and Spas, where the Mall Connector Road intersects with Woodruff Road. Look for our big Greenville Indoor Rowing sign on the top of our building.

Greenville Indoor Rowing Testimonials

We Asked Our Crew members to Complete this Sentence:

“I LOVE ROWING BECAUSE…”

Here are some of their responses:

“I love rowing because it keeps me moving, motivated and mentally fit” Cheryl Childers — 25 year rheumatoid arthritis sufferer

“I love rowing because rowing gives me a full workout and friendships I would not have own my own. Rowing is a pleasurable exercise routine.” Elaine Freeman

“I LOVE ROWING BECAUSE the benefits I receive from rowing are enabling me to improve my mobility and overall health. As a diabetic, the circulation in my legs has decreased significantly, causing me pain and discomfort. The workouts vary in intensity and are helping my circulation and enabling me to have a sense of accomplishment.” Edward Blank – Age 56

“I love rowing because I feel better than I did at 40 and I will be 65 on July 29th.” Dorothy Starrett – Laurens, S.C.

“I love rowing because it has truly made a huge difference in my life from the health benefits to the fun group of people I get to row with and the fantastic Coaches who motivate me to keep on rowing!” Cathy McFadden, 53.

“I love rowing because it keeps me in shape. I know because I lost it since I haven’t been rowing!!!” Joyce Hunter (67)

“I love rowing because it gives you a better workout than any gym would and it makes you sweat.” Phillip Gold

“I love rowing because it’s the hardest workout I can do and it doesn’t hurt my hip or back. But mostly I love rowing because it’s so much fun. Brenda Young

“I love rowing because it’s such a great work-out. I’m a runner and biker and this is something different and fun.” Tommy Young

“I love rowing because I love life and rowing is why I am alive” Wylie Guest

“For the first time in my life, I find myself wanting to be more competitive. Not necessarily with others, but more with myself in wanting to improve my cruise time. If I could only get my body to cooperate and not give out on me!!” Terry Forte, age 55

“I love rowing because it has helped me to return to running after a 9 month injury layoff. I have come back stronger and quicker in the past 8 months with the rowing added to my exercise regimen.” Marty Smith

“I love rowing because…it is the first workout I have ever done that I can’t wait until the next day I can do it again…plus knowing it is a complete workout and not to mention how energized I feel after the class. It makes me feel young and at 58 this makes me happy.” Krystal Gray

I love rowing because for the first time in my life I feel fit, strong and athletic!!! Deb A – 48

From Daniel, age 12: “I love rowing because it is a great workout!”

From Stacy, age 45, currently training for Olympic-distance tri’s: “I love rowing because I can cross-train for triathlons and workout with my 12-year old son at the same time!”

“..because it achieves in the shortest amount of time the greatest quality of exercise available.” John B. Eberly, MD

“I love rowing because it always presents the opportunity to push yourself harder than you ever have before!” Becca Brown

“I love rowing because it’s every man/woman for him/herself and no matter what your time, Lowell always makes you feel like you’ve done GREAT!” Lucie, Age 45, member of GIR from Aug. ’09 ’til I die!

“I’m getting in shape for the first time in many years. I’m wearing a size 6 and loving it. I love that we are all doing the same thing just at our own pace. The friendly atmosphere and the group motivation is great too.” Jane Davis

“I love rowing because it made me stronger than I ever thought I could be!” Deb A. 48 Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia 15 years ago.

“It’s the WonderBread of exercise’s, it builds STRONG bodies 7 different ways.” David C. Age 60

“I love rowing because its the most sweat I can generate in public while still having a great time! Thanks!” Susan Sheeks

“One chamber of my heart was not working properly but after rowing for eight months my doctor said there is no sign of the problem. He gave me a clean bill of health. I had a knee replaced and went back to rowing in two months and did the rest of the rehab on the rowing machine with the doctors approval. I get a great physical and mental lift each day from the class and the people I work out with.” Gene Rupe

“I love rowing because… it’s the best therapy I’ve found for body, mind, and soul. So I guess that makes classes at Greenville Indoor Rowing “Group Therapy”” Anita Blackwell

“I love rowing because of the great people and of course the unbelievable workout I get in 1 hour. I am so glad I found rowing and to see and feel the results I have gotten makes me more addicted than ever.” Mark Dease

“I love rowing because it is a fountain of strength and to my surprise, transformed my body!” Retha Fields age 64

“I love rowing because it is the best workout I have ever had. I am hooked!!! I love rowing because of the people and how much fun it is. Thank you for offering this opportunity in Greenville.” Deb Sloan

“I love rowing because IT GIVES ME SO MUCH ENERGY!” Teresa Stone

“…it enables me to have fun with so many other people while getting and staying in excellent physical condition. There is just nothing else like it.” Mike Davis

“I love to row because I want to live longer, live better, and be able to do most of the things I have on my bucket list. I do not want my body to quit before I get to item 101 on the list.” Bill Dennis

“I love rowing because it’s FUN and I burn a ton of calories!!!!!! I love rowing because I get a total work out in only one hour.” Kendyl Ur

“I love rowing because it gives me the competitive edge that I need plus, it has improved my health considerably according to my Doctor. Last but not least, it allows me to continue to drink cold beer.” Bill Zuber

“Row-ga!” Class Testimonials

1. What has been your experience with “Row-ga!” at Greenville Indoor Rowing?

It’s my favorite hour of the week… and that’s saying something as I have some pretty good hours! =) I like the variety; I like the flow; I like the movement of it all.

Right from my very first Row-ga class I knew I was hooked. Take some Yoga, a great instructor and finish with mellow music, what a recipe!!!

I love it. Laura does a great job leading and guiding beginners and experienced participants. Immediately felt comfortable in something that was new to me.

2. How many times a week do you come to a “Row-ga!” class?

Just once a week – will eventually do more

Two, right now.

Once per week due to schedule issues. Ideally I would like to attend a class 2-3x wk.

Four!

3. Do you feel that the “Row-ga!” class is suitable for any age or fitness level?

Absolutely!

For the most part, yes, and Laura does a great job at helping and at pointing out alternate postures as/when necessary.

Yes…I am 58 and although I can not do many of the poses perfectly. Laura repeats to us often…..”Where you are now is exactly where you need to be, today.” We are not to force our bodies but become more aware of our bodies, aches, pains and concentrate on breathing to release the tensions/toxins/etc. that lie within that area.

4. How do you like the music in the “Row-ga!” class?

Always good music – like it when you change it up.

LOVE IT =) Oh yes…..and if you are sweet, Laura surprises you with your copy.

I just love the music – it takes me away to a calming and happy place.

5. Please rate your experience, both mental and physical, after a “Row-ga!” class from 1-10, (10 being the highest, most blissful experience!)

Very relaxed after yoga both physically and mentally

Most days, a 10! And on days that aren’t a 10, it’s not Row-ga!’s fault…

Mostly 10’s but some days one’s mind and body just aren’t in sink. I must say I have entered class as a 4 and left a 10 many times. Laura is a friend to so many and very grounded. She truly has a passion for yoga.

It would have to be 10 for me. By the end of class I am in Blissville!! Physically I am charged, and mentally I am in the moment.

My favorite part of the workout is the stretching poses we hold. I think they help me balance out my fitness routine the most. And I also like the reminders of when to inhale and exhale with each move.

Yoga is Laura’s passion. She is an excellent instructor and I never feel that I must go beyond MY limit. I love it when I can only bend 15 degrees of the 45 degrees and she says, “Where you are NOW is where you need to be.”

Treat your brain, spirit and body by participating in a “Row-Ga” class with Laura Caylor. After my first one hour class, my neck tension was gone and I felt a weeks worth of stress and emotional baggage float away. Oh yeah…she’ll also get you stretching muscles you didn’t know existed.

Keep up the good work!

Row-Ga ROCKS!

I have been practicing yoga off and on since 1996. When Laura finished her certification and began her “Row-ga” classes I was very skeptical of combining yoga (sacred stretching, to me) with rowing, which I didn’t understand at all. But I fell in love with Row-ga after the very first class! That was sometime last summer.

This spring, I realized that I was looking forward to the rowing as much as I was looking forward to the yoga… so I started rowing with Lowell in April. Now I am even more grateful for Row-ga! As soon as I started rowing, I realized that my hips, upper back and legs were in desperate need of more yoga. Talking with Laura about the muscles I could feel tightening has really helped me improve my technique AND my cruise pace and it’s also helped increase my endurance with rowing. I find that on the days I row with Lowell after doing Row-ga with Laura, my average speed is actually about 10 seconds lower! Talk about inspiration! I am also noticing that during Lowell’s classes I am breathing a lot more deeply, which I know helps with all aspects of my rowing and my health overall.

If you row, but have not tried Row-ga, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. I promise you will feel like you had a workout and that if you do it consistently, you will feel a difference in your rowing, too!

– Vicy Wlkinson

FITNESS FORUM Q & A

Q: I’m looking for a new way to workout and improve my fitness. I’m so bored with the whole running, biking, swimming thing, but it’s all I know. Any suggestions? – Floundering in Fitness

A: Suggestion? You betcha! Indoor Rowing! As you probably know, Ruth & I are huge proponents of the benefits of indoor rowing as a fitness activity and competitive sport. I have been rowing for fitness for 10+ years, and competitively for the last 4 years, so I can attest to the effectiveness of rowing on ones fitness level compared to other endurance activities. But rather than blah, blah about it from my own mouth, I want to guide you to another resource, the first of its kind in Greenville. If you wanted to row, you had to join a health club, (if you could find one with rowing machines that actually worked), or buy your own rower. But no more! Lowell & Laura Caylor, owners of Greenville Indoor Rowing now run indoor rowing classes. Check their website for class times and costs. This is a super way to get into the fun and excitement of indoor rowing. Lowell is a competitive rower with 20 years experience on the erg – (ergometer; rowing speak for the rowing machine). Oh, I didn’t mention that he is also 67 years young!! So rowing is also a fitness activity and competitive sport for all ages!! Check these guys out – you won’t be disappointed. Tell them the guy with the beard & earring sent you.

– Bob Mancuso, Licensed Massage Therapist; Certified Sports Massage; Certified Personal Fitness Trainer – Blue Ridge Sports & Therapeutic Massage, Greenville, SC (864-271-0442)