Rowing to the Heart’s Content – Wall Street Journal

Jay Rubens, a real-estate agent, shares his thoughts on the Indo-Row rowing machine and its effect on his road to recovery after a sudden heart attack.

“On a friend’s suggestion, Mr. Rubens, now 60 and a commercial real estate attorney in private practice, signed up for a class at Revolution Fitness, a gym less than a mile from his Santa Monica home. There, Mr. Rubens discovered the Indo-Row workout, a rowing class set to music with an instructor guiding students.

Mr. Rubens quickly started losing weight—a total of 25 pounds—and he has kept it off for four years.

The Indo-Row machines—which have water-filled flywheels intended to replicate an on-water experience—are mounted with monitors that measure each rower’s miles per hour and calories burned, which helps motivate Mr. Rubens. And despite an aversion to organized fitness, he says the group dynamic works well for him. “I get an intensity in a group setting that I never could achieve exercising on my own.”

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