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Samantha Lauren Poccia

APR 24, 2019

As Bostonians, we like to be at the forefront of any upcoming fitness trend — we’ve been among the firsts to take up cycling, barre, boxing, Lagree, and running classes.

And with boutique rowing studio Row Republic announcing an entrance to our city, it’s clear that Boston’s latest obsession might just be rowing.


Rowing is quickly becoming a popular workout, but to be honest, it’s not necessarily new. Boston studios have been integrating the high-intensity, low-impact workout into their offerings for quite some time.

Swet Studio in the South End has a Row class that has been around for years; Sweat Fixx, which has multiple locations, uses custom-made water rowers and sculpting circuits for the ultimate challenge; Renegade Rowing in Brighton increases your body’s work capacity through rowing and strength training; and Boston is about to welcome Row House to the North End spring 2019.

And if you sign up for a class at Equinox, EverybodyFights, BURN Fitness Studios, Btone Fitness, Orangetheory Fitness, or BKBX chances are you’ll find yourself on a rowing machine at some point.

Local Bostonians in Cambridge have even launched an at-home rower that’s bringing the full-body workout right to your living room. Similar to the Peloton bike, Hydrow allows you to live-stream classes with the same instruction and competitive spirit you might receive in-studio.

So, if you thought the only way to row in Boston was on the Charles River, think again.


But when it comes to rowing, we’re just getting started — another row studio is launching in Boston and they’re ready to take your skills to the next level. Row Republic is set to open their doors in the North End in April 2019, aiming to stand out with their signature version of rowing.

Row Republic combines equal intervals of rowing and strength training as part of a full-body workout. Over 60 minutes, you’ll split your time between the Technogym SKILLROW and the FITBENCH strength station, ensuring that you’re out of breath and completely worked by the close of class.

Co-founder Joey Tagliente knows that it’s the overall experience that can set them apart: “Every detail is meticulously thought-out; whether it’s our Drybar hair care products, our rain showers with heated floors, or our black tea diffuser in the lobby — we combine these small details to create an unforgettable workout and overall experience.”


From all the amenities you could ever need, beats-driven cues for a heart-pounding class, an immersive light experience to set the mood, and seasoned instructors to motivate and check form — they’re setting the vibe for a high-energy, effective, and unique rowing workout.

Ready to jump on the rowing trend? Sign up for Row Republic’s email updates ahead of their opening to be one of the first to know about their Grand Opening packages, and once they swing open their doors, prepare to book a (sliding) seat fast.

Row Republic has personally invited you to “Be our guest, be our very sweaty guest.”