Classes at Row On Austin combine rowing on a machine with strength training. Photo courtesy Row On Austin

Here in Austin, we don’t need an ocean to surf or a lake to row.

Just check out City Surf Fitness (read my story here) or the new NLand Surf Park east of the airport (story coming Monday). Or head to Ro Fitness (read my story here) for a ride on an ergometer.

Now we’ve got an other option for folks who want to row but can’t – or don’t want to – get on the water. Row On Austin opened recently inside Body Business gym on Anderson Lane.

Four types of classes are offered. Photo courtesy Row On Austin

The new studio offers four types of classes – Row On Strength, Row On Stability, Row On Stamina and Row On Mobility. Each 55-minute session combines time on a rowing machine with strength training sets. Students use water rowing machines, which staffers says offer a smooth, quiet experience akin to actually rowing on the water.

Teri Taylor, an avid runner, says she opened the gym because Austin needed more low-impact cross-training options. Indoor rowing, she says, appeals to all types of people, not just serious athletes.

Drop-in rate is $22 per class ($21 for packages and $20 for Body Business members). The first class is always free. For more information go to

Row On Austin is located at Body Business Fitness Club, 2700 West Anderson Lane.