Sweat Test: Row Zone’s Power Pump Workout

Should you do it or ditch it? We try out area classes so you don’t have to waste time — or money — on workouts that don’t make the grade

What we want: A killer arm workout that tones, firms, and blasts calories to get rid of any remaining underarm jiggle — all in under an hour.

What we tried: The 9 a.m. Power Pump rowing class at Row Zone on Wednesday, July 22nd.

Who was teaching: Laura Frigeri

Student/teacher ratio when we dropped by: 4:1

Lockers/Showers: Nada. Plan on hightailing it home for a shower or bringing at least face wipes and some high-powered deodorant if you’re heading straight to work.

What we loved: Not only did we get the killer arm workout that we were hoping for, but the twists and turns Laura threw in with the basic strokes got our abs, too.

Did we sweat?: Profusely. When we thought we couldn’t row for a second longer, Laura got us down on floor mats with weights for pushup/tricep-extension combos and some crazy-hard crunches.

Do it or Ditch it: Do it. Laura kicked our butts. The erg/mat workout was fun and kept us motivated throughout class, and three days later we were still feeling it.

Weigh In: Have you tried this class? Tell us what you thought! And if you have a class you loved or hated, let us know. We could run your Sweat Test in an upcoming newsletter.

$20 drop-in, $90-280 for 5, 10, or 20 class sessions, $99 monthly unlimited; Row Zone Philadelphia, 1900 Chestnut, 2nd floor, 215-ROW-ZONE, rowzone.com

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  • Sandy

    I've been taking Laura's class for 6 months and I'm addicted to it….every day is a different work out routine combined with the 25 or so minutes of rowing…she's the best!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I've been taking Laura's class for 6 months and I'm addicted to it…she has a different work out routine combined with 20 – 25 minutes of rowing each day…she's the best….

  • Margaret

    I've been working out with Laura on a regular basis for about a year-and-a-half – I love her energy, the workout and the fellow class members. I highly recommend it!

  • Carolyn

    I have been taking Laura's class for nine months. I am well over 50 years of age and my abs,arms, and butt have never been more taut. Laura gets involve in "personal bests" and results are guaranteed!

  • Rachel

    I have never been a gym person, but Laura's class at the RowZone changed my mind. No judgment, no macho competition…just a supportive and inspirational instructor who will kick your butt (in a good way!) I have lost 25 pounds since beginnning Laura's class a year ago, but more importantly I feel fantastic! Laura's philosophy isn't just about losing weight, it's about being healthy and feeling good about yourself. She genuinely cares about her students, and it shows in the way she teaches. If you want to look great, feel great, and have fun, Laura's Power Pump is definitely the way to go!

  • Peter

    Before RowZone I was 265lbs and now I'm down to 225lbs. This is the only workout I've ever done that was not a chore, I actually enjoy it! It's more like a sport than a workout and if anyone doubts that RowZone is the best workout around have them email me and I'll send before and after pictures :)

  • Stacy

    Addictive and delish! Results are amazing, both physically and emotionally! If you are serious about the transformation Laura's the Transformer you need! See you at the Zone!

  • Sophia

    To loose weight, tone your body, get a little sweat out! I absolutely love Laura’s class and recommend it to anyone who needs a little variety and avoids the gym. You will not feel sorry as this class is really worth it. Have fun while you work out! You go, Laura!!