Our Story

Chris Ives revolutionized the indoor rowing fitness class. In 1990, while training at a New York City gym, he held the first group rowing class in response to repeated requests from fellow gym members for guidance on training on an indoor rowing machine. When Concept2 caught wind of his original approach, the company asked Chris to become their global ambassador, bringing his group training method to athletes and fitness enthusiasts around the world. Michael Ives then took over coaching New York’s first indoor crew.

Laura Adams needed to find a low-impact exercise for her injured knee and had the great fortune of discovering Michael Ives' indoor rowing class. It wasn’t the incredible workout that hooked Laura. It was training and racing with a team, learning a new sport and the smooth calming motion.

Many meters and years later, Michael, Chris and Laura joined forces to create an indoor rowing experience that takes your mind out of the gym and into a boat. The EngineRm experience recreates rowing at monumental regattas - Henley, Head of the Charles, The Boat Race (Cambridge vs Oxford),  San Diego Crew Classic and many more.

Our name comes from the seats in the middle of the boat (in an 8-oared shell, seats 3,4,5,6) that are typically occupied by the most powerful rowers and is known as The Engine Room. 

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