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Why Rowing?: Fitness Q&A with Jon of Health House

Written by: Brooke

Nothing feels as good as completing a good workout -- it's just getting to the gym that is the hard part!! I recently tried out a class at Health House, Kansas City's only rowing based studio that recently opened at Town Center Plaza. First off, the class was SUPER hard. But in a good way!

The classes are all based on targeted parts of the body. So, the class I took was all about the 'Arms & Core.' We started with rowing intervals that were fast and quick and then moved on to weight training. Lots of squats and reps with heavy weights! But the instructor, Tonya was super positive, motivating and helped ensure I was doing all of the moves correctly, which is so important.

The founder of Health House, Jon is an energetic fitness expert with over 15 years in the industry. We love his passion for fitness -- and rowing -- and wanted to share his story! Read on for tips on staying fit this winter and why rowing is so good for you!

Introduce yourself / your background:

Jon Knopke - certified rowing instructor, group x instructor, trainer.  

What is Health House and what makes it so unique? Why rowing? 

Health House is the only premier dedicated rowing studio offering the most efficient workout on the market today. Health House is unique in its application because we center our dynamic workouts around our customized water rowers, which enable our clients to maximize their output while minimizing the risk of injury to injury prone areas such as the hips, ankles and knees.

What are your tips for staying fit & healthy during the holiday season? 

Exercise daily, eat clean/well balanced Monday through Friday, then you can splurge a little on the weekends and the holidays.  Don't overdue it with holiday outings, this can creep up on you quickly, adding anywhere from 5-10 pounds of unwanted fat!  Keep drinks to a minimum, and stick with the clear stuff like vodka or white tequila. Moderation is key!

Why should you start your 2017 fitness resolutions now instead of waiting? 

No matter what you want to achieve in life, you must live it and breathe it every day you are above ground! It's a lifestyle, not a fitness goal you wait to start in the new year!


Any tips on a quick workout that you can do at home? 

My century club workouts are simple, effective and can be done with your own body weight. Do three simple exercises, 25 reps of each, 4 total sets, rest 1-2 minutes between each set.  One of my favorites:

1. Push Ups

2. Mountain Climbers

3. Split Lunge Jumps

Anything else you would like to share with sheKC readers? Remember, exercise should be enjoyable, so find something that's safe, efficient, and makes you feel good all over!! Repeat daily!

As a special fitness treat for all sheKC readers, show this card on your phone to get one week of FREE classes at Health House!

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