In the September issue of Kansas City Spaces, contributing writer Stephanie Jacob introduced readers to the benefits of rowing-based fitness classes, which are becoming a trend in the world of wellness. Kansas City’s only dedicated rowing studio, Health House, first opened in 2013 at 83rd and State Line, and has since expanded to a second location at Town Center Plaza.
The new space at 5029 W. 117th St., which opened this week, was designed and built by Hufft Projects. It features a communal cafe, full-service locker rooms with showers and changing stations, as well as a rowing studio with 30 rowing machines.
The studio is outfitted with custom-stitched Bulgarian Bags, used for strength or weight training, and free weights. Owner Jon Knopke, a Kansas City native, is also an instructor at both locations.
Members and non-members alike can fuel up before or after a workout on protein snacks and juices from Enjoy Pure Food and Brookside’s Unbakery and Juicery.
Health House offers a wide variety of classes, often combining strength and circuit training with rowing exercises. If you’re new to the rowing scene, the Town Center studio is offering a two-week trial for free. For a full list of classes and descriptions, click here.