Highlands Ranch is getting another boutique workout studio — with a new concept.
Row House, a class-based rowing studio, opens its doors April 11 at 9358 Dorchester St., Suite 104, on the southeast end of Town Center. The franchise is the first in Colorado and one of three planned for the south metro Denver area. Other locations are expected to open in the next year or two in Lone Tree and Parker.
Its head company, Xponential Fitness, is behind popular brands like CycleBar and Club Pilates.
Denver resident Anne Johnson is the franchise owner and area developer. Originally from St. Louis, she left corporate America in January 2018 to start her own business. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs, she said. She considered home health care but loved the boutique studio concept.
“I've always been into fitness,” Johnson said at the studio's soft opening on March 21. “I knew that I wanted to find something that was new, that sent a good message and was inclusive.”
Performed in a dark room with 24 rowing machines, the 45-minute classes offer a full body workout. According to Johnson, legs do 60 percent of the work on the machine. Arms and abs do the rest.
Tara McGlynn, an instructor at the Highlands Ranch studio, was an athlete for many years. Rowing, she said, is easier on her joints and for the most part painless — though some workouts leave her feeling sore.
“I feel strong,” Mcglynn said of rowing. “And confident.”
Row House offers six different levels of classes, performed to the beat of music. Instructors keep tabs on participants using a monitor and offer one-on-one assistance throughout the class.
Johnson said she strives to offer an inviting, judgment-free workout.
“Our goal,” she said, “is to appeal to all ages, all shapes, all sizes.”
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