Row House to open June 1 in Franklin

The new studio offers single-station workouts on state-of-the-art rowing machines. (Courtesy Row House)
The new studio offers single-station workouts on state-of-the-art rowing machines. (Courtesy Row House)

The new studio offers single-station workouts on state-of-the-art rowing machines. (Courtesy Row House)

The first Tennessee location of Row House, a boutique fitness rowing brand, will open June 1 in Cool Springs.

The studio, located at 1201 Liberty Pike, Ste. 107, Franklin, offers high-energy, low-impact workout classes using a rowing machine, also called an ergometer.

Owner Chad Ramsey said he and his wife, Shelley, were inspired to open the Franklin franchise location after seeing how the workout is accessible to all body types and fitness levels.

"We evaluated different businesses that we could be part of, and the Row House brand really jibes with our personal values, in the sense that it's a place that really welcomes, all shapes, all sizes and all people," he said. "We like to say we steer our crew to be the best versions of themselves. We're humble, we're kind, [and] we leave no rower behind. That's really true to our hearts—to be a lighthouse in the community and a brand in the sport of rowing."

Ramsey said the studio will have a number of precautions in place to limit the spread of coronavirus in compliance with state and local guidelines, including screening employees, spacing machines apart to allow for social distancing and offering no-contact check-ins and pay methods. The studio is also limited to half occupancy, he said.

"I think we've seen—definitely in the last three weeks or so, we've seen a surge in interest of people that want to get out and exercise," he said. "One of the things that I think has attracted [people] to us, specifically, is we're small, we're [a] boutique and we do a single-station workout. You're not sharing weights or rotating around equipment of anything like that. Literally, you can walk in, check in on your app [and] walk straight to your space, and the only thing you touch is your piece of equipment, and then, you walk right out. You don't touch anything [else], so it's pretty seamless." 615-716-1174.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.


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