Mendota Rowing Club

Brrr! Winter came early this year, and chased inside by a polar-flavored wind, Mendota Rowing Club (MRC)’s indoor activities have begun in earnest. Located in historic Bernard’s Boathouse in James Madison Park, the all-ages member organization stores boats, meets, and trains there, year-round.

MRC continues its mission of providing rowing opportunities to the community by offering several off-the-water exercise instruction and fitness opportunities to the public.

New this winter, single-session Indoor Rowing Basics classes help participants learn safe technique on the Concept2 rower (“erg”), and how to program structured workouts using the Performance Monitor.

Also new this winter, MRC offers a dryland Winter membership. A participant does not have to be an experienced rower but must have basic erging skills. Winter members may come to the boathouse for self-directed exercise or join group workouts. Starting Nov. 15, Coach Matt Lenert leads workouts at 6 am Wednesdays and Fridays, and 8:30 am Saturdays.

MRC’s weekly yoga group is open to the public. Certified instructor Cecily Frederick guides a mixed-level practice Sundays at 8:45 am. Practitioners may drop in for one meeting or sign up for full sessions at a reduced rate. The current session runs until Dec. 14. The next session begins Jan. 4.

Information about, and registration for, Indoor Rowing Basics, Winter Membership, or Yoga in the Boathouse is on MRC’s website. Direct questions to or call Hudson at 819-8624.

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