We had the good fortune of connecting with Carol Jasunas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carol, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
There are many different types of people in the world, with varying talents and interests. One common element among everyone, however, is the importance of exercise and fitness for good health. There is a large population that does not feel comfortable participating in group fitness classes because they do not consider themselves to be athletic and feel very out of place in fitness environments. Row House is unique in that rowing, the basis of Row House group exercise classes, is inclusive for all fitness levels, ages and body types, thus helping everyone achieve good fitness. Rowing is a low impact, full body, high intensity workout that allows non-athletic individuals to participate right along side the seasoned athletes and achieve an amazing workout. Because the rowing machine is a resistance based machine, you get out of it what you put into it. What this means is that the harder you push, the greater the resistance generated. It is this mechanism that makes rowing the perfect exercise for all levels. Additionally, at Row House, members work together as one boat, and any stats displayed in class are boat (group) stats. No individual stats are displayed during class, so those on the bottom of the spectrum do not need to feel stigmatized. Individual stats are sent via email after class, however, so that the individual can keep track of progress made.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been interested in fitness personally my entire life starting with high school and college sports. Continuing my interest, I obtained a Master of Science degree in Exercise and Muscle Physiology after college. I have been working in the fitness field for the past 12 years in various capacities including boot camp instructor, business manager for a fitness company and program manager for a health and wellness company. Fitness is what defines me. My husband and I decided to purchase a Row House franchise because we saw the need for an alternative type of workout that can be done by anyone. As a lifelong runner who still craves the ‘runners high’ from high intensity workouts, I personally saw the value in the low impact, high intensity perk of Row House workouts. Row House corporate made the build out easy by providing the guidelines needed. The hardest part (aside from COVID) has been making people aware of Row House, since we are a new brand. We have a great relationship with other local Row House owners and work closely together to help build the brand across our region.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love to take visitors to Estes Park to really experience the beauty of Colorado. A perfect day would include a 5-6 mile hike through Rocky Mountain National Park to see some of the incredible scenery the park offers, and would include a picnic lunch along the way. After the hike, we would stroll through the downtown area, stopping in the local shops and buying a latte to sip along the way or maybe a beer from one of the outdoor tap rooms. We would stop in Brownfield’s Trading company for some shopping and hang out by the Big Thompson River that runs through downtown. For dinner, we would stop at Ed’s Cantina for some Mexican inspired dinner before hitting more shops and ending the evening treating ourselves with an ice cream cone at one of the many ice cream shops along the main street. A perfect day in a beautiful state!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The amazing staff at Row House Ken Caryl, most of who have been with us since the beginning, and who’s dedication to the studio makes them feel more like family than employees.