Meet Our Head of Fitness Programming: 21 Questions with Chris Keyloun
1. What inspired you to join Rowgatta?
I was so impressed with the vision of this new workout, and for the opportunity to be part of something new. I believe in rowing as a training tool, and the community that can be created through group fitness! The chance to be part of creating a new community was one that I couldn’t pass up.
2. Why rowing?
Rowing is the ultimate balance between an individual challenge and team unity. In regards to the sport, the team, and what the collective whole can achieve is greater than the individual. When it comes to rowing as a fitness tool, it is the ultimate weapon in building your “engine” aka, your endurance level. Rowing is also a great low impact compliment to strength training.
3. How did you become passionate about fitness?
I’ve been a rower my whole life. I rowed in high school, and D1 for all 4 years of college. I found CrossFit when I was 19 and have been coaching for the past 4 years. The two sports gave me the ability to take control of my body. They also taught me a simple lesson -- the harder you work, the more success you find. That isn’t always true in regards to the real world, but in the gym/studio, your effort directly correlates to your progress and improvement. That lesson has and continues to drive my passion to be a catalyst for change in people’s lives.
4. What makes Rowgatta special?
Besides, the fact that we have amazing equipment and a beautiful new studio, our team is amazing. We come from such a variety of training and coaching background’s, and we all have our own stories and paths that led us here to Rowgatta. There is so much knowledge and expertise between the coaches and staff, we’re going to be able to offer not only an amazing experience, but an incredible workout.
5. Exercise movement that kicks your a$$?
6. Favorite athlete?
7. What are you listening to strolling through the streets of NYC?
I consider it more of a strut, but definitely ‘Stayin Alive’ by the Bee Gee’s
8. Coolest place you’ve recently visited?
9. If you didn’t live in NYC, where would you be?
Los Angeles or Berlin
10. Favorite movie?
Saturday Night Fever and the Dead Poet’s Society
11. Celebrity doppelganger?
12. Your last meal on earth?
A giant bowl of my grandma’s chicken noodle soup with orzo noodles
BBQ Calamari with blue cheese dressing
13. Go-to karaoke song?
Celine Dion - It’s All Coming Back to Me Now
14. In a second life, you would be…
A professional tennis player or professional ballerina…. Or even a therapist/counselor
15. Describe yourself with 1 emoji…
16. Quote you try to live by?
“You win your races in the off season. You pick your medals up on race day.”
17. Favorite weekend activity?
Either going out dancing with my friends, or hopping into class during a partner workout. It’s nice to join in the fun and throw down with your friends!
18. Best advice for someone considering a career in fitness?
Get involved with something you have a passion for, then learn all you can about that type of fitness/activity. Find a mentor, someone you trust and is a leader in their field and learn all you can from them. Keep exploring all types of fitness, there is no perfect workout. Most importantly, never stop being a student! TAKE CLASS!
19. What are the lessons you’ve learned through fitness?
Check your ego at the door. Support everyone. We are all way more similar than we may think. We all just want to a bit happier after class than before we started.
20. A fun fact about you that may surprise people?
I frequently listen to opera music when I work out. It’s a little bit ‘American Psycho,’ but I find it cathartic and relaxing.
21. What are you most proud of?
I’m proud of the people I’ve coached for a few years now that have made great strides in their fitness and personal lives.