A Washington Gym is Hosting a House of Cards-Themed Rowing Class

Screenshot from House of Cards, season 1, episode 4.

Can’t get enough of Frank Underwood? Well, you’re in luck, because not only has the presidential series House of Cards returned to Netflix for its fifth season, but you can also celebrate the premier with a rowing class themed around the show.

On Thursday night, Arlington boutique rowing gym RowVigor is hosting a “House of Cardio” class inspired by Frank Underwood’s love of rowing—as seen especially in the first season of House of Cards. During the class, RowVigor coach Pamela Lessard says participants will likely row to the show’s theme music, then go home with souvenir American flags. This one-time-only class will include both rowing on the gym’s machines as well as some basic cardio exercises, like burpees, says Lessard. In general, though, RowVigor coach Fola Awosika says the goal is for the class to be de-stressing and to provide a little bit of distraction—which, as we all know, is particularly necessary in Washington in 2017.

“Our HOC class is just themed after Frank Underwoods passion for rowing as a stress reliever,” says Awosika. “The class targets taking your mind off of the daily grind and really focusing on immediate fitness goals while enjoying a familiar environment with like minded people.”

The class is scheduled for 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 1. To sign up, visit RowVigor’s website.


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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.