Announcing Regular Arsenal Rowing Program

By Patrick Larcom


It’s October and there’s finally a chill in the air.  The leaves are turning, Coach Jamie is crushing 4,000 footers in NH, weddings are being celebrated, the Open is back again, fruits and veggies are in every meal, and there’s some crazy coach getting pumped about rowing on Thursday mornings.  All that aside, Boston is probably one of the best cities to be in for the month of October. The world’s largest regatta, the Head of the Charles, brings rowers from across the globe to our back door and members from our very own gym get to throw down!  If you’re interested in what it’s like to row definitely check out this New York Times article from earlier this month and this video from the Arsenal Rowing Team.

“Why Rowing?” Is a question I keep coming back to, day after day, month after month, year after year.  Why after studying engineering, getting a bachelor’s, obtaining a master’s, and working as an engineer for four years did I end up here? A piece of the answer has to do with the people I’ve met like Jason Gee and the community here at CrossFit Arsenal.


In 2011 I took a sabbatical from my engineering job.  I moved to Boston, a rowing mecca to many, and I started a year-long fellowship at the Institute for Rowing Leadership.  My goal was to become an ambassador for the Sport of Rowing and a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Fast forward to now and Rowing is taking the world by storm.


On a daily basis I have the privilege of working with high school athletes, college athletes, young professionals, lawyers, doctors, students, moms and dads, sisters and brothers, and everyone in between.  Why Rowing? It’s because of all of these people. Rowing provides an opportunity for any athlete, tall or small, young or old, fit or not, experienced or not, healthy or injured to make an improvement and better not just one’s self, but the community as a whole.  Rowing is a way to escape the deadlines and put a pause to the hoop jumping whether it’s in the office, at home, or in school. It’s a chance to focus on yourself as an individual while at the same time becoming part of a team. Rowing is a chance to see your effort, hard work, and determination pay off as part of something bigger.  When you get right down to it, at all ends of the rowing spectrum, novice to elite, Rowing is Fun. Just go watch a 3-year-old sit on an erg for the first time and give them the handle. You’ll see what I mean.


So Why Now?  Rowing has been around forever.  It’s one of the most important functional movements.  It’s how we got here. It’s how we’ve gotten from point A to point B over the water for hundreds of years.  Rowing is one of the first Olympic sports. The reason now is the time to get into Rowing is because it’s become more accessible to everyone.

In England almost all kids learn to row in grade school.  Instead of cutting gym class, kids are able to compete and have fun on the Concept2 Ergometer.  It’s part of the culture there and in many countries around the world. Here in the United States, college scholarships are up for grabs and world-renowned competitions like the Head of the Charles Regatta and CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships (both held right here in Boston) have been getting major coverage and drawing crowds from all over.


Do a quick search for Rowing in any major city in the U.S., like New York, Philly, LA, Boston, Chicago, Houston.  I guarantee you’ll find multiple options to jump in and row both on and off the water. Waterways in the U.S. are more accessible to the general public than ever before.  Local boat clubs would love nothing more to get you in a boat and on the water. You’ll also find Rowing Gyms that will kick your butt in a 30-60min class that will leave you sweating in a puddle on the floor and asking for more.  Bottom line is the opportunity exists to Row Now. Rowing is a lifelong sport that will whip you into shape and give you a community of friends that will keep you functioning at the highest level as we experience this journey together.


So what’s stopping you?  Why not try Rowing? What’s holding you back from getting in the best shape of your life, meeting some awesome new people, and having some fun while you’re at it?  Do you think it’s too hard to learn or get better at? Are you not in shape enough to start? Do you not have the time or money?


Whatever you’re thinking, my answer to you is do it.  Give Rowing a shot! Rowing will change your life as it has changed mine.  When I first started coaching this sport I never dreamed it would become my profession.  I still have a lot to learn, as we all do, but I’m inspired by the fact that the possibilities for the sport of rowing are endless and it truly is a sport for everyone.  There are plenty of great coaches out there who can teach you how to row. You don’t have to be in the best shape to start and join in. You can find the time and money, because it’s an investment in you and your community, two things that matter a lot!  Rowing is a way to health. If you’re in doubt, just come by the gym and I’ll show you. I’d be happy to work with you and help you change your life forever!


If you or someone you know could benefit from rowing, please get in touch.


Arsenal Rowing classes will run every Monday and Wednesday at 6pm starting in November and will run year round. 


When it’s cold we’ll be inside. When it’s warm we’ll find ways to get on the water in singles or team boats. When local races happen you will be sure to find Arsenal members competing and getting after it.  If you ever need help or have questions with anything relating to Rowing, please don’t hesitate to ask in the gym or shoot me an email – patrick@crossfitarsenal.com.


Keep working hard and I hope to see you in the gym soon!



Coach Pat

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About the Author:

Jason started CrossFit 10 years ago at CrossFit Atlanta, when the space was a 1000 sqft garage attached to a welder house next to Ga Tech. "At the time, I was just looking for a way to enhance my conditioning for my sport competition," he says. "I had already been doing similar workouts on my own, but once I started training with a program, everything just went to another level. I continued to compete in combat sports for another 4 years after finding CrossFit before finally making the jump in 2011 to becoming a full time trainer. After years of training in competitive programs (which were great), I was really ready to be a part of something that was for everyone, and I think that is what we have built at CrossFit Arsenal."



CrossFit Level 2 Trainer,  CrossFit Aerobic Capacity, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Rowing,  CrossFit Mobility CrossFit, Goal SettingCrossFit, Judges Course (Current), USAW Level Sports Performance Coach 

Jason Gee has been CrossFitting for a decade and is an award-winning coach who specializes in Olympic lifting, flexibility for performance, and movement fundamentals. Passionate about all types of mental and physical training, Jason loves "seeing our members unlock a new ability or capacity that they didn’t know they had. I say it that way because I honestly believe that people are capable of so much more than we realize, we just need the right tools to find our way there. There is nothing more rewarding than helping empower people become the strongest version of themselves."
With an athletic background primarily consisting of combat sports, wrestling, boxing, Thai kickboxing, MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and no-gi grappling, Jason was active in all of these sports for over 15 years. He has competed extensively and even spent six months living and training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro. He has also been utilizing kettlebells in his training for almost 17 years. His awards include Guinness World Recorder Holder "Most Weight Moved by Kettlebell Swing 1-Hour" and Georgia Games Heavy Weight Boxing Champion 2006, with numerous submission grappling tournament victories at an advanced level.
Jason started CrossFit 10 years ago at CrossFit Atlanta, when the space was a 1000 sqft garage attached to a welder house next to Ga Tech. "At the time, I was just looking for a way to enhance my conditioning for my sport competition," he says. "I had already been doing similar workouts on my own, but once I started training with a program, everything just went to another level. I continued to compete in combat sports for another 4 years after finding CrossFit before finally making the jump in 2011 to becoming a full time trainer. After years of training in competitive programs (which were great), I was really ready to be a part of something that was for everyone, and I think that is what we have built at CrossFit Arsenal."
When not in the gym, Jason can be found hanging out with his two little dogs Marcus and Ekho, and wife Anli Jiao (who is also our office manager).
His favorite inspirational quote: "Every time we train, we get to decide what kind of person we are going to be that day." ~Carla Bezold



CrossFit Level 1 Trainer,  Certified Yoga Instructor

Billy Gamble is our yoga instructor, coach and self-proclaimed "King of the Open Gym." He has been a CrossFitter for six years and specializes in yoga and weightlifting. "I love giving people the best hour of their day," he says. "Sharing my excitement for fitness with members and students is great."
Billy played lacrosse in high school and was the captain of the team. "I played goalie," he says. "I played intramural dodge ball for a while in college, too. I now compete in weightlifting whenever I can." His path to coaching came after working in the music industry. "In 2012, I had just left my job working in the music industry and working in bars. I’d been CrossFitting for a while and was enjoying doing yoga. In the fall of 2012, I started teaching yoga part time, and shortly after that, I began coaching CrossFit at my gym. I’ve been working in fitness full time since the winter of 2015."
When not in the gym, Billy enjoys attending underground metal shows, watching football, and hanging out with his girlfriend and their two cats.



CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

Christine Koesler has been CrossFitting for five years and she is passionate about getting people addicted to fitness! She highly values proper form while training and she is always willing to have conversations about nutrition. Christine loves getting our members excited about fitness and watching their excitement grow when they learn a new move or get a PR.
One of the greatest things about CrossFit Arsenal is the fact that newcomers are always welcomed and encouraged. This is especially the case for Coach Christine, as she loves working with beginners!
When Christine isn't in the gym, she is on set - acting or modeling for clients like Hasbro, Amica, Citizen’s Bank, CVS, TJ Maxx, Ocean Spray, and Dunkin Donuts. Christine booked her dream job when Reebok asked her to do a photoshoot!
Here are a few more things you should know about Christine - She likes to hang out with a little black bunny named Oliver. She believes in active rest days and mermaids. Her favorite move is the Handstand Pushup. Her favorite lift is the Clean & Jerk. Her favorite cardio is anything that isn't rowing. Lastly, she believes pushing your limits should be empowering... not scary!



CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Bachelor's Degree In Exercise Science (Expected Graduation May 2018)

Seth Rowsam has been CrossFitting for four years and especially enjoys training to be a better competitor (pacing, movement cycling, keeping HR down, planned breaks, etc.). "I’m all about constantly making myself and those around me better each and every day, no matter how small or large the difference may be," he says. Maybe that’s why he most enjoys watching a member break through a barrier or plateau that they have been struggling with.
An athlete who has played just about everyone sport for some time as a child—with a focus on hockey—Seth focused his energies on hockey and lacrosse from middle school through high school. "After high school, I played three years of Junior B hockey (one year in a Northeastern American League, followed by two years in an Ontario, Canada league). A year of junior college lacrosse also happened." During his senior year in high school (2007), his strength and conditioning coach had begun experimenting in using CrossFit with some of the athletes who frequented the gym. Years later, he walked into the old high school stomping grounds one evening to "get blasted by some CrossFit workout that I wish I could remember—and was hooked!"
Funny story: "One of my first CrossFit workouts after going full speed into it, I tried to keep up with the gym's top dog...a bad move. It was a very large volume of bench press followed by a push-up/pull-up ladder. A few days later, I was pretty well swollen in my chest region. Then it got even more swollen, to the point where it looked like I was smuggling grapefruits. Too embarrassed to come in to the gym to get some recovery tips and assistance, I was MIA from the gym for a week and a half until some of the swelling went down. Proper recovery then began after some good laughs about my ridiculous attempt to beat a well-groomed athlete in my first few weeks of rookie status."



CrossFit Level 1 Trainer 

Adam has been CrossFitting since 2016, and has trained with a focus on strength and conditioning since 2009. He specializes in developing gymnastics skills and general work capacity. One of Adam’s favorite things about CrossFit is the fact that once a new skill “clicks” with an athlete, their entire attitude about it changes. “Initial fears about learning a new skill are immediately forgotten once an athlete picks it up - that apprehension becomes enthusiasm, and it’s enthusiasm that keeps us all motivated to improve,” he says. 

Adam’s sports background is in wrestling, ending his athletic career in high school as a qualifier for the New Jersey State Wrestling Tournament in Atlantic City. He continued on to the United States Military Academy at West Point where he studied Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. 

During the day Adam is an active-duty Army Infantry Officer and a graduate student at Harvard University.



CrossFit Level 2, CrossFit Powerlifting, CrossFit Mobility, CrossFit Endurance, USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach, Functional Movement Screen Level 2

Jamie Brause has been a CrossFitter for five years and specializes in kettlebells, Strongman and "circus skills." He loves studying "superficially different disciplines and learning and exploring what they have in common. I love seeking out experts in a field and learning everything I can from them. I also love when I’m able to help foster a real enthusiasm for training in members. Whether that’s in CrossFit or something like weightlifting or powerlifting, when I give them a lead and then they take it and run with it, that's very exciting to me."
Jamie’s athletic background includes track and field plus wrestling in high school, as well as 25 years in skiing. He was president of Boston University’s Capoeira Club and came to CrossFit after getting a degree in philosophy in college. "I was trying to get on the Boston Fire Department, and while waiting for test results to come in I became a member at a CrossFit gym," he says. "When I couldn’t afford my membership anymore, I started coaching."
When he’s not CrossFitting, you can usually find Jamie near a mountain in the winter, an ocean or lake in the summer, and somewhere trying to learn woodworking when it’s raining. He lives by a simple philosophy: "Be entitled to nothing, and grateful for everything."



Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership – Institute for Rowing Leadership, C.S.C.S. – National Strength and Conditioning Association, M.E. – Stevens Institute of Technology, B.S. – University of Vermont

Patrick Larcom is an ambassador for the Sport of Rowing and Fitness. He rowed for the University of Vermont and has been coaching competitive juniors and adults since 2009. He has combined his passion for rowing and fitness by offering rowing workshops and instruction to members and coaches at gyms across the Northeast. In 2012, Patrick graduated in the inaugural class of the Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing Inc. it was that summer Pat had the pleasure of meeting and coaching alongside Jason Gee. It’s been an epic journey and the adventures continue!
By day, Patrick is the Director of Coaching Education at CRI. By night, he programs and coaches strength and conditioning for the Radcliffe lightweight women’s rowing team. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA and he is a US Rowing Level III Certified Coach.
Patrick dreams of the day when racing on the water is available everywhere and every athlete has experienced not only the power and grace of flying across the water, but the power and speed developed in the Olympic lifts. As a coach at CrossFit Arsenal, Patrick enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for both rowing and strength training in a practical and applicable way with the members of the best community in Boston.



CrossFit Level 1, National Academy Of Sports Medicine

Emily has been CrossFitting for four years and specializes in running and endurance. She specializes in developing durable performance athletes with a minimal investment of their time. Passionate about CrossFit (of course), traveling, her dogs and running, Emily loves seeing how quickly people progress. "One week someone can barely get a pull-up, and the next they are stringing three together," she says.
A runner for more than 17 years, Emily has competed in college and has won a number of local races. "I am a Boston qualifier and competed at Track Club Nationals as an adult," she says. "I love doing local competitions and spending time in the gym. The people and community feel are some of the best things about the gym. I love interacting with our members and seeing new members fall in love with CrossFit. I decided to take the Level 1 to allow me to work with our members directly."
Emily’s day job is at Harvard Medical School, but outside of work and the gym, she loves to do anything outside and is always looking for another trip to plan.


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