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Lowell Caylor

Lowell Caylor

Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Lowell discovered the Concept2 indoor rowing machine in the late 1980’s while living in Denver. Once he started to row, he quickly became hooked and it has been his primary form of exercise since that time. As of this writing, Lowell has rowed more than 35 million meters on the Concept2 indoor rower and plans to continue forever !

Lowell played football and ran track in college at Miami of Ohio and then played a few years in the NFL before injuries cut his career short. He was a safety and special teams player on the 1964 Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL World Championship. Due to his competitive athletic background, he eventually started competing in indoor rowing races. He has won his age group category at the Tennessee Indoor Rowing Championships in Chattanooga and at The Atlanta Erg Sprints. In 2008, he qualified for and competed in the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston and placed 5th in the 65-69 age group.  In 2012, he again qualified for and competed in the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston and won the Bronze Medal in the 70-74 age group.  The same held true for 2013, as he qualified for Boston again and again brought home the Bronze Medal for the 70-74 heavyweight age group.

Lowell became a Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor through Concept2. When he retired from the software sales business in May of 2008, he and his wife Laura decided to open Greenville Indoor Rowing so that they could share his passion for indoor rowing with as many others as possible. Since that time, many new people have been introduced to indoor rowing and have made significant improvements in their health and in their lives as a result - that is the most satisfying part of the job for him.

Laura Caylor

Laura Caylor

Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher

Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Laura Caylor, Co-Founder of Greenville Indoor Rowing, has long been interested in fitness to keep excess weight and disease as far away as possible! Having battled with my own weight, in early years, I grew to know that I had to stay focused on a healthier way of living through nutrition and exercise. When I turned 50, I knew I needed to take extra good care of my health, my joints and my stability; I found myself focused on YOGA! Happily, after an in-depth, year-long Teacher Training program I became certified as a yoga instructor in March of 2010. I remain hungry for knowledge of this life-transforming, holistic science which integrates the study of the mind, body, Spirit connection. Indoor rowing is a great way to stay in shape; coupling that with yoga allows me to share what supports my fitness goals and desires, today and forever!

Sandi Smith

Sandi Smith

Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

I was a coxswain for my crew team in high school and in college and thought my rowing days were long over. In May 2011 I found an ad for Row-ga classes at Greenville Indoor Rowing and thinking about how much I had enjoyed a yoga class I took in college decided to try it. After having 3 children in 3.5 years my fitness level was pretty low, and Row-ga was the perfect opportunity to ease back into a fitness regimen in a welcoming and accepting atmosphere. After a month of Row-ga classes, I got up the courage to try a rowing class, and I was hooked. The pounds started melting away and I started reaching for even higher rowing goals. 2 years later I have lost over 40 lbs, rowed over 2.5 million meters, completed 3 rowing half-marathons and competed in the Atlanta Erg Sprints in 2012. I became a certified indoor rowing instructor in August 2012 to share my love of rowing with all my friends at GIR. When I am not rowing I am laughing with my husband, chasing 3 kids around, and volunteering all around Greenville. In my two years at Greenville Indoor Rowing I have been so impressed and inspired by the diversity of our crew. There is a deep respect that abides in one rower for another. "Some people have friends who do their sport. We are a family." - Frank Berry
John Obermeier

John Obermeier

Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

John began rowing in 2008 as part of rehab from foot surgery. He competed in the 2009 Atlanta Erg Sprints where he met Lowell and a team from GIR. He joined the club shortly thereafter. He has competed in a number of events including Atlanta, Tennessee and the Crash-Bs in Boston. After working as an actuary for nearly 30 years, most recently with Liberty Life he decided it was time for a change. John got certified as an Concept 2 instructor in October of 2012. When he is not spending time with his two children, he is rowing, working out or pursuing some other type of physical activity.
Helen Ingram

Helen Ingram

Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

An Upstate native and UGA alumna, Helen Ingram discovered the joy of regular, consistent cardio workouts at the ripe age of 39. Years of complaining about how clothes fit finally pushed her to into the exercise habit. She ran her first 5K race in 2008, 10K in 2009 and discovered the indoor rowing phenomenon the same summer. Now a rowing freak, Helen has become a full tme class leader for a group that has become a lot more like family than just “the crew.” When she’s not rowing, she’s applying her social media prowess and verbal skills for a variety of freelance clients, and loving her daughter and husband.
Kathy Gettys

Kathy Gettys

Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Kathy started rowing at GIR in October of 2008, because she was looking for "something different" in her exercise regimine.  She quickly found it with indoor rowing and has not looked back.  She made so much progress and got so many good results that we had her become one of our class leaders.  She now leads classes on a reduced schedule, as she now works full time for Chanel.
Robin Meuldijk

Robin Meuldijk

Concept2 / UCanRow2 Certified Indoor Rowing Instructor

Former couch potato, mother to two ergheads, and wife to Ron (another erghead). I am a retired Neonatal, Air Ambulance Registered Nurse, former Nurse Recruiter and Personal Assistant.  When I am not rowing I like to hike, read, bake and volunteer with services directed towards recovery from addiction and mental illness.  Rowing has challenged me in ways I have not been challenged before.  One hour of work, do it well, do it better, with another goal to meet.  I started rowing September 21, 2010.  Physically my body has gradually changed as 10 1/2 inches have melted away.  I dropped pant size from 16 to 10-12.

Ergheads at Greenville Indoor Rowing celebrate each other's successes and care, support and encourage each other.  The Instructors at The Oarhouse believed in me until I could believe in myself.  I love, love, love rowing!

Debbie Busbey

Debbie Busbey

Debbie Busbey competed in age group swimming in Georgia, Texas and Ohio and then swam for Miami University of Ohio - just a couple years after Lowell attended there. Growing up with the discipline of swimming she developed a lifelong exercise habit. After the births of her three daughters, she found Jazzercise (which had childcare) to be a good way to stay in shape and decided to become an instructor. After several years of teaching Jazzercise (and meeting some fantastic people like Laura Caylor), she moved on to running with her husband and competed in many 5k’s. She enjoyed the competition immensely but found that the impact was taking a toll on her body. To help alleviate some of the wear and tear on her body, she began doing Row-ga classes with Laura and discovered the many benefits of practicing yoga. After a little coercion, she tried rowing and found a sport that has everything she needs: excellent cardio and core work, low impact, a different challenge everyday, competitions and most of all, it’s filled with great people.