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, 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!
Thom is a native of Greenville, although he lived in Southeastern PA for several years during his junior high and high school years. In his late 20's, he returned to Greenville because he really likes the South.
An avid watcher of TV’s Biggest Loser, Thom was inspired in 2009 to begin a weight loss program at a local gym. He developed a passion for running and was successful during 2009–2011 in losing 60 pounds as he ran 5k's, 10k's, four half-marathons, one marathon, and one 12-man team 220-mile relay. After running took its toll, especially on his knees, Thom started yoga instruction and met Laura Caylor at a yoga class. Laura told Thom about Greenville Indoor Rowing, where he has been a crew member since September 2012. He has competed in the Atlanta Erg Sprints with the group from the oar house and has medaled in both races.
Along with just passing 4 million lifetime meters, he is enjoying his new role as a GIR rowing instructor and hopes to soon get his rowing instructor certification.
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 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.
Ward began rowing in mid-November 2011 after meeting and talking to Laura Caylor at the Greenville Indoor Rowing table at his company’s “Wellness Fair.” After his introductory class, he signed up and has been rowing ever since - over 5 million meters so far. The combination of aerobic and muscular exercise of indoor rowing has helped him to achieve his college weight and improve his fitness. He enjoys the camaraderie of the GIR community, the encouragement he receives from other “erg heads” in the oar house, and the variety of exercise routines used in each class. When he’s not rowing, he enjoys spending time with his wife (Jody), hiking, reading, and volunteer work at church. He and Jody have three daughters, two grandsons, and two grand-daughters.
Having always done some form of exercise, Monique joined GIR in September 2012 in hopes of finding a program that would give her a great workout, but not be too hard on her body. She found it here! She typically rows 3 days a week and has seen a great transformation in her entire body. In order to share her love for rowing and desire for living a healthy life, Monique began instructing rowing classes. When not exercising or working at her "real" job, Monique spends time with her husband, Mike (also a fellow GIR crew member), and two dogs.