iROW Fitness Studio is the only one of its kind in the Los Angeles area.

At iROW Fitness Studio we believe that rowing is simply the best sport one can learn and practice. It is a multidimensional activity that can be custom tailored to your needs. Whether you seek recreational or competitive rowing, individual or group learning, the comfort of your home or the openness of the Marina, iROW Fitness Studio is your best resource for rowing related services!


Highly qualified & experienced team!

Following a successful rowing career of her own, owner Iva Boteva has been teaching indoor and on-the-water private rowing lessons since 2003. The persistent demand for expert and quality rowing instruction led to the growth of Iva’s private coaching practice and eventually to the foundation of the iROW Fitness Studio along with the recruitment of additional rowing coaches.

Iva Boteva


Iva is the owner of iROW Fitness Studio and teaches private lessons as well. She started rowing at the age of 10, with the support of both of her parents, former rowers. At the age of 13, Iva won her first medal in a single scull - bronze - at the Bulgarian Nationals. From there, she went on to achieve more than 6 Bulgarian National wins before the age of 18.

In 1997 at the Junior Worlds Championship in Belgium, Iva was recruited to row in America for the University of Southern California. With the help of a translator, she accepted the chance to come to California and row for USC. Iva led the team to several USC victories including a win in the Cal Cup in the San Diego Crew Classic, as well as a win in the coxed four at the NCAA National Championships in 1998. In addition, Iva had some major individual accomplishments while at USC, including a world record setting win at the CRASH-B World Indoor Rowing Championships in Boston, where she won the open women’s race with a time of 6:37.9 at the age of 18.

Iva turned to coaching in 2002 as an assistant for the USC team and their coaching staff. Through coaching the novice women at USC she discovered a love and talent for teaching and ever since then coaching has become a permanent part her life, initially through coaching groups and private lessons for the former Lions Rowing Club in Marina Del Rey, then expanding to other clubs and teams such as the Marina Aquatic Center, California Yacht Club and Sports Club LA, to eventually opening iROW Fitness Studio in 2009 and establishing her own practice for private clients of all age groups and skill levels.

Ligita Kaviere


Ligita started rowing at age 14 in Latvia with sole focus on sculling events. First competed internationally at age 15 and from there on went on to represent the nation at 8 world championships between 2001 and 2007. She was the first ever rower to be recruited from Latvia to row at an American university and chose to attend USC and rowed for the Trojans for four years as a mainstay in the varsity eight six-seat or stroke. Ligita is a 2002 World Champion in junior women's double and Bronze Medalist in a quadruple scull in 2003.

At USC she was a team captain, 2-time All American, 2007 PAC10 Conference Champion and NCAA Bronze medalist. Ligita joins the iROW team after an 8 year long tenure as assistant coach for USC Women's Rowing. Coaching success includes silver and bronze medal finishes at NCAA Championships in the varsity four, as well as 4-time grand final appearances at NCAA's. Ligita is US Rowing Level 2 certified coach with expertise in rowing, rigging, and all aspects of college recruiting.

Liz Wilson


Liz came to us in the summer of 2011 after two seasons as an assistant coach with the UCLA women. Prior to her time with the Bruins, she was active in the rowing community of Rochester New York where she served for seven seasons as the Freshman women’s coach at the University of Rochester. She was also integral to the development of the Genesee Rowing Club, which provides competitive, recreational, and learn to row opportunities for masters rowers. Liz has been a competitive rower herself since 1996 and currently races with BMA boat club where 2012 has been a successful season highlighted by a Gold medal at the San Diego Crew Classic, a Silver medal at the Head of the Charles Regatta and 4 medals at the USRowing Masters Nationals Regatta. Liz is currently a member of LARC rowing club.

Bailey Jung


Bailey Jung is a graduating senior of Ithaca College. Bailey started rowing in high school and has been on the water for 5 years now. In school he trained on Ithaca’s DIII varsity rowing team on Lake Cayuga, New York. Trained by coach Dan Robinson, Bailey honed his skills as an athlete and a teammate both on and off the water. During the summers of 2017 and 2018 Bailey was the head manager and coach of East End Rowing’s summer program out on Peconic Bay, Long Island. During this he coached, both on and off the water, every age group from young teenagers to 70+, and an even wider variety of experience level. Bailey is excited to continue his coaching career on the Pacific and become a member of the iRow community.

Shannon E. Craig


Shannon started rowing when she was 11 years old in Upstate New York. She rowed all through middle school and high school for Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) in Saratoga Springs, NY. She attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, CA, earning a BS in Environmental Science, on a full athletic scholarship for their NCAA Division I women's rowing team. After graduating in 2012, Shannon moved back to New York to attend graduate school. A job opportunity brought her back to LA in 2016 and allowed her to get involved with and attend more alumni rowing events at LMU. She re-entered the rowing world in 2018 when she joined the Marina Aquatic Center (MAC) coaching staff as the assistant varsity men's coach.

Michele Bond

Exercise Physiologist

Michele Bond is an exercise physiologist with 20 years of experience designing and instructing exercise programs for all levels of fitness, including diseased populations. She has a Master’s degree in Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology focus) with her area of research focused on the fascial system of the body (the soft connective tissue). Originally a cardio endurance coach, Michele furthered her studies in human movement and began to help people correct muscle imbalances to exercise more efficiently. Designing and implementing weight bearing, cardio, and flexibility programs to follow this principle is what her practice is based on. Michele’s belief is that anyone who partakes in an exercise program or sport should really be aware of the scientific principles that the body truly functions on. She provides this information in a manner that is easy to understand, enjoy, appreciate and most of all, apply immediately.

Iva's coaching is exceptional on many levels but the overall most significant factor in my mind is Iva's contagious belief in people and their abilities.

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