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!
iROW Fitness Studio is the only one of its kind in the Los Angeles area.
WHO WE ARE
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.
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.
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.
”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.Pamela A. AbrahamHappy rower