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!
Owner Iva Boteva has been teaching indoor and outdoor private lessons since 2003. Following a successful rowing career of her own. 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 iROW Fitness Studio and recruitment of rowing coaches Nick Harding, Gary Smoot and Liz Wilson.
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.
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.
Nick is a high level GB (Great Britain) Rowing qualified coach with 20 years coaching experience. As a senior and head coach he has instructed all levels of rower from novice to Olympic level. He first began coaching at Oxford University and rowing clubs in the surrounding Oxford area, including Hinksey Sculling School, a club for ages 7-18 where he coached the J15 quad to the school's first National Schools Championship medal. He also established the first multi lane regatta for J13 and below, The Blenheim Palace Junior Regatta, which is now a fixture in the UK rowing calendar.
In the USA, Nick has coached at Boston University, USC - as Director of Rowing for the men, RowLA, California Yacht Club, and the 805 Rowing Club in Oxnard, Ventura.
Lauren Winters is an American Council on Exercise, personal trainer and rower of 8 years. She started rowing in high school as it was the only sport her school offered that didn't involve running. Freshman year she was immediately put on varsity and fell in love with the sport. After high school, Lauren coached novices at the Baltimore Rowing Club. Since then, Lauren has gotten a personal training certification, place in the top 10% of 3 Spartan races, and has managed a boutique fitness studio in West Hollywood. While she is not running/rowing around, Lauren works in comedy and talent management.
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.
”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