School News Roll Call And Suzy Toms: Rowing Is A Dream

Published In The Dec 2011 Issue Of The School News Roll Call And Written By Jack Nunn, Owner Of Roworx Indoor Rowing Classes, Boot Camp, And Yoga At The Long Beach Rowing Association. 


Suzy was 13 when she was introduced to rowing crew by participating in the Long Beach Recreational Rowing Program at Long Beach’s Marine Stadium. She enjoyed it so much, that when she was asked to be coxswain for the novice boys team, she eagerly agreed.

The coxswain is responsible for steering the boat and coaching everyone so that the whole crew stays together and puts the oars in at the same time.

This leadership role provided Suzy with the opportunity to be around the water, to learn more about rowing, and, as Suzy jokingly pointed out, “I get to boss the boys around.”suzy


The next year Suzy excelled in all of her races. She was especially proud of her scull (single person boat) racing, winning all four regattas that she entered. However, the highlight was earning a position in the varsity lightweight 8-boat.

With that team, she placed second at the San Diego Invitational Regatta. Last summer, Suzy had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to row with the Shanghai Rowing Team in mainland China.

She made new international friends and learned about another culture, all thanks to her skills in rowing. This year she had another exceptionally successful season.

Not only has she enjoyed rowing and improved her physical condition, but Suzy has continued to win races. Suzy earned two first-place blue ribbons at the US Rowing Southwest Youth Regionals and the opportunity to compete in the prestigious US Rowing Nationals in June.

With all her success, it’s no wonder Suzy is already looking forward to her next season rowing with the Long Beach Junior Crew.

Suzy’s hopes to attend college at the US Naval Academy, where she will spend part of this summer training. She will also spend a month training with the Long Beach Junior Crew at the Powerhouse Fitness Rowing Facility in order to improve her speed, which is already exceptionally fast.

In fact, her current goal will put her at the level of the US National Lightweight Women’s Rowing Team. Rowing has been a very healthy experience for Suzy that has helped her physically, mentally and socially. suzy 2GOING PLACES

I believe Suzy is a fine example of a great young lady who is “rowing her way to college.” You can row your way to success as well.

Powerhouse Fitness is a great choice to get in shape while having fun. All workouts consist of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for all levels of fitness and all ages, burning a tremendous number of calories and achieving that lean-muscle tone in a very short period of time.

These workouts are unique and effective for competitive rowers like Suzy and for the average person who has never rowed before. The results are amazing, and individuals generally burn about 800 calories per class per hour. All levels of fitness and ages 10 to 100 years are welcome.

For More Information On How To Get Your Children Involved In Junior Rowing Either On Or Off The Water Please Contact The Long Beach Junior Crew Organization At  Or Contact Keith Johnson At 

If You Would Like Indoor Class Lessons On The Concept 2 Rowing Machine Or For Those Interested In Rowing Class Workouts Please Visit Or Contact Jack Nunn at

Location For The Long Beach Junior Crew And Roworx Indoor Rowing Are At:  Pete Archer Rowing Center, 5750 Boathouse Lane, Long Beach, CA 90803

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Jack Nunn

Jack Nunn is the head trainer and owner of Roworx. Jack is a former national team rower who has competed in more than 100 triathlons, including 9 full Ironmans. He has created a system of rowing that prepares the whole body for both competition and fitness longevity.

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