And we work together as a team to create EngineRm's unique indoor rowing experience. At EngineRm, rowing is all about teamwork.
The Ives family has excelled in the sport of rowing for generations. Michael has a wealth of rowing knowledge and history to inspire novices as well as veteran rowers. With his brother Chris, Michael developed the first group indoor rowing program and has been instructing indoor rowing classes in New York for two decades.
Michael learned to row at St. Paul’s School and was a member of the Yale University Men’s Heavyweight Crew from 1976-1980. Both programs enjoyed tremendous success including two Eastern Sprints Championships and two Henley Royal Regatta wins (1979 and 1980). He continues to compete as a Masters Rower and most recently raced in England with his former Yale teammates to win 2013 Masters Henley Regatta in the “E” eights. His first coach was Rich Davis, a celebrated rowing coach of more than 20 future Olympians, who is now a contributing writer for Rowing News. He was also coached by Tony Johnson, the recently retired head coach at Georgetown.
Chris has coached people of all ages at, among other places: the renowned Craftsbury Sculling Center, NYU; Sarah Lawrence College; Saugatuck RC; and Brunswick School. Chris was most recently the Head Masters Coach at the Greenwich Water Club in Greenwich, CT.
Chris has helped junior rowers and endurance athletes gain acceptance to top universities across the country (Columbia, Princeton, Yale, Penn, Harvard, Wisconsin, Virginia, USC, etc.). While rowing on the water is useful, Chris has proven the most efficient and effective way to get young athletes up to speed and on track for college rowing is through the use of indoor rowing machines and land based training.
Chris is an avid participant in indoor rowing, as well as an extraordinary coach. His own training has landed him on the podium at the Indoor Rowing World Championship CRASH B's many times, including most recently in 2014, when Chris took home the hammer with a first‐place finish in the 50-54 year-old category. As Concept 2’s first Master Instructor, he helped fitness centers across the world implement indoor rowing programs.
Chris' on-water rowing career began at the University of Massachusetts, where he was a member of the varsity crew that won the Dad Vail Championship (1980) and which he captained in his senior year. His experience in National Team Training Camps provided him with invaluable coaching from Kris Korzeniowski (US National Team Coach) and Dietrich Rose (Coached 1984 Silver Medal 4+), and the opportunity to row with top American rowers. Chris continued as a competitive masters rower over the years, winning gold medals at many major North American and European regattas.
Chris, who holds a Masters degree from Columbia University Teachers College in Counselling and Organizational Psychology, brings his knowledge of team building and sports psychology to all his coaching techniques.
Laura discovered indoor rowing when searching for a low impact cardio workout. For the past 10 years, indoor rowing has powered her active, healthy lifestyle by strengthening the muscles that support her finicky knee and building her cardiovascular endurance without pounding her joints.
Prior to EngineRm, Laura worked as a management consultant with clients in a variety of industries including health care, financial services and consumer products.
Laura has a MBA from Queen’s University, Canada and a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.