Our Master Instructors

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meet our master instructors

Updated on Feb. 21, 2022


A Concept2/UCanRow2 rowing master instructor is a true pied piper for the sport of indoor rowing. Our master instructors have years of experience teaching, most often with a strong on-water background as well.

They are former rowing Olympians, national teamers, and coaches, as well as being certified fitness professionals. They eat, breathe, and live the sport of indoor rowing and are excited about sharing it with others.

Read on and you'll find a bio for each one of them, as well as a favorite rowing workout.


Would you like a world-class expert's eyes on your form, or to work out with one?


Most of the masters are available for form checks and individual coaching through UCanRow2. If you're interested in working with one of them, contact us and we'll make it happen!


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Cara Bristol

Nyack, New York


  • Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in personal training, integrated balance training and fitness for seniors
  • Certified group exercise instructor by the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)
  • UCanRow2 / Concept2 Master Instructor

Personal Quote

“Indoor rowing lends itself to people at all stages of life, all ages, sizes, and fitness levels. I love teaching all the variables that the rowing machine has to offer.”


Heather Alschuler

Seattle, Washington


  • Member of the Canadian Junior Development Team
  • All-American and Big Ten Athlete of the Year, University of Michigan
  • Member of Team Canada, 5yrs
  • Competitor at the World Cup and World Championship regattas
  • 2008 Canadian Olympic women’s 8+team member

Favorite Workout

3 minutes on, 1 minute rest, 8-10 sets.


Angela Hart

Ashburn, Virginia


  • Indoor Rowing Instructor since 1997
  • Concept2 Master Instructor
  • ACE personal trainer
  • AFAA Group Fitness Instructor
  • Coached several scholastic, collegiate, masters, and Junior National teams.

Chad Fleschner

Silver Spring, Maryland


  • Former Rowing Coach at U.C. Davis
  • Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise
  • Coached for University of Maryland, PBC Masters, and Bethesda Chevy-Chase junior crews

Favorite Workout

Damper, Time, SPM | 10, 6 mins, 18 | 8.5, 5 mins, 20 | 7, 4 mins, 22 | 5, 3 mins, 24 | 3, 2 mins, 26 | 1, 1 min, 28


Cassi Niemann

Albuquerque, New Mexico


  • UCanRow2 lead master rowing instructor
  • Barbell Medicine Coach
  • 5-year tenure as the Georgia Tech Freshmen/Novice Women’s Rowing head coach
  • Co-director for the Atlanta Erg Sprints for 12 years
  • USAPL Raw Nationals Power Lifting Championships qualifier
  • More Female Strength podcast co-host

Katie Rosso Recker

Minneapolis, Minnesota


  • Current competitor for Minneapolis Rowing Club in the Masters
  • Cancer-specific certification through the American College of Sports Medicine

Favorite Workout

Using the RowErg to race to 10 kilometers


Nell Aiello

Rochester, Washington


  • Placed 5th in the lightweight four division at the Head of the Charles Regatta
  • Qualified in 2011 & 2012 for a free trip to Boston to compete in the prestigious C.R.A.S.H.-B
  • Founder and owner of RowFit Chicago-Chi-Town CrossFit

Favorite Workout

20 rounds of 45 seconds on, 15-second paddle