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Row at La Camarilla with world class instructor Iskra Balchev!

Rowing can offer a tremendous amount of physical health benefits, including increased power and strength. It can be done solo or as a team and burns two to three times the amount of calories of Spinning. Private instruction is offered by Iskra Balchev, a former Olympic Silver Medalist in rowing. She has a rich history in the sport including competing in four Olympic Games. Read more about Iskra below.

Regular rowing workouts are an ideal way to work toward maximum physical fitness. Using a rowing machine can help to build and tone your muscles, strengthen your cardiovascular function and increase your stamin, and preserve your joints by providing a high-intensity, low-impact and non-weight bearing workout.

A Rowing machine provides a:

  • solid full-body workout
  • superior source for aerobic and anaerobic exercises
  • way to burn calories and shed fat efficiently

La Camarilla has Concept 2 Rowers which are the top machines for rowing training.  The rowers are available for use at any time in our large weight room. The health and fitness benefits of rowing machines are excellent. Try it today!

Rowing Lesson Fees

  • Introductory 3 Sessions for $99.00
  • One-On-One
  • 1 – 11 Sessions $65 per session
  • 12 – 24 Sessions $60 per session
  • Semi-Private: 2 Clients
  • 1 – 11 Sessions $37.50 each person per session
  • 12 – 24 Sessions $35.00 per person per session
Contact Iskra at 480-998-3388 or

About Iskra Balchev

Iskra Balchev is from Sofia, Bulgaria and started her career there and competed in all the Olympics for her country. She moved to the U.S. in 1990 arriving in Boston where she stayed with friends and started a new life with her husband John, a graphics designer. She kept up her rowing career there and had a son Jonathan, eventually moving to Arizona.

Once in Arizona, she got her license as a massage therapist and has now been at La Camarilla for 20 years. While working here, she has competed at many Masters rowing competitions around the world including Canada, Europe and Australia. She has won numerous regattas in addition to the major awards listed below.

She has recently embarked on another passion of  Argentine tango dancing as well as lending her great knowledge of rowing to her clients.  She still actively competes in rowing and trains daily at La Camarilla.

  • 1975 World Championships, Nottingham, England – 2nd Quads

  • 1976 Montreal Olympics – 4th Quads

  • 1977 World Championships,  Amsterdam, Holland 2nd – Singles

  • 1980 Moscow Olympics, Silver Medalist – 4 with cox

  • 1981 World Championships Munich, Germany – 3rd Doubles

  • 1984 Moscow Alternate Olympics – 2nd 4 with cox

  • 1988 Seoul Olympics – 4th Quads

  • 2005 Masters World Games, Edmonton, Canada – 1st Singles

  • 2009 Masters World Games, Sydney, Australia – 1st Singles & Quads