Meet the New Male Recordholder and TBF All-Star

If you've been coming to class lately, there's a good chance you've met Dan Tierney.  He just set the men's distance record with David Wilson (4,535m) on Monday! You'll probably recognize him from his famous dismount from the rowing machine in just about every phys ed. If you don't feel like this when you're done, you're probably not working hard enough.

He's also been known to sport workout apparel that's even smaller and tighter than Brian's uniform.

But you can't blame a guy for just wanting to show off his new new and improved physique.  We asked Dan about his favorite aspects of Throwback and some ideas he has for new workouts, and he gave us what might be our favorite blog post to date.

  • Profile Name: Dan Tierney
  • Height: 6ft (on a good day)
  • Weight: 175lbs
  • Age: 31
  • Hometown: Stevens Point, WI 
  • University: University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Favorite Exercise: Anything but kettlebell swings
  • Favorite Throwback Recess Game: TBF Flip
  • Favorite 80s or 90s Movie: The Princess Bride or Field of Dreams or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Favorite Throwback Jam: "OPP" by Naughty By Nature 

Q: How did you discover Throwback and how long have you been coming to class?

A: My girlfriend (now fiancée) Jen and I were on vacation in Malaysia in the spring of 2014. We were relaxing on some gorgeous beach when we both looked down at ourselves. As I recall, we sort of met each others' eyes and our expressions said, "yeah, we have to take care of all of this." Jen asked me to come with her to this 'rowing' workout she had read about, and because I do everything she tells me to do, I said I would. We signed up two days after we got back to New York in April and have been coming ever since.


Q: What inspired you to want to make a change in your diet and exercise habits?

A: Well, other than that beach moment, Jen and I were looking for an activity we could do with each other. We met playing soccer in the city (our story), but it had been some time since we had joined a co-ed league. Throwback seemed like the perfect opportunity for us to start a shared exercise routine. And as Ryan always says, "couples that row together, grow together." (Ok, Ryan never says that. But he should. Well, maybe he shouldn't.)


Q: What changes (in your body and fitness level) have you noticed most since starting Throwback?

A: Well, Jen finds me attractive now, so that's great. My love handles have started to melt away, and I've seen a lot more strength in my upper body. But more than anything, everything is easier. Carrying our laundry up two flights to our walkup apartment used to leave me breathless; now I don't notice the steps. And given how often I have to sprint to catch the 1 Train, I'm actually on-time for work meetings, thanks to Throwback.

I've played sports my entire life but unlike Jen, Throwback was the first fitness class I had ever (regularly) attended. Consequently, I was pretty winded after the first time. (Translation: Like Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, I thought Jen was going to have to carry me home.) But Ryan and Brian created such a fun environment that after a couple of sessions, it stopped feeling like a workout. Instead, it reminded me of the best parts of being a kid, except without the awkwardness or Who Let The Dogs Out. (Or whatever Brian was listening to when he was in high school, back in 1987.)

Jen also says my buns and pecs are tighter, and that I look better now than I did when we first met.


Q: What is your favorite bodyweight exercise movement? 

A: It sounds nuts, but I love the rowing. Switching between "high" and "low" planks during the song "Rockafeller Skank" (Funk Soul Brother) by Fatboy Slim is incredibly difficult, but I've gotten a lot better at it.


Q: What is your favorite workout to do when you are unable to make it to a class or gym?

A: Primarily cardio, which can be challenging in New York City, especially during the winter. I'd much rather be on an erg machine than a treadmill.


Q: If you could attribute most of your results to one diet tip, what would it be?

A: My diet isn't all that spectacular. I should probably eat more proteins and less carbs. However, I think a good night's sleep is really important.


Q: What do you enjoy most about Throwback?

A: The people: there are bunch of regulars (Shelley, Matt, and Liz among them) who are so great, and who keep me motivated. There's no way I would work out as hard as I do if I was by myself. (Matt's probably thinking, "Dan's been working hard?!") However, the real secret sauce are Brian and Ryan. Even though I come to Throwback almost every day, they still correct my form and encourage me. I'm not a stereotypical 'gym guy,' and Throwback is definitely accommodating to novices like me. But it's also a place where you can get a real workout. The structure of the classes allows us to create our individual goals; even if you did crew in college, this place will challenge you.

And I'm not just saying this because she will read this/is the love of my life, but it is actually really cool to work out with Jen. I think we make a good team.


Q: Any workout ideas you'd like to see incorporated? (serious or humorous)

A: TBF DJ, where different songs signify different exercises. You're welcome.