Fhitting Room Upper West Side

4.5

New YorkHIIT,

Review:

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byHannah Sackett, August 13, 2017

Every time we walk into this studio there’s a sort of “recess mode” that overtakes us. We get a little excited and jittery all at the same time – what games are we going to play? Are we going to beat the other kids? Is there going to be a schoolyard bully out there or is everyone going to get along in joint “love for the game”? The workout itself certainly has an adult playground vibe with a healthy dose of competition peppered in … you know, for flavor. For those of us who love strength training and don’t mind the head to head challenge, it really is a ball. But if fast-paced strength training drills aren’t your jam, you may equate it to a trip to the dentist: necessary, but painful. The cool thing about prepping for a Fhitting Room class? There aren’t just instructor bios, but also videos on each one, so girl, you can get that research on. Please, it’s not that weird, we all know you already stalk these people on insta…

RUNDOWN

WORKOUT

There is a LOT going on in each of these workouts. Sure, it’s all written on the board and explained prior to starting, but you could easily miss a beat here – especially when it comes time to break out into the different partner stations. There are also about a zillion different pieces of equipment that you could potentially encounter in here (bands, kettlebells, rowers, dumbbells, medicine balls, ab mats…..and on and on and on). So, don’t go into cruise control here. This is as much of a test of your listening skills and mental retention as it is a sweaty trek.

Each class starts with you finding your spot on the floor for your first assignment: the warm up. The numbers are on the ceiling and not the floor, and they pack the studio, so being off by too many inches in the wrong direction could mean a kettlebell to the face. Things get going quickly with moves that include jumping jacks, jump squats, or lunges to get that heart rate up. From there, it’s on to about 10 minutes of individual strength work with some type of hand weight. Keeping on theme, it was all kettlebell all the time with overhead presses, curls, rows and weighted toe touches.  The majority of the rest of class is dominated by partner work, where you rotate through four to five different stations. For example, while you row 10 meters, your partner will play wall ball with a medicine ball until you’re done, and then you switch. The most dreaded setup in the class? Deadlifts until your partner completes 10 burpees, then switch and switch and switch. You are at each station for about four minutes so that’s a LOT of time where you’re internally praying for your partner to take their time with their own burpees. Your reward is a beautiful dimly lit stretch session, which actually does the trick.

INSTRUCTORS

Two instructors … Is that going to be confusing or distracting? All signs point to yes, but there’s something beautiful about the way that Fhitting Room pairs their trainers. Yes, we do mean beautiful because the synchronicity between Dennys and Ben is like an incredible dance. They perfectly timed who was going to speak when, and who was going to demonstrate when, and even their counting was completely in synch. Sooooo: no, deff not awkward in the slightest. In fact, we felt that we received twice the attention for modifications and improvements – um, huge bonus, especially since none of their comments were naggy or intrusive. We did end up leaning our favor more toward Dennys, who was always close by with a pump up or a good job high five. He is a bit of the jokester to Ben’s strong, silent, beautiful male model vibe. But I guess that’s the magic of Fhitting Room: two personalities means that the likelihood of you finding a trainer you think “gets you” is higher.

Their workout structure left more than a few students leaving a little red-faced. We love this kind of challenge, but we overheard at least three regulars complaining about the difficulty on their way out. Guess we aren’t surprised, because they start classes promptly, don’t suffer any fools, and come in hard on each and every single section of the workout. No matter how much you want to hate them, you will end up cracking at least one smile.

SPACE

A small but mighty mouse of a studio – cute imagery, right? The space itself isn’t huge but the quality of the equipment, locker rooms, check-in desk, and even the merch is quite posh. This is a brand spanking new studio and it shows, because everything is immaculately clean and sleek with that new studio smell. No need to bring your lock or towels here: there are self-locking showers and fun green towels (we simply love a studio that stays on theme!). The locker room shower situation, however, does make us feel a little oh so so scandalous. It’s one room for changing and primping, with several individual shower stalls for both sexes. To be clear, they close with doors not curtains, which is VERY important for that extra layer of privacy. Not a huge deal in our 2017 lives, but definitely makes us rethink our more free or rushed getting ready habits aka sloppy towel fastening or hair drying in our undies. Speaking of, they have all the bobby pins, hair ties, cotton balls, etc. that you likely forgot on your way out the door for the day – they’ve got you, girl.

Fhitting Room Upper West Side
4.5

584 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024
Upper West Side HIIT $$$$

Fhitting Room Upper West Side

Upper West Side HIIT, $$$$

584 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024