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Meal Prep

Move over Seamless and GrubHub! This year has seen a drastic increase of prepared meal services. From fully cooked, portioned, ready-to-eat meals to services like Plated that deliver packages of ingredients and recipes, it seems like more and more people are trying to cut down on their time in the kitchen or walking the aisles of grocery stores. We all know exercise is necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but there’s no denying that diet is another crucial component. No matter how hard you HIT it, a fifty-minute FHIX can’t make up for a poor diet. No matter what your health and fitness goals are, there’s a meal prep plan out there for you.

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Your first option is to prepare your meals at home in advance. Many people take a day out of the week, usually Sunday, to prepare most of their meals at once. This can also be done twice a week, maybe a Sunday and Wednesday, to ensure your meals are fresh and have some variety. When preparing your own meals at home, most people cook a large portion of one meal and divvy it up into separate portions for meals throughout the week. Eating the same meals everyday might seem boring to some; however, consistency is the secret ingredient to any successful health and fitness plan. If you have a favorite meal or favorite vegetable, incorporate it into the meals you prepare for the week.

One major benefit of cooking and preparing your own meals in advance is that you have total control over the ingredients used and can ensure that you are actually going to enjoy the meal you made for yourself. If it doesn’t taste good, chances are you won’t want to eat it when the time comes, and some meal prep delivery services don’t allow you to choose or sample every meal you order. If you prep your meals at home, you can test them beforehand or only cook foods you like.

Meal delivery services save you the most time since you don’t have to cook them yourself. Having prepared meals with you at all times can keep you from getting ‘hangry’ and making bad food decisions you will later regret. FHITpro, Dara Theodore orders two meals from a service every week, and she uses those as a template for the rest of the meals she cooks for herself and her family. You can scale your own meal prep to best fit your lifestyle.

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With many of these services, you could order a different meal for each day of the week as opposed to eating the same meal five days in a row. These services keep you accountable to your diet and fitness goals. Most of us eat what is easily available and with these already prepared meals, that’s one less decision you need to make. There are so many meal prep services available, but you should pick one based on the goals you’re trying to accomplish. Some programs tell you when to eat your meals during the day, depending on your workout routine. Some cater the portion sizes of each component of the dish, depending on your level of physical activity. Instructor, Farouk Houssein uses R.P. Strength, a personalized program that doesn’t give you cooked meals but specific recipes and a workout plan with designated meal times for the best nutrient absorption to compliment his training.

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Every person requires a different ratio of macronutrients. Runners or endurance athletes might need more carbs, and people who want to build up their strength may need more protein. Ideally, you should consult a doctor or nutritionist before starting a new diet program to learn how much of each macronutrient is best for your body. With that in mind, meal prep can be used for those trying to gain muscle or for others trying to shred or slim down. Planning meals is ideal for portion control. It can also be combined with protein shakes for athletes who are not necessarily trying to slim down. In between his prepped meals from Deliciously Fit Grill, FHITpro, Daury Dross drinks his favorite protein and recovery shakes for muscle development and gains. Now, after two and a half months on his new meal prep program, he is at the FHITtest, lowest weight he’s been in years!

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Our FHIT Founder, Kari Saitowitz was recently introduced to Plated, a meal prep delivery service by frequent FHIXer and Plated’s Co-Founder, Nick. Since discovering Plated, Kari has used it to meal prep her dinners a few times a week. She loves it because she knows that the meals will be fresh, wholesome and delicious. One of Kari’s first meals using Plated was seared pork with tomato jam and sugar snap peas (picture below).

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Want to give Plated a try? Click here and when you make your first purchase, you will get a free dinner for two.

There are meal prep options for everyone. Find the perfect one for you based on your health goals and what works best for your lifestyle. For those of us who can’t be trusted alone in the kitchen without a working fire extinguisher, there are healthy and delicious meal delivery programs. Otherwise, carve out some time on the weekend and break out the pots and pans. You’ll be thankful when you’re feeling ravenous after your next FHIX!

Move over Seamless and GrubHub! This year has seen a drastic increase of prepared meal services. From fully cooked, portioned, ready-to-eat meals to services like Plated that deliver packages of ingredients and recipes, it seems like more and more people are trying to cut down on their time in the kitchen or walking the aisles of grocery stores. We all know exercise is necessary for a healthy lifestyle, but there’s no denying that diet is another crucial component. No matter how hard you HIT it, a fifty-minute FHIX can’t make up for a poor diet. No matter what your health and fitness goals are, there’s a meal prep plan out there for you.

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Your first option is to prepare your meals at home in advance. Many people take a day out of the week, usually Sunday, to prepare most of their meals at once. This can also be done twice a week, maybe a Sunday and Wednesday, to ensure your meals are fresh and have some variety. When preparing your own meals at home, most people cook a large portion of one meal and divvy it up into separate portions for meals throughout the week. Eating the same meals everyday might seem boring to some; however, consistency is the secret ingredient to any successful health and fitness plan. If you have a favorite meal or favorite vegetable, incorporate it into the meals you prepare for the week.

One major benefit of cooking and preparing your own meals in advance is that you have total control over the ingredients used and can ensure that you are actually going to enjoy the meal you made for yourself. If it doesn’t taste good, chances are you won’t want to eat it when the time comes, and some meal prep delivery services don’t allow you to choose or sample every meal you order. If you prep your meals at home, you can test them beforehand or only cook foods you like.

Meal delivery services save you the most time since you don’t have to cook them yourself. Having prepared meals with you at all times can keep you from getting ‘hangry’ and making bad food decisions you will later regret. FHITpro, Dara Theodore orders two meals from a service every week, and she uses those as a template for the rest of the meals she cooks for herself and her family. You can scale your own meal prep to best fit your lifestyle.

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With many of these services, you could order a different meal for each day of the week as opposed to eating the same meal five days in a row. These services keep you accountable to your diet and fitness goals. Most of us eat what is easily available and with these already prepared meals, that’s one less decision you need to make. There are so many meal prep services available, but you should pick one based on the goals you’re trying to accomplish. Some programs tell you when to eat your meals during the day, depending on your workout routine. Some cater the portion sizes of each component of the dish, depending on your level of physical activity. Instructor, Farouk Houssein uses R.P. Strength, a personalized program that doesn’t give you cooked meals but specific recipes and a workout plan with designated meal times for the best nutrient absorption to compliment his training.

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Every person requires a different ratio of macronutrients. Runners or endurance athletes might need more carbs, and people who want to build up their strength may need more protein. Ideally, you should consult a doctor or nutritionist before starting a new diet program to learn how much of each macronutrient is best for your body. With that in mind, meal prep can be used for those trying to gain muscle or for others trying to shred or slim down. Planning meals is ideal for portion control. It can also be combined with protein shakes for athletes who are not necessarily trying to slim down. In between his prepped meals from Deliciously Fit Grill, FHITpro, Daury Dross drinks his favorite protein and recovery shakes for muscle development and gains. Now, after two and a half months on his new meal prep program, he is at the FHITtest, lowest weight he’s been in years!

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Our FHIT Founder, Kari Saitowitz was recently introduced to Plated, a meal prep delivery service by frequent FHIXer and Plated’s Co-Founder, Nick. Since discovering Plated, Kari has used it to meal prep her dinners a few times a week. She loves it because she knows that the meals will be fresh, wholesome and delicious. One of Kari’s first meals using Plated was seared pork with tomato jam and sugar snap peas (picture below).

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Want to give Plated a try? Click here and when you make your first purchase, you will get a free dinner for two.

There are meal prep options for everyone. Find the perfect one for you based on your health goals and what works best for your lifestyle. For those of us who can’t be trusted alone in the kitchen without a working fire extinguisher, there are healthy and delicious meal delivery programs. Otherwise, carve out some time on the weekend and break out the pots and pans. You’ll be thankful when you’re feeling ravenous after your next FHIX!

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14,410 Feet: FHITspiration Ben M.

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When we first met Ben Milakofsky, we were wondering why a former West Wing staffer from the Obama administration would be interested in working at Fhitting Room. Needless to say, we were intrigued and wanted to meet him. Now that Ben has been a part of our FHITfam for over 6 months, we are excited to share in his own words his most FHITspirational achievement – climbing Mt. Rainier. Read on to hear how Ben first found Fhitting Room and how getting his FHIX prepared him for one of the biggest physical challenges of his life.

The height of the fiercest mountain in the lower 48. An episodically active composite volcano.

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The peak of Mt. Rainier. Columbia Crest to be specific.

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Out of my reach during my first summit attempt in May 2016, I knew I would go back the following year.

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And I don’t get there without Fhitting Room and their lunges, squats, thrusters, box jumps, rowers, assault bikes, and yes – burpees!

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In August of 2016, I reached out to a friend living in NYC. I was traveling from DC to NYC for a wedding and I asked her for a running route as we were both training for the Chicago marathon. The humidity was in full effect and temperatures were expected to reach 97 degrees. Not exactly ideal conditions for an 18-mile run when you don’t know the water fountain locations or which bridges, highways, and parks to visit.

My friend is a long time Fhixer, a Boston marathon qualifier, and a stellar athlete. She countered my running plan, suggesting a challenging HIIT workout at Fhitting Room. My weekly routine included HIIT classes, Yasso 800’s, a few intermediate runs, a local spinning studio, and one long run each week. HIIT is my favorite I thought – why not give Fhitting Room a try?

I was nursing a headache and searching for a good sweat. Although, I wasn’t feeling my best, I naively felt ready for this. Within 15 minutes I was panting on the floor wondering how I was supposed to do banded pull-ups for 60 seconds straight as part of a circuit.

“WHAT IS THIS?!” I thought.

Of course, I was hooked and took my second intro class a few weeks later during a follow up trip at the end of the month.

Fast forward a few months.

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My position in DC was coming to an end and I found myself emailing info@fhittingroom.com. After an incredible adventure that included stops in the White House and the U.S. Department of the Interior (and a quick trip to Baghdad), I was relocating to NYC to be closer to family. That much was certain. Everything else felt up in the air. But I was going back to Rainier in July.

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Facing an extended break, I was hoping Fhitting Room would allow me to work a few shifts a week in exchange for the ability to take classes. I didn’t know who would read the note but I honestly told them: “I can’t think of a better fitness studio to support given how much I loved the classes I took.”  They were curious, the timing was great as they prepared to open a third location, and invited me to visit for a conversation. They wanted to know why I was interested in them. In my mind, it was simple.

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Training at sea level isn’t ideal training conditions for mountaineering. There are vertical inside stairwells, but you can’t really use your ice axe and crampons on NYC stairs. How else was I going to prepare my core, quads, hamstrings, and calves for this? Hiking in Shenandoah last time wasn’t enough. Climbing a mountain is technical and it is not hiking. Running stairs with a 44lb vest for short sprints wasn’t going to be enough either. Spinning and running – nope. My workout plan needed to adjust if I was going to summit. I remembered my time on the floor last August and thought I found my anchor.

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Unfortunately, I had an unexpected surgery in mid-April and I would only have two months to truly train for the climb. Again, it is NOT a hike. People die annually on this mountain and I would need to give it my all. Over the next two months, I would take 25 Fhitting Room classes and have now taken over 40 classes since I moved to NYC at the end of winter. I could feel myself getting stronger and mountain ready throughout training. With each set of lunges and squats, I could set my sights on Rainier’s upper mountain. Over time, I could feel my body composition changing. As the FHITpros suggested a distance on the rower and calories on the assault bike, I saw those numbers as a minimum instead of a goal. With May rolling into June and then July, I found myself adding extensions to my box jumps to make the height more challenging. My body was evolving and the incredible trainers at Fhitting Room were helping me prepare to achieve my goal. The FHITpros corrected my form, encouraged my push, and motivated me throughout each class.

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Often, I would double and triple my workout by adding in other studio classes. My Sunday routine became a quadruple workout for endurance. But I would always go to Fhitting Room first as it was the most challenging and most rewarding. There were days where I would walk stairs with a 44lb vest for hours, but only after Fhitting Room. I needed to build endurance but the right kind of endurance.

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I was finally going back. A few days in Seattle including my first hike at Mt. Si, I was heading back to the mountain. Following gear check, we had our safety training day. You learn how to climb the mountain including proper breathing and walking techniques. They also teach you how to correctly use your ax and crampons. This includes the self-arrest technique should you or someone on your rope team fall. Finally, on Wednesday, July 26 we set off to climb the mountain.

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We spent the morning climbing and gaining 4700 vertical feet before arriving at Camp Muir – the half way point – and an elevation of approximately 10,188 feet. Our group of 18 arrived in early afternoon, mostly smiling and some nursing some wicked mountaineering boot blisters. I went with preventative medicine and wrapped duct tape around my heels. A quick 3:30pm dinner was followed by a short rest. The guides woke us up for breakfast at 10 p.m. and we would depart by 11.

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Unlike last time when I never saw the mountain until I drove to the airport, the views were spectacular and the weather was largely cooperative. You could see Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, and even Mt. Hood in Oregon during the day. At night, the sky was stunningly beautiful. I wanted to gaze at the stars for hours, but the task at hand would require my full attention.

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We climbed through Cathedral Gap which is largely rockfall and traversed over to Ingraham Flats. After a short break for food and water, we headed to a brutal and vertical section of the upper mountain that is aptly named Disappointment Clever. It is largely exposed rock and they pull your rope team in close. We would scramble in silence with our feet and legs pounding. There are very narrow sections and I forgot to walk the proper way. A few times, I pulled on the person in front of me making their climb a little harder.   Finally, we reached the top of the cleaver which is approximately 12,300 feet. Half way to the summit and it was now about 2 a.m.

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A few team members decided to head back down. We were told to make a final decision. We had several hours left but if we continued we had to go all the way to the summit. Get food and water and decide quickly. I faced this decision last year at high break which is approximately 13,500 feet and the final resting location before the summit. Choosing to head down 90 minutes before reaching the summit in 2016 remains one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made. Going up is optional but coming down is mandatory. It sounds obvious but it’s a nearly impossible decision to make while you are sucking wind on the mountain. Breathing gets particularly difficult on the upper mountain above 10,000 feet.

Admonished by our lead guide for pulling on the rope, I had doubts of whether I should continue. I felt great but then again I was pulling. That wasn’t good and I asked what I should do. His response, “You got this, Ben. You should keep going.” Relieved but a little unsure, I thought for another minute. I wasn’t ready to come down. I felt good. My legs and core were fresh from training. Let’s do this!

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The guides are constantly evaluating the conditions on the mountain. You climb at night to minimize risk. This time of year, large crevasse’ open and sometimes you can’t safely cross with a ladder. These deep fractures in the ice field are dangerous. The decision had been made to traverse half way across the mountain, switch to a different glacier and climb up the Emmons Glacier route. This would mean losing 300 vertical feet which we would have to regain (and also have to address on the way down). We added another 45 minutes to our ascent climb but we eventually made it to the final break for water and food. Throughout the night climb and its most solitary moments, I focused on what I had accomplished these past 8 weeks. I had graduated to new weights of kettlebells for dead lifts, swings, and lunges. Finally, I could handle a modified wall stand and my distance on the rower had achieved new heights.

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It was about an hour away and I was utterly exhausted. Climbing can be lonely and quiet for long stretches other than important instructions from the guide. Given the conditions on the mountain, we were roped in near each other, which was different than last time, and we casually talked to pass the time. But I couldn’t talk any more. 3 seconds of breathing in followed by 1 second of pushing out really hard. 3 seconds of breathing in and PUSH. At this altitude, you need to discharge the CO2 and get oxygen to your body. It’s now frigid and the wind is picking up to 25-30mph.

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We departed for the final part of our summit ascent and it was extremely vertical. I muttered curse words and took big, deep breaths. We finally reached the base of the summit at 5:30am just as the sun was up. It is cold and windy up there! “Congratulations – you officially summited,” they said. Technically it wasn’t the final peak but it was optional to go the final stretch. I tried to move and fell back down. I contemplated staying there when someone correctly said, “you are 50 vertical feet (about ten minutes) from the summit. Get your ass up there.”

Ok. OK. I listened. Slowly I clawed my way to Columbia Crest by 5:45am. I just summited but I was only half way…coming down is mandatory.

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I honestly wouldn’t have gotten there this year without Fhitting Room. I will always appreciate the opportunity they gave me while knowing I wouldn’t stay forever. I may have another full time job now working as the Chief of Staff at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, but I love this team (and FHITfam!). You can find me at the front desk on Saturdays. I will probably be complaining about the awful walk down that mountain for months.

 

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Songs of Summer 2017

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Every year, there are a handful of songs destined to be played on repeat throughout summer at barbeques, pool parties, and workouts around the country. If you have not found your go-to summer tune yet, you’re in luck! In addition to being experts in all things FHITness, our FHITpros are basically DJs in disguise. Check out their picks for the best songs of 2017 and the workout moves they love to do with them. Love the round up? Get it here on our Spotify.

Eric Salvador
Favorite Song of 2017: A Lie by French Montana featuring The Weekend and Max B
Workout Moves: Something high energy, like a FHIX!

Daury Dross
Favorite Song of 2017: Wins and Losses by Meek Mill
Workout Moves: Great for a nice strength portion of your workout

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Amanda Butler
Favorite Song of 2017: Despacito by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
Workout Moves: This song is great for strength work, and just dancing and having a good time

Jason Tran
Favorite Song of 2017: Bring Dem Things by French Montana
Workout Moves: I like to chest press (to the beat obvi)

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Dara Theodore
Favorite Song of 2017: Stay by Zedd featuring Alessia Cara
Workout Moves: It’s not a FHIX song per se but stick me on the bike or the rower and I could get some work done to that chorus!

Simon Lawson
Favorite Song of 2017: Cake by Flo Rida and 99 Percent, East and Young Remix
Workout Moves: High energy song great for the strength section of class and HIIT training

Mark Ribeiro
Favorite Song: Party on the West Coast by Matoma, Faith Evans, and The Notorious B.I.G.
Workout Move: Long AMRAP, because it’s happy and fun

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Carlos Davila
Favorite Song of 2017: $lay by Meek Mill featuring ASAP Ferg
Workout Move: I like that it slows the beat down at various points so if you’re doing a bunch of burpees for example, it affords you a consistent pace and a place to pause based on the beat

Melody Scharff
Favorite Song of 2017: Praying by Kesha
Workout Move: I am OBSESSED with the new Kesha song Praying. I play it for cool downs and I listen to it all the time alone

Mat Forzaglia
Favorite Song of 2017: First Time by Ellie Goulding and Kygo
Workout Move: Dim lights. Music low. Mobility training!

Lacee Lazoff
Favorite Song of 2017: Bounce Back by Big Sean
Workout Move: I love to warm up to it, or play it for the first part of my workout

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Jess Sims
Favorite Song: Mi Gente by J Balvin and Willy William
Workout Move: It’s a great song for a lot of things, especially lifting heavy during our strength sections or to find the motivation for the FHIX!

Troy Brooks
Favorite Song: Mask Off by Future, Marshmello Remix
Workout Move:  This is the perfect song for a warm up to get the FHIXers in the zone for what’s to come. It’s also great during the circuit once that beat drops it’s on fire. My favorite move to any dope track is the kettlbell figure 8, it’s such a rhythm based move it’s easy to kill it on beat with the right track!

 

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JULY 2017 FHIT10

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July has brought us a lot more than fireworks and barbeques this year (although there have been plenty of those too!). This month marked some major milestones for our community, including an exciting new addition to our FHITfam. Keep reading to learn about the top stories we’re sure to be talking about all summer long!

1. Baby Palma has arrived! FHITpro Amanda Butler gave birth to Parker Liam Palma on July 8th. Amanda is one of our original FHITpros and the first in our family to deliver a baby. She is taking some time to bond with her new son but will be back helping you HIT it hard soon!

2. Swimming is a great way to tone your arms and legs, but chlorine isn’t doing your hair any favors. In order to protect your strands and continue getting your pool FHIX, check out these 5 shampoo choices PureWow recommends for swim-heavy summers.

3. Whether you’re 17 or 70, any age is a great time to get your FHIX according to this New York Times article. The piece describes a new study which explores the effects of high intensity interval training for different age groups–and found that everyone beneFHITted!

4. Want to make sure your grocery shopping is as smart as your workout routine? Well + Good shares the 6 food shopping mistakes nutritionists wish healthy people would stop making.

5. If you’ve ever wondered when to fuel up to maximize your workout, keep reading! Greatist explains whether it is better to eat before or after a sweat session and what kind of food choices you should be making.

6. It may be time to start picking up kettlebells on the second (or third!) shelf. Shape sheds light on a new study which touts lifting heavy as the most efficient way to build strength. Researchers found that weightlifting more effectively conditions the nervous system, meaning your muscles can exert more force with less effort when compared to someone who sticks to 3 pound dumbbells.

7. It happens to everyone once in awhile: you go a little too hard in the FHIX and wake up feeling seriously sore. Luckily, Brit + Co has some helpful tips to ease aching muscles and keep soreness at bay.

8. Summer happy hours are hard to resist, but with these tips from Well + Good you can sip guilt-free. Check out their three picks for delicious cocktails that are low in calories but sky-high in flavor.

9. Did you miss FHITpro Mark Ribeiro’s run on American Ninja Warrior last month? Check out his Instagram for some clips of him in action and tune in when he is back on for the Cleveland City Finals in a few weeks!

10. You may rely on a cup of joe for some pre-FHIX energy, but is your latte habit healthy? Goop explores the potential pros and cons of drinking coffee as well as some tips on picking brews and beans.

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FHITspiration: Sammi Farber

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Meet Sammi.

Sammi first caught our attention with an emotionally charged and courageous post on her Instagram feed back on January 27th, 2017. She spoke of a difficult breakup that triggered a downward spiral in her life and how she recently discovered Fhitting Room, which helped her rediscover her light, her soul and her heart. We reached out to see if she’d contribute to a FHITspiration post about the emotional beneFHITs she discovered at Fhitting Room, and in return we received a truly moving account written by a woman in the midst of a serious struggle with an eating disorder who was brave enough to share her battle in an effort to help others.

Sammi is currently in rehabilitation, and as her FHITfamily, we are in her corner 100%. We are sharing her story, in her words, about her struggle during her battle, not after recovery. Sammi specifically asked for her story to be shared now while she seeks recovery.

Our goal in sharing Sammi’s own words during this difficult time is to help anyone else who may have issues. In that spirit, Sammi provided us with the names of two incredible organizations that offer resources for anyone facing similar challenges, and while we love our frequent FHIXers, we do not recommend 100 FHIXes in under 100 days for anyone.
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http://nationaleatingdisorders.org/

Sammi’s Story (in her words):

I have spent pretty much my whole life battling with something called Body Dysmorphic Disorder. When people ask what that means, I tell them it’s like living in a fun house, like the ones at amusement parks, where every mirror gives you a warped image of yourself. That’s what I see every time I look at a mirror, photo or video of myself. Though I wish I could say I see the image that makes you super tall and slim, that’s not the case. The topic of eating disorders tends to be unspoken until after recovery. I guess people want to hear the happy ending or the “success story”, rather than the process, before knowing the outcome. It’s kind of like jumping on a diet that’s advertised everywhere. You’re much more likely to sign up when you see a before and after photo rather than just the before. But, to me, the process and the struggle, is what’s most relatable and where I’m at currently. The process doesn’t have to be a dark and twisted journey full of shame. I look at my struggle as a positive journey to finding the best person I can be. Everyone’s journey is unique, and this is just a small glimpse into mine and how Fhitting Room has been so much more than just a boutique work out class; Fhitting Room has been a support system and has played a very important role in starting my road to recovery. 

Last year, during my final year studying at The Culinary Institute of America, I went through a horrible break up. It felt like the end of the world, which I’m sure many have experienced, and if you haven’t, well, you haven’t lived, but anyway, this sent me on a downward spiral. My self-worth was questionable before, but now it was really non-existent. I began to feel out of control, and the only thing I could control was my diet and exercise routine. I began to work out like a maniac, going to the school gym three times a day, doing strictly cardio for hours. I also started a diet, which eliminated processed foods, but when I saw how easy it was to eliminate certain food groups, I eventually restricted myself from many foods. As you can imagine, going to CIA, food was my life and now it turned into my enemy. Everything was “bad” and would make me “fat” through my lens. Some days I would stick to my restrictions and other days I would binge. My weight was a constant yo-yo, along with my diet. This eventually led me to develop an eating disorder called Orthorexia. The general definition for this is someone who shows symptoms of obsessive behavior in pursuit of a healthy diet, which is exactly what I did. I eliminated just about everything, which lead me to a diet that consisted solely of raw fruits and vegetables, and I forced myself to workout after just about every meal.

After graduation last July, I jumped into my new career as food and beverage manager at the Waldorf Astoria, which lead me to my life in the city. I had a job that consumed 12-14 hours of every day. Work took over and my scale went up. This brought me to December 3rd, my birthday, and my worst binge experience which made me realize how badly I needed to get myself together, and there I was back at square one. I jumped back into a raw plant based diet knowing restriction “worked” for me, but for some reason the weight wasn’t coming off as quickly as it had before. Knowing my current #cardiolife wasn’t helping me achieve my goal, I was desperate to find a new workout routine. I needed something with structure that would hold me accountable. I tried a personal trainer and various studios for about two weeks, but nothing stuck, or I should say nothing “fhit.” I joined a fitness group on Facebook one morning and wrote a post asking for recommendations on classes in the city, thinking someone had to know something that I didn’t. About an hour later a girl messaged me telling me I had to try a place called the Fhitting Room. I did a quick Google search, saw a video of people doing all these crazy moves like box jumps, jungle gym mountain climbers and burpees and thought I would die, so naturally I booked class for later that day.

Walking into my first class I had no idea what to actually expect, sure I had seen the video but I remember looking at the board and feeling like it might as well have been a foreign language. My first class was with Daury and Simon. I don’t remember much from the class itself, but one thing that stuck with me was when the class ended, Daury came up to me and asked me how I felt and told me I did a great job. That’s something I love about Fhitting Room classes.  First timers get reassured that everyone starts somewhere. The FHITpros are there and aware if it’s your first time, and they make you as comfortable as possible, keep you safe and motivate you. Something must have clicked because I was back for round two the next day. One thing I do remember from that first class was telling Daury I had a problem with burpees because of my wrist and couldn’t do them; confession time, the only problem I had was that I hated burpees (sorry D), but I’m pretty sure he caught on because the next week when I was still doing squat thrusts he said, “you’re doing burpees today, no more excuses.” I think that’s one of the craziest parts of progress, a single burpee used to be my worst nightmare, now I can do 60 during a FHIX and don’t think twice about it because of the strength I’ve built.

In the past, I never really stuck to a workout routine for long. I was always looking for the newest “belly blaster” or “beach bod in 30 days” type of quick fix. Over 200 classes later, I now know that it’s not about a “quick fix.” Fhitting Room has helped me realize that. I completed my first hundred classes in under a hundred days, and I decided that was going to be my “thing.” I respond well to goal setting and decided I would set a goal for myself to complete every hundred classes in under a hundred days. I know this sounds a little crazy to some people, but to me, coming to Fhitting Room is not just an insane workout. I’m not going to lie, up until recently, I would say 95% of the reason I would double-up was because I felt I ate too much that day; my workouts used to be all about the calories I felt I needed to burn. But now, it’s a little different. I still have a long road ahead of me, but this place has become like a sanctuary for me. I go to all three studios and have taken class with just about every FHITpro. I truly believe I speak for just about every Fhitting Room go-er when I say the FHITpros keep us coming back. And for me, honestly, it’s not just the FHITpros who I come to see, it’s every single person. It’s the trainers, the managers, the faces that greet me when I walk in and most importantly the people I take class with. Other FHIXers are a constant source of motivation throughout class. The people who work at Fhitting Room are some of the most genuine, funny, welcoming people I have ever encountered. Now, I would say 95% of the reason I go to Fhitting Room is the people, but I’d being doing a disservice if I didn’t recognize the results the workout produces. For someone who suffers from body dysmorphia, I don’t really see much of a change when I look in the mirror; however, looking at pictures and comparing myself from the day before I started class to now is mind boggling. I obviously fixate on weight and the number I see on my scale, that’s something I battle every day, but at least now I am building muscle that I never had before, which is an indescribable feeling. I know I am so much stronger now than I was in December, but my results are not just physical. I am a much stronger person in general. Even though I still struggle with thoughts of numbers on my scale, I can confidently say, going to Fhitting Room is part of my daily routine because it makes me genuinely happy. I used to wake up and jump on a treadmill and hate life for hours; now I can’t tell you the last time I was on one of those – my guess is somewhere around 200 days ago. 

Fhitting Room genuinely changed, and is still in the process of changing, my life. When people get to know me they are sometimes taken back by how open I am about body dysmorphia and my eating disorder. I used to keep it to myself and was ashamed of it like so many others, but with the support of so many at Fhitting Room, I have come to the realization that there isn’t enough light shed on the subject, especially in the fitness industry. Usually when you hear someone’s story, it’s their recovery story, after the fact, and they have overcome all the obstacles. Well that’s not the case with me, I am not recovered, I am on the road to recovery and a major part of the reason I have taken so many steps forward is solely because of this place and these people. Some of my instructors know what I am going through and others have no idea, but that’s the best part, I feel the same love, acceptance and support from each one of them. I know that every day, especially if it’s a bad day, I get to spend at least an hour at this place that brings me so much happiness with crazy instructors bouncing off the walls to music blasting, distracting me just enough so I don’t realize just how intense this workout is until it’s over and I’m lying on the floor counting my blessings that I made it. That’s when I walk out of class and the endorphins kick in and I’m reminded why I’ll be back for my next FHIX soon. I often joke with people and say I am in an exclusive relationship with Fhitting Room, but it isn’t much of a joke at all when I think about it. This place has my heart and is helping me get my life back and for that, I couldn’t be more grateful. #foreverliveFHIT.

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JUNE 2017 FHIT10

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Summer ’17 is starting out with a bang for our Fhitting Room community. From celebrating a FHITfam wedding to our first ever Pride shirt to why a cool down is essential, here’s the top news that had us buzzing this June.

1. It’s wedding season and this year we celebrated one of our own! Sloan, our Marketing and Media Maven, married Greg Weber at a beachside wedding in Mexico. Their weekend even had a beachside FHIX the day before the wedding. Check out pics from their wedding here.

2. Looking to get your FHIX out East this summer? Our Hamptons classes are now open for booking. Registration opens on Sunday at 4PM for the Saturday Hamptons FHIX 13 days out. Click here to sign up. If you are looking to guarantee your FHIX out East, you can book early using a Hamptons Emerald FHIX class package starting the Thursday prior at 4PM.

3. Kettlebells are a Fhitting Room staple, and this month FHITpro, Jess Sims, broke down some signature moves for SELF.com. Check out her picks for beginner-friendly moves that challenge the whole body.

4. Collagen may already be on your radar for its beauty-boosting benefits, but did you know it is also a great way to boost your workouts? According to this article from MindBodyGreen, the superfood can help build stronger muscles and speed up the recovery time you need between workouts.

5. You may want to hold off on sprinting out of class immediately after the FHIX. Two top trainers explain why cooldowns are so necessary in this GOOP story.

6. If you rely on coconut oil for cooking your favorite healthy meals, you may want to reevaluate. Shape explains why some nutritionists and doctors are wary of this buzzy tropical oil and what alternatives you may want to consider favoring.

7. Need an extra push to get your workouts in this summer? This inside look at Michelle Obama’s bootcamp workout with friends is all the inspiration you’ll need to grab a friend and get your FHIX.

8. Plenty of athletes and celebrities swear by going gluten-free, but how do you know if it is something you should do? The New York Times breaks down exactly when you need to start contemplating cutting wheat protein out of your life.

9. Amazon recently bought Whole Foods and many organic foodies are wondering what this will mean for the beloved natural foods grocery chain. Check out this article if you want to learn more about how this deal will affect your weekly shopping.

10. June was Pride Month! Check out our FHITpros modeling the rainbow edition of our LIVEFHIT Tank. If you are feeling a bit of FOMO, it is not too late to buy your own, there are a few left in stock! Twenty percent of the proceeds beneFHIT the Human Rights Campaign, so you can look AND feel good. Happy Pride!

 

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FHItspiration and Bride-to-be: Hillery Williams

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Bride-to-be Hillery Williams is taking the idea of “sweating for the wedding” to the next level! This frequent FHIXer has lost 90 pounds in the months leading up to her walk down the aisle. Keep reading to learn more about her fitness journey, the emotional and mental benefits she reaps from getting her FHIX, and her biggest accomplishments so far!

When are you getting married?

July 22nd at Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards– a gorgeous vineyard in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tell us about your first FHIXperience. Were you already engaged? Did getting engaged change your workout routine at all?

I had been engaged for about 8 months when I first experienced Fhitting Room. One of my best friends, who has been a constant source of motivation, encouragement, and inspiration for me throughout my struggles with weight and working out said she had the perfect class for me. I, of course, had head about Fhitting Room but was terrified because I didn’t think I was in good enough shape to survive the class.

I had been working out and eating well leading up to my engagement and then of course leading up to “F day” (the day Fhitting Room came into my life), but I wasn’t as focused or determined as I knew I needed to be, since I was hoping to lose a significant amount of weight before my wedding. I survived the class (barely) but absolutely loved it. I walked out feeling inspired, excited and SORE. The next few days, I could barely walk… a sign of an amazing workout, and I knew I had found my workout jam.

Fhitting Room pushes me to my limits and helps me stay focused throughout my weight loss journey and pre wedding routine. Did getting engaged change my workout routine? HELL YES. There is no better motivation than thinking about wearing a white dress in front of all your friends and family and saying ‘I Do’ to your best friend. I mean… who doesn’t want to look AMAZING in photos.

But in all seriousness, this is something that I have been battling my whole life, so when Fhitting Room came into my life and I started to see results, I was hooked. I have never felt stronger mentally, physically or emotionally, and with two months left to go, I know I will be so proud of myself when I walk down that aisle.

While getting your FHIX in preparation for your wedding, what has been your biggest FHIT accomplishment?

When I mastered box jumps for the first time, I CRIED. I AM NOT JOKING. It took me months to be able to do that, and now I can crush them. I’ve increased my kettle bell weights, and I know that I can handle any class. That is actually my biggest accomplishment. No matter how difficult the class is, I know I can do it. I didn’t feel that way when I started.

What is your favorite workout move learned at Fhitting Room? Is there anything you’ve mastered that you originally thought you were not capable of doing?

Favorite workout move — loaded question haha. I love the rowing machine and any circuit that is partner based. I like having a buddy cheering me on constantly, which brings me back to my team sports days. I NEVER thought I could handle the assault bikes; while I wouldn’t say I am good at them, I do my best and always feel completely beat after that session (sign of a good workout, right?)

How has getting your FHIX helped you mentally prepare for your wedding?

It has helped me become more confident and frankly happier. I’ve had a lifelong battle with my weight, and I finally feel like I am in a great place. It allows me to take all my frustrations, stress and anxiety out on the mat. I leave with a clean and sound mind.

Does your fiancé come to Fhitting Room as well? If so, do you ever come together?

My fiancé has come to a couple of classes with me. It’s my dream to work out together ALL THE TIME, but we tend to have different workout preferences. However, if I sign us up, he’s coming with! After all, he needs to get in wedding shape too, right?

Any lessons you’ve learned at Fhitting Room that you’re hoping to carry over in your new role as a Mrs.?

Patience, perseverance, confidence and teamwork.  

How will you fit in getting your FHIX as a newlywed?

I’m hooked. I’m not going anywhere. While I may not continue my intense food regimen or two-a-day workouts, Fhitting Room will always be a staple in my weekly workout routine.

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