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Mother’s Day 2017 – Featuring FHITpro Amanda Butler

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Mother’s Day is May 14th (reminder to celebrate the moms in your life!), and this year, we are beyond excited to add our very own mama-to-be and FHITpro Amanda Butler to the celebration! Amanda is not only one of our four original FHITpros, now she is also our first ever pregnant FHITpro, and we are loving this journey! We caught up with Amanda to hear what’s changed for her now that she’s expecting as well as some tips on how to stay healthy and FHIT during pregnancy.

What does it mean to be the first pregnant trainer at Fhitting Room?

It’s exciting! I love sharing this experience with all our FHIXers, but especially our pregnant FHIXers that come to class. I love chatting with them before and after class about how they’re feeling and their experiences. I find it inspiring that pregnant mamas still make coming to class a priority even if they need to modify some of the workout. Getting up and making it to class is a feat in itself; I now know how hard it can be sometimes. I also love being in the position to show that yes, you can still workout, and helping women to modify as they progress in their pregnancies!

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How has your own training changed?

Not much has changed for me, and I think this is due to the fact that I had a strong workout regimen before I was pregnant. The obvious changes are I can no longer do a burpee (or anything on my stomach), crunches/sit ups, and nothing on my back anymore. Being 7 months pregnant now, I stick to strength training, cardio (running the stairs in the park) and prenatal yoga classes. Each day is different. Some days I feel really great and others I don’t, but staying consistent with workouts and just getting up and moving my body definitely helps! I’ve had a lot of fun sharing my own workouts on my Instagram @amandabutlernyc and explaining how I modify movements based on where I am in my pregnancy. It’s been great to interact and connect with people on there who are on the same journey as me.

What are you most excited about for your first Mother’s Day as a pregnant mom-to-be?

I am so excited about taking on a new role in my life…as MOM!

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Among your other certifications, you have an AFAA Pre and Post Natal Certification and you are Nutritious Life Certified. What are three pieces of nutritious or FHIT advice you’d give our Pre or Post Natal FHIXers?

1. Keep coming to class! (Of course, as long as you are cleared by your doctor to do so). We have several Pre and Post Natal certified trainers here at Fhitting Room to make sure you will have a safe and effective workout. (For instance, no exercises on your back after 20 weeks). And then post-FHIX you and I get to talk about all things babies! :)

2. Don’t be too hard on yourself if the only thing you want in your first trimester is carbs! The thought of a salad during my first trimester (and chicken) made me gag. Before I was pregnant I had all these ideas of how I would eat so healthy, but the funny thing about pregnancy is that you truly don’t know how your body will respond until you are in it. It wasn’t until about week 11 or 12 that I was able to stomach the idea of salad again. It has been easier for me to make healthier choices during the second and third trimesters. Some of my favorites are: fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, blueberries), low fat cottage cheese with mandarin oranges, homemade pita pizza (rather than a slice from the pizza shop) and veggies with hummus.

3. Stay hydrated! I drink water like it’s my job! I actually gave up my morning cup of joe (although you are allowed 200mg of caffeine per day) and stick mostly to just water. When I need to jazz it up I add lemon or lime to my water. I am looking forward to my first post-baby delivery margarita :)

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Mother’s Day is May 14th (reminder to celebrate the moms in your life!), and this year, we are beyond excited to add our very own mama-to-be and FHITpro Amanda Butler to the celebration! Amanda is not only one of our four original FHITpros, now she is also our first ever pregnant FHITpro, and we are loving this journey! We caught up with Amanda to hear what’s changed for her now that she’s expecting as well as some tips on how to stay healthy and FHIT during pregnancy.

What does it mean to be the first pregnant trainer at Fhitting Room?

It’s exciting! I love sharing this experience with all our FHIXers, but especially our pregnant FHIXers that come to class. I love chatting with them before and after class about how they’re feeling and their experiences. I find it inspiring that pregnant mamas still make coming to class a priority even if they need to modify some of the workout. Getting up and making it to class is a feat in itself; I now know how hard it can be sometimes. I also love being in the position to show that yes, you can still workout, and helping women to modify as they progress in their pregnancies!

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How has your own training changed?

Not much has changed for me, and I think this is due to the fact that I had a strong workout regimen before I was pregnant. The obvious changes are I can no longer do a burpee (or anything on my stomach), crunches/sit ups, and nothing on my back anymore. Being 7 months pregnant now, I stick to strength training, cardio (running the stairs in the park) and prenatal yoga classes. Each day is different. Some days I feel really great and others I don’t, but staying consistent with workouts and just getting up and moving my body definitely helps! I’ve had a lot of fun sharing my own workouts on my Instagram @amandabutlernyc and explaining how I modify movements based on where I am in my pregnancy. It’s been great to interact and connect with people on there who are on the same journey as me.

What are you most excited about for your first Mother’s Day as a pregnant mom-to-be?

I am so excited about taking on a new role in my life…as MOM!

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Among your other certifications, you have an AFAA Pre and Post Natal Certification and you are Nutritious Life Certified. What are three pieces of nutritious or FHIT advice you’d give our Pre or Post Natal FHIXers?

1. Keep coming to class! (Of course, as long as you are cleared by your doctor to do so). We have several Pre and Post Natal certified trainers here at Fhitting Room to make sure you will have a safe and effective workout. (For instance, no exercises on your back after 20 weeks). And then post-FHIX you and I get to talk about all things babies! :)

2. Don’t be too hard on yourself if the only thing you want in your first trimester is carbs! The thought of a salad during my first trimester (and chicken) made me gag. Before I was pregnant I had all these ideas of how I would eat so healthy, but the funny thing about pregnancy is that you truly don’t know how your body will respond until you are in it. It wasn’t until about week 11 or 12 that I was able to stomach the idea of salad again. It has been easier for me to make healthier choices during the second and third trimesters. Some of my favorites are: fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, blueberries), low fat cottage cheese with mandarin oranges, homemade pita pizza (rather than a slice from the pizza shop) and veggies with hummus.

3. Stay hydrated! I drink water like it’s my job! I actually gave up my morning cup of joe (although you are allowed 200mg of caffeine per day) and stick mostly to just water. When I need to jazz it up I add lemon or lime to my water. I am looking forward to my first post-baby delivery margarita :)

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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.
http://theprojectheal.org/
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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Entrepreneurial FHIXers

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We’re so lucky to have an amazing family of FHIXers. They work hard every day, both in the studio and outside of it. It’s no surprise that some of  our FHIXers have used their drive and creativity to build their own businesses. We tracked down some of these FHITrepenuers to get a rundown on what they do outside of the studio, what they love about getting their FHIX, and how they juggle it all.

Lindsay DeFalco, Camp Specialists

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

I was introduced to the concept of Camp Specialists in fall 2015 while trying to select the perfect place for my own children to attend sleep away camp.  It became immediately apparent to my husband and me that we needed some guidance to help find the best environment for our children and to determine which directors we would trust to serve as our stand-ins and role models for seven weeks. This is where the role of Camp Specialists comes into play. I didn’t start the Company, but I was an instant believer in the business, quickly became an informal ambassador and was then asked to join the team. As a Camp Specialist, I offer a free referral service that helps research, locate and select the best camp for a family. I decided to make this my career because as a life-long camper, I am passionate about the camp experience and the overall benefits it provides to children such as fostering independence, breaking through walls to get them out of their comfort zone, instilling confidence, teaching decision making and taking a much needed break from electronics and social media. To learn more about my services or to start the camp process for your children, email me at lindsaydefalco@campspecialists.com.

2. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business?

At Fhitting Room I have been pushed to do things that I never could have imagined doing physically without quitting on myself.  The trainers are very focused on teaching and expanding FHIXers’ knowledge on a daily basis. Over the past few years I have had to deal with a number of major injuries. Through every class they have shown me how critical it is to treat each client as an individual and ensure that their needs are met to stay safe and fit at the same time. Similar to how no two FHIXers are the same physically, no two families have the same needs for their children. Similar to the trainers at TFR, I tap into my knowledge and experience in the camp world and treat each family as a unique client. I spend a great amount of time listening to their needs, concerns and fears and provide them with the options that I think are best (e.g., traditional camps, specialty camps, shorter session camps, etc).

3.  Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

I find that my work schedule varies daily, so to have a place with so many options as to where and when to get my FHIX is a huge benefit to me. Working out has been a huge part of my life for as long as I can remember. In the past I used it as a way to clear my head and stay fit. As a mother of 7-year-old identical twin girls, I now look at fitness as a way to ensure that I remain healthy and strong and can be a present and active part of their lives for a long time.

4.  What’s your biggest FHIT achievement?

I think my biggest FHIT achievement is the improvement of my form and overall distance of my rowing. When I first started working out at The Fhitting Room, I had never been on a rower before and definitely did not have the right technique. Fast forward 4 years, tons of classes and many trainers later, I can easily reach 15 calories and 275 meters during that same minute. I truly feel empowered.

Ceceil Mendal, Little Moon Essentials

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Instagram: @littlemoonessentials

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

Little Moon Essentials is a natural bath & body care brand that prides itself in its handmade products which are carefully sourced and formulated with 100% pure and organic ingredients. All of our products are filled with unique essential oils and are also cruelty-free, planet friendly and handmade by our team in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The first product, the seedling that started it all, was created because it solved a problem that is experienced by many of our customers: Eczema. The bath salt was a complete success and this seedling grew into a colorful line of aromatherapeutic bath salts with multiple benefits, followed by mists, body rubs and remedies, lotions, massage oils and more! Eventually Little Moon Essentials became the go-to brand for 100% natural bath and body care products. The rest is history.

2. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business?

Taking class at Fhitting Room has helped me understand that everything in life takes time. Whether it is dealing with something in your personal life or business related, time is key! When I started taking classes at Fhitting Room I noticed that the lightest kettle bell was a challenge for me and I thought to myself “there is no chance I will ever be able to workout with the green bell.” Only 6 months (and a lot of sore days) later, I noticed I was swinging a light grey bell! The same applies to our business, if you give enough attention to the details and take good care to follow the necessary steps to hand make our formulas and products, it will lead you to great success.

3. Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

I consider my dose of FHIX as my therapy.  I am constantly thinking of what is next on my list of things to do. So before I allow the list and stress to build up and take control, I find time for a FHIX to release all of my stress before I start my day. There is nothing a FHIX can’t FIX and there’s nothing like starting a day stress-free!

4. What’s your biggest FHIT achievement?

My biggest FHIT achievement would definitely be completing the final FHIX and stretch in it’s entirety! The first 6 months I was not able to finish the full FHIX without shortening the count or stopping half way to let my partner complete the FHIX for us. Now, the only way I feel accomplished is getting through the full FHIX and completing the recommended rounds necessary to get my full FHIT session. Knowing I finished the class and gave it my all is an achievement I carry with me throughout the day.

Sam Rosen, MakeSpace

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Twitter: @MakeSpace

Instagram: @MakeSpace

Twitter: @SIR (Sam Rosen)

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

MakeSpace is a full-service, technology-enabled storage company serving tens of thousands of customers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington D.C. We’ve rethought “self-storage,” a $30 billion market in the United States, from the ground up to provide a better experience at a better price. To start, a customer makes a reservation online or over the phone. Then we send a moving team to pick up the customer’s items and load them into our truck. When the items get to our warehouse, we create an online photo catalog of our customer’s belongings so that he/she never forgets what’s in storage. Customers can easily schedule delivery of some or all of their items stored in our secure storage facility. Think of us like the Amazon of storage and those other self-storage facilities are Borders. We place massive warehouses outside of major city centers, handle pickup and drop-off, and pass along the cost savings of less expensive real estate to our customers in the form of better prices and service.

I started the company in January 2013. The idea came to me just a few weeks prior in late 2012 when Hurricane Sandy destroyed my ex girlfriend’s apartment and I helped her put all of her possessions into a self-storage unit. I hated that I couldn’t remember what was in the unit as soon as we boxed it up, and it was outrageously expensive. Though it rarely happens this way, I had pitched an investor that I’ve known for a while on my “napkin idea.” He told me if I could convince his partners, he would make me the first Entrepreneur in Residence at his firm, Upfront Ventures, the rest is history (in the making).

2. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business?

A peaceful mind and healthy body are the two most important things for me to be successful in my career. When those two things are sound I don’t feel like any obstacles stand in my way.

I’m someone who is competitive by nature, and Fhitting Room has kept me sharp thanks to the workouts being challenging yet scalable based on how I’m feeling.  Also, I love being pushed by others in the class, and due to smaller class sizes, I also feel like I’ve really become a part of the community. Having a whole group of amazingly friendly, energetic, like minded people (especially instructors!) outside of my day-to-day world is really important to me.

3. Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

Working out, and in particular getting in at least 2 sessions a week at the Fhitting Room, is a must for when I’m in NYC. I ditched a gym membership years ago. I spend most of my time between NYC, LA, and SF, and getting my FHIX is absolutely my favorite routine amongst the workouts I do in all of those cities (except outdoor rock climbing!).

There are a few secrets for me to get a regular FHIX into my schedule. First, it’s literally penciled in on my Google Calendar. This sets my own expectation and that of others; I don’t let other things get booked at that same time. Second, I often invite friends who want to meet up to come try it and grab a light breakfast after. A workout at Fhitting room beats drinks any day for me and is a healthy way to start my morning. Also, knowing that I’ll be meeting someone at the gym means I’m far less likely to skip even if I’m out late the prior evening .

4. What’s your favorite move at that we do at Fhitting Room?

Anything involving box jumps. I’ve got hops for a guy with average height, so I like challenging myself to get up on something that the tall people are working with — I’m looking at you, Mark.

Gina Cavallo, EKG Project

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

My best friend and I founded EKG project about 3 years ago; the idea came from us walking back from a fitness class and really craving something sweet that would not sabotage all the work we did in the gym. We realized that it was tough to find desserts that were super clean even in the city that has it all. The EKG project evolved into a line of packaged Paleo Donuts, Cookies, and Biscotti – all non-GMO, made with organic ingredients and are gluten, soy and dairy free. Additionally, we hire all of our EKG employees from Father’s Heart Ministries in the East Village; giving jobs to those who need them most – transitioning from homelessness, prison, addiction or hardship.

2. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business?

I think when you own a business with your best friend, you sometimes focus so much on the business; you forget that you were best friends first before business partners. Fhitting Room is part of our “bestie” time together – especially on days when there are partner workouts. We both push each other to step up our fitness game in class, whether it is who can do the highest box jump or swing the heaviest kettle bell.

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3. Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

It is so important to get your FHIX – especially when you own a bakery. It is also just necessary to maintaining balance when you own your own business because there are very, very few days off.

We are also both on completely different schedules; but we both make it priority- whether it’s a 6am class, squeezing it in at lunch or late night until the gym closes. We try to live a truly Paleo lifestyle all around whenever possible; it is more than just eating clean, it’s taking care of the body you were given, being active, getting enough rest and finding time for fun.

4.     What’s your biggest FHIT achievement?

Surviving Eric’s FHIXtreme class, hands down.

Chloe Burch, Neely and Chloe

Facebook: Neely & Chloe

Instagram: @neelyandchloe

Twitter: @neelyandchloe

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

A year and a half ago, my sister, Neely, and I discovered a hole in the market for women’s accessories that were both aspirational and attainable. One year later–this past September– we launched Neely & Chloe, a direct to consumer line of women’s handbags and shoes. We are focused on quality and customer experience, delivering a high quality product at a reasonable price point- all under $300! Our silhouettes are clean and classic with almost no branding– when you walk out of our doors, the product should be more about you than it is about us!

2. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business.

There have been times both at  Fhitting Room as well as my business where I find myself frustrated and losing motivation to push things to the next level. Taking classes at Fhitting Room has showed me that by continuing to push yourself and focusing on your long term goals, you can definitely get past the day to day challenges.

3. Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

A regular FHIX is definitely a priority to me. I like to work out every day and I try to go to Fhitting Room at least twice a week. Running your own business can make it hard to prioritize your personal needs over work, but finding time for yourself is what makes it possible to keep moving forward.

4.     What’s your biggest FHIT achievement?

I think in general, I just feel stronger going to Fhitting Room. I don’t do weights on my own, so honestly even walking through the door at Fhitting room feels like an accomplishment!  If I had to pick one accomplishment, it would be adding the 6″ box to box jumps. I didn’t think I could do it since I am only 5′ 3″ but Daury convinced me I could!

James Corbett, James Corbett Studio

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

At James Corbett Studio, we make happy happen through beautiful hair and results driven beauty products.  Superb cuts and hair color to make you stronger and more beautiful.

I founded it with a desire to create a warm, empowering, supportive community that was about producing a quality product much like the feeling I get from Fhitting Room.

2. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business?

Sometimes you stumble and sometimes you slam dunk it, but just keep working at it, push forward and in the end you will come out better, stronger and more FHIT. Just like a Fhitting room class, this is the same mantra for running your own business,

3. Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

I have learned to block out at least one or two days where I start later so I can get my FHIX at Fhitting Room. I have to schedule it like I would a client.  It is important because as they say on planes, in case of an emergency, you need to put your oxygen mask before assisting others.  I am better able to give to my clients if I make sure to do some self-care.  It also physically gives me the stamina to stand on my feet all day! When I get my FHIX in, the endorphins put me in a better position to juggle the many tasks that owning JCS throws my way daily.

4. What’s your biggest FHIT achievement?

Every class is a FHIT achievement; I personally challenge myself to reach new fitness goals.  In addition I am usually one of the oldest people in class (gasp) so it is an achievement to keep up with those younger than I!

Veronique Mazard, Jean Mahie

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

My mother and grandfather are the founders of the business, and I have been running it for the past 20 years.  It is a very small jewelry/sculpture manufacturing company with 3 employees: my mother and my brother (my grandfather passed away a long time ago) who physically make the jewelry themselves: no factories, no molds, etc., and I do the rest. We are exclusive at Neiman Marcus, so I deal with that account but also have private clients.  I am also a graduate gemologist, I so help choose stones in addition to managing the marketing, sales and accounting for the business..

2. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business?

Going to Fhitting Room and exercising keeps me sane so that helps me in running a business when I get annoying requests from sales people and/or when things don’t go accordingly to plan.  Better to keep calm when those things happen and take it out on the assault bike!

3. Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

It’s very important for me to be able to exercise everyday, and I make it a priority after my kids are squared away, so most days I drop off my kids at school and head straight to Fhitting Room.  Since Neiman’s is based in Dallas (different time zone) and is a retail business, I rarely get a call or an email before 10am so have plenty of time in the morning to get my FHIX in!

4. What’s your biggest FHIT achievement? Or if nothing comes to mind, what’s your favorite move at that we do at Fhitting Room?

This Sunday I will be taking my 400th class at the Fhitting Room, I think that’s a pretty cool achievement!

Chris Almazan, Deliciously Fit

Facebook: Get Deliciously Fit

Instagram: @getdeliciouslyfit

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1. Tell us about your business and how you founded it.

I opened my restaurant deliciouslyfit meal prep three years ago. We weigh and measure all of our meals to fit anyone’s fitness goals. I started deliciouslyfit because people asked me how I got in the best shape of my life when I competed in my first men’s physique show. So my following grew from there and now we feed celebrities such as Kevin hart when he is in NYC.

2. Running your own business must make your schedule crazy. How do you work getting a regular FHIX into your life, and how important is it for you to do so?

My schedule is crazy so I take Fhitting Room as I way to efficiently maximize my fat burning goals.

3. Has taking classes at Fhitting Room helped you overcome any obstacles that are also applicable to owning your own business?

I feed many top athletes and coaches in NYC so it’s nice to take Fhitting Room with them when I have time. The atmosphere at Fhitting Room really makes me want to push myself and inspire others to work hard.

4. What’s your favorite move at that we do at Fhitting Room?

My favorite move at Fhitting Room is the pull-up Burpee!

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MAY 2017 FHIT10

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May might not have brought the flowers that old rhyme promises, but it sure did bring the fitness! Check out our 10 favorite FHIT moments of the month.

1. What we eat affects our bodies not only physically, but also mentally. Scientists have discovered 9 vitamins and minerals that help our brains keep depression low and pleasure and satisfaction high. See how to eat your way to happiness here.

2. With summer just ahead, travel is on everyone’s agenda. Between airport meals and being away from your usual fitness FHIX, it’s easy to feel like your wellness habits are being sabotaged, so Well + Good suggests these 7 tips for healthy travel.

3. Whether it’s been days or decades since you set foot in a classroom, everyone remembers their favorite school teacher. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 8 to May 12), we reached out to some all-star teachers in our FHIT community and caught up with them about their role in education and how getting their FHIX influences their teaching style. Check out the blog here.

4. Studies suggest that a high-fiber diet can lessen arthritis and overall inflammation. Eating more fiber also supports a healthy weight and decreases the risk of diabetes.

5. Yesterday’s FHIX got you feeling tight? Try these lower-body stretches from Greatist after you’ve done 1 too many squats.

6. We celebrated Mother’s Day with our FHIT mom-to-be, FHITpro Amanda! In case you missed it, check out our blog to read up on Amanda’s pregnancy.

7. We love New York City, and as it turns out – New York City loves us too!!! The NYC Parks Department will be setting up 100 free sunscreen dispensers on New York City beaches. Great news for your skin!

8. For our female FHIXers who love to cross train, check out SELF Magazine’s list of the best running shoes for this season.

9. They say couples who sweat together stay together, and we’re willing to bet that’s the case for Anthony Johnson and James Makokis who got married at the 32 KM mark of the Vancouver Marathon.

10. FHITpro Benjamin Wegman went LIVE with InStyle showing them some key moves to get you ready for summer-

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FHITspiration: Noelle Fischer

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Meet Noelle, this 6AM FHIXer loves to start her day with a hard HITting class before heading to work. In her post, she shares how she first found Fhitting Room, thanks to her FHIT sister, Danielle, and why each class is therapeutic for her.

What brought you to Fhitting Room?

After a breakup, I found myself back at the gym “working out.” My routine was not terribly motivating, and I had the wrong goal: to look good for other people.

My older sister, Danielle, who is a huge influence in my life, constantly tried to give me advice on the advantages of a clean lifestyle and finding the right workout (which meant weekly reminders of how awesome Fhitting Room is) and also sticking to it!

As any younger sister would do, I ignored all advice and kept my normal gym routine, eating habits, drinking and yes, even smoking.

Never to be proved wrong, Danielle bought me the intro package and challenged me NOT to like the class.

Were you an athlete before (HS, college, recreationally)?

Ah, reliving my glory days…playing sports was a big part of my childhood, whether it was elementary gymnastic classes, tennis camp, varsity soccer, track & field or volleyball. I was active all year round, always participating in some sort of competitive game.

What keeps you coming back to Fhitting Room?

I love so many things about Fhitting Room! I’ll start with the ever-evolving programs. When I heard the program changed every day, it was almost hard to believe. Coming from a luxury gym where I took classes that never changed, I was not optimistic about having a unique experience…closing in on 400 classes later, not one has been the same!

Then there’s the instructors and all of the FHIT family. The compassion, dedication, motivation and energy they provide in and out of class are so inspiring.

Tell us about your job and your life outside Fhitting Room. How does getting your FHIX affect your life besides as an outlet for exercise?

I currently work at Macy’s as the Director of Storewide/Sitewide & New Business Initiatives within the Project Management/Marketing Operation Department. I’ve been with the company since 2011 and can honestly say my most successful years have been when I’ve started my mornings at Fhitting Room. Outside of my professional life I love to love explore the city, especially new restaurants! I also manage my cat’s Instagram account @thekittythecat J

You’re usually a 6AM regular. What keeps you motivated? Has your motivation changed?

Starting off my mornings at the studio is so therapeutic! I am able to start off the day focusing on myself, which really keeps me charged throughout the day. People get so consumed with going to work and either going out after or going straight home that there is little time in the day where it is solely about you. 6AM allows me to begin the day feeling positive and motivated. Oh, and my team definitely notices the days when I don’t start the morning off with a FHIX. J

People see you and are inspired by your performance in each class. How does that make you feel?

Definitely flattered! But I feel like everyone who takes the class is an inspiration. Being in this type of environment provides a healthy competition that encourages you to push yourself and be pushed by others around you. I am a product of the trainers; they push me to challenge myself, and I even got the nod to join the FHIXtreme classes.

Who are your favorite instructor combinations?

Not a fair question! Each instructor brings something unique and fun to class to keep everyone motivated!

What are your favorite and least favorite moves in class?

I have a love-hate relationship with most of the moves. I still remember when the Assault Bikes were introduced to the Flatiron location; those give a serious workout but man, am I winded afterwards! My favorite moves are new ones! I love when the instructors introduce movements for the first time; it gives me a new challenge!

What have you noticed is your biggest improvement?

Commitment & Confidence.

I am committed to a healthier lifestyle.

I have altered my eating habits, reduced dairy and gluten in my diet.

I have not had a cigarette since September 6, 2015.

I incorporate exercise daily, even if that is taking one day off at the gym and taking the stairs instead of the elevator at work or at home.

I am more confident than ever! I used to wear clothing to hide my body. My body shape has dramatically changed because of the commitment and consistency of a healthy lifestyle. I’m more confident working out at the gym too – taking everything I’ve learned from classes at Fhitting Room and applying it to equipment and weights that I was always too nervous to try on my own.

Do you have any advice for future FHIXers?

Take the advice from the instructors. Listen to their tutorials before each set. Also, if you have an injury of any degree, tell them! Each instructor is so helpful with giving modifications or alternative exercises. Early on I was focused on the wrong goals and that showed in my form. I listened to the instructions but did not really apply them to my moves. I remember on one occasion, after class ended, Ben asked me to come back in the studio and perfect my burpee with him: feet go on the outside of the hands!

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