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


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

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

Facebook: Little Moon Essentials

Instagram: @littlemoonessentials


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


Twitter: @MakeSpace

Instagram: @MakeSpace

Twitter: @SIR (Sam Rosen)


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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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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!


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!


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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FHITspirational Teachers

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Whether it has 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. From familiarizing 4th and 5th graders with AMRAPs and EMOMs to emphasizing positive feedback, keep reading to learn more about the stellar teachers who are students in our own “classroom”.



1) Tell us about your current position and what inspired you to pursue a career in education?

Lauren: I teach third grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School. My inspiration to pursue a career in education came from my favorite elementary school teachers. My teachers truly believed in me and ultimately made me believe in myself.

Tony: I am the head of school at The Town School, a nursery through eighth grade independent school on East 76th Street. Inspired by several great teachers that I had in school, I originally got into education because I believed in the power of connection and relationship to help students learn and grow.

Michelle: I am a Speech Language Pathologist and currently work with school aged children with language based learning disabilities. I always wanted to work with and help children and was specifically drawn to my position as I get to work with children individually and in small groups. This allows me to forge personal and meaningful relationships with the students and really focus on their individual needs.

JoJo: I am a Physical Education teacher at The Dalton School where I teach Middle School and High School classes. Physical activity has always been an integral part of my life. Being connected at such a young age to the world of competitive basketball has shown me the benefits of exercise, healthy eating, training, teamwork and determination.

Jodi: I am currently a 3rd grade teacher at a private school on the Upper East Side. I have been teaching here since I moved to NYC in 2010. My mother is an educator and I always knew that I wanted to go into education. As a little girl, my favorite play date activity was playing “school” and I would always be the teacher to all my friends.

Kate: I teach 4th and 5th grade science at a private school in Manhattan. Learning has always been fun for me, but as a child I didn’t always feel challenged or inspired in school. Getting involved in education was a way that I might influence my students with inspiring and engaging learning experiences.




2) How has getting your FHIX influenced your work in the classroom? What do you want to teach your students about staying healthy?

Meredith: I had the pleasure of bringing my class on a field trip to the Fhitting Room to let them experience the great joy I get as a FHIXer (and student!). I have also incorporated some “movement” activities as a part of our daily schedule. We teach the children to fuel their bodies with proper nutrition, participate in many activities, get proper rest and to brush their teeth.

Jodi: My weekly FHIX has given me a sense of control and discipline in the classroom. I have instilled a warrior mentality in my students, teaching them to set goals for themselves and never give up on achieving them.

JoJo: I have integrated Fhitting Room’s fundamental skills into my middle and high school Physical Education classes at The Dalton School. In my 4th grade and 5th grade classes I have incorporated Partner A and Partner B workouts. Tabata, AMRAP, burpees, air squats and plank walks are all terms and exercises that my kids are really familiar with. The FHITpros have helped me be more creative in my classroom.

Lauren: The strong community established at Fhitting Room has made me think more deeply about my classroom community. During my weekly FHIXes, community plays a significant role with my performance in class. Community is equally as important in the classroom. We are each other’s motivators and support systems.

First and most importantly, my students need to know that healthy is defined differently by everyone. Once they’ve established what healthy means to them, they can own it!

I model what healthy means to me on a daily basis. They hear me share my workout schedules and fitness goals. I’m seen walking up and down 500 stairs a day (yes, really) with a smile. We sit together at lunch and they watch what choices I make and the reasoning behind them. Healthy is a balancing act and a work in progress.

Tony: Daily exercise provides some sense of balance in my busy schedule. There is no better feeling than having completed a challenging FHIX and having those burpees behind me! Research has shown that physical activity is critical to brain development and to living a healthy life beyond school. Hopefully, I can be an example to students by my personal commitment to daily exercise, whether it be a class at the Fhitting Room, a challenging bike ride, or just a long walk in Central Park with my dog Aphrodite.



Michelle: Firstly, it gives me the strength and energy I need throughout the day! It also helps me maintain a patient and positive energy that is crucial to every child’s learning environment. We are constantly talking about keeping our bodies strong, energized and healthy with the students. We are transparent with our teaching and explicitly explain to the students what helps them stay focused to learn and absorb information. We highlight the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and often make celebratory announcements to the class when students bring in and choose to eat their healthy snacks. We also talk about how healthy food such as fruits, vegetables and protein give our body and brain the energy it needs to learn.

Kate: Fhitting Room is such an intense and stimulating workout, I tend to hate the first 5 minutes of my body warming to it and then suddenly things shift, I love hitting that turning point. If I’ve created lessons that evoke the same type of focused engagement I maintain when working out at Fhitting Room, then it’s certainly a success. My students should walk across the stage at year-end believing they can solve tough problems and feeling empowered to pursue their curiosities and passions in life. Staying healthy with exercise, clean eating, drinking plenty of water and getting sound sleep will enable them to maintain their focus and stamina while learning.



3) As someone with plenty of experience leading a classroom, is there anything you have learned about teaching from our FHITpros? How does it feel to spend time as a student again while working out in the studio?

Kate: I love working out at Fhitting Room, as the workouts are never dull and the instructors are super positive! I am definitely inspired to “up” my own teaching game as a result of being FHIT.

Tony: Well, I can’t quite get away with Daury’s style of in-your-face “motivation,” but Fhitting Room trainers have some of the same qualities I look for in teachers: expertise, empathy, passion, flexibility and the ability to make personal connections.

Michelle: Though the work I do is highly differentiated for each individual child, getting “my FHIX” has helped me really focus on each child’s specific needs and to focus on their strengths to help them understand and master concepts and skills. Just like in a workout class if someone has an injury there is always another movement they can be doing to achieve the same goal, the same goes for my students. When they are struggling with an academic concept or linguistic skill it is my job to figure out a different way to teach it so they can understand it and master it to the best of their ability in a way that works for them. It has also highlighted the importance of ‘actions speak louder than words’. A pro can talk about a movement, but once they demo, that is when we truly understand it. The same applies for my students; it has reminded me to speak less and include more visual supports and activity to lessons. Lastly, I’ve learned the importance of organization and being prepared. Just as I expect a Fhitting room class to be well thought out and organized, I need to be entering my sessions and lessons the same way. It feels great to be a student! I love being able to sit back and have someone else prepare and tell me what to do!

Lauren: Each FHITpro has reaffirmed the importance of accepting and implementing feedback. Maybe it’s the teacher in me who appreciates feedback, but that’s how I grow. I wouldn’t be where I am today as a FHIXer without the FHITpros and their willingness to help me succeed.

Jodi: The FHITpros have taught me that consistency is the key to success. Spending time as a student again while working out in the studio has made me more aware of the importance of embracing my strengths and weaknesses and striving to achieve my best.

Meredith: I have taken away that constant praise and motivation is not only great for children but for adults as well, and as adults we often forget that we can’t always do things perfectly and like children we need to keep trying. I have also learned about individualized attention for everyone. Being a student reminds me of some of the difficulties all students face when trying something new or challenging and reinforces how determination can get your through to achieve your goal. A positive can-do attitude always helps as well as a simple smile or a “keep it up,” from the instructors. Simple praise goes a long way.

JoJo: What I learned from the FHITpros is the importance of team building, working hard and pushing yourself to the highest limits. Most importantly exercise should be FUN!!!! Being a student in class makes me realize the importance of good and fun instruction. There is nothing worse than an instructor who goes through the motions. Therefore, it’s my goal to create a classroom environment where the kids will be excited to walk through the door and not be able to wait until their next class with me.



4) Summer break is right around the corner! What do you plan on doing with this vacation and how will you work getting your regular FHIX into your summer schedule?

Jodi: I can’t wait to spend the summer with my husband, Jon and our one-year-old son, Beckett. I can utilize the strength and endurance I’ve obtained from Fhitting Room to keep up with Beckett’s energy!

Kate: I’ll be in Montana for most of my summer. I’ll need some pointers on what to do for workouts there, and I’ll be missing my local studio while away. :)

Meredith: The summer is a great time for me to work on my FHIXes, especially now that I commute from NJ. I will have more flexibility with my classes, and I schedule my private clients around my workouts.

Lauren: Believe it or not, I actually spend part of my summer break working at Hunter College Elementary School. It’s an opportunity for me to collaborate with new teachers and teach a different demographic of students. Typically, August is my down time. I’m usually at the beach, traveling and preparing for a new school year. I always find time and energy for the things I love. Scheduling FHIXes is easy for me year round because it’s something I look forward to booking. Except maybe those 31 birthday burpees coming for me this summer!

Tony: I am a fairly avid cyclist, so along with being away for some vacation, summer involves fewer FHIXes for me. On the other hand, with a little more time on my hands, I try to get downtown for classes on occasion, and this year I will surely hop on a CitiBike to the West Side studio as well.

Michelle: I will be seeing some kids privately for the beginning of the summer and definitely getting my FHIXes in as much as I can! I haven’t decided on an exact destination, but plan to travel in Europe for about two weeks at the end of the summer. It is always a challenge to work out on vacation since I tend to eat and drink a lot more! When I am out of the country, I usually create different 5-10 minute workouts and do them a few times a week. I usually convince a friend to get in on the workout too, which always makes it more fun!

JoJo: Summertime is all about getting stronger, traveling and beach time in Provincetown. Most important is “Getting our Goats” which means it’s time to work on correcting my deficiencies. I live by these three quotes all my life: “live with passion”, “go hard or go home” and “strength and perseverance will get you through”.

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For our entire FHITfam this April has been a total whirlwind. We don’t know if it’s a planetary retrograde to blame or what, but –exhaustion aside – it’s been a great month for FHITness. Check out ten of our favorite wellness moments.

1. With summer vacations just around the corner, road trips and airplane travel pose a threat to even the most wholesome diets. If there’s one guide to healthy fast food options that we are going to trust, you better believe it’s this one from Gwyneth Paltrow’s goop – the virtuoso of clean eats.

2. When it comes to fitness and fashion, if you thought a sporty strap on your Apple Watch was as cool as it can get, you are sorely mistaken. Check out this roundup from The Chalkboard Mag of the most fashionable collaborations in wellness.

3. It’s hard to deny the temptation induced by all the packaged goodies at any grocery store, but when you’re shopping at Whole Foods it’s an entirely different story. Not only do all the packages suck you in, but they also convince you they’re healthy! Luckily for all of us, SELF Magazine asked nutritionists to divulge the 11 best packaged snack options at Whole Foods.

4. We are excited to welcome our newest FHITpro, Troy Brooks to our FHITfam! Come HIT IT with this brunch loving, kettlebell swinging FHITpro! If you haven’t met him yet, HIT up his bio here to learn how this fashion and entertainment guy made the switch to immerse himself in all things health and wellness. Find out his approach to training from the “neck up” and how a positive outlook can lead you to not only accomplishing your fitness goals but crushing life.

5. One of the most versatile ingredients in a healthy diet? A chicken breast. PureWow gave readers 13 easy meal-prep lunches you can make with a chicken breast.

6. We have found the fountain of youth, and it’s located right here in every FHIX! FHITpro Dara Theodore discussed how HIIT can help with anti-aging on the cellular level with the New York Post.

7. New York City is home to over 25,000 restaurants, and lately, many of the newer establishments are providing wellness-centric menus. Well + Good created this guide to healthy eats in NYC to help you navigate your way through the cornucopia of choices.

8. Jane Brody of the NY Times wrote about a new study of an indigenous South American tribe with clean arteries and their healthy habits that we could all learn from.

9. Drake has been doing a LOT of work (work work work work) on his physical fitness and it shows! His trainer shared some of their training secrets with GQ and, as no surprise to us, they focus on functional fitness and overall training much more than bodybuilding alone.

10. April 6th was World Physical Activity Day and it did not go unnoticed by Twitter. rounded up some of the best FHITspirational tweets and gifs of the day.

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