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FHIT Marathoners

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Now that the New York City Marathoners have had time to rest and recover, several of our FHIXers who are marathon finishers, as well as a FHIXer who just completed her first Triathlon in Miami, shared how incorporating The Fhitting Room into their training helped them prepare for their races.

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1. Describe your marathon/triathlon experience in three words.

Alicia Lee: Love-letter from NYC. (If that counts as one word, then also celebratory and grateful!)

Shu Jin Rankin: Inspirational. Love. Journey.

Peter Lee: Really fun day.

Shirel: Challenging, fun and the single most REWARDING thing I’ve ever done

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2. How important was cross training in your marathon/Olympic distance triathlon preparation?

Alicia Lee: Cross training at TFR was just as important as long training runs each week. Challenging leg workouts mimicked hill training, which gave me the strength and confidence to tackle all of the bridges that are part of the course. I often took class the day after a long run when my legs were already tired. While that added an extra degree of difficulty to that day’s program, I knew it’s exactly how my legs would feel 20+ miles in and those Sunday classes definitely helped to increase my endurance and stamina. I’m so much stronger and FHIT thanks to taking class a couple times a week, which isn’t just a benefit for marathon training but all aspects of everyday life. Not only did TFR prepare me for the race physically, but each class helped to strengthen the mental toughness needed to complete a marathon. Each week, I pushed myself FHIX after FHIX, and gave it my all until the clock hit zero. Building up that “you got this, you can do anything for 20 more seconds” muscle in my brain paid dividends come race day. I channeled that same grit, determination and confidence from each FHIX, every mile of the race, right down to the finish line. Cross-training at TFR also led me to my running squad! There’s no way I would have made it through marathon training and the race without them. The #FHITfam community is real and I’m so grateful for it.
Shu Jin Rankin: So important! I integrated TFR into my marathon training after getting PR’s in both half marathons I ran earlier this year. TFR has made me a better athlete and improved my overall stamina.

Peter Lee: I’ve used cross training a lot since the middle of 2015 which has really helped me strengthen my legs and core. I think cross training is a large part of what has enabled me to increase my mileage so that I can run a marathon – and actually enjoy it. The workouts at The Fhitting Room challenge my muscles differently than running which allows for areas that may be neglected from running alone to develop.

Shirel: It was incredible just in terms of my body strength and endurance. I utilized so many things I learned at TFR during my race. For example while swimming I started getting a bit tired so every 200 meters I did some Tabata-like drills. 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off for 200 meters then a 200 meter recovery swim. This allowed me to power through while also controlling my heart rate during the swim portion. As a general note, I believe that cross training allows you to really build serious muscles and improve your efficiency as you work certain muscle groups that don’t get as much attention when strictly running or biking.

3. What TFR movement was most helpful to your 26.2/ Olympic distance triathlon?

Alicia Lee: Most helpful physically – jumping lunges. As much as I hate them, it’s one of the best moves to build quad strength, which is so important for runners. And burpees – they really are a total body exercise that just makes you better at everything. Most helpful mentally: a 400m run. Especially when Farouk would sneak an extra run into the program. When I saw the “800m to the finish line” sign during the marathon, all I could think about were those 400m runs. I knew I crushed those runs in class and could do it one more time; that gave me the boost I needed to finish strong.

Shu Jin Rankin: I hate to admit it, but probably my least favorite move, the burpee!

Peter Lee: Toss up between several different leg exercises which require me to keep my core engaged. Goblet squats, kettlebell swings, suitcase lunges. The hundreds of burpees probably help too. 😉

Shirel: THE ROWER. This is by far the best cross training tool anyone could utilize when preparing for a race. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do some serious 60 minute rows with Ben at TFR. When using this machine correctly, you create a tremendous amount of strength and power from your legs and core. You are also able to learn proper breathing techniques and increase both endurance and efficiency. My life motto is “More rower, less everything else!”

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4. We sure hope you indulged after crossing the finish line! What did you eat?

Alicia Lee: My dad and sister had a pretzel croissant from City Bakery and hot tea waiting for me after I got my poncho! Almost every one of my long training runs ended with a burger and I wasn’t about to break tradition. We celebrated with my favorite burger in NYC, a cheeseburger with cottage fries at JG Melon, then cupcakes from Two Little Red Hens.

Shu Jin Rankin: A double cheese from Five Guys and too many Cajun flavored fries.

Peter Lee: A large order of Panera mac and cheese.

Shirel: I had a glass of wine, blueberry pancakes and a veggie burger with fries. I literally wanted to eat everything and it was all amazing.

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5. What was your marathon mantra or song that kept you going?

Alicia Lee: When it got tough, I just told myself to put one foot in front of the other and that my only goal in that moment was to just keep moving. The cheers from spectators were amazing! Hearing my name made me feel like such a rockstar and that was the best motivation to keep going. Also, part of the Sunday Funday 4pm Penthouse crew came out to cheer me on at the park so I told myself I better hurry up so they could see me and not be late for class!

Shu Jin Rankin: I like to repeat every single exercise and run that has lead me to that moment, so I am often saying, “every burpee, every KB deadlift, every Sunday long run…” to myself, and I match the rhythm of each thought with each foot strike. It helps!

Peter Lee: Since I was running it for fun, I didn’t experience as much discomfort as when racing a marathon, but my friend and I did often repeat “just keep running” since we were dressed as Dory and Nemo.

Shirel: Fun fact about triathlons that I didn’t know going into it was you cannot listen to music on the run. If you do, you get a time penalty. At first I was willing to take the penalty but after the bike ride when I realized I could finish the race sub 4 hours, I decided to forego music and just started running. The one thing I kept repeating to myself (out loud at one point when I hit a wall at mile 5 of the run) was “No one can do this for you, no one can finish this race for you. Do this for yourself.” This is something that had been said to me so many times so I pictured all the people who were rooting for me and I just kept repeating that to myself over and over until I crossed the finish line. It’s incredible how strong your mind needs to be when you hit the wall of exhaustion. And it is even more incredible how the people in your life can be the greatest drivers and motivators for your personal success. This one was definitely as much for all of them as it was for me.

Thanks to Alicia, Shu Jin, Peter and Shirel for sharing your FHITspiration stories with us. Congrats on your FHIT achievement; you have inspired us to HIT it hard in every single FHIX!

Want to share your FHIT story with us? HIT us up at press@fhittingroom.com!

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FALL FOR THESE HEALTHY EATS

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As the temperature drops, it is oh-so-tempting to stay cozied up on your couch and order delivery,or whip up an easy, ooey-gooey (and cheesey and buttery) grilled cheese sandwich. We’re all about indulging every now and then, but to stay on track with your FHITness goals, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite nutritious and delicious fall recipes. From breakfast on-the-go, dinner for one, and perfect party appetizers, we’ve got you covered with meals that are FHIT for fall; cue the pumpkin.

FOR BREAKFAST

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1. Pumpkin Pie Protein Overnight Oats by Amy’s Healthy Baking
2. Squash Hash with Kale and Baked Eggs by Martha Stewart

FOR A SATISFYING FALL LUNCH

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1. Roasted Butternut Squash Sandwich with Balsamic White Bean Spread by Connoisseurus Veg
2. Apple Pecan Rosemary Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad by Cooking Classy

FOR WHEN YOU THROW A PARTY

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1. Butternut Squash Hummus by Minimalist Baker
2. Bacon and Brussel Sprouts Skewers by Popsugar

FOR WHEN YOU WANT A LEGITIMATE HOME-COOKED DINNER

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1. Skillet Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans by Eating Well
2. Green Chile Butternut Squash and Turkey Enchiladas with Crispy Sage by Halfbaked Harvest

FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH

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1. Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies by Amy’s Healthy Baking
2. Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Muffins by The Dinner Mom

There you have ‘em – eight nutritious recipes for every occasion that are both simple and satisfying. Save your splurges for truly special occasions, treat yourself with these good-for-you meals and you’ll feel FHIT all fall.

 

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OCTOBER 2016 FHIT10

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Is it almost Thanksgiving already? We’ve broken out our boots, layered up pre-FHIX and as always, stayed up to date on the latest FHITness news and events. Read on for our 10 favorite FHIT moments from the month. #liveFHIT

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1. Heard about that postFHIX “afterburn effect”, but unsure what all the benefits are? SELF Magazine has all the deets.

2. If you’ve eaten the same lunch over and over again and are looking to get out of your lunch rut, this guide from Goop has all the lunch inspiration you need.

3. We see a lot of chic/cool/techy workout gear come through our studios, but one brand that has really wowed us this year is Lululemon with their Lululemon Lab. Previously available only to us lucky New Yorkers, the brand recently put a select capsule collection online for purchase.

4. The Chalkboard Mag took the toast trend to a whole new level with this one – breadless toast! We know it sounds shameful, but before you jump to conclusions check out these 6 versions of eggplant toast we can’t get over.

5. Remember that lunch rut we mentioned earlier? We know the same conundrum can strike at any meal of the day. Luckily, Well + Good rounded up a list of 14 healthy NYC restaurants you need to try, consider this your little black book for eating out this fall.

6. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it turns out that no matter how much you eat, certain things may still trigger your hunger. Read this depressing study from NY Magazine’s The Cut here.

7. Our muscles are strong, but our minds are even stronger! Check out this article from U.S. News to learn how the expectations you set for a workout can affect you.

8. Get FHIT for life! Studies show that brain function in adults aged 55-86 improved with exercise. Turns out those bicep curls are strengthening way more than just your arms!

9. It’s no secret that we live in our sneakers. We work in them, we work out in them, we run errands in them. But not all kicks are created equal! Check out The Coveteur’s list of classic sneakers you need to own to find a pair to rock when you’re not swinging, skiing, rowing or snatching.

10. New York Giants Running Back Rashad Jennings HIT it with us this week to beneFHIT the Rashad Jennings Foundation. See all the photos from the day here.

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FHITpro Must Have Eats

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In a city filled with delicious foods, we all know the secret to being healthy is balance. Pizza with a side of green juice anyone? We asked our FHITpros what their favorite meals are when they’ve HIT it hard and are ready to indulge in a well-deserved ‘treat yo self’ meal.

 

Ben – Tacos, chips and guacamole from Tortaria in Greenwich Village.
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Carlos– Any donut from Dough, the artisanal donut bakery across the street from our Flatiron studio. Our FHITfam is obsessed with their sweet treats.

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Farouk– A bacon cheeseburger, French fries and ranch dressing with an IPA from Sweet Afton in Astoria.
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Mark – He says the best pizza in NYC is from John’s of Bleecker Street, but only if you order your pie half cheese, half pepperoni and onions, with extra sauce, well done.
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Daury– His favorite cheat meal is anything his mom cooks. Since we all can’t sample his mom’s home cooking, his favorite spot in NYC is New York Burger Co.; he orders a double cheeseburger with sweet potato fries and chipotle mayo. On the days he wants to treat himself, he goes to the location right around the corner from our Flatiron studio.
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Dennys– Pizza with a crust so hard that it cracks when you fold the slice.

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Mat– Chicken with mixed vegetables and pork fried rice combo, with chicken lo mein from New Sunny East 88 on the Upper East Side.
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Dara– Homemade spaghetti with garlic bread, and a Caesar salad with no croutons from Il Mulino in Greenwich Village.
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Amanda– Mushroom and truffle oil pizza from Osteria Cotta in Midtown, with a margarita to wash it down.
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Eric– Rice and beans with a full chicken, maduros and yucca from El Malecon Restaurant in Washington Heights. Yes, he actually eats all of this food in one sitting.

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Simon– A burger with cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried egg from Mel’s Burger Bar on the Upper West Side.
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Melody– A banana cupcake with sea salt chocolate frosting from Butter Lane in the East Village HITs the spot.
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Jason– Baja Fish Tacos from The Grey Dog.

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SEPTEMBER 2016 FHIT10

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Take a look at ten of our favorite health and wellness moments of September 2016.

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1. Everyone knows that post-workout protein is necessary for building a FHIT body, but what should you eat when you HIT it so hard that your muscles are not only stronger, but also oh-so-sore? The Cheat Sheet recommends these 6 foods that can soothe sore muscles.

2. New Yorkers will never (ever ever) break their coffee habit, but we have seen a big spike in popularity for matcha, the antioxidant-packed green tea. You’ll find the best matcha NYC has to offer on this list including lattes, cappuccinos and cookies!

3. Want to find your Zen while watching your favorite football team play? Now you can purchase a $1000 yoga mat made of the same leather as NFL footballs.

4. As much as we all love a good ol’ bag of chips or box of gluten-free crackers, we know they aren’t the healthiest snack option, nor will they keep us feeling alert throughout the workday. Chalkboard Magazine worked with a nutritionist to round up the 7 best healthy snacks for work.

5. Searching for the perfect protein powder? Follow this infographic for some guidance on which option will work best for you.

6. Dining out can often mean eating meals that are calorically dense but lacking in nutrition. Some chefs are fighting these standards and using their kitchens to serve up not only some of the tastiest, but also some of the healthiest dishes in restaurants.

7. New York City developers have taken note of just how much people are willing to spend on wellness. Read on to see which luxury residential buildings provide the most out-of-this-world health and wellness amenities.

8. Eat. Sleep. Get FHIT. Repeat. It’s easy to fall into the go-hard-or-go-home mindset, but recovery and renewal are just as important for living your FHITtest life. Read these ultra-athletes stories of staying motivated and avoiding burnout.

9. Check out the best ways to treat your body – inside and out – after a tough workout.

10. Apple released the latest version of the Apple Watch, and fitness is one of the gadget’s main focuses.

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#liveFHIT

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We love to see how our FHIXers HIT it and #liveFHIT in their daily lives in and outside our studios! We will be sharing our favorite Instagram posts hashtagged #liveFHIT on our blog every month to create a FHITspirational collection!

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@MichellePark- 11 weeks ago, I took my first class @fhittingroom and couldn’t do a seated box jump or seated kettlebell rope pull (it was too heavy yo). Fast forward to tonight – I did countless seated box jumps & rope pulls with a 14 kg kettlebell. I’ll go even heavier next time, @fftstrong! I was def breathless, but it feels amazing to be able to finish class strong!

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@Ksaitowitz- Representing for the amazing @dangiordanodpt and @bespoketreatments today. So excited to prioritize recovery after way too many weeks of neglect. #recovery #bespoketreatment #liveFHIT 

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@fit_and_nutricious- The fitness industry in NYC is smaller than you would think. That’s why you can’t forget a great fitness instructor no matter where you go. For me,@erocfitness was the first @fhittingroom coach to truly kick my butt. Thanks for the amazing #NYCFitWeek class today with @emcookharris#FitForGood#NYCFitness #HIIT #FhitFhix #LiveFhit#CharityWorkout

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@DougLipsky- Kettlebell swings in the Serengeti? Of course.

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@chichililifenyc- {fitness + fundraising} the joining of these two amazing worlds literally make my heart so happy. it’s been an honor to serve as a#NYCFITWeek ambassador for @empoweredfitweek w @emcookharris ✖️ had a blast yesterday sweatin’ it out w these rockstars @fhittingroom. don’t worry you still have a chance to support @donorschoose + @shesthefirst over $10,000 raised to date.

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@DaraFayeTheo- Another @spartanrace in the books!! #killington was pretty awesome – LOTS of uphill – @jennawolfe is a great motivator so I owed her this leg up!! #bucketbrigade #logcarry #barbedwire #wallsandmorewalls #monkeybars #atlascarry #burpees #livefhit

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@shirelgz- Teamwork makes the dream work. Crushing a 60-minute endurance row and over 12k meters with my #mce @benwebejammin #livefhit #killingthegame #sweatAF #sundayfunday #fhitfam

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@Daria_Michele- Me up front on the drum! Lol We borrowed some of the Melville Maniacs paddlers bc we didn’t have enough girls…so they borrowed me to be their drummer! Tricky, important job… but their team captain rocked and helped me get the hang of it! #melvillemaniacs #dragonboatrace #dragonboatfestival #dragonboat #portjefferson #portjeffersonharbor #portjeffersondragonboatfestival #hopeforthewarriors #h4w #livefhit #getoutside

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@Kris_Siebert- #tbt to bumpin in Bermuda #babymoon #fitpregnancy #livefhit#halfway on Sunday

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@caseyrunsnyc when you see your family @ mile 26 & know you have a crazy PR in the bag 🏃🏻‍♀️🎉❤️🙌🏻 shattered my sub 4 goal with a 3:39 & apparently that qualifies for Chicago & London…who knew?! Looks like I may need to start planning a trip or two 😉 📸 by the spectacular Papa Harr🤗#steamtownmarathon #runhappy#beatyesterday #irunthisbody #livefhit#findyourstrong

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@jewlz_in_nyc @fftstrong and @babalos are the reason I have so much love for the NYC fitness community. Few people motivate me to be my very best both in and out of class quite like you guys do. Love y’all! 💚💚💚💚💚

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