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May 4th, 2015 - 8:00 am § in Exercise, Workout Reviews

High Intensity Training at Its Finest: The FHITTING Room

High intensity training is a staple in my weekly workouts. Essentially, any routine that gets me in and out in 30 minutes or less (thinking Kayla, Plyos from P90X and 21DayFix, and more) are done at least twice a week. Friends who live in the NYC-area have told me, more than once, that I “have to try FHITTING Room.” That it was in my fitness wheel house.

So we rallied a few troops from work and went during my last week long trip. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was ready to sweat.

The room holds 24 participants and class is run by two instructors. I loved the added instructor. It means you can’t get caught slacking at all, and the energy remains high throughout the workout. Ben and Farouk taught our class, and they were just really fun to be around. I don’t remember looking at the timer once because they were keeping our spirits up.

The workout itself was challenging in the sense that it got my heart rate up and I was sweating VERY quickly. It was broken up into a “warm up” (term used loosely), strength, circuit, and then finally a partner workout.

The Warm Up: we did 30 seconds of jumping jacks, jump rope, air squats, hip openers, mountain climbers and then more jumping jacks. I was certainly warm up the jump rope and sweating buckets by the second set of jumping jacks.

Strength: I didn’t go extremely heavy here, probably used just about a 12-15lbs depending on exercise, but really started to feel it when we were doing the bent over rows with kettlebells. Each move was a minute long, and we did it with the entire group. This was done twice through.

Circuit: Then they broke us into four groups and we went through four different exercises twice. Each station lasting a minute. This included rowing, KB presses, KB step ups and KB swings.

Partner: Finally, if my arms weren’t tired enough at this point we did 4 rounds for each person and you had one minute to finish nine dumbell thrusters to a medicine ball and nine burpees. And at the FHITTING room, you go all the way to the floor for the burpees. 

This workout was no joke. I was honestly sore for two days following, and couldn’t believe it. The workouts change daily, so you can be sure you never fall into a rut.


April 30th, 2015 - 10:02 am § in Running Through My Mind

News That Makes You Think: Obesity Risk, Lunch Shaming, Double Chin

The last two days has been filled with some interesting news items that has led me to shake my head, and go hmmmm. A test that can gauge your obesity risk? I come from a family that has often struggled with weight — we have one of those really unhealthy relationships where we eat our [...][...]


April 27th, 2015 - 10:55 am § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Yoga At The Brewery

I’ve done yoga in the middle of Times Square, in a blocked off alley way across from a Whole Foods, on a hilltop, and inside a Lululemon with all the pretty clothes tempting me while I was in down dog. Two weeks ago, we practiced yoga in a new unconventional spot….Saltwater Brewery. Know[...]


March 24th, 2015 - 9:39 am § in Exercise, Wellness

Why I Changed My Training

For the last few years (read at least six), I have been a devoted runner. While I may not have crossed the finish line of more than 100 races, I have still completed at least 20 halves, 2 fulls, and a smattering of 10Ks and 5ks during that time. After this past running season (training [...][...]


March 9th, 2015 - 7:05 am § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Falling In Love With Pilates

Since I was little I wanted the grace and beauty of a ballerina and the flexibility and rhythm of a jazz dancer. Unfortunately, while I have some of the rhythm everything else just seems to be slightly out of reach. I focused my attention on workouts that we less dainty and more grunty. I’ve w[...]


February 11th, 2015 - 5:31 pm § in Exercise, Wellness, Workout Reviews

Review: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide

If you follow healthy lifestyle and fitness experts on Instagram, you may have found the fantastic abs of Kayla Itsines on your phone.  Kayla is a 23-year-old personal trainer from Adelaide, Australia. At first I was hesitant, since a 23 yr old’s body is WAY different than a 30 year old’[...]


January 21st, 2015 - 5:03 pm § in Exercise, Wellness

What’s the difference between pilates and yoga?

I’ve been thinking about taking up pilates, mostly because I want that tight core. But I am skeptical about my ability to do so. Enter this handy dandy infographic that compares pilates to yoga and makes me think I can possibly do this. You can find the original post here.[...]