Crash Course: The Fhitting Room does one thing, and they do it exceptionally well: functional high intensity interval training. You won’t find any treadmills in here. This is a functional fitness lover’s paradise full of suspension trainers, kettlebells, plyo boxes, pull up bars, and more. For 50 minutes, you will be pushed to your max in a supportive, professional, entertaining environment as you torch calories, build muscle, and work on getting stronger.[line] [left]where: 31 West 19th Street | Flatiron
bring: water bottle
perks: showers, towels, lockers, two instructors
sweat score: 9 out of 10[/left][right]wear: gear you feel comfortable squatting and jumping in
class: Signature Fhix
cost: $35 drop-in [/right][line]
The Fhitting Room opened its flagship location in the fitness-focused Flatiron neighborhood earlier this year. It’s the second studio for the sweat-centric brand, with the first hanging out on the Upper East Side. Visit both locations and it’s easy to see why Fhitting Room decided to make the Flatiron spot its primary headquarters. It’s spacious, beautiful, and no detail was spared.
While I had the pleasure of seeing the studio during its grand opening, and even worked out there with a few of my fellow fitness friends, I hadn’t given it an official “fit crash” – so here it is!
The first think you notice when you walk into The Fhitting Room is just how bright, airy, and clean everything is. If you’ve hung around NYC’s fitness scene long enough, you’ll know that those features can be hard to come by sometimes. And when you find them…oh my, is it nice.
I checked-in at the front desk, grabbed a crayon-green towel, and helped myself to a complimentary hair tie. How is it that no matter how many hair elastics I buy, I always seem to be without one when needed. Ladies, tell me I’m not the only one. So when a studio has one waiting for me at the front desk – consider me a friend for life.
The studio’s attention to detail is phenomenal. From the charcoal and green colors incorporated throughout the entire space to the high-end products in the bathroom – this place has The Fhitting Room branding on point.
After I signed in and filled up my water bottle in the automatic fountain, I took the wide staircase downstairs to store my signature “just throw everything in here and hope I don’t forget anything” tote. I promise you, the concept works in theory.
In addition to the automated lockers, the downstairs area also houses the bathrooms, shower rooms, and a small second studio lovingly referred to as the “Fhit Pit.” Currently, this space is used for private classes and events. It has all the same gear as the larger upstairs studio, but with a more intimate feel.
I opened the door into the brightly-lit main studio upstairs and took a place in the back of the room. The front wall has floor to ceiling mirrors (in sweaty classes, always a blessing and a curse), and the back of the room is where the workout of the day is written on a dry-erase board.
Things I noticed right away: the floor is nice and springy, the music was bumping, and the colorful equipment is stored so neatly that the place almost looks like a candy store for fitness fanatics. Swoon.
The workout itself is a doozy. It incorporates a mix of high intensity interval training, strength, cardio conditioning, and functional movement. All of my total-body-killer favorites. After a solid warm up, we split into groups and used kettlebells, trx, boxes, bosu balls, and free weights to complete various circuits.
Aside from the incredible workout, however, one of my favorite things about this place (and one of the reasons I keep coming back) is the fact that there are two high-quality instructors teaching every class. TWO. Form needs checking on those kettlebell swings? Someone is right there to help. Think nobody is watching as you turn those box jumps into bunny hops? Wrong. Struggling through those thrusters and don’t think you’ll make it through the set? Motivation station coming right up.
The two-instructor dynamic is fun, engaging, motivating, and often down-right entertaining. They feed off of each other, telling jokes, demonstrating moves, and always pushing each other and the class to make the most of the 50-minute workout. To be the best. To do everything with intention and effort. To get stronger. And to have one helluva time doing it.
I absolutely recommend checking out The Fhitting Room if you are looking to take your fitness game up a notch. For me, it’s also an excellent way to incorporate more strength training into my weekly sweat sessions. These legs won’t finish a half-marathon and triathlon on cardio alone!
The workout is great for beginners and athletes alike – it is challenging, but not in an intimidating, push till you puke kind of way. Unless you want to push yourself that hard, then the upchucking is on you. In my experience, I’ve found this to be a supportive, fun, and encouraging place where you’ll get 100% from all of the instructors on one condition: you get out there and do the same.
Professional photos courtesy of The Fhitting Room.
The Fhitting Room provided this class free of charge in exchange for The Fit Crasher’s honest review – all opinions in this post come directly from my very sweaty personal experience. Thanks for reading!