Popular high intensity interval training (HIIT) studio The Fhitting Room was born on the Upper East Side, but it’s graduated to a bigger place downtown with the launch of a Flatiron flagship this week.
When it opened in March 2013, The Fhitting Room was one of the first studios to spotlight HIIT circuit classes, which have since become de rigueur. The workout quickly became a city favorite, even wooing the downtown crowd north of 57th Street for a sweat sesh.
Now, the company’s brand new 19th Street location (which has been in the works since August 2013) puts them on the map in a more-accessible, fitness-crazed area, where it counts jam-packed studios like Flywheel, SoulCycle and Laughing Lotus among its closest neighbors. “We wanted to be down in this neighborhood,” says founder Kari Saitowitz. “I feel like we’re complementary to so many workouts.”
We stopped by the massive, two-story space—which is four times the size of the cozy original—for burpees and Tabata squats to bring you a first look inside, and share everything you need to know before you show up to sweat (like, profusely). —Lisa Elaine Held
(All Photos: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)
The storefront has a big street-facing window that looks into a roomy lobby, with a check-in desk, class schedule on the wall, retail section, and key-code lockers for getting in and out quickly.
It’s all decorated in The Fhitting Room’s signature green-and-white color scheme, including walls covered in motivational words.
The main workout studio on the ground level has a glass wall, so you can get psyched for class by marveling at the perfect kettlebell swings of others.
The room is so big that it can accommodate 24 people, which is double the max class size uptown. In groups that big, there are two instructors making the rounds to monitor your form and encourage higher jumps and deeper squats.
Once class started, it was clear that the seriously tough training approach of the uptown studio didn’t get lost in transit. We started with Tabata intervals followed by two cycles of two different circuits—think rowing, mountain climbers, burpees, core work using suspension trainers, and high knees while holding heavy kettlebells, all to the point of utter exhaustion. There’s already a sense of community here, which helps get you through it all.
On the lower level, there’s a second, smaller studio called the “Fhit Pit,” meant for personal training, private events, and eventually smaller classes, too. Both workout spaces have floating floors that minimize joint impact (and sound, for the neighbors) and are decked out with a giant, green Fhitting Room kettlebell logo.
Two additional walls of key-code lockers are set up at the bottom of the stairs, near the bathrooms.
The locker room set up is a unisex space, with two showers big enough for you to get dressed in. The stalls are stocked with Modern Apothecary products (shampoo, conditioner, body wash and face wash), and stations for blow-drying and makeup application in the hallway. It all feels fresh and luxurious, but two showers might not be enough after a packed morning class.
The Fhitting Room, $35 per class, 31 W. 19th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves., Flatiron, www.fhittingroom.com
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