I made sure to try this class on a Tuesday night because my favorite spin instructor, Jason Tran, also teaches at the Fhitting Room. All of Jason’s spin classes are like a dance party so I knew I would enjoy a strength class with him.
The studio is on the Upper East Side and is not too convenient for me but is very easy to get to from the subway which is important. I got a little nervous when I saw that all of Lexington Avenue can watch the class, but I completely forgot about this when I was sweating my ass off. I walked in and was greeted by two friendly girls who handed me a towel and free water (wahoo)! I wondered if only new clients get free water but everyone in the class had one. Very nice. There is a small locker room with two restrooms for changing outside of the studio.
I walk into the studio with about 10 other people and am greeted with a hug from Jason (I love him). The second instructor, Daury, walks into class and asks who Melissa is (because I was the only newbie). Jason introduced me as Missy Maintains and Daury immediately remembered me tweeting about the class a few days ago. He warned me that he would be working me extra hard so that I would have something to tweet about. He kept his promise.
I will try to recap the class as best as possible but forgive me if I forget a few exercises. I could barely breathe let alone think. The warm up consisted of jumping jacks, sprints and push ups. I got super sweaty immediately.
We started off the first circuit with kettle bell lunges with knee lifts. We then got on the ground and lifted the kettle bells into the air with one arm while placing the other arm to our side. This was a new exercise for me and was super challenging. Jason and Daury were really great about correcting my form during the entire class. We repeated each set of exercises a second time.
The next circuit involved the ropes (TRX straps) that I’m obsessed with at Refine Method. We put our feet into the ropes and did mountain climbers and then brought both knees to chest repeatedly. This was extremely hard and I could only do it for a few seconds at a time. Disclaimer: I took Refine the past two days so my arms and ass were already very sore. The second exercise of this circuit was jumping jacks with 7 1/2 pound weighted shoulder raises. Holy shit. And then we repeated this all again.
The next circuit consisted of three exercises. We started out with backwards push ups for a minute. We then held a squat against the wall while lifting a giant medicine mall over our heads. Daury decided to be funny and lay down on my thighs while I was lifting the ball. Imagine THIS…..
….ON YOUR THIGHS. (Can’t complain too much though!)
The third exercise was kettle bell swings. Did I mention I also did these the past two days at Refine? I suggest trying them if you want a firm ass.
The final four minutes of hard work was burpees and squats. We teamed up and one person and did 10 squats over the medicine ball while the other person did 10 burpees. Apparently I have no idea how to do a real burpee (you have to drop on the ground?) Ouch.
We got to stretch and cool down for the last 5 or 10 minutes of class. Overall I really enjoyed this class and found it to be extremely challenging. The music was great, and I could seriously watch Jason dance around all day. Jason and Daury worked very well together, correcting form and joking around to make the class fun. I plan to take two more classes at the Fhitting Room before my ClassPass expires.
A class at the Fhitting Room is $35. http://www.fhittingroom.com/schedule-and-rates/
Have you tried a class at the Fhitting Room? What did you think?