Let’s talk about the whole Fitwall experience, shall we?
I wrote a little introduction of what I knew about about Fitwall a couple of weeks ago. Obviously, I didn’t know too much about Fitwall except the information they had on their website.
Their goal is to train smarter and harder in one intense workout. I am all about workouts like that, so I had a feeling going in that I would like it.
Other things I knew ahead of time:
It’s a 40 minute workout.
They use a unique approach to work the whole body to burn more calories in less time while building strength, cardio and flexibility.
The workout incorporated the use of the “wall”.
The coaches really mean business.
The man behind it all, Clifton, yeah, this guy,
had some pretty awesome workout names for the month of September.
I got the chance to have back to back dates with the “wall” and I’m already looking forward to having a third date.
Here we go.
Let me take you to experience Fitwall.
Everyone there has his or her own wall for the class. There are limited walls in the room so you reserve your wall ahead of time on their website. It’s a very simple process to reserve a spot for the workout you want on the schedule once you sign up for an account.
When I showed up at the gym I was greeted by the friendly coaches and they had everything all set up in advance for me.
Each station is customized and specifically programed for the participant. It has the person’s name and is linked up with a heart rate monitor to keep track of the workout.
The first workout I did on Saturday was “Sleeveless in Seattle”. It was a series of cardio moves both on the wall and on the ground mixed with core and resistance moves. We did moves on the ground without any equipment, moves on the wall and combination moves using resistance bands attached to the station.
We would do each move for a set amount of time (30 seconds to a minute). All the moves and exercises went right along with the music which was pretty awesome. You definitely knew when to start and when to stop.
In between each move we got a little bit of recovery time while the coach demonstrated and explained the next move.
It was really cool to watch the screen to track recovery during that time. I never really pay attention to heart rate and recovery during my workouts and I really should.
It was also great to get a preview of the next move so you knew exactly what to do when it was time.
Along the way during the workout, if you forgot what to do, wanted to see how things were done again or wanted to see what moves were coming up, you could just look at your little screen at any time to find out.
“Eyes and ears on coach.”
Come on now.
Each move in the workout was different and all of them engaged a lot of muscle groups at the same time. I was really impressed with the variation of moves that we did.
Some of them that I remember off hand are: reverse lunges with a reach (demonstration picture above), wall thrusters, squat to row, side plank star crunch, one arm burpee, curl to press, etc.
Just for your viewing pleasure, here are some pictures of all of us in action during “Sleeveless in Seattle”.
squat to row
side plank with star crunch
one arm burpee
(Yes, you read that right- one arm burpee. You better believe I already used that in my class the other night. Ha.)
curl to press
The big screen (and all the individual screens at each station) have the countdown of the workout and videos of the moves and tell you what’s coming up next. The whole workout goes by really quickly, but it’s really nice when you see that there are just a few minutes left.
You know what’s really cool?
At the end of every workout they hand out wet towels and coconut water.
One 40 minute workout that brings out all the stops.
It was a blast and totally the type of cross training that I love.
Obviously I had to snoop around a little bit to check out the gym set up for you all.
It’s a fancy place friends with private bathrooms and showers.
Not to mention they have some great wall art.
The people and coaches there are so nice too. It’s like one big happy family. Everyone does his or her own workout at his or her own pace and is just out to get a good workout in and do what he or she can do. You get to compete against yourself.
In all honesty, for this campaign with FitFluential I was to take one class to review, but I liked it so much I wanted to try out a different one right away.
Luckily I got an invite for a special workout on Sunday night for “Gone With the Waist” so decided to go back the very next day.
I met even more of the Fitwall team. Yoana is awesome and word on the street is that she’s the kettlebell guru.
This time I actually got there early so saw how everyone hangs out beforehand and such.
Fourteen people per workout.
It’s nice having a small group because the coaches can really get around and help out with form, etc. during the workout.
The bands were set up differently for this workout and were both on one side instead of one on each side. We used them for goblet squats and rows.
Oh and they also have different levels of resistance bands so you can adjust depending on what intensity or how hard you want your band to be. You can also move the cable up or down to make it easier or more difficult. The coaches come around and monitor and help you with that throughout the workout though so you don’t really need to worry about it. They do a great job of monitoring everyone.
“Gone With the Waist” was a little more dynamic. It had the same format though with high intensity moves mixed in with resistance moves for 30 seconds to a minute each followed by a short recovery period.
I felt like I was in the know a little as some of the moves were repeats from the previous day and I knew what to do. Also, because I had already taken a class they had gone in to adjust my maximum heart rate and everything from my original workout data so my heart rate and intensity levels were more accurate.
The 40 minutes went by fast. I got a good sweat on and I especially liked the 2 minute all out effort at the end. It was two squats followed by two rows repeated continuously for two minutes on the wall.
We ended with the towels and coconut water again and it was marvelous.
I made a one minute video for you here. The first part of it is a couple of moves on the wall from the first class I took and the second part is what we did for the two minutes at the end of the second workout. Those two minutes were long, but almost everyone lasted the entire time.
The coaches give you the option to come down to the floor and do jumping jacks when you need a break and your upper body is getting too fatigued from supporting yourself on the wall.
So, I think that’s a wrap. Obviously I’m a little excited about these workouts. They totally exceeded my expectations.
The Fit Factor just rocks.
Here’s a little explanation about the workout format.
Wearing the heart rate monitor totally helps you customize your workout and track results. Once you have an account you can log in and look at all the workouts you’ve done and your heart rate and score, etc. for each and every workout.
Here’s a screen shot from my account.
If you click on a specific move, it will tell you the exact time into the workout you did the move, what your heart rate was and even give you a video of the exact move.
Now that is cool.
They have a whole new set of workouts starting tomorrow for the month of October.
It’s board games month.
October Workouts at Fitwall, the Board Games Month
We know that you might think exercise shouldn’t be fun, but we wholeheartedly disagree! As always our workouts are total body, total fun, and taught by our total package coaches.
Twister: Fitwall Edition
This workout will leave you feeling twisted, rotated, and all sorts of fatigued in the middle section. There is even more core dominant movements in this workout than our normal workouts, which means you may want to skip the comedy movies the day after. You’ll be dominating games of twister after this month.
This is our workout of the month with all 8 sprints done in a row at the end-and you may want to flip the wall over-but you won’t be able to as it’s bolted to the ground. This one really hits the shoulders, triceps and thighs.
Glutes and Ladders
Fitwall has been the butt of many a ladder joke, so this workout is us puttin’ a whoopin’ on all the booties of our members in response. This is working the glutes in many ways, and you’ll be feeling it for many days.
If you’re located in Southern California, check out their locations (La Jolla, Solana Beach, and Newport Beach- opening soon). You can try out their classes with a FREE trial!
Also, they have a special promotion for October:
The Fitwall Test Drive- 2 weeks of unlimited classes for $60. If you sign up in your first week, they give you your $60 back.
You can get more information on Fitwall’s website and/or connect with them on their social channels:
Let me know if you’re going to try out a class. I might want to tag along. He he.
Thanks Fitwall for the fun!
See you all soon!
Have you ever tried Fitwall?
What kind of HIIT training, if any, do you do?
Not a bad view to come out to after teaching classes tonight, right?
Oh and I taught that step combination tonight and it went over pretty well. Phew.
I’m currently snacking on this mint chocolate chip Yasso bar.
It’s pretty tasty. I’m about ready to go to bed, but just had to get a few things done.
Let’s just make this post nice and snappy, shall we?
Since I didn’t officially celebrate National Coffee Day today, I’ll definitely be celebrating is some way or another tomorrow to make up for it.
Did you celebrate? Did any coffee places have any specials or anything?
I’ll definitely be using my two new spin songs for at least the next couple of weeks. The songs are these three:
I’ll write out what I do with them since I have to write it out for my next class anyway. Music make or breaks a spin class and these definitely made today’s class.
I’ll definitely be making taco pie again for another date night and be smart and make a whole his and hers side. Can you guess which is which.
I will also be buying this cheap wine we had with the taco pie again. Dang it was good and I’m pretty sure it was less than $7 at Vons.
I will always pour my wine glasses like this which is the opposite of how Dad pours wine.
I’ll also be eating the carbalicious plate of goodness pretty much every single day for now until the end of the year since kabocha squash and purple sweet potatoes are back in season.
I mean, right?
Simple sweetener free roasted kabocha with Penzeys Cinnamon and Baking Spice (cut, sprinkle with spice and roast at 425 for 30 or so minutes) with a baked purple sweet potato. I threw on all the toppings because I couldn’t decided: cocnut oil, coconut butter, SunButter, Peanut Free NuttZo, buckwheat honey, molasses, blueberry jam and pure maple syrup.
Yes. It will be done like this many times in the next few months.
Oh hey, just practicing my “cool” face.
I actually wore them last week to the little Run With Meb event, but the sun went down right as I got there so ran with them in my hand the whole time. Ha ha. Now that’s cool.
I’ll definitely be in bed within the next 10 minutes. Yes, yes I will.
Thank you Carol for this picture. I freaking LOVE sock monkeys (and the Muppets).
What will you be eating everyday for the next few months of fall?
Did you celebrate National Coffee Day?
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