Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.
I had the great pleasure of checking out the FREE Fitness 450 Debut Workout at JCC Rockland on September 10, 2017. I generally take the weekends off of my workout routine, so it was very nice to jump on in and workout. I shy away from a lot of programs due to my extensive knee issues. SO I was a little nervous attending.
Well, that was laid to rest within 5 minutes of listening to trainers Josh and Carolyn speak. It was IMMEDIATELY clear that I was not just another body to them (and there were 100 in the room) I was an individual, the whole time. We warmed up (dynamically) and then participated in circuit training.
For those who don’t know what that is, its a series of stations and at each station you complete a different activity. The stations are timed and you rotate through each during the workout. Josh and Carolyn took the time to explain and demonstrate each of the 10 stations, including the available adaptations for those who may have difficulty with the motions. We did each station for 1 minute, and I was SWEATING!!! In fact, I work out, and pretty hard 5 days a week, some of the exercises really had me burning. That’s actually the point. Keeping your heart rate up throughout the workout, and burning, helps you to not only burn fat and calories during the workout, but continually for 3 days afterwards!!!!
During the workout Josh and Carolyn circulated through the crowd stopping to help everyone, and cheer us on as we tried. At the end of the workout Josh cooled us down, and helped us to better understand how to know when we have recovered.
We were then invited in for breakfast and a tour of the new home of Fitness 450. Despite it being located at JCC Rockland, you don’t have to be a member to join and attend classes (although the membership is awesome and has so many perks). Similarly the studio is located kind of outside in the back of the facility. When you walk into the stairwell you know immediately you are venturing into a separate facility.
The studio is BEAUTIFUL state of the art. I loved how clean and uncramped it was. Its not huge either, so the groups/sessions have to be kept small, which I love. Lots of individual attention, here you are NOT just another number. I was super excited to see that they had a filtered water fountain in the studio, to encourage people to bring reusable bottles, and not disposable <3
Of particular interest to me was also the treadmill. Again, I’ve had 3 knee surgeries, and am awaiting two replacements at a later date, I have to be SO careful how I work out. I had to ask about it. Let me tell you, this self-propelled curved machine did NOT hurt me. It encourages you to run more naturally, on the balls of your foot, not slamming on your heels. I was amazed…. It felt good, it was encouraging.
I had an amazing chat with Carolyn and Josh afterwards about further plans for the facility including opening up training to other age groups that are all in the works (can’t wait to tell you about it).
Classes begin in November and from what I saw (over 100 people at the two sessions on 9/10) and what I’ve heard (soooo many people loved it) its booking up fast. We did get a ridiculous deal for our readers to get started 8 sessions for the price of 4 for the first month. Just make sure you mention you heard about it here to cash in. Ashley and I just MIGHT see you there…
You can also check out their website http://fitness-450.com/ to learn more about this high energy, high intensity and fun workout.