As we mark the half-way point in a year underscored by extraordinary circumstances, challenges, and the call for real change, we are reflecting on all that has happened since the COVID-19 pandemic forced our studios and the world to shut down.
FHITTING ROOM LIVE! AND HIIT FOR HEALTHCARE HEROES
We quickly pivoted to virtually deliver our in-person class experience to our community and launched Fhitting Room LIVE! We immediately saw how valuable Fhitting Room LIVE! classes were not only to our existing clients but also to our team members and to many newcomers who were experiencing Fhitting Room classes for the first time from across the country and around the world. Shortly thereafter, we began offering complimentary HIIT for Healthcare Heroes classes weekly to medical workers on the frontlines of the pandemic to help them stay strong, FHIT, happy and healthy.
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
In May, we celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month by sharing stories from community members, experts, and our very own FHITpros. The conversations that took place around mental health not only connected us to each other, but also to ourselves. We recognized the importance, more than ever, of the mental and physical connection in overall wellness.
STRENGTH AGAINST RACISM
June shined a powerful spotlight on long-standing racial injustices that have persisted for far too long. In light of tragic current events, our country woke up to racism on a mass scale. We took a stand against systems of power that perpetuate racism and inequality. With the strength of our community behind us, we raised over $56,000 in support of Black Lives Matter during our Juneteenth fundraiser, Strength Against Racism, a truly special highlight in Fhitting Room’s seven year history.
WORKOUT THE WORLD
This year, PRIDE marked its 50th anniversary. We we remembered that PRIDE began as a protest for LGBTQIA+ rights, with Queer members of BIPOC communities at the front lines of change. We were able to help raise over $7,000 for the Global Pride Relief Fund at our Workout the World beneFHIT class.
Our work to stand with marginalized communities is ongoing, and the response from our FHIT Family demonstrates that we are not only stronger together, we are responsible to each other for creating a better world for everyone.Throughout all of the difficulties and obstacles, we saw something beautiful emerge. Fhitting Room was able to make a difference in someone’s day by flexing our superpower, having our FHITpros lead HIIT + strength classes that deliver health, heart and happiness.
PAY FHIT FORWARD
Sparked by an email from a compassionate and generous FHIXer, we decided to create a philanthropic platform to expand and institutionalize the idea of gifting fitness to positively affect others. We have big dreams for this platform and are excited to launch the initial phases.
In early July we announced the expansion of our HIIT for Healthcare Heroes effort and accompanying name change to launch Pay FHIT Forward Community Classes. Healthcare Heroes are welcome in these classes, but we know many others have also been impacted by recent events, so these classes are now open to anyone in our community in need of an effective workout, moral support and a little FHITpro love. Pay FHIT Forward community classes will take place every Saturday at 12pm; apply here or send the link to a friend, colleague or family member in need. First timers are welcome. No equipment or experience is necessary.
SUPPORTING PERFORMING ARTS
Last month, we hosted our first Pay FHIT Forward private class to beneFHIT Broadway, with the cast of Mean Girls joining us for a special FHIX. We look forward to continuing our support for Broadway and all of the micro-communities within our community that can use a little support.
GIVE: BECOME A PAY FHIT FORWARD DONOR
In addition to our weekly Pay FHIT Forward community classes, we have created an anonymous exchange so FHIXers, or anyone in the community, can donate credits from their own packages to others in need of health, heart, and happiness. This exchange was inspired by a frequent FHIXer who wished to anonymously donate her complimentary birthday FHIX, plus two additional classes, to three different FHIT community members in need. To donate class(es), click here.
RECEIVE: BECOME A PAY FHIT FORWARD RECIPIENT
If you are in need of a little health, heart and happiness, apply here to receive a donated credit via our Pay FHIT Forward class exchange. If you know someone who can beneFHIT from this program, please spread the word. All are welcome to apply.
The magic in our community is real, and we are thrilled to build a bridge between those who may be struggling and those who have come forward asking how they can help. There are many people in our community who want to play an active role helping others in our FHIT family, and for that we are grateful. We are the facilitators, but the generosity and heart lies in our entire community. We are truly stronger together.