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One and a half years ago, I saw a Facebook ad for a new gym in Denver. It was called Fitwall, I wondered, “What is Fitwall? What kind of wall is involved in the Fitwall workout?” I poured over the online demo videos, taking in the unusual Wall apparatus and technical moves, created by founder Clif Harski. Finally I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try. I was beyond nervous the first day I walked into the Fitwall Denver Highlands studio at 2795 Speer Avenue, but the studio owner, Megan Busby, welcomed me with a warm smile, and made me feel instantly at home. The welcoming approach of the entire coaching staff is actually one of the main reasons I decided to make Fitwall my home gym. They all know the names of each member, and take the time to learn about each person in a way that shows they actually care. But I digress…. I know what you all are waiting for – What in the heck IS Fitwall?
The Fitwall Workout
I like to describe Fitwall as a mixture of strength and cardio intervals, ranging in intensity from moderate to high, done on a tricked out wall / ladder apparatus to sweet playlists. The workouts at the beginning of the week have more of an emphasis on strength training and increase in cardio as the week moves on to the weekend.
A more detailed description of the Fitwall Workout by Fitwall
Each month there are three different classes: strength and power sessions (Mondays & Tuesdays), functional interval training sessions (Wednesdays and Thursdays), and cardio emphasis sessions (Fridays and Saturdays. Sunday workouts tackle more specific fitness tasks such as recovery, regeneration, mobility, extra core work, or additional cardio work. Exact programming depends upon the needs of the members that month.
I enjoy having four weeks to perfect the moves before all of the workouts change up again the next month, which helps avoid the dreaded “plateau effect” caused by doing the same moves over and over again. In addition to the wall, the head programmer, Clif, likes to mix things up with dumbbells, resistance bands, a step, and a pullup bar. Add the science of individualized target heart rate zones displayed on your own personal monitor, and you have everything necessary for a safe, effective, and killer workout in just 40 minutes!
My fitness goal: 5 pullups
The community at Fitwall is immensely supportive. I’ve been to gyms all over the country and have yet to find such a unique mix of fun and focus with both the members and coaches. The small class size and individualized instruction provided by the coaches cultivates a sense of community that works well for me. While I receive lots of support and encouragement during the small group training classes, I appreciate how the coaches want to help me with my personal fitness goals in between classes. This is how I achieved my pull-up goal. For example, the coaches gave me at-home strengthening exercises, and encouraged me to practice before and after classes. It took about 8 weeks, but with their encouragement, I smashed my goal, and held a little victory dance party to celebrate!
The Fitwall Jumpstart Program for Fitwall Newbies
If you are looking for a way to jump start your fitness, Fitwall just launched their 21-Day Jumpstart program. It runs every month and starts on the first Monday of the month. For non-members, this is an excellent way to get a feel for the community I so dearly love! For only $129, you get unlimited classes, a 1-on-1 consultation with a coach, accountability support, and nutrition guidance that includes menus and shopping lists.
I did a similar program with Fitwall in January and saw incredible results, most notably increased speed, endurance, and increased lean muscle mass, all of which were my personal goals.
The next 21-Day Jumpstart session begins on September 4th!
However you decide to get to Fitwall – I’d love to introduce you to my home gym. I hope to see you there soon!