Whether you want to slim down, get bigger, or just want more everyday strength, movement, and endurance, a new fitness studio in Ahwatukee Foothills aims to help.
F45 formation at 4645 E. Chandler Blvd. at S. 48th Street opened in June and offers a fast and energetic group workout to loud music that lasts 45 sweat-soaked minutes.
Although there are over 2,300 franchises in 63 countries, this is the first in Ahwatukee.
SJ Lent de Mesa, the new site’s operations manager, said the first time he visited an F45 training studio, he was “blown away” and wanted to be involved. He also runs the Chandler Hightown franchise on Alma School and Germann roads, which opened in April, and will manage the North Mesa site when it opens in late 2022.
Despite recent news of a corporate-level shake-up, it won’t affect those local franchises, Lent said.
With the competition for fitness dollars crushing — from traditional gyms to specialty studios — F45 Training differentiates itself in part through a community aspect. Members challenge each other, hold each other accountable to show up and socialize outside of their sessions.
“When they know there are people waiting for them, they won’t fall asleep,” he noted. “They’ll be fine most of the time.”
Mesa member Lynnette Padilla said it was a big draw for her.
“It’s that community inside there,” she said. “Everyone is encouraging each other.”
She added that she gets up at 4:30 a.m. to go to first class, saying, “I used to own a gym with my husband, and I’ve never been as motivated as I am. am now.”
Another plus is the variety of exercises, which include cardio, resistance, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). While workouts elsewhere can get monotonous, F45 Training offers over 200 classes with over 10,000 moves.
“You never do the same workout every day,” Padilla explained. “The routines are always different.”
Additionally, at least one personal trainer is on hand for each class, and two are usually there if a class has 10 or more members, Lent said. They not only help encourage and assist members, but also work with them if they have any injuries or physical limitations.
“It’s really for all skill levels,” Lent said, “Yes, the workouts can be incredibly tough, but they can absolutely go at their own pace. We’re set up at train stations, yes, but they can get tough.” stop as many times as they want.
At F45, the members move quickly through a series of stations with various weights, kettle bells, stationary bikes, and other gear, and they change when they hear a telltale sound over the music.
Video screens show them what they are supposed to do and where. A 45-minute cardio workout can burn 900 calories and a weight training session can burn around 500.
At the moment, classes take place at 5pm, 6pm, 8:30am and 11:45am and 5:30pm on weekdays, with the exception of the late Friday class which is at 4:30pm. Weekend classes are at 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. More times will be added as membership grows, Lent noted.
The 8:30 a.m. class is particularly convenient for people who need to drop off their children at school at 8:00 a.m., he added. And there is a shower in case someone needs to go somewhere right after.
The “F” in F45 stands for “functional” because the circuit “strengthens the muscles needed for their daily activities,” Lent said.
And if someone has a specific goal, like looking great for their wedding day, a meeting, or a big trip, they can help members achieve their goals.
Mesa’s Andrew Lent, who is SJ Lent’s son and studio executive at the same time
locations, said F45 Training takes all
the guesswork of finding a fitness routine.
If a person isn’t used to going to a gym, he said, “You lose confidence. You need someone to motivate you. They don’t know where to start; they don’t know what weights to pick up.
Padilla agreed, saying of typical gyms, “I don’t like the feeling of people staring at you or waiting for the machines. I don’t know what program to do.
Since starting F45 Training, she says, she feels stronger, healthier and has more energy. “They push me to do a little more,” Padilla said. “They constantly push me to go a little further.”
The studio has $99 for a one-month unlimited introductory subscription; after that, various packages are available.