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She urges her readers to take the fitness challenge on the road with the portable Hula Hoop® system that keeps you fit with fun!

Read her awesome review on her blog.

She urges her readers to take the fitness challenge on the road with the portable Hula Hoop® system that keeps you fit with fun!

Read her awesome review on her blog.

Friday, December 4, 2015
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Here's what Local Houston shared about the FXP Hula Hoop®

"What’s that old saying: what is old is new again? Think back to your childhood and remember all the fun you had with a Hula Hoop. A newer version of the classic, plastic toy is back and this one can travel with you.

Here's what Local Houston shared about the FXP Hula Hoop®

"What’s that old saying: what is old is new again? Think back to your childhood and remember all the fun you had with a Hula Hoop. A newer version of the classic, plastic toy is back and this one can travel with you.

FXP Fitness has designed a hoop and DVD for adults to get an easy, entertaining and shape-changing workout. The unit comes in 6 pieces and snaps together within a minute. If you are traveling, take it with you and turn your phone into a portable gym with the free app which is loaded with 50 exercises that are fun and progressive that you can take on the road and stay on track. Starter kit $49.95 www.fxpfitness.com."

Read the full review and check out the other products that are featured on LocalHoustonMagazine.com.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Katrina of inRandom reviewed FXP Fitness, and found it to be a fun and effective way to work out - especially during the busy Holiday season.

Here's what she had to say:

Katrina of inRandom reviewed FXP Fitness, and found it to be a fun and effective way to work out - especially during the busy Holiday season.

Here's what she had to say:

"The next 2 months are really tough on my willpower and I always seem to gain several extra pounds (tasty pounds though) by the time the new year rolls around. We are also traveling a lot during this season taking mini vacations and also visiting family and friends. Heading out to the gym hits an all time low of only once a week for me. With the Hula Hoop Workout from FXP Fitness I can at least get in a quick workout that is FUN, easy and travel-friendly anytime and anywhere I go!"

Read the full review on inRandom.com!

Monday, November 2, 2015
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Rings of Fire

FXP Fitness fuses Pilates, barre and yoga – with hula hoops.

Rings of Fire

FXP Fitness fuses Pilates, barre and yoga – with hula hoops.

Take the toning, stretching, and strengthening benefits of barre, Pilates and yoga and combine them with the core-rocking pasttime of hula hooping, and you’ve got the FXP Fitness program, a new holistic exercise system making strides nationwide – but especially in Arizona, where local FXP Fitness trainers like Suzanne Hunter, Sarah Pyper and Ann Merrill teach at Valley studios (see sidebar). “I feel like it’s high-intensity, but has minimal impact on the knees and joints. That’s why I enjoy it,” Merrill says.

FXP Fitness makes custom portable hoops for the program (available at fxpfitness.com) that come apart in six pieces and provide durability for resistance training. “Pilates, barre and yoga are amazing workouts where you get into concentrated muscle movements, and hula hooping incorporates your core for every single exercise you do,” says Kat Suwalski, director of education for FXP Fitness and a master trainer. “People can recall their childhoods... because it’s fun, it’s not a chore to go and do. It truly is all ages, all stages.”

Read the full article and find a Phoenix class on phoenixmag.com!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Cleveland, OH (May 2, 2015) - Debi Lantzer, running blogger behind 2014 and Beyond, burned major calories while having a blast with the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop®.



Cleveland, OH (May 2, 2015) - Debi Lantzer, running blogger behind 2014 and Beyond, burned major calories while having a blast with the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop®.



When Debi was first approached about hula hoop fitness she thought to herself, "Hula hoop - like what, from 1975?" but as she kept reading she wanted to know more about the system and jumped at the opportunity to review it.

Lantzer's take on the FXP Hula Hoop:
"This thing has to be the biggest hula hoop I've ever seen! ... There's no swishy noise when it goes around or cheap plastic feeling flimsy hoop going on here. This is a solid piece of fitness equipment. As you can see by the [video] I put together from the photos, the hoop comes in pieces that you can easily snap together and take apart. It comes with a carry bag so you can pack it up and take it with you."
Lantzer's review of the Fit in 15 DVD:
"The 'Fit in 15' workout series includes three different workouts: Cardio Blast, Lower Body Sculpt, and Sculpted Arms and Abs. These workouts are all low impact. You can tell [FXP Fitness] was inspired by yoga and pilates - the workout is high intensity without putting any pressure on joints and bones. It's great for all fitness levels and you can burn over 800 calories per hour! As a runner, I know that running one mile burns a little over 100 calories. Doing some quick calculations, that tells me that this Hula Hoop System burns double the calories my running abilities do in an hour! That gives me something to think about there!"
Lantzer's message to those who think they can't hula hoop:
"If you are sitting there shaking your head saying, 'I hated the hula hoop when I was a kid' or 'I was horrible at hula hooping,' then you need to put those thoughts out of your mind right now. This isn't the same at all - it's better! You are getting a workout at the same time you are having a blast challenging yourself and learning new things."
Lantzer was sure to share with her audience that FXP Fitness offers classes in many areas around the country, and you can become a certified trainer!

Read the full story on 2014 and Beyond!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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Pittsburgh, PA (June 1, 2015) — Originally posted by The Pittsburgh Tribune‑Review.
Pittsburgh, PA (June 1, 2015) — Originally posted by The Pittsburgh Tribune‑Review.
Instructor Kat Suwalski poses for a portrait at All Zen and Fitness Studio in Hopewell on Sunday, May 31, 2015.
A group of 17 women spent the day playing with hula hoops — and smiling — while learning the latest fitness exercise.

An instruction class for FXP Fitness was being held at All-Zen and Fitness Studio in Hopewell (allzenfitness.com). Owner Barb Michna, who is always searching for new class offerings, found out about this workout and invited Kat Suwalski, director of education and master trainer for FXP Fitness, to teach the daylong class.

Michna's clients have been asking about hoop classes, she says. Hers will be the first studio in Pennsylvania to offer FXP Fitness. She plans to charge $8 a class with discounts available for multiple classes.

“It is so important to have the proper training, because you don't want to teach the wrong thing,” Michna says. “You can watch a video, but that doesn't always explain why you do something a certain way. So, having someone in person show you and tell you are the best ways to learn an exercise. ... I really like that it's a fun as well as a good workout.”

Hoop exercises have been around for years, but this is a newer, fresher way to take a hula hoop and incorporate it into an exercise regime. A holistic exercise created by fitness leader Niece Pecenka, who has over 20 years in the fitness industry, the FXP Fitness program, based in Nashville, is optimally designed to help clients shed pounds, lose inches from their waistlines and sculpt their bodies all while having fun. Studies have shown you can burn up to 880 calories per hour.

The low- to no-impact, high-intensity interval-training program was inspired by the proven methods of pilates, ballet barre and yoga, all while using the specifically designed hula hoop.

Participants in Suwalski's class learned proper and safe instruction of moves, and got a detailed understanding of modifications and intensifiers for every movement.

FXP stands for fun, accessible to everyone and progressive in that your fitness level progresses as you do it.

Many instructors agree they like this program because it combines three workouts, which offers a little bit of everything. What is nice is this workout can be modified by a trainer to fit his or her class based on skill level or what the participants want.

The instructors who took the class will submit a video for the final decision on certification.

“It can be designed to fit a person's lifestyle,” says Kristin Benton, senior vice-president of operations for FXP Fitness. “It's a fantastic workout, and we are hearing from studios all over the country interested in learning more about it. There is room for everyone in this class, because it can accommodate all skill levels.”

The hoop is 2 pounds — any heavier weight is not recommended, Suwalski says. The hoop can be taken apart for travel.

“One of the best things about it is you are having a complete blast while you are working out,” says Suwalski, who is based in Boston. “I see results from what hooping has done for me. Since I started doing FXP, I look and feel better. ... Life can be chaotic, so it is nice to have something to do for your body that you don't mind doing.”

Even if instructors know about other hoop workouts — from hoop dance to aerial hooping — this workout is taught from the beginning. There is also follow-up training, so instructors can continually learn new moves.

The workout launched in March 2014 with a DVD.

Using the hoop around your waist is one component, but this workout becomes a gateway to a different type of exercise, where you feel better about yourself. It is serious fitness, but it is also seriously fun, Suwalski says. She says it can be looked at like Legos. An instructor can build a workout that is like an entire boat or just connect a few pieces together.

Rose George, a Team Beachbody coach who is certified in turbo kick at All-Zen, says she likes that it's for people of all sizes.

“I am a person who, at one time, was 270 pounds, and I thought my life was over and that I would never be fit,” George says. “I want to be an inspiration for people who think they can't do it, to know that they can. People of all sizes can do this workout.”

Maggie Drennen of Chicora, a certified hoop-dancing coach, hopes a certification in FXP will give her a way to get into a studio to teach it.

The hoop class is another option for Michelle Garner of Altoona, where she teaches Zumba at Progressive Martial Arts System (pmasaltoona.com).

“Zumba is high impact, and it isn't right for everyone, especially those who are developing knee pain or other problems,” Garner says. “I thought it would be great to be trained in a workout that has some variety without being overly taxing on the body. It's definitely a challenging workout, and I love the variety.”

So does Liz Newberry, a yoga instructor at All-Zen.

“There is so much energy in this workout,” Newberry says. “I loved hula hoops as a child playing in my backyard. It's a way to stay active and smile while you are staying active.”

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at [email protected] or 412-320-7889.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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(May 25, 2015) - Cari Shoemate - nationally renowned fitness instructor, consultant, and model - chose the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop as one of her top fitness favorites for the month of May.



Here's her review on the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop System:
(May 25, 2015) - Cari Shoemate - nationally renowned fitness instructor, consultant, and model - chose the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop as one of her top fitness favorites for the month of May.



Here's her review on the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop System:
"The hula hoop is making a comeback! I was a little skeptical to try this workout, but once I did I really liked it! It actually gets your heart rate up pretty fast and burns a lot of calories. Surprisingly you don’t have to be super coordinated to use it either! The best part is that it’s just fun and having fun is a must if you are going to stick with a workout!"
The FXP Hula Hoop was in great company - her other top picks included Gaiam "curve" pants, Sakroots Yoga Bag, and a new fitness monitor called Tinke.

Read the full article here!
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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(May 15, 2015) - Blogger behind Mama Fashionista finds that the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop® is so much fun AND burns major calories each workout.




(May 15, 2015) - Blogger behind Mama Fashionista finds that the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop® is so much fun AND burns major calories each workout.



For Mama Fashionista, her inspiration to try the FXP Fitness system is that warm weather has creeped in and is here to stay. Mama Fashionista became a fan of the workout because it's low impact, exciting, and can burn up to 880 calories per hour. When she gave the fitness hoop a whirl, she found that the workout is "SO MUCH fun!"

She continued to express how much she enjoyed it:
"I work up a sweat and [workout] my waist while having a blast. My daughters love to pull out there hula hoops and work out with me!"
Here's Mama Fashionista's spot-on explanation of the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop workout:
FXP Fitness was born from the idea that fitness should be an enjoyable, accessible experience that yields great results. It is a low to no impact program inspired by proven methods such as pilates, barre, and yoga, and combines them into a high intensity interval training system…all while using the specially designed fitness hula hoop. Perfect for toning arms, strengthening legs, and slimming middles, FXP is designed for ”all ages and all stages” and is backed by a recent metabolic study on the effectiveness of the FXP hula hoop and workout DCDs. Plus, its curriculum is easily modifiable to fit tight schedules, tight spaces, and lifestyles continuously on-the-go.
She also shares to her audience that with FXP you're not limited to home workouts - you can become a trainer, or take one of the many classes nationwide. Here's her take on the teacher training:
The Hula Hoop Level 1 Teacher Training is designed for trainers by trainers. It’s the first step in teaching FXP Fitness classes. Trainers receive the highest level of individual support in the industry, from business tools and webinars to lesson plans and troubleshooting support. Training is $250 with discounts for groups and military.
Catch the full story here!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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(May 19, 2015) - Jen, the blogger behind Real Mom of SFV, gave the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop® a whirl, and found that it was an awesome time-efficient workout that will make you work up a sweat!



Here's her reasons for giving FXP a go:

(May 19, 2015) - Jen, the blogger behind Real Mom of SFV, gave the FXP Fitness Hula Hoop® a whirl, and found that it was an awesome time-efficient workout that will make you work up a sweat!



Here's her reasons for giving FXP a go:
"I know from my own experience that if you do not enjoy your workout, then you are less likely to commit to it & be consistent. Personally I like variety and trying new exercise classes. However between work & my daughter’s school schedule, I don’t always have time to hit the gym. So when I heard about FXP Hula Hoop, which is a workout that you can do at home, I decided to give it a whirl!"
Jen on the FXP Hula Hoop®:
"The FXP Fitness Hula Hoop is easy to assemble. All you have to do is click each of the six sections into place. Once you hear the click, then you know it is locked in!"
Jen's take on the Fit in 15 DVD and the progressiveness of the program:
"The DVD contains three different workouts: Cardio Blast, Sculpted Arms & Abs and Lower Body Sculpt. Each segment is 15 minutes. You can do them one at a time or play them all at once so that you get a 45 minute workout! The DVD gives modifications for certain exercise moves, which I can appreciate since it allows me to work up to that next level."
Why she's a fan of the FXP Fitness System:
"I had fun doing this workout and yes, it did make me sweat! It’s a great complement to my existing exercise routine. I like that I can customize my workout and do one segment for 15 minutes or if time permits, then I can do two segments for 30 or play all three for 45 minutes! The fact that this is portable is also a plus. Later this year my family will be driving to Arizona for a 3-Day weekend family event. With the nifty [hoop] carrying case, I can bring my hula hoop & DVD with me so that I don’t miss a workout!"
Read the full story - and check out adorable photos of her daughter hooping - here!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Ashley Lauretta of Active Kids wrote an article on the top three creative workouts for teens. Active Kids says,“[FXP Fitness has] taken the classic hula hoop and turned it into a full body workout that friends and families of all ages can enjoy.”

Here's their full review on FXP:
Ashley Lauretta of Active Kids wrote an article on the top three creative workouts for teens. Active Kids says,“[FXP Fitness has] taken the classic hula hoop and turned it into a full body workout that friends and families of all ages can enjoy.”

Here's their full review on FXP:
For a workout that doesn't feel like a workout, FXP Fitness is the perfect fit. They've taken the classic hula hoop and turned it into a full body workout that friends and families of all ages can enjoy. The FXP Fitness Hula Hoop comes with a DVD, making the low impact workout easy to do at home after a long day at school or on the weekend when friends come over. For those who prefer to get out of the house for workouts, many cities have FXP Fitness trainers who teach classes at area gyms.
FXP Fitness is in good company, as the other creative fitness ideas for teens that made the cut include yoga and SURFSET Fitness.

Read the full review here!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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(May 16, 2015) - Fitness blogger of Dangerous Cupcake, Donna, loved shaking up her workout routine with the FXP Hula Hoop® System. Bored of the usual workouts such as running, Donna decided to challenge her body; she says “…the key to shaping our bodies and burning calories is to continue to move in different ways.”


(May 16, 2015) - Fitness blogger of Dangerous Cupcake, Donna, loved shaking up her workout routine with the FXP Hula Hoop® System. Bored of the usual workouts such as running, Donna decided to challenge her body; she says “…the key to shaping our bodies and burning calories is to continue to move in different ways.”

Donna is a frequent Zumba goer, but openly admits to not having the “dance gene.” She does Zumba because it is fun - so at first the idea of having to manage a hula hoop worried her.

Feeling kind of hesitant, the first thing Donna did was watch the DVDs to calm her nerves. After watching she felt that “the DVD was relieving. The exercise looked challenging but do-able. The three 15-minute videos for the FXP Hula Hoop Workout System helps you get ‘Fit in 15.’ The videos have you using the hula hoop not just to hoop- but for sculpting, strengthening, and toning, all in 15 minutes. “

It's safe to say that she is excited to add the FXP hula Hoop to her workout now! Donna says “Having a good time while working muscles I don’t normally use, knowing I’m burning calories, is a wonderful addition to my weekly exercise.”

Read the full review here!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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Callum Borchers of the Boston Globe featured FXP Fitness as an exercise craze that will get you fit fast.

Here's What Borchers Had To Say:

Many people haven’t picked up a hula hoop since grade school, but Kat Suwalski is out to make a forgotten playground toy Greater Boston’s next fitness craze.


Callum Borchers of the Boston Globe featured FXP Fitness as an exercise craze that will get you fit fast.

Here's What Borchers Had To Say:

Many people haven’t picked up a hula hoop since grade school, but Kat Suwalski is out to make a forgotten playground toy Greater Boston’s next fitness craze.

Suwalski, a personal trainer who uses kettle bells to help her clients get buff, is leading the Bay State launch of a high-intensity interval training program called FXP Fitness, which puts exercisers through pulse-pounding sequences of lunges, squats, abdominal work and more — all with an extra sturdy, two-pound hula hoop.

“You can burn 650 calories in an hour,” said Suwalski. “If that’s what you get from being out on the playground, I’ll take it.”

Founded last year, FXP is an Arizona company hoping trainers like Suwalski will introduce its hoop-based regimen at gyms all over the country. On Sunday Suwalski will lead a daylong FXP certification course for local fitness instructors at Diosa Dance Yoga Health in Framingham.

So if your trainer unexpectedly breaks out a hula hoop during your next workout, you’ll know why.

Check it out now on bostonglobe.com!
Monday, May 11, 2015

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