Two competitive brothers, Doug and Daniel Frantzen, teamed up to create a fresh spin on HIIT classes, packing serious variety into a single 60 minute workout at their functional training studio, E60 Fitness.
With an existing location in Ashburn for almost 2 years, the Frantzen brothers had plenty of time to mold and craft their proprietary class before breaking into the Arlington scene this June. E60’s newest location is located in the Rosslyn district, directly off of Clarendon Blvd.
E60’s HIIT class, Elevate 60 is intended to bring you the best of several exercise disciplines within a high-intensity format, using heart rate monitors to gauge effort levels throughout the class. There are several boutique studios in the area, all with a niche, or specialty, usually in one exercise discipline (i.e. spin, yoga, etc.). Fitness enthusiasts these days understand that your body needs and wants variety. The beauty of E60’s program is that it is exploding with variety. From boxing to barbell exercises, incline intervals to sled pushes, spin bikes to suspension gear, these classes pack several forms of training into an effective 60-minute group workout.
Though the classes maintain a high-energy throughout, the class instructors (who act as group personal trainers) take the time to slow down the motions and emphasize proper form when practicing resistance training. Building lean muscle is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and shape your body. Resistance training is key for building lean muscle, so you can count on there being a few resistance training circuits in each E60 class, all under the guidance of a certified trainer. Within their programming, E60 emphasizes specific muscle groups each day, so though the workout will be full body, you’ll have a target area to focus on during the resistance based circuits. The programming changes daily to keep your body guessing and prevent plateau.
E60’s workout is certainly backed by science, but Doug and Dan have also attempted to add a fun factor to their classes. “We try to keep it fun and functional. Often times we’ll pair people up, or create small teams that get to work together towards a goal or even compete against each other. We also have a lot of custom equipment such as a monkey bar multi-rig, salmon ladder, and athletic training equipment so people can try something new.”
The brothers have taken some of their training from athletics to the group classes inspiring an encouraging, team-like environment. And though the classes are challenging, they’re designed to handle all fitness levels, so you may see a pairing of clients 30 years apart in age, motivating each other to meet their goals. “Every client moves at their own pace, with their own weights. We provide modification for each exercise, so everyone can challenge themselves in different ways but all with the same intention.”
Wearable heart-rate monitors are loaned to each participant in each class and displays throughout the studio show each participant’s heart rate and calories burned in real time. Each person’s heart rate is color coded as it enters certain heart rate zones. This makes it easy for participants of all fitness levels to gauge their effort levels and determine their pace throughout the class. At the end of the class, all of the stats are shared with each participant, and E60’s system tracks their stats over time so they can view their progress.
On top of their proprietary HIIT class, E60 offers personal training, and open gym time. Keeping up with the modern flexibility today’s market demands, E60 Fitness provides no-contract memberships, and no initiation or termination fees. You can stay for 1 month or a lifetime with the ability to cancel on your own at home at any time. Beyond memberships you can also purchase packages of group sessions that are valid for a full year.