JUNE 15, 2020


A ‘new normal’ is demanding different ways of desigsning fitness studios.

Camaraderie competition and community define Solcioty Fitness, a heart rate interval training studio in Atlanta, GA, where exercisers in small group classes run, row, ride and perform resistance training to motivating music and cued lighting for 60 intense minutes.

But as the COVID-19 pandemic changed fitness center operations, Solcioty had to reconfigure its 2612-square-foot studio to further maximize safety for participants and staff. Its solution included adding 12 Fitbench Studios to transform the space into individual, self-contained stations for each exerciser. 

“With this new equipment, each participant has a personal station, which correlates to the cardio machine they use,” explains Solcioty Fitness co-founder Justin Kanawyer. “Because the Fitbench houses all the equipment they need, members don’t have to share dumbbells, resistance bands, slam balls or anything else.”

The Fitbench Studio is an adjustable, portable bench that houses four dumbbell sets, one slam ball, and three sets of premium Fitbands with removable handles to facilitate a variety of exercises, including step-ups and bench jumps, in an all-in-one, compact solution. 

The Fitbench units enable classes to proceed seamlessly, without interruptions to clean equipment between users. “Our members not only love the quality of the Fitbench, but also appreciate how it helps our classes flow smoothly,” Kanawyer adds.

“It is so good to be back at Solcioty and I was blown away to see the new and improved equipment,” says member Lauren Weissman.

After state restrictions were lifted, Solcioty instituted a strict protocol, initially running only four classes daily at 50 percent capacity, with members using every other station on the floor to maintain social distancing. After each class, staff thoroughly deep cleans the studio, disinfects all equipment, mops the floor and wipes down frequently touched surfaces.

“Any gym can make you sweat with a great workout,” Kanawyer points out. “We give you the encouragement you need to show up, the motivation you need to give it your all and the support you need when you want to quit. This is a fun, positive environment where members can get away for one hour and focus completely on themselves.”

Fitbench makes fitness tools designed to maintain workout intensity and variety, while facilitating quick exercise transitions in a safe and neat manner. info@fitbench.