We spoke to Monique Crous, primary owner and founder of HOT PHIIT®, to learn all about this fitness phenomenon. The new studio opens Saturday, June 17, in Darien at the Goodwives Shopping Center.

Please describe HOT PHIIT® and the types of classes you offer.
HOT PHIIT® studios offer a variety of classes, all taught in FAR Infrared heat. Our signature class is HOT HIIT®, which I developed back in 2015. We also offer barre and core flow classes. All of our classes are beat based, and we offer low impact modifications for all exercises. We believe everyone should work to their maximum, but we also believe that place is different for everyone. We encourage everyone to move at their own pace, and of course have fun doing it!

Can you tell us more about your fitness journey and what prompted you to start HOT PHIIT?
I went to Bikram Yoga training in 2008, became a full-time teacher, and fell in love with fitness. It truly changed my life and inspired me to spread the joy I feel everyday teaching. I opened my own yoga studio in downtown Manhattan in 2013 and started working out in between yoga classes. That is where HOT HIIT was born. I left my studio to begin teacher training, and to eventually start HOT HIIT, a studio dedicated exclusively to HOT HIIT was born.

How long have you run HOT PHIIT?
HOT HIIT was born in 2015. The first HOT PHIIT studio was created in 2019 in Bronxville, NY. It is run by Jessie Lambiase, who you will also see on the Darien schedule. She teaches a killer shadow boxing/HIIT class called TKO.

What are the benefits of FAR Infrared Technology that is included within your studios?
There are so many wellness benefits gained by working out in FAR Infrared heat. They include weight loss, detoxification, elevated mood, reduction of pain and stiffness, and an increase in aerobic performance. The happy afterglow you feel after a HOT PHIIT class is absolutely addictive.

Besides the physical benefits, how does the workout enhance your mood?
The workout is so fun. You get the best workout, but we also like to keep it lighthearted. We love our community and cannot wait to see it grow here.

What’s your favorite aspect about being part of the community?
My absolute favorite part about being part of the community is watching people bring their friends, their friends bring their friends, and then watching them make new friends at the studio. There is nothing like watching the integration of wellness, exercise, community, and friendship.

How can the community best support your business?
The community can best support our business by us all growing together, in numbers and in spirit.

Feel free to add whatever you want the readers to know!
We are so excited and pleased to be here in Fairfield County. We cannot wait to meet you! We are doing a soft opening now and all classes are $15 through our Grand Opening on June 17th. Stop by, come check out the studio, and say hi!

25 Old Kings Highway North 

Darien, CT 06820
[email protected]

To learn more about HOT PHIIT®, visit the website or follow them @hotphiit.darien



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