The fitness industry was one of the hardest-hit sectors, not only when the pandemic first arrived but also as its waves rolled over us. To survive, gyms needed to adapt to a new model of fitness — and quickly. The fear of transformation and in May of 2020 founded Hydrogen Fitness in Hartsdale. While breathing new life into a fitness world that had been set in its ways, Gutwein is bringing a new level of luxury and safety to the 24-hour-gym model.
The gym has a rotation of group fitness classes, as early as 5:30 a.m. and as late as 7:15 p.m. “Right now, some of our most popular classes are boot camp and spin,” says Gutwein. “We currently offer about 40 classes a week.” At press time, Gutwein was adding classes to the schedule each week, eventually hoping to offer more than 80 group fitness classes. The floor of the gym is populated with top-of-the-line equipment; assisted strength equipment, bench presses, and free weights are all at members’ disposal. With a package plan, personal trainers are available for members looking to learn the fitness ropes or exceed goals.
What gives Hydrogen Fitness a edge on smaller studios in the county — while keeping pace with numerous big-box chains — is the number of amenities offered for the membership price (which is far lower than Equinox and on par with New York Sports Club). The gym offers towel service, saunas, and, during designated hours, childcare at no extra cost for platinum members.
To many gym-goers, a 24-hour model can be a massive selling point, because there is an opportunity to achieve your fitness goals on your own time, but it’s a factor that comes with risk. For gym rats who want to get sweaty whenever the moment strikes but have some safety concerns about being alone in a gym at 3 a.m., Gutwein has the answer. “We have bands for guests to take when they come in,” Gutwein says. “All it takes is the press of a button, and the band alerts the police if a member feels unsafe either alone or with someone else during un-staffed hours at the gym. They’re also great for mitigating risk of serious injury if someone falls.”