Column: Fenom fuses fun and fitness in Harrison

Owner and trainer of Fenom Fitness, Aresh Mohit.

Owner and trainer of Fenom Fitness, Aresh Mohit.

In September 2000, Aresh Mohit, a 1992 graduate of Scarsdale High School, had his 15 minutes of fame when he was featured in a New York Times article. Aresh became famous for doing something so simple that almost everyone has done it at one time in their lives. Aresh taught kids to ride a bike.

The difference with Aresh is he taught kids he didn’t know, for a fee. At the time, he was the only known bike tutor in Westchester County and he couldn’t keep up with demand. In fact, in some circles, he was known as the “bicycle whisperer.”

Aresh Mohit demonstrating surfset.

Aresh Mohit demonstrating surfset.

 

These days, parental outsourcing ranges from learning how to drive, to ridding your child of head lice, to learning how to ski or even potty training. Parents have different skill sets and they don’t always sync with the skills needed at any given time of a child’s life. One family may be blessed with a parent who can do advanced calculus and a math tutor wouldn’t be someone they would hire, but that same parent might not have any clue how to throw a basketball properly or the safe way to lift weights.

Hiring academic tutors to help our kids do well in school or on college entrance exams has been a long accepted practice but, more and more, people are turning to trainers like Aresh for help as well.

Fenom’s graffiti open gym. Photos/Lisa Jardine

Fenom’s graffiti open gym. Photos/Lisa Jardine

In November 2013, Aresh fulfilled his dream by opening a state-of-the-art workout facility in Harrison. Fenom Fitness is a family sports and fitness facility specializing in result-oriented and attention-based programs for the entire family.

“I come from a kids programming background, but I’m also a certified athletic trainer. For years, I trained entire families,” Aresh said. “I had a large practice training adults and their kids in various sports. But I’ve wanted to open my own place for a long time.”

His mission is unique: Create the well-rounded athlete. There are so many organizations and clubs aimed at the specialization of a sport, helping kids to become the best they can be at one particular thing.

“I want everyone to be good at all sports instead of just being amazing at one,” he said.

The fun and colorful lobby at Fenom Fitness in Harrison.

The fun and colorful lobby at Fenom Fitness in Harrison.

Aresh explained how, over the years, he would work with children who excelled at one sport, like soccer, but when they went to shoot a basketball they had no idea how to do it.  He thinks all kids should be able to play all sports with some proficiency.

“Not everyone learns the same way,” he said. “I’ve had sideline sitters and homerun hitters, but there is a really wide band in the middle that, in large organized programs, can sometimes be overlooked. I want to cater to that big group in the middle.”

 

Aresh’s solution is small classes with low trainer-to-athlete ratios.

“Big classes work only for the best athletes, but large facilities have huge overhead and they have to overfill their classes just to break even,” he said. “We don’t have to do that at Fenom.”

Wendy Alper, a Purchase resident, is a supporter of Aresh and the new facility.

“Aresh is a one-of-a-kind trainer that is amazing for kids and adults,” she said. “His upbeat, happy disposition pushes you through the most difficult, physical and mental challenges while training. He has helped train all members of my family for the last 10 years, including my boys, who are now 13 and 15. Fenom is a fabulous facility that makes you feel at home from the moment you walk in the door. Whether taking a private lesson, a group class or playing basketball, it’s a wonderful environment to spend your time and get in shape. My teens and I all go there for all our different favorite classes. It’s like hanging out at ‘Cheers’ where everybody knows your name.”

Almost all of the classes at Fenom include not just skills, but strength and conditioning as well.

“Now that most doctors and professionals agree that proper resistance training could be beneficial to young athletes, a lot of parents want their kids to be taught the proper form when using weights and doing exercise,” Aresh said. “What’s great about combining all forms of training is that we can focus on the athlete’s weaknesses and then provide a well-rounded program that’s beneficial to the everyday athlete. To us, it’s the proper way to train. Kids also respond really well to it because it’s a mixture of things instead of constant exercise. It’s more fun.”

Fenom isn’t a membership-only club; it and is open to the public. It offers a very flexible fee structure so you can sign-up for a 6-week or 12-week class or sign-up on a one-off basis. Kids can come after school on random days, or during snow days, and pay $20 and stay for hours.

Aresh offers court rentals in which an organized group of friends—adults or children—put together a team and rent the court for basketball, soccer or hockey for 6 to 12 consecutive weeks.

Adults can stop in for an open workout and pay a small fee.

“I envision a kid being dropped off for an hour-and-a-half sports program and the mom, instead of waiting around or having to return for pickup, uses the gym and works out too,” Aresh said.

Fenom also trains middle school athletes who need to pass the New York State Physical Fitness test in order to join a high school varsity team. The athlete may have a killer serve in tennis, but might not be able to meet the minimum requirements of the standing long jump. Aresh and his trainers help kids pass the test.

Fenom is housed in a 13,000-square-foot industrial space located at 67 Grant Ave., off Oakland Avenue in Harrison. It’s been completely gutted and totally renovated, including fabulous artwork throughout by a well-known graffiti artist from Argentina named Mariano. I would imagine it would be hard to get bored while working out just by looking at all the interesting art that covers the walls.

The class menu is diverse and offers everything from batting and golf cage rentals to spin, surfset, yoga, pilates, zumba, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey and more programs are constantly being added. Fenom has recently started a kid’s night out on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and they offer fun birthday party packages with multi-sports and games.

There will be mini-summer camps listed on the gym’s website soon.

And if Fenom doesn’t currently have a program you are interested in, tell Aresh. He’s a great whisperer…I mean listener.

Fenom Fitness

67 Grant Ave.
Harrison, N.Y, 10528
914-732-3000

Monday to Friday
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday
8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

www.fenomfit.com
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