Taking a fitness class is one of the best ways to workout because you’re in a relatively small class size where the instructor can come and give you one-on-one attention. Plus, the motivation from the rest of the people in the class pushes you to do your best and work your hardest. You can sign up for a class to learn something new or hone your skills in a specific style. Regardless of your interest, get out there and sweat it out.
Here are some classes to try out:
The popularity of yoga is for a reason — it’s one of the best activities you can do for your health. While it isn’t as intense as strength training, there are some yoga studios that focus on more difficult flows that can cause you to sweat. One major benefit of the high number of yoga studios is that there is probably a class for everyone. If you want to kick it up a notch and really work, try hot yoga or power yoga.
If you’re more interested in building strength over time but still getting in a good workout, you might enjoy Vinyasa, Flow, or aerial classes. If you’re just looking to stretch out your muscles and connect with your body and how it feels, try a Yin class or meditative and restorative class. Whatever your fitness or wellness goals are, there is a yoga class to match.
If you’re unfamiliar with Pilates, then think of it like a faster yoga workout that focuses on core strength and flexibility while maintaining the fluidity of a yoga flow. Studios like Inspire Health offer low impact ways to build strength and exercise through Pilates classes, which are suitable for any fitness level and any age.
Spin classes are high intensity interval workouts that will definitely kick your cardio up a few notches. Prepare to really push your limits and get pretty sweaty in a spin class, but don’t worry too much about it – everyone else is feeling the same pain you are and you’re all in it together. The feeling of accomplishment after the class is over will leave you wanting more, even if your legs can barely carry you up a flight of stairs into your apartment.
Barre classes are the latest fitness trend, with barre studios popping up all over the country. Think ballet training but to the extreme, and if you think ballet is easy, you’re way off. Challenge yourself and join a barre class, and you’ll feel soreness in muscle groups you didn’t even know you had. For 45 to 60 minutes, you’ll get a total body workout (or complete burn). Each class will leave you feeling stronger than you were when you walked in.
If you’ve never tried kickboxing, you’re in for a treat. This high energy, cardio-intensive sport translates wonderfully to classes where you don’t have to spar with a partner if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Kickboxing uses every muscle group to boost your cardio, improve your strength, and strengthen your core. Plus it’s a great way to let off some steam and reduce the stress after a long day.
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