6 Fitness Classes You Should Know About

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Are you looking to shake up your fitness routine? Sometimes you just need a little change of pace in order to stay on track and meet your fitness goals. Check out these awesome fitness classes that you could incorporate into your fitness routine!

HIIT: High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, has become a major fitness craze in 2014. Based on Tabata fitness training, this type of fitness focuses on short, intense bursts of cardio followed by a recovery period. Routines can last from anywhere from four to 30 minutes. In fact, HIIT is a vital component to the fitness package in the Power 30 Plan. The best part of HIIT is that you can easily fit it into your crazy busy schedule!

TRX Suspension Training: You can burn 500 calories with one hour-long class! The beauty of TRX is that anyone can do it! It's ingenious in the fact that you can adjust the difficulty level simply by changing your body angle. This means that anyone with any fitness level can come in and improve!

Combo classes: Many gyms are starting to offer hour-long classes that combine two different fitness routines for a hybrid of a well-rounded workout. For example, there are yoga/TRX combo classes, yoga/weights classes, yoga/spinning classes and spinning/weight classes as well. Each segment lasts 30 minutes, so the class is evenly divided between the two workout styles. This is a great option if you want a little bit of everything!

SoulCycle: SoulCycle is a 45-minute class that can burn 500 to 700 calories! It's a stationary bike class that helps you focus on not only your physical strength, but your spiritual strength as well, something that is helped along by the candlelit atmosphere. It's the perfect mix of cardio and full-body toning combined with positive affirmations.

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(Photo: SoulCycle)

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Barre classes: Barre classes are intense workouts that involve micro-movements that targets your butt, legs and core. That means that you'll likely be hearing instructions like "up an inch, down an inch," something that will help you achieve a dancer's body. Classes are usually an hour long, and you can burn up to 500 calories! Don't think that it ignores your upper body, either! Barre classes frequently incorporate props like exercise balls and hand weights to strengthen that upper body element.

Barry's Bootcamp: Barry's Bootcamp, the self-proclaimed "best workout in the world," is similar to Soul Cycle in the fact that it also employs low lighting. But it also employs loud music to amp you up! Barry's Bootcamp pairs 15-minute intervals of treadmill workouts with strength-training for an hour-long workout.

What's your favorite group fitness class? Let us know in the comments below!