Sometimes the tried-and-true workout is the way to go. Shake things up every now and then with a cool cardio class but for the most part, you stick with what you know. Maybe this year is the year for you to break away from that comfort zone and try an awesome, new class. Jumping right in to unexplored territory can probably be very intimidating, but there are a lot of resources at your fingertips to help you try some of the classes growing in popularity this year. If you're new to the fitness scene, even better! Having an instructor or coach, in person or virtually, can certainly increase the chances that you'll stick with it. Here are some classes that you need to try.
Orangetheory Fitness: This workout combines treadmill training, indoor rowing and weight training in a one-hour workout that torches calories even through the next day with what is called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). In order to keep your heart rate in the "orange zone" where you create the "afterburn" effect, you use a heart-rate monitor throughout your workout. Go to the Orangetheory Fitness website to find a studio near you.
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Amenzone: Amen Iseghohi came to the United States in 2003 and started a fitness revolution that encapsulated what he was taught about life, spiritual and physical, into a workout that trains you for life. Amenzone combines core, cardio and weight training workouts and brings you "back to the basics" for a healthy lifestyle. Amen incorporates tires into his workouts as a symbol for moving forward. While there are only a few locations currently in Arizona and California, you can order the DVD and create Amenzone right in your living room.
Treadmill classes: That's right, there's a class for that. A treadmill studio closely resembles a cycling studio with mirrors and equipment from wall to wall, an instructor shouting over the music. Suddenly running, a workout that has existed as long as humans have been on this earth, has turned into a trendy class rivaling spin classes. Mile High Run Club in New York is one of the first of its kind, but it won't be long before you have one near you. Until then, you can try DVD treadmill workouts like Runervals With Iron Girl.
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Flywheel Stadium Cycling: Flywheel is an indoor cycling workout that incorporates weight lifting and great music to achieve a challenging and worthwhile workout. You have control of your bike, tailoring it to your level and adjusting where you see fit. Flywheel studios usually offer Flybarre classes as well that take you off the bike and strengthen your core, making you lean and strong. Click here and find out if there's a Flywheel location near you.
DISQ: This mobile workout is perfect whether you're at home or on-the-go. DISQ is a set of light equipment that includes a belt that you strap around your waist. You download the app where you can find basic exercise routines, adjust your resistance and have at it. You have control of your workout and you have the freedom to do it wherever you are. Check out their website to learn more and order the equipment to start your DISQ experience.
Rowing: This particular machine has gotten a popularity boost in the past year or so. This class is also similar to spinning and treadmill classes. You get the instructor, the music and the motivating peers surrounding you. You get the benefits of a deadlift, leg press and row with each rep, all to the beat of the music, which raises your heart rate and gives you a cardiovascular workout in the package. Check out gyms near you to find a rowing class.
While some of these classes might be hard to find, check online because another trend in workouts is online streaming of live classes. You get the live experience and maximum motivation in the comfort of your home. Shake up your routine and try a class like these this year. You might just love it and it could spice up your routine to the point of amazing results.
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