Beat the Gym Class Boredom

By  June 17, 2014


You’ve tried each of them: Zumba, Pilates, yoga, and spinning. And while these are all great, effective ways to tone up and get in shape, you’ve hit a rut. How can you take it to the next fitness level?

The 4 hottest fitness trends hear your cry and have come to the rescue by bringing in new variations of the standard classes, to challenge different parts of the body and to jumpstart your desire to hit the gym:

Zumba Step

Zumba Step still keeps up the hip movements that we know and love from our regular Zumba classes, but the added step targets legs and glutes, which allows you to torch calories and build muscle at the same time. All of that while shimmying away to Latin rhythms. Bueno!

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Pilates is a great full-body workout, but it can be a bit dull. To amp up your heart rate and still get the toned physique that comes almost exclusively from Pilates, try Piloxing. Piloxing is a fusion of Pilates and kickboxing, to strengthen and lengthen your arms and blast calories. It’s like two workout sessions in one!

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Aerial Yoga

Swinging from a circus hammock attached to the ceiling might sound intimidating, and maybe a little scary, but aerial yoga is the new trend for yoga enthusiasts. Meant to help support your body weight as you create more difficult poses, aerial yoga enhances your stretch by allowing gravity to pull you toward the ground while the hammock keeps you lifted. And who doesn’t want to pretend to be a trapeze artist for an hour?

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Aqua Spinning

 A traditional spinning class can be a grueling hour of sweating and joint pain. That is, until you submerse your bike in a pool. Currently only found in New York, this European transplant known as Aqua Spinning is slowly making its way across the States. Aqua spinning reduces pressure on stiff knees and reduces the sweat that normally comes with a spinning class. It can be a great way to escape the heat this summer!

Each of these four trends will inspire you to get out of your traditional fitness comfort zone, help build a better body, and provide some fun when you’re losing motivation to get to class.