If you enjoy getting out of the house to exercise, you may want to try one of these trendy gym classes.
Created by Beto Perez of Colombia, Zumba is a high-energy dance program that gives you amazing fitness benefits. One day, Beto forgot the music for an aerobics class he was teaching, so he improvised with his own music—and Zumba was born. Today, you can choose from Zumba dance, Zumba toning, Zumbatomic for kids, Zumba in the Circuit, and Aqua Zumba classes. You can also purchase DVDs and dance at home.
Exhilarating and fun, Zumba burns hundreds of calories an hour, tones and tightens the body, and makes you feel like you’re at a party.
Pure Barre’s website claims it to be the fastest, most effective way to change the shape of your body by using small isometric movements while standing at the ballet barre. Pure Barre clients typically see results within a few weeks.
Dancer and choreographer Carrie Rezabek Dorr created Pure Barre 10 years ago to help women and men achieve a strong, lean body. The Pure Barre technique does not involve any high-impact jumping and requires intense focus to do properly, much as yoga and meditation do. The exercises work the abdominals and lower body. Classes are small, and the exercises move along swiftly, driven by the music.
The ideal way for bicyclists to stay in shape in the off-season, spinning is indoor cycling that anyone can do. It’s adaptable to every level of fitness and experience. Most spinners burn about 500 calories per class, and spinning differs from simply riding an indoor bike in the energy and enthusiasm of the instructor, the support from the group, and the motivating music.
According to the website, spinning has five core movements. Seated flat builds your stamina, seated climb works your lower body, and standing flat helps improve core strength. The standing climb defines leg muscles, and jumps help you become more coordinated.
Have you tried any of these gym workouts?