If you are still doing the same fitness routine you did five or ten years ago, you are missing out on an opportunity to shock your body, burn more calories and possibly discover your calling! This fall, take advantage of local studios, new fitness crazes and daily deal websites to swap your regular workout for a new one to renew your fitness craving!
If you like Pilates, try a Barre inspired workout. Also known as Bar, this ballet inspired method is responsible for the fitness franchise frenzy in many cities. The Bar Method, Pure Barre, Barre3, and Core Fusion at Exhale are just a few studios that offer this type of workout. While big box gyms offer barre classes, to get the real deal you will need to visit a smaller studio. Many offer deep discounts for first timers. The similarity between Barre and Pilates starts with the founders, both were looking for safer methods for dancing bodies to get strong while preventing future injuries. Both promise long lean muscles and traditionally there is little cardio. However, Barre will have your muscles shaking and burning like no Pilates class has before!
If you ran multiple races this summer but also enjoy tabata intervals, you need to try CrossFit. As another trendy fitness movement, CrossFit is basically a timed workout. You have a list of exercises and reps that need to be done. You start a timer and get after it. The workouts recycle every couple of weeks so you can compare your progress. CrossFit promotes itself as being team oriented, so there is plenty of cheering going on during the workout. The last person to finish is always the most determined and quick to be the most improved.
If you are more of a beginner when it comes to exercise and enjoy walking, try taking Zumba. It’s a low impact exercise that I promise is more entertaining. For those who think they are challenged in the dance department, the instructors are educated to break down the steps so even the clumsiest of people can get down the moves. Worst case scenario, you burn 300 calories and can show off on the dance floor! Zumba classes have evolved over the past few years to include more pop hits and less Latin music. Give it another chance if you took one class and decided it wasn’t for you.
Lastly, swap out your magazine or YouTube workouts for the real thing and hire yourself a personal trainer! Newer studios focused on just personal training like Koko FitClub, Fitness Together, Get in Shape for Women, and One2One Bodyscapes are regularly opening up new establishments around the country. To draw in new customers, many run deals on websites like Living Social, Gilt, RueLaLa and Groupon. Take advantage of these opportunities to work with a trainer sans long-term commitment and half the price tag! They can give you an accurate assessment of how to train for your body type, previous injuries and goals.
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