As you set your wellness goals for 2022, think about what exercise routines you would like to include. If these ideas feel a little outdated, contact the studios in your area to see if they offer any of these unique classes.
With many offering routines with low power and addictive results, you are sure to find something to pump new life into your workout this year. Here are seven of the most popular classes to put in your calendar.
If you are a fan of traditional yoga and would like to shake things up, look for a yoga studio in your area. Instead of sitting on mats, you are suspended from a harness in the air. Most braces include different strands of fabric that can also be used to support different positions. Because you’re in the air, the mindfulness aspect of yoga can be harder to achieve – veteran yogis may welcome the challenge! Make sure to start with the beginner classes even if you feel confident in your yoga skills. Midair maneuvers require special safety techniques that you will learn before moving on to advanced positions.
For some fully clothed fitness that will give you “the good kind of sore” the next day, try pole dancing. Pole dancing, which has recently risen in popularity, requires considerable endurance and upper body and core strength. Practicing even the most basic movements will give you a full body workout (and some bruises, so be sure to wear long leggings to minimize irritation). You will also walk away with some confidence boosting movements to also give energy to your ego.
Do you remember the fun of jumping on a trampoline for hours as a child? You probably may not remember what good exercise it is either, but cardio benefits will be evident after your first trampoline workout. Some trampoline fitness classes are offered through gyms, but most are sponsored by trampoline parks that serve primarily as entertainment venues. If you have had to give up effective exercises such as running due to joint problems, trampoline training is a good alternative with low power.
Give the spin class a twist by trying water cycling. Bicycles are submerged underwater and participants work against the resistance of the water for a stable workout. Because you push against water (instead of resistance from a flywheel or other mechanical component), the exercise is very low power and perfect for those who want to change activity. Many athletes recovering from injuries, pregnant women or those with limited range of motion have found relief in the water. You can still get a good workout by stepping on the pedals faster to raise your heart rate!
Dancing meets drumming in this high-intensity workout that is all about rhythm and fun. By using weighted drumsticks, you get an upper body workout while increasing your heart rate from jumps, spins and dance moves. Without realizing it, the movements will work on your stabilizing muscles and improve your balance and concentration. This class is perfect for those who like to feel motivated and energetic throughout the workout. The company’s slogan, “Rockout. Training,” says it all.
Inspired by high-flying circus acts and dance cardio craze, bungee-fitness participants dress in a harness attached to bungee cords on a ceiling disc system. You will then learn techniques that allow you to swing and pose to the beat of the music, all the while using bungee resistance to develop strength in your core, legs and upper body. While an activity with low impact, there are certain precautions for those with recent injuries, so be sure to check with your local studio before your first class.
Can you close the classical melody while your heart rate is above 100 bpm? Find out in a bike karaoke class. Combine a typical spin workout with your favorite songs in an atmosphere that removes all stress from training. While most songs are scheduled for downtime in the routine, you may find yourself breathing for air no matter what!
Sign up for one of these fun fitness classes today!
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