If you are anything like me, you may end up falling into a routine when you go to the gym. Recently, my routine has been a bit…boring. One of the best things you can do if boredom sets in is to shake things up a bit. When I taught aerobics, I tried to make my classes different each week, so my students would feel challenged, but even more importantly, so that they wouldn’t be bored. Boredom is by far, one of the least motivating feelings!
Today, more than ever, they are offering really fun and interesting classes that go way beyond the days of Jane Fonda. Trying new classes will keep you challenged and motivated. As with any group fitness class, you want to make sure that you are getting a good workout, having fun and that the instructor is good at what they do. Also, make sure to round-out your exercises so that you incorporate all exercise types.
|Type of Class||What it is||Most Benefit||At Home Options|
|T-Bow Classes||Having been quoted as being the next “Step,” the T-BOW is a Swiss based concept that utilizes a curved plastic piece of equipment. It is considered more versatile than the “Step” as it can be used lengthwise, crosswise and upside-down and also with or without optional T-Rings. You can use it for stepping, rocking, stretching, balance and strength training.||
||T-BOW® Home Workout System|
|Kettlebell Classes||Originating in Russia, kettlebells are cast iron weights that resemble a small cannonball with a handle. It has become popular in recent years for strength, endurance, balance and flexibility conditioning. During classes, you swing the kettlebell through various movements as your workout.||
||Gaiam Kettlenetics Slim and Tone Kit|
|Gyrotonics / Gyrokinesis||Gyrotonic equipment and exercises were developed by Juliu Horvath to offer the same benefits one would gain from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai chi. Students stretch and strengthen muscles, while stimulating and strengthening connective tissues in and around the joints of the body. Exercises are performed on a “Tower” which is fully adjustable and can meet the needs of many people with varying body types and levels of strength. The circular, spiraling and undulating movements help to increase spine functionality, three-dimensional awareness and equilibrium. Gyrokenesis is similar in concept, but doesn’t utilize equipment.||
||GYROKINESIS® Spinal Essentials with Aerobic Sequence DVD|
|Striptease/Pole Dancing||Striptease and pole dancing classes have become the rage in the last few years. Utilizing striptease and pole-dancing moves, you can get a fantastic workout. Further, it can help build self-confidence and self-esteem sexually.||
||X-pole 50mm Chrome Xpole Dancing Stripper Pole|
|Anti-Gravity Classes||The most popular format for these classes are anti-gravity yoga. Think cirque du soleil meets the gym. If you love yoga and you love the idea of being a trapeze artist (or a cirque artist), then this class is for you. Using big “hammocks” hung from the ceiling, you will fly, swing, spin and float. Talk about fun!||
||Nothing available at this time|
||The Urban Rebounding Workout uses a small trampoline to allow you to do moves while jumping. The movements are less stressful on your joints, and more fun than doing an average low-high impact workout.||
||Urban Rebounder Trampoline Workout System|
|Belly Dancing Classes||If the idea of strip teasing or pole dancing is a little too much for you to handle, then belly dancing may be the next best thing. The class will work and strengthen your core through dance movements utilizing your hips, your back, your legs and your abdominals.||
||Belly Dancing DVDs|
Have you tried any of these classes? What were your experiences? What did you like most about them?