It can happen to anyone: you do the same workout routine every time you go to the gym and find yourself plateauing or ending up in a bit of a fitness rut. Miles on the treadmill or stationary bike or flights of stairs on the stair climber sometimes do not bring the excitement we are craving from a workout.
If you are feeling a little frustrated with your current workout routine, perhaps you should consider switching it up a bit. One of the best ways for a solo fitness enthusiast to switch it up is by taking a group training class. But which one to choose? If you are wanting to do something a little fun and different, this list will give you some suggestions of where to start.
- Yoga- If you have never tried yoga before, this is a great time to do so. Some people think you have to be flexible to do yoga but that just isn’t the case. In fact, many people begin taking yoga with almost no flexibility. It automatically starts to develop over time. That being said, a yoga workout is just as effective to a flexible person as it is to a non-flexible person. Yoga is simply about using your body weight to tone muscle as well as to learn how to regulate your breathing, improve balance and get in tune with your body.
- Barre- If you are someone who likes a lot of structure and repetition, barre is for you. Whereas yoga has a lot of different moves that flow together in a different order every class, barre classes take inspiration from ballet, which uses small movements and a lot of repetition to isolate muscle groups. If you love the feeling of muscle burn, try a barre class.
- Zumba- Calling all dancers! If you are good at picking up a few steps and you like to listen to music while you get fit, Zumba is one of the most fun workouts you can do. Most people who do Zumba often say that they rarely feel like they are working out because it is so fun. Zumba provides a great cardio workout and inspires a lot of people to get gym memberships.
- Kickboxing- If you like a good physical and mental release, kickboxing allows you to tap into your inner beast and let out some rage. Kickboxing is one of the highest calorie-burning classes you can take and provides you with a lot of muscle fatigue and cardio benefits.
- Bootcamp- If you like a little bit of everything, bootcamp is for you. Inspired by military workouts, bootcamp will mix calisthenics and body weight workouts such as jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, pull ups, high knees and more. This kind of interval training is great for overall tone and provides a great sense of community.
If you seem to be in a bit of workout rut, head to your gym and spa and take a look at their group class offerings. If you try one of the above options, you are sure to have fun and get fit!