You’re staying fit, staying consistent, drinking your water, killing it with your workouts and seeing results: amazing! But sometimes, when we get into a rhythm, we end up plateauing. Your body is amazing and it will adjust to anything. What was once a challenge becomes a walk in the park in no time. That’s why it’s so important to keep leveling up and shocking the system. Kick it up a notch by exploring new workouts. This teaches our muscles new movements and makes us stronger.
Beyond shocking our system, in 2022, we are focusing more and more on overall wellness, with fitness being just a part of it. That’s why we’re seeing classes that incorporate more than just the physical and add in mental wellness elements. Whichever is your priority, there’s something for everyone. So if you’re looking for a challenge and something new and fun to try, here are some trendy new fitness classes to switch up that routine!
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One of them is Barre, a workout that is based on the fundamental movements of ballet and also uses the traditional barre found in ballet dance rooms. It utilizes small movements that help tone your muscles but still ends up being a full-body workout. This class often gets underestimated, but trust and believe, it will be a serious challenge, especially for first timers! Dress for an active session, just like any yoga class - comfortable yoga leggings and a matching sports bra. Bring a crop hoodie to throw on after class if you’ll be running errands.
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Low Intensity and Low Impact Classes
HIIT, or High-Intensity Interval Training, has been a mainstay in the fitness world for almost 10 years now. It’s a great way to jumpstart those muscle groups, burn fat and create results fast. But the intensity of the fast bursts of energy and the impact on the joints can take a toll, especially as we age. Here’s where the new wave of low-intensity classes comes into play.
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Swimming is not really a NEW workout perse, but there is a new energy shifting towards making this a core workout routine. The fitness aficionados are rediscovering what a powerful addition this can be to a workout regimen. Swimming keeps your heart rate up but removes the impact stress off your body. Swimming builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness, as well as helps you maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs.
Get yourself pumped for a great swim by investing in some cute swim gear, with fun prints and colors that keep you inspired.
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Haven’t tried pilates yet? What are you waiting for? This is a class type that has been around for quite some time. Pilates trains the body as a whole, focusing on core, lower and upper body strength as well as flexibility and posture. Pilates workouts improve strength, balanced muscle development, flexibility, and increased range of motion for the joints. Pilates is so effective, and so powerful, that when taught properly, it can make your entire body stronger and more flexible at a rapid rate. Beyond strength and flexibility, Pilates can help with everything from better posture to improved breathing, a greater mood, and noticeable weight loss and tone.
Ever tried rowing? When we think of rowing, we think of maybe triathlon athletes who cross lakes and rivers as part of their trajectory. There’s a reason this workout is incorporated in some of the world’s most challenging athletic competitions. This is an intense full-body workout that activates 85% of your body’s muscles. This is a low-impact workout that helps improve your body’s endurance, strength and power. No wonder it’s taken hold in many gyms across the country as an integral part of their programs. Give this engaging new workout a try and watch your body activate in ways you never felt before!