Ditch that Treadmill
Group fitness classes have changed a lot from the days of white scrunchy socks and spandex shorts. This was totally apparent as I lurked in on the Flashback Hip-Hop class at my gym earlier this summer.
I had just finished a pretty lackluster hour-long walk on the treadmill and decided that I would change things up a bit for my next workout and try the choreographed dance class. How hard could it be?
Well, good thing I took a spot at the back of the room because holy left feet – I was the most uncoordinated person in the entire class! A gray-haired man, closing in on sixty, wearing black dress loafers was killing the choreography. It looked like someone dropped me off at an audition of “So You Think You Can Dance?’ And I clearly could not.
That experience hasn’t totally dissuaded me from group fitness though. In fact, I really enjoy taking group fitness classes because the instructors and other students inspire me to keep going where as I’d likely quit early if I was exercising alone.
My gym offers nearly twenty different types of classes on a given day including swim, road cycling, and an aerobic “Brazilian Booty” camp. Those fitness classes don’t necessarily appeal to me but the following ones sure piqued my interest.
- TRX Suspension Training – Whole body training to build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core and joint stability through the use of your own body weight and gravity.
- ViPR (pronounced “viper”) – Another whole body workout to build muscle and burn calories while using the ViPR training tool (a big rubber tube) that can be lifted, dragged, thrown, and stepped on. Its weight ranges from 8 lbs to 40 lbs.
- Barre Technique – High energy/low impact classes without any jumping, punching, bouncing, or kicking. Workouts focus on toning and resistance exercises for the butt, legs, torso, and arms.
- Stand Up Paddle with Yoga – Stand Up Paddling is the fastest growing water sport around and now yoga has been added to the mix to make the body work even harder. The extra balance needed by being on water intensifies the yoga routine.
And maybe the silliest…
- “Stoked Primal” – An advanced conditioning class for those with a strong core and upper body. Students “release their inner animal” by using their body weight to glide, crawl, jump, and push their way to a more agile and toned body.
Does your gym offer any classes like these? And have you taken one yourself? Tell the Tribe about your group fitness experience!
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