The gym floor can be very uninspiring and sometimes daunting place. I have never enjoyed going to the gym. I would take one look at the machines and lads gathered by the weights and immediately filled with a sense of dread. Even when I create my own mini circuit class on the gym floor I would become bored and distracted. Does this sound like you? Maybe it’s time you start a fitness class.
A new comer may find the thought of joining a fitness class daunting and many gym goers will argue that they are not challenging enough. Try not to be put off by this. There is a huge variety of classes available that you can be sure to find something that will enjoy. Here is a list of my favourite fitness classes and what they entail.
Pilates– Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way. The exercises are done on a floor mat and there is little to no equipment needed. Get ready to do a series of movements that will stabilise and strengthen your core resulting in better overall fitness and well being. Pilates work outs are designed to improve balance and coordination. They teach us to have a better connection between our mind and body. These classes are great for when you want a class that is going to strengthen without leaving you dripping in sweat.
Reformer Pilates– My favourite exercise class of all is reformer Pilates. It has completely transformed my body. Done on a reformer bed The reformer offers all of these Mat Pilates core-building benefits and more. The bars and cables on the reformer bed guarantee you’ll move your body through a full range of motion, something you might not be able to do on your own on a matt. The best part about reformer Pilates classes is that the majority of the exercises are done lying down.
Zumba- Looking for high energy, loud music and pure fun Then Zumba is the one for you. An aerobic fitness programme inspired by various styles of Latin American dance. In just one class you can burn anywhere from 500 to 800 calories. There is no surprise that Zumba has fast become one of the most popular fitness classes in the world.
Bodypump– Body Pump is a cardio class that utilises barbells to perform resistance exercises whist listening to upbeat music mix tracks. Body Pump is one of the fastest ways to shape up and lose body fat what’s not to like?
Boxercise– Boxercise classes are great for both woman and men at any fitness level. It is a non-contact class but is based on the training concepts that boxers use to keep fit. Great for stress relief and lots of fun. When I take regular boxercise classes I notice that I have much more definition in my waist and I am also much less likely to want to punch someone.
Barre– Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance you while you are doing the exercises. These exercises focus on isometric strength training combined with high repetitions of small movements. Barre classes are excellent for the core and the butt.
Hatha Yoga– A Hatha yoga routine consists of a series of physical postures and breathing techniques. Hatha classes provide a great opportunity for you to stretch, release tension in the body and Unwind. I have noticed a huge shift in my temperament since I started taking regular yoga classes.
Hot Yoga- Hot yoga is basically your usual yoga class only it takes place in a hot room. All of the classes are done in a heated room with a temperature range of 90 to 117 degrees. The heat jump starts your metabolism, and allows you to work through any tightness, aches, or pains.
Ariel yoga- Aerial yoga combines traditional yoga poses, Pilates, and dance with the use of a hammock. being suspended in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. Although i really enjoy this class it takes some getting used to. You need to learn to trust the hammock.
Yin Yoga- Yin yoga classes usually consist of a series of long-held floor poses that mainly concentrate on working the lower part of the body such as the hips, pelvis lower spine and inner thighs.They are suitable for all levels of students so you don’t need to be a pro to feel confident.
HITT– High-intensity interval training consists of short, intense, unsustainable bursts of physical activity, paired with intervals of quick rests. HITT has become extremely popular and people swear by the results of this workout claiming it to be one of the most effective workouts for those who are looking to lose weight.
Kickboxing– Another favourite of mine is Kickboxing, a class that takes the moves of a kick boxer’s training and choreographs them to music. Kickboxing classes are so much fun and really good for your waistline.
Spinning– A spin class is a high intensity cycling workout that takes place indoors on a stationary machine. Most gyms offer this type of indoor cycling either on its own, or as a class. I find spinning extremely tough but after one class I feel fully energised and ready for another one.