Are you finding it hard to get the most out of your gym session? Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve fitness or merely to relieve stress and escape from your hectic day to day life, it can be very hard to accomplish these goals at the gym when you do not know what you are doing or do not have the motivation to really push yourself. To blood sweat and tears because believe it not that’s how you are only going to get the results you want. I know a lot of individuals who commit themselves to the gym but don’t see any changes in their physical or emotional appearance and thus start missing workouts, say they will go tomorrow but then tomorrow comes and they make self-promises to go the following day and so forth. For those who do find it hard to work out by themselves and may not feel a personal trainer is right for them, maybe can’t afford to pay on top of your membership, I have a solution for you; Workout classes!
There are loads of different classes out there that cater to all needs, whether it’s intense calorie burner or muscle definition. Workout classes can really help to push you to that level you never would have thought you could exceed by yourself at the gym.
Here are my top 5 Favourite workout classes
Spinning classes are probably one of the best cardiovascular workouts there are. For those who are looking to shed a few pounds (or more), improve fitness or even relieve stress spinning is the perfect workout for you.
Activities included? This class is not just a typical cycling exercise that could potentially be done outside on your own bike or at the gym. It’s a The class will start off with a roughly 10 minute warm up and then mix it up with short intense intervals of fast pace cycling and hill climbs as well as slow pace speed. You may also be instructed to fist pump in the air. You are guided by a class instructor to help motivate you all the way and it is also choreographed with loud pumping music to make that experience even more enjoyable, motivating and fun.
Physical Benefits? An intense calorie burner that also helps to burn fat. Be prepared for a sore body the next morning as it is a great leg strengthening workout but don’t let that scare you, as they say ‘what don’t kill you will only make you stronger’.
Another great cardiovascular workout is kickboxing. It is said that kickboxing is one of the best workouts for athletes and you will understand why after your 60 minute class.
Activities included? Kick boxing includes a range of kickboxing moves from the likes of punching, forward kicks, jump rope, and a range of foot work technique. There are advanced class as well as intermediate classes for who those who have no kickboxing experience and want to try it out.
Physical benefits? It is said kickboxing class can burn up 750 calories within one class and is one of the most effective ways to burn belly fat. This is another great workout for those who want to improve their fitness and also a great way to relieve anger or stress; fuel your aggression by pretending to kick the shit out of your boss or even boyfriend.
A mind and body form of workout with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy; Yoga has become vastly popular over the years. Lots of celebrities such as Madonna, Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry take up yoga and look how fresh, fabulous and youthful they have become.
Activities included? Includes a mixture of posture, breathing and meditation exercises within a 60 minute class.
Physical benefits? Yoga is a great workout for those who want to relieve stress as well as improve your posture and flexibility which will also help improve sexual performance. It also helps relieve anxiety levels which help to improve your mood and any stress you have that’s weighing you down throughout your day. Yoga is a great class to go after a hectic day’s works and you just want a break that stress in a more relaxing, less aggressive form without having to do too much intensive movement.
Bikram yoga holds similar benefits to the more traditional form of yoga however this class is performed in a heated room of 37/40 degrees. This is a unique workout class that has become popular mainly because of the heavy amount of sweat you lose. And you know, sweating is a great sign to show yourself that that you have put the work in. sweat loss is also said to
Activities included? It follows a set of 26 postures and breathing exercise and focuses on endurance.
Physical Benefits? Flexibility, strengths and the heat helps improve breathing it also relaxes your body, muscles and joints.
For those who do not mind getting steamed up with sweat then this is the right workout for you!
Warning: make sure you drink plenty of water before you participate due to the loss of sweat you will undertake you
Twerking is a new formation of dance move that has capitalised the dance and hip hop scene. Some of the moves generate from Brazilian and Zumba classes that involve mainly hip and glute movement. You have probably seen similar moves from the likes of Miley Cyris and Rihanna who have received a lot of backlash from the media about their explicit dance moves. Consequently you may think it might not be your cup of tea however the class itself is starting to become vastly popular because of its fun, not so serious environment where you all are there to reach similar goals, let your hair down, and learn some new dance moves.
Activities included? High intense 60 minute cardio class that consists of a 10/15 minute warm up session followed by a number of set dance routines that focus mainly around the butt and leg area.
Physical benefits? A great cardio workout that also helps to strengthen leg, glutes and lower back muscles. It also helps improve flexibility.
The great thing about this dance class is that If you like dancing you tend to not focus too much on the workout objective and just have fun with it, which makes it a lot easier for some people; but don’t be fooled, you will still puck up a sweat! For those who want to try something different go try It out with your friends, have some fun and burn some calories. There is no experience needed!
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