Let's be real, I am not one of those people who finds running relaxing or feels the need to wake up at 5 am to fit my workout in. I would much rather lay in bed and watch Sex & the City reruns on E! all morning- but don't get me wrong, I still do love exercising and feeling healthy. I try to switch up my work out so that it's always exciting and new. I've tried almost every workout class you can think of, so I decided to do a little review on some of my top picks.
I love barre. It's a low-intensity, ballet-inspired work out that mixes in yoga and pilates moves as well. The classes range from small, controlled movements to moving in large motions such as squats (or "plies"). There is always a fun, motivating playlist to go along with the class too. Although everyone is different, I saw such a change in my body when I started to go to barre- I became much more toned especially in my arms and booty. Barre is the perfect work out for someone who wants to sweat minimally and leave feeling relaxed. I've tried both Pure Barre and Barre3, each different but equally effective. Stay tuned for a blog post comparing the two.
So the first time I attempted to go spinning I was a little ambitious, went too hard, and had to sit outside the rest of the class while the employees fed me clementines and water. I was always skeptical to try it again but recently I have been going more and more and have actually been enjoying it. The key is to know your own pace and have fun with the class. My local Cyclebar Studio has classes with music video themes, like Kanye vs Taylor Swift or Oldies, to make the ride more entertaining and go by quicker. You can find great deals on Groupon if you just want to try it out at first!
- Circuit Training
This type of class is great for someone who wants to really feel like they are getting a total body workout and doesn't mind sweating it out. I do enjoy doing circuit training classes ever so often, such as Orange Theory or Power Train, but personally I get over it quickly. It's a good mix of cardio and strength training, as well as a calorie burner. I do suggest trying one before you judge it, you might find yourself at a 6 am class like some of my friends.
If you're looking for something different, fun, and effective, boxing is something you should definitely try. You feel like you can actually be a boxer after one of these classes, with hand wraps, punching bags, and gloves in tow. At Title Boxing the classes alternate between strength & core exercises and multiple punching reps. It's fun to go with friends or alone, when you need to get your anger out (and you can't actually punch someone) or if you just need a good work out. I highly recommend giving boxing a try!
Even if workout classes aren't your thing try to do something once a day that gets your body moving! It'll make you feel happier & healthier (and less guilty about all the wine and cheese). Plus you get to buy cute workout clothes like these Lululemon Leggings & Nike Roshe Sneakers (on sale now!).