5 Fitness classes you should experiment with

We all want to be at our healthiest, and getting the proper amount of physical activity is a crucial part of that. But if you’re a beginner or if you’re just getting back into a regular workout routine, it can be hard to stay motivated. One good way to stay engaged with fitness is to take a class, where you can meet experts who can help you reach your fitness goals, along with others striving to do the same. Below are five different exercise classes that might be right for you.

1) Spin. If you like riding your bike, a spin class can take your workout to the next level. With loud music, energetic class leaders, and top-of-the-line equipment, it’s a fantastic way to break a sweat. What’s especially impressive about spin-based exercising is that every class is unique, with different positions and equipment depending on which one you attend. Some spin instructors offer immersive experiences that make students feel like they’re bicycling through different cities around the world, which makes it more fun. If you have the right equipment at home, you can even attend a spin class virtually.

2) Zumba. This class might just be the definition of a fun workout. During a session of Zumba, you’ll learn various dance routines inspired by cultures from around the world. The moves that make up these routines are slightly modified to help you get the best workout possible. It’s all set to pulsating music that makes it a great time for everyone, and might just make you a regular attendee. Some Zumba classes might be centered around a certain type of music or artist, like Michael Jackson, hip hop or techno, depending on the instructor.

3) Barre. Inspired by ballet, this low-impact exercise class makes heavy use of a ballet barre while also being easier on the joints than other types of exercise. You may also find some influence from yoga and Pilates here, with poses and contractions being a major aspect of the workout. Most barre classes focus on the hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms with the goal of creating long, lean muscles without bulk.

4) Boot Camp. There’s a reason why this type of class is called boot camp — because the inspiration behind it is the military. It’s built on three fundamentals, cardio, strength and agility. Expect to do relays, jumping jacks, sprints and mat sequences, all using your own body weight rather than equipment. You’ll go from one move to the next with little rest time, so most people will find it challenging at first. The result is a total body workout that’s equal parts intense and fun.

5) CrossFit. For those who are looking for a different kind of challenge, this exercise class might be just the ticket. You won’t find a lot of fancy equipment at a CrossFit gym, nor are a lot of breaks during any given session. The point is to do your basic workouts, as outlined by the Workout of the Day (WOD) instructions, without stopping. This varying, high-intensity approach helps you build endurance and muscle at the same time, so you should expect to see results quickly.

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