As the end of winter drags on, you may find yourself stuck indoors and losing motivation. The perfect antidote may be a group class that complements your daily cardio and weight training. The classes listed below will enhance your balance, strength and endurance. Read specifics about each to find the perfect match for your activity level and exercise goals.
Kickboxing: Kickboxing is known as a classic calorie scorcher! You can expect to burn between 350-450 calories per hour. Instructors typically focus on basic arm snaps and jabs before adding in the kicks to ease you into the flow of the class. Jumping rope is also added to enhance the cardio aspect of the class. It is the perfect workout for those looking to improve their coordination, sharpen their reflexes or increase muscle endurance.
Kettlebells: This is a workout that is making a comeback in many gyms across the United States. Unlike traditional weights, which you lift and lower slowly, working one muscle group at a time, kettlebells are swung in a rhythm using full-body motions. If you are looking for a fantastic core- workout and ways to increase upper body strength at the same time, this would be a good match for you.
Tai Chi: If you are already a yoga fan, but looking for ways to include meditation in your workout, this may be the class for you! Tai Chi is the centuries-old practice of “moving meditation”. In this workout of flowing movements (there are 108 of them); you will enhance your mind-body awareness, flexibility and balance.
BodyPump: If you are already a weights fanatic but looking for a way to “pump” up your routine, this is a great strength building class to take. The workout includes high-repetition movements using squats, bench presses, bicep curls, and other classic weight lifting exercises using low-weight loads. The class is set to energizing music and you can control the amount of weight you load on your barbell throughout the class. As an added bonus you can expect to burn about 600 calories in one hour-long class
Written by Weider on March 13, 2012 .
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