It's often said that "variety is the spice of life," and this definitely holds true when it comes to exercise. If you feel like your current exercise regimen is growing a little stale, maybe it's time to mix it up a little bit by trying some new workout routines. If you haven't yet tried any of the following workouts, you should definitely give them a shot--not only will you get a solid workout, but you might have lots of fun while you're at it!
1. Zumba Fitness
This uber-popular group exercise class features lively music and fun cardio-dance moves that will work practically every muscle in your body. The majority of the music in the average Zumba class is Latin American-inspired, but many times other musical styles such as jazz, hip-hop, country and African beats are also used to provide fast and slow rhythms for certain interval training elements.
Spinning is stationary bike exercise on steroids. Classes feature high-energy music, and are normally led by an instructor who provides verbal cues regarding which exercises to perform at which times during the workout. Strength and endurance are the name of the game, so you can expect to perform several interval exercises that are designed to simulate various natural cycling conditions (e.g., trail riding, etc.).
Five Seasons Family Sports Club offers spinning classes that will accommodate every skill and endurance level; you can move at your own pace, and increase or decrease the intensity as you see fit. Although you're exercising on a stationary bike, you're going to feel like you've taken the ride of your life when you're done!
If you ever want to "feel the burn," Barre class is definitely for you. This unique workout utilizes the ballet barre, and is designed to help you develop a lean, sculpted, dancer-like physique. Classes are typically held in a room that looks similar in appearance to a ballet studio, including the large mirrors and the barre itself. While the low-impact exercises of the average Barre class may look simple at a glance, don't let their appearance fool you; these moves will have your muscles burning in ways you never thought possible.
4. Fitness Boot Camp
A fitness boot camp is a group-based personal training class facilitated by a certified instructor. Boot camp classes typically utilize a variety of equipment (e.g., dumbbells, medicine balls, jump ropes, etc.), usually arranged in stations, so that participants can work out in circuits or intervals.
You'll develop a spirit of camaraderie among fellow participants, which helps keep you motivated while you're working through the circuits. And Boot Camp is extremely versatile - hardly ever the same combination of circuits twice!
Pioneered by military fitness trainer Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century, Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasizes total body balance, strength and flexibility. Although the exercises are considered low impact, they'll definitely challenge your stamina and endurance.
The great thing about Pilates is that it can accommodate a wide range of participants, from dancers and athletes to pregnant women and seniors. Five Seasons Family Sports Club offers Pilates classes that are led by qualified instructors, and are perfect for any age or skill level.
6. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
HIIT workouts can vary greatly as far as the specifics are concerned, but the general idea is that you perform a series of back-to-back exercises in a relatively short period of time, with little to no rest between sets. Common exercises you might find in a typical HIIT workout include burpees, squats, jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups, squats and squat jumps. HIIT workouts are primarily designed to increase your endurance, sculpt lean muscle and give you a great cardiovascular workout.
Working out doesn't have to be the "same old thing" every time. Don't be afraid to venture outside of your comfort zone a little bit by trying any one of the workouts listed above. You never know how trying something new could reinvigorate your desire to exercise, and help you improve your physical fitness in the process!