The popularity of group exercise continues to grow. And with it, the number of new exercise classes options you have has ballooned to the point of being overwhelming.
Fortunately, here at Bright, we’re all about making it easier for you to get fit. So in this post, we’ll break down some of the most fun exercise classes that are sure to get you in shape.
Once you’re done reading this, you’ll be equipped with a fresh list of unique exercise classes to try out.
If you’d like to tone your arms, shoulders, core, back and legs, boxing class is a great way to do it. In addition to building strength, boxing is also an effective aerobic exercise. Plus, with fitness boxing, you don’t have to worry about getting hit in the head (unless you really want to spar), so you can get a great workout without getting hurt. The only caveat is if you have osteoporosis or osteoarthritis of the hands. In that case, you’ll want to stick with shadow boxing to avoid injury.
To improve your cardio and burn calories while putting relatively little stress on your knees and feet, spin class is the way to go. In addition to burning calories, you’ll also build lean muscle mass with regular spin classes. Spin class works your core, upper body, and back, as well as your upper and lower legs.
Barre is an increasingly popular form of exercise which is similar to pilates and incorporates ballet movements. Depending on the class, you may use resistance bands, dumbbells, and/or exercise balls. Generally, barre is one of the best classes for building lean muscle and toning your glutes, legs, arms, and glutes.
Yoga comes in many different forms but a few of the most popular are Vinyasa, Bikram, and Restorative yoga. Even within these forms of yoga, you’ll run into all kinds of different teaching styles. In any case, a good yoga class will help you improve flexibility and balance, reduce stress, and build strength. That said, depending on the kind of yoga you do, there may be more of an emphasis on flexibility versus strength or vice versa.
- High intensity interval training (HIIT)
HIIT is a general term for a training technique that emphasizes quick, full-intensity bursts of exercise followed by short, active recovery. So any HIIT class you do will be based on this concept. Part of the reason HIIT has become so popular is that it helps you burn more fat and calories than a regular aerobic workout.
However, it’s important to make sure you have a good trainer running your HIIT workout. Regardless of what specific exercise you’re doing, higher intensity means greater risk of injury if your form is not perfect.
- Barbell Class
Barbell classes are strength-training workouts that are a great way to build muscle and to help you prevent or recover from injuries. Depending on your instructor, you may use free weights, bands, and/or medicine balls during class. Of course, you’ll want to find an experienced, knowledgeable trainer for this kind of fitness class because improper weightlifting form will cause injuries.
- Small Group Training
While not technically a fitness class, small group training can be a great, comparable alternative to a fitness class. With small group training, you work with a personal trainer to create a program based on your goals, abilities, personal preferences, and fitness history. Then, with one to four other people, you work your individual program.
Find New Fitness Classes to Try Near You
If you’re looking for a fitness class or small group training near you, try The Bright App for free. With this app, you can browse different trainers who offer various types of classes and/or small group training. Download the app for free on the App Store or the Google Play Store and find a trainer today.