Workout classes that work
By Life Style Sports
When it comes to exercise classes, we're spoilt for choice. So, how do you choose the right class for you? We've had a little nosey round the most popular classes and are here to offer you the lowdown.
Spinning is a group exercise class that replicates outdoor cycling. If you know how to ride a bike, you know how to spin. Plus everyone can workout at their own pace and there's no need to wear a helmet. Participants can burn 400-600 calories during an average spin class.
As suggested by the name, boxercise combines boxing with aerobic exercise. Classes can involve shadow-boxing, skipping, hitting pads and lots more exercises used by boxers to keep fit. Don't worry, you never actually hit an opponent! With boxercise, you could burn 340-420 calories in an hour.
Not particularly suggested by the name, Zumba involves dance and aerobic components. The choreography mixes elements from hip-hop, samba, salsa and martial arts with squats and lunges. Energetic and fun, the average class (depending on intensity and fitness level) can burn from 500-800 calories.
Circuit training mixes strength and cardio with participants rotating frequently between the various exercises. It's a fast-paced workout so you won't have time get bored and you could burn around 570 calories an hour.
This cardio strength class uses barbells to do resistance exercises. It's an enjoyable, but demanding workout especially designed to raise your heart rate and work each area of your body. Depending on the intensity of the class, you could burn about 600 calories in an hour.
This ancient discipline is great for body and mind. There are lots of different types, varying from the more gentle Hatha to the intensive heated Bikram yoga. The amount of calories you will burn depend on the class but yoga is also great for strength, flexibility and general health.
Pilates is a physical fitness system known for endurance, improving posture and strengthening the core. This body conditioning routine can be altered from beginners to advanced. The calories burned will depend on your level but a moderate class can burn 277 calories in an hour.
The TRX suspension system uses your body weight and gravity as resistance. It's an aerobic workout of 'supersets' where exercises are paired with no rest in between. It's great for muscle toning and a half hour class could burn between 180 and 266 calories.
So, no excuses! Get your gear on and sign up today.