Spice Up Your Workout Routine!
Try A New Class!
When was the last time you tried a new workout class? For those of you participating in The Kim Shapira Method we had a challenge last month encouraging us to try a new class. Why? Well it is so easy to get stuck in the same routine day in and day out. Working out the same muscles everyday slows down the progress to our end goal. By switching classes often and/or different workout methods, you are tricking your muscles and making sure to hit all the different zones.
I am a huge fan of workout classes; it adds excitement, motivation, and sense of community! It’s easy to leave the gym whenever you feel ready, but when you attend a group class you will have a dedicated and motivating instructor helping you complete a great workout session!
Why is it good to trick your muscles?
Tricking your muscles: Changing the time, duration, and/or frequency of your exercise increases your BMR. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is an estimate of how many calories you would burn if you were to do nothing but rest for 24 hours.
There are so many different types of workout classes you can attend. Are you looking for a high intensity class? Or one that focuses on weight training. Whatever your desire there are many options out there. I am going to break down several of the trending classes we know & give you some insight on other available options out there.
- Designed for speed, H.I.I.T. workouts involve a series of short, intense bursts of physical activity, quickly followed by brief moments of recovery. This class uses body weight exercises (think lunges, squats, and minimal equipment).
- Orange Theory a workout that continues to torch the calories 36 hours after you complete your workout. Yesss, this means all day long your calories are burning even while sitting at your desk. They use different types of equipment to create a high-intensity workout for all levels of fitness.
- Barre fitness classes are ballet-inspired classes. Each session will incorporates a ballet barre and some common ballet poses into the workout. No experience in dance required for this class.
- Yoga is a body weight activity that focuses on mindful movement and breath. There are many styles and yoga, some ranging from restorative to vigorous, yet their intention is the same – to bring you into your body, reduce stress, and improve your overall strength + flexibility.
- Pilates is a class that’s main focus is core strength & stability through a combination of low-impact movements. These movements will kick-start both your small & large muscle groups! You will develop long, lean muscles while improving your flexibility, balance + posture.
- Boot Camp combines resistance training with speed drills… think lots and lots of cardio intervals for an intense heart pumping and calorie-burning session. You’ll gain knowledge of self-defense and strength training in from participating in a Boot Camp class. Each class is usually a little different from the last so if you are looking for something that is not the same old boring routine then give one this a try!
- Indoor Cycling will shred those calories, keep your heart rate up, while encouraging strength and endurance training. Upbeat music + instructor will keep you highly motivated throughout this vigorous workout. This class is taught to music and simulates an outdoor ride, meaning you will ride up and down hills, speed through flat roads, and (occasionally) coast. Riders are always in control of pedals speeds and resistance.
- A combination of pilates moves and kickboxing. This is a great workout for those looking for a cardio based workout with a little bit of strength training. Many gyms offer this class with their base membership. Men and women can both do this class. Perfect for those looking for great music, loads of encouragement from the instructor, and an intense workout!
Kim Shapira MS, RD