Group fitness classes have an unfair reputation among guys as lightweight, feel-good, group therapy sessions. We’ve been gravely misinformed.
If you haven’t tried at least a few different classes, you could be missing out on a fast-paced workout that fills the gaps left by your current routine and gets you past your weight-loss and endurance plateaus. Check at your gym for one of these group fitness classes to see if it can take your regimen to the next level.
All of the fast-paced aerobics and resistance of kickboxing training, but with fewer broken ribs. Cardio kickboxing pushes you through a guided aerobic workout featuring the punches, kicks and hand-strikes of traditional kickboxing in a 30-minute routine that keeps your heart-rate in prime fat-burning territory and conditions your leg and core muscles.
The simulated terrain programs you’ll go through on a stationary bike are designed to maintain elevated cardio levels without the impact that a treadmill can have on your joints. Chances are that your current lifting routine doesn’t target your legs like 30 minutes on the bike will.
No, seriously. The poses and yoga will test your muscular endurance and take your flexibility to a whole new level. Yoga targets muscle-groups together that you might be missing in your current workout.
Muscle-conditioning exercises work toward improved endurance, combined simultaneously with an aerobics routine that forces you into challenging positions. The muscle-confusion and cardio-intensity of this class can help you break out of any plateau you’ve reached with your current workout.
If none of these classes sounds enticing, try searching for other group fitness options in your area. The competitive group atmosphere can motivate you to new heights, and the friends you make might just take the dread out of your workouts.
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