There are only so many times you can get excited about doing the same old gym routine. Are you bored with your current routine or trying to amp up after reaching a fitness plateau?
Studies shows that mixing up your workouts not only keeps you motivated, but can also help you prevent injury, reach your goals, and have more fun to boot. So why not commit to trying a new kind of fitness class in the new year? Here are some trending workouts to choose from…
You’ll love it if you’re a fan of: Bikram Yoga, Hot Yoga, Mat Pilates
What to expect: According to the HotPilates studio in West Hollywood, California, “Twenty-two full-body exercises will leave you feeling long, lengthened and toned. Expect to work. Expect a tighter waistline. And expect to get hot.”
The Boss Chick Dance Workout
You’ll love it if you’re a fan of: Zumba, Going Out Dancing
What to expect: This women-only full-body sculpt and cardio workout combines dance moves with hip-hop, dancehall, and afrobeat soundtracks, and claims to burn up to 1,000 calories per session. Founded by classically trained dancer Simone Sobers, this upbeat workout class is now taught at 21 studios around the world—from Las Vegas to Hackensack, New Jersey, to Istanbul.
You’ll love it if you’re a fan of: Gymnastics, Trampolines
What to expect: If you were the trampoline queen on your block growing up, SkyFit might be your new favorite workout. Sky Zone Trampoline Parks across the country now offer group fitness classes in which exercisers bounce, twirl, and flip their way to gains in their arms, legs, and cores.
You’ll love it if you’re a fan of: Spin Classes, Outdoor Cycling, SoulCycle
What to expect: Group cycling classes with a virtual reality twist? Sign me up. These 45-minute, high-energy, all-levels spinning workouts at IMAX Cycling Studios push cyclists to the next level with giant movie screens that simulate outdoor biking trips.
You’ll love it if you’re a fan of: Rhythm, Workout Mash-Ups
What to expect: Out of all the up-and-coming workout trends I surveyed, this is the one I’m most excited to try. Class-goers use specially weighted drumsticks to drum up a beat and a sweat, in what the POUND website calls a “full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements.”
Whether you want to feel more grounded with hot pilates or take to the air on a giant trampoline, with so many creative workouts to try in the new year, you can expect to be tired and sweaty, but definitely not bored.