10 Ways To Mix Up Your Workouts

By: Gen Wright

I consistently hear the question, "What should I do for my workouts?" from clients. My answer is always "participate in what you love to do." It is so important to make fitness fun so that you actually want to workout. If I told you that you have to go to spinning five times each week but you hate spinning, most likely you won't go and you won't work out. What good would that do? Sometimes it is a matter of thinking outside the box and trying a workout that you may not have thought to try. Whether you are an avid exerciser, a weekend warrior, or sporadic with your workouts, trying these fitness classes may help add variety and interest back into your routine.

1. Boot Camp Style Workouts
Boot camp is a mix of high-intensity aerobics and basic strength training based on the training style military recruits receive. Most boot camp workouts provide great variety in the workout. Changing the actual exercises you are performing grabs the attention of the participants eliminating the chances of getting bored and uninterested.

2. Zumba Classes
Do you love to dance? This class is high energy, heart pumping fun! Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party that's moving millions of people toward weight loss and better cardio fitness. Classes vary slightly as each instructor will add their own spin and creativity to each class.

3. TRX Suspension Training
The TRX workout utilizes the method of leveraged bodyweight exercise using long adjustable bands combining balance, strength, and coordination. The great thing about TRX is that you can use it in your home, at a park or where ever you can hook the suspension system up safely.

4. Nia
This uplifting workout blends the fun and funk of dance, the precision and power of martial arts, and the peace of meditation. This class is the perfect way to calm your inner self while moving and burning calories at the same time.

5. Turbo Kick
This is a fat-blasting, ab-defining cardio workout that offers a mix of kickboxing and simple dance grooves set to heart pounding dance music that will have you looking forward to your next workout.

6. Water Aerobics
Take your aerobics class to the water by adding the powerful resistance of the water, normal cardio routines become more challenging but very easy on the joints. Water aerobics can burn a ton of calories as virtually every muscle in the body will be used to perform the routine as well as help stabilize your body in the water.

7. HIIT classes
High intensity interval training classes keep the heart rate up for short periods of time and bring it back down. This constant up and down with the heart rate keeps you burning serious calories and sweating the whole time. Not only will you burn calories during the class but your metabolism will be boosted burning calories for a longer period throughout the day.

8. Cycle-Yoga class
Cycling and yoga unite in this head-to-toe, athletic workout. Teachers combine 30 minutes of cycling with 30 minutes of Power Yoga (lots of jump backs and Warrior poses) to optimize balance, flexibility and strength. Combo classes like Cycle-Yoga provide high intensity training with the power and flexibility of power yoga. It's a perfect way to get the best of both worlds and keep the workout interesting.

9. Kettlebell Training
Kettlebells are used throughout the workout to build strength, endurance, flexibility, and core strength. The Kettlebell is easy to hold and moves with you as you perform different movements. It's also a great departure from the traditional way of strength training with dumb bells.

10. Yoga Booty Ballet
Move and groove with Yoga Booty Ballet! This East meets West workout includes meditation, cardiovascular dance, ballet, Kundalini and hatha yoga. This blended class helps with coordination, balance, proprioception, flexibility and stress reduction.

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Margot Rutigliano is the owner of Vita Vie Retreat. She has been a fitness trainer, wellness coach and healthy living adviser since 1999. Vita Vie Retreat is a fitness retreat offering healthy lifestyle transformation programs for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. For more information or to contact Ms. Rutigliano, please visit www.bvretreat.com.

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