Feeling bored at the gym? Fitness can be rewarding, but some people might find it a little repetitive. Slogging away on the treadmill or lifting weights is most definitely a good thing, but if you aren’t enjoying it, you probably aren’t working as hard as you could be. Rather than seeing fitness as a chore, why not make it fun for yourself instead!
Gym classes are a great way to keep your training on point whilst keeping things varied and interesting. Here are some of our favourites:
Done in the correct way, High Intensity Interval Training is a very popular method of cardiovascular exercise due to its effectiveness in weight loss. Consisting of alternating bursts of high activity and rest periods, Interval training doesn’t take long but is very intense. The workouts are seriously hard work, and it’s probably best to tackle HIIT training in a group class so that you can all help each other push that extra little bit through to the finish.
Spinning is one of the most popular group classes out there! Sessions are intense, full of life and you can also meet a whole new bunch of active and exciting people. See if you can keep up with the trainer’s change of pace on the bike, but remember to bring a workout towel because you’ll be sweating buckets by the end!
For some people, Aqua classes may conjure up images of slow, synced-up movements in the pool which doesn’t offer a huge workout. Well, nothing could be further from the truth! A lot of gyms now offer high intensity aqua based classes that give a fantastic resistance-based aerobic workout. There are a whole bunch of different programmes out there, with different trainers offering their own interpretations. Shop around and see which one you like the best.
Just because yoga doesn’t jack up your heart-rate like HIIT, it doesn’t mean that it’s not beneficial for the body. Many professional athletes use yoga as a great way to improve flexibility, posture and muscle strength, so it really does work!
More than just stretching out on a mat, yoga requires technical specialty to hit the right parts of the body and since you’re likely to be practicing in a gym with an instructor, they will put you through your paces for some great toning exercises.
If you often find yourself boogieing on the weekend, why not take some of those Friday night dance moves and join up to some exercise-infused street dance classes instead. Ditch the exercise bikes and treadmills and join a group of energetic, creative and fun people to dance yourself fit. You never know, you might even learn a new move or two!
For a great all-body workout there’s no better way than hitting some circuits. Any good local gym will run classes that combine a variety of individual exercises for a furious, fast paced and fun workout. Exercises such as squats, press-ups and jumping jacks provide an effective mix of strength and cardio that’ll get you in tip-top shape in no time at all. The best part is that you’ll be doing all this in a group setting which brings a great sense of teamwork into the equation.
So there are just a few gym class ideas to get you started. There are a whole load of other out there, so check out your local fitness centres to see what the options are. Good luck!