Breaking It Down: What Workout is Best For You?

Nowadays, there are so many different ways to work out. With the emergence of new fitness studios all the time it can be hard to choose what you want to do and what’s right for you. As someone who gets bored easily and loves to try new things, I am often going to different workout classes. I have been to every kind of class from bootcamp to aerial trapeze and broke them down for you in an easy reference guide.

Bootcamp

Each class may vary slightly depending on where you go, but typically it is an hour class in which the instructor leads you through various exercises. The one I went to began on the treadmill and finished with exercises on the floor. This class will push you to your edge and help you build endurance. It is perfect for someone looking for intense cardio and fat burning. The workout was fun but challenging and I would recommend it for someone who is already in pretty good physical shape.

Spinning

With the birth of the ever popular Soul Cycle, spinning studios have been popping up all over. The classes are high energy and empowering. I leave with the feeling that I am strong and can do anything. Though these classes can be intense and high energy, they don’t put as much stress on your knees as running. Also, since you are in control of your own bike, you can always dial down the resistance if needed. Some studios even have a leader board which adds a fun, competitive component to the class.

Barre

If pilates, yoga, and ballet had a baby, it would be barre. These classes combine floor and barre work, giving you a total body workout. The moves are small and isometric, which allows you to work the deepest layers of your muscle. A lot of focus is placed on proper form and core strength in these classes.  This would be a great option for someone wanting a low impact, but very effective workout.

Yoga

I’m hesitant to add this because yoga is so much more than a workout as it also serves a deep spiritual practice. But, it certainly is an effective way to stay in shape and flexible, but it is as much an exercise in mind as it is in body. There are different styles and types of yoga, so you can likely find whatever it is you’re looking for. Yoga is a great option for anyone, regardless of fitness level. It can be especially great for someone recovering from an injury. Although it is an ancient practice, yoga has seen enormous growth in recent years. You can find yoga studios everywhere you go, and retreats and becoming more and more common. If you prefer to practice in the comfort of your own home, there are a number of subscription sites which feature classes from top instructors for students of all levels.  

Boxing

There are a number of boxing gyms around, and while some may find those intimidating, they are also going mainstream. 9 Round is a kickboxing gym opening franchises around the world. Their model is unique in that the workout is lead by an instructor, but there are no class times. The workouts are 30 minutes and vary day to day so you don’t get bored. The exercises will push you to your limit and you will feel as if you’ve gotten a complete and intense workout in just 30 minutes.

Aerial Arts

Ok, so this one is a pretty specialty workout, but it was too fun not to include in this list. You also might be surprised to find that there is a studio in your city. There are several different apparatuses in the aerialists arsenal, including the silks, lyra (hoop), and trapeze. Climbing up the silks and lifting your self up to the trapeze takes a surprising amount of strength. I had a quick lesson in humility when I had such a hard time even getting up in my first class. This workout certainly is not for everyone, but if you are looking for something new and different (and always dreamed of running away to join the circus), this is a perfect way to shake things up. 

No matter what you do, the most important thing is to do some type of activity and move your body at least 30 minutes a day. Making it something you enjoy will make it feel less like a workout and more like a fun activity. So, get out there and get moving!

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Photo: Dominik Wycisło via Unsplash

Kathryn Farrugia
Written by Kathryn Farrugia
Kathryn Farrugia is a passionate plant based cook and the founder of ZENutrition, where she provides nutrient dense meals to her clients. With the belief that education is the best way to make a difference, she works as a humane educator with the Ethical Choices Program, teaching others the importance of healthy and compassionate food choices. When not in the kitchen or the classroom, you can find her on the yoga mat or lacing up her running shoes. Kathryn is dedicated to making the world a healthier and happier place, one meal at a time. To learn more about ZENutrition, visit www.zenutritionfoods.com.