Indoor Workouts That Aren't Boring
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If you have yet to try a barre class, winter is the perfect excuse to get indoors for this toning workout. A fusion of ballet, Pilates and yoga, barre classes not only tone and tighten in all of the right places, but also helps increase flexibility and lengthen your body. Lovers of dance—and those who always wanted to give it a try—will enjoy getting up close and personal with the ballet barre for balance as small, isolated motions target each muscle group throughout the class.
Where To Try It: Studios like Pure Barre and barre3 have multiple locations throughout the country.
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For a new take on bodyweight exercises, total resistance exercise (TRX) is the workout you may be looking for to take your fitness to the next level. Suspended bands, ropes and more are used for a full-body workout that increases strength and flexibility. TRX bands can be used for support in exercises such as single-leg squats, for example, allowing you to work more of your muscles than in a traditional squat and increasing the body weight put on your leg. You're in charge of the amount of resistance during each workout, giving you control that traditional strength training may not allow for.
Where To Try It: Many local and big-box gyms, such as 24-Hour Fitness, have made TRX a part of their regular offerings. To try it at home, you can purchase a TRX Home Suspension Training Kit at trxtraining.com.
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A way to switch up your cardio routine is with a round of kickboxing. The kicking and punching will increase your strength and get your heart rate elevated. Learn jabs, uppercuts, roundhouse kicks and more by joining a class. Kickboxing is great for those looking to get off the treadmill and get in a total-body, cardio workout.
Where To Try It: Check out your local or big-box gym for class offerings, or check to see if TITLE Boxing Club has a location near you.
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Those who love outdoor adventures and want a way to keep their adrenaline up when temperatures drop, will love the thrill of indoor rock climbing. Meant to simulate the outdoor climbing experience, you can meet fellow enthusiasts in a safe environment. Indoor rock climbing is great for novices. Beginners learn proper technique and build up strength before heading out to more technical outdoor locations.
Where To Try It: Some local gyms have indoor rock climbing walls. Most cities have at least one indoor rock climbing gyms. Visit indoorclimbing.com for a comprehensive directory of gyms.
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Trampolines aren't just for kids. Indoor trampoline gyms are quickly becoming a popular hangout for adults as well. Many gyms have begun to offer boot camp-style classes for a fast-paced cardio workout. A new trend includes trampoline dodgeball, combining this aerobic blast with your favorite elementary schoolyard game. Indoor trampoline is a great, low-impact workout to get you moving and help you laugh the calories away.
Where To Try It: National indoor trampoline parks includes Sky Zone; check their website for a location near you. Photo credit: Sky Zone