Are you getting a little bored with your regular workouts? Hey, I’ve been there plenty of times. Not only is it good to change things up to stay motivated but it’s also an excellent idea to keep your body guessing and therefore losing weight or building more muscle. Below are the top four fitness trends that I think are great for getting you out of that rut into having that awesome butt!

Barre Classes:

I have personally taken these classes and love them. If you are a former dancer or if you have never danced but always wanted to try something that doesn’t make you feel like a fool, Barre classes are for you. Don’t think this is a new craze either. The Barre method has been around for over 50 years! It started in London and was developed by a German dancer named Lotte Berk and was brought over to the U.S. in the last few decades. The classes may seem easy enough since it’s composed of smaller movements for the most part but with lots of pointed toes and standing on your tip toes like a ballet dancer, your muscles fatigue quickly. Depending on your instructor more cardio may be incorporated or the use of yoga mats, balls and light weights. This is definitely a class to not be overlooked or passed up you WILL be sore the next day and depending on your body type, this may be the catalyst to getting those nice long and lean muscles.

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TRX Training:

Developed by a former Navy Seal to get a great workout even when deployed in the most remote areas, TRX training can be done virtually anywhere you can attach a TRX band. There are classes you can attend to learn good technique and different exercises or if you want to venture out on your own you can purchase the band and subscribe to the TRX site to get workouts. This is a very inexpensive and highly effective workout that can be done in your office, at home or even from a telephone pole or tree if you’re more of an outdoorsy type. With the band, you can get a full body workout and transition from one workout to the next. It will also help you with flexibility. Who knew you could do so much with one band? This has got to be a great workout considering Navy Seals take their workouts very seriously and are some of the most highly trained individuals in the military. To purchase a band and get more information, visit the TRX Website.

Pole Fitness:

Who said swinging from a pole upside down and being able to hold your body weight suspended from a pole was just for exotic dancers? Not the lady’s that came up with Pole Fitness. I have also tried this workout and can say that there was not one time after going that I was not sore. This is great for getting strong arms and legs. I also loved this workout because it makes you leave the rest of the day behind and focus on your body and feeling confident no matter your size or athleticism. This is a huge workout worldwide and there are global competitions that when you see the performances make your jaw drop. This is a great workout that is fun and flirty!

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Body Weight Exercise:

Well this one is a no brainer. It’s going back to the basics and talk about cheap! You would barely need anything to keep up this workout. It’s all about using your own bodyweight to make yourself stronger. Now days there are more than just regular push ups and crunches. There are planks, burpees and mountain climbers. There are tricep pushups, v crunches and criss cross lunges. So many new and different takes on the age old workouts. Add intervals of 60 seconds of nonstop exercise and 10-20 seconds of rest and ramp up the workouts. Try a bootcamp class, HIIT class or there may even bodyweight class that is available in your city. It might be best to try out a class first because the biggest risk with these types of workouts is doing them with bad form or improperly.

No matter what you may be into there is probably a workout out there for you. Try something new and outside of your comfort range, you may be surprised to find a new hobby or passion. This is also a great way to get out there and meet new people.

 

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