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Party Fitness: 7 Workouts Better Than Happy Hour

Barry's Bootcamp

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Bootcamp and dance party are two phrases that you don't usually see together, but the renowned Barry's Bootcamp has started a bootcamp-dance party fusion class called Joey's Dance Party Bootcamp.

The idea came from "avid bootcampers who said they wanted to take advantage of a Saturday night when they didn't feel like going out but still wanted to go do something fun and club-y." The intense class offers a regular bootcamp style workout but with a live DJ, healthy snacks, go-go dancers, a disco ball, and theme nights.

For more info: Barrysbootcamp.com

Yoga Rave

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When you think of "yoga music" you probably hear wind chimes over bubbling water in your head, which is great for meditation but not exactly fun. Yoga Rave aims to bring yoga and great music together into one big party described as "a new concept in fun where the body responds only to the stimulation of music, yoga, and meditation."

For more info: Yogarave.org

Zumba Dance Party

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If you think regular Zumba classes are like a dance party, wait until you try Party Zumba! A live Brazilian band provides the soundtrack for all the best Zumba Fitness dances steps, and at special events like Fiesta Caliente, you can try out sexy hula, keep the beat with live drums, and get inspired by fiery exhibition dancers of all Latin styles.

For more info: Partyzumba.com

Party Ride

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SoulCycle is already one of the hottest spinning studios in the country, with celebs and ordinary fitness fanatics alike competing to get into their packed classes. The indoor cycling chain recently bumped up the fun factor to match the amount of sweat with their Party Ride classes. Glo sticks, disco balls, custom playlists, and bubbles are routine, but things can get a little crazy. One instructor explains: "When we teach the soul party, we might just pop out a few extra effects like a strobe light, or we might spray some champagne on the first row. It’s always just sort of a new bag of tricks."

For more info: SoulCycle.com

Zombie Run

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Run for your lives! No, really. The apocalypse is here and that zombie invasion you've been secretly preparing for is upon you as you run this "zombie-infested 5K obstacle course race."

The hardest part: Deciding whether you want to run the race or volunteer as a zombie! Who knows, maybe all those people who say "I only run when I'm being chased" are on to something?

For more info: Runforyourlives.com

Dance Dance Party Party

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Dance Dance Party Party is a fitness class/dance party with only three rules: No boys. No booze. No judgement. While most people wear workout clothes, creative costumes are encouraged, as are all kinds of outrageous dance moves. A live DJ completes the party atmosphere. Girl's night out just got a lot healthier!

For more info: Dancedancepartyparty.com

Bollywood Shake

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Latin, hip-hop, and Jazzercize have all had their time to shine as the hottest dance workout, but have you tried fitness Bollywood style? Bollywood Shake offers classes that teach you the distinctive moves that make this Indian dance so high energy and exciting while also helping you sculpt your stomach, improve balance, and build strength.

For more info: Bollywoodshake.com

Spin on Fitness

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Pole dancing may sound too risque for a workout, but the apparatus formerly only associated with strip clubs is a powerful tool for building incredible strength, balance, and flexibility. And don't worry, at Spin on Fitness is women-only, and any clothing removed during class is purely a result of the intense (but good) burn.

In addition to pole workouts, Spin on Fitness offers hooping, rollerblading, aerial arts, rebounding (trampolines), and other party-style classes. Bonus: While you're always welcome to party at their gym, you also have the option of hosting a party at home. They'll bring all the equipment to you!

For more info: cscrafts.com

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