Sick of the treadmill? Stay in shape with these high-intensity alternatives!
If your body (or brain) is bored of the same workout routine, it's time to take a new approach. There are tons of innovative gym classes that let you blast fat while you're having fun. Whether you're bouncing around on Kangoo boots or perfecting dance moves to the music of a live DJ, these unique cardio workouts torch calories without feeling like exercise. If your city doesn't offer these exact classes, research local gyms and studios for similar concepts.
"Piloxing is a total-body workout," says Kristin Floyd Hurtado, operations manager and trainer at The Piloxing Academy in Los Angeles, Calif. "It burns between 400 and 900 calories per hour. It is a workout that will change your life."
Celebs like Hilary Duff, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale swear by the motivational group classes, where every student wears weighted gloves to maximize cardiovascular health.
"The universal feeling about going to the gym is that it's a necessary evil," founder Nicole Winnaman says. "I remember taking this class in college that was essentially 400 kids using a closed down nightclub in the middle of the day to dance with these incredible trainers that would come in during the afternoon." This experience inspired Winnaman to create Rock It Workouts.
"Pop Physique is the most efficient, stylish way to burn 500 calories," says Jennifer Williams, creator and owner. "When you're in class, you feel feminine, lifted, and tighter. The music and the energy of the class help you through intense exercises to achieve amazing results."
"It's a results-based boot camp that challenges participants both mentally and physically," Ebeling says. "From calisthenics to resistance training to speed and agility drills, everyone walks away with a feeling of accomplishment. The various bike racks, stairs, benches, and small hills in Grant Park always make for fun, challenging props during each workout."
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