A new season is almost upon us, bringing with it the chance to spring clean our minds, bodies, homes and souls. What better time than spring to shed tired old routines and shake things up with a fun, challenging or uplifting new workout?! Here are four trending fitness classes we’re keen to give a spin.
While the exact methods and focus vary from studio to studio, there’s no escaping it; ballet barre is working its way into fitness classes across the nation. It’s truly a top-to-toe workout, incorporating repetitive, challenging ballet-based steps, centred around a barre – think butt-kicking squats, lifts and pliés – interspersed with yoga or pilates techniques and light weights.
Who’s it good for? Anything looking for a fun and challenging workout that will strengthen, lengthen and tone the entire body.
Who’s doing it? Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Margot Robbie and Tay Tay. Need we say more?
Where to try it? We are obsessed with Barre Body who have studios in Sydney and Melbourne, but you can also try KX Barre, or Xtend Barre (studios nationally).
If you’re bored with regular yoga, maybe you need to jump in a suspended sling and practice your postures hanging from the ceiling. Got your attention? Aerial or AntiGravity Yoga is not only fun, it’s great for the circulation – full of inversions that really get the blood flowing – and is said to be great for anti-ageing and reducing compression and dehydration of the spine. You control the resistance, and the hammock effectively deepens the stretches, getting more out of your yoga practice. Plus, it’s kind of like flying!
Who’s it good for? Someone looking for a mind-body connection in their workout. You don’t necessarily need yoga experience, but check with your studio before booking in.
Who’s doing it? Gwynnie, Pink and Natalie Portman.
Where to try it? Find studios offering AntiGravity Yoga classes here.
The CrossFit of 2015, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is pretty much what is says on the box, a high-energy, high-intensity training program that will whip you into shape quick smart. It’s basically a circuit of different exercise stations (eg. push ups, lunges, weights) performed in rapid succession, with a very short break between each station. It is designed so you move between short bursts of intense activity and lower intensity movements to allow your body to recover in between. The basic premise is you achieve much greater results in a shorter workout time, and your metabolism gets a boost that lasts for up to 48 hours. Result!
Who’s it good for? Those who want to challenge themselves and are after a full-body workout with a killer cardio component. It’s also great for the time poor. However, a certain level of fitness is recommended before launching into this hardcore workout – check with your local studio.
I have so many friends who complain about how boring they find Reformer classes and bemoan the fact they barely raise a sweat during a pilates class. Clearly, ladies be lookin’ in the wrong place, as there has been a wave of innovative, sweat-inducing and pretty darn hardcore pilates classes springing up across the country. We’ve now got hot pilates (much like its hot yoga cousin), Lagree Fitness – touted as a killer combo of Reformer Pilates and CrossFit (eek!), and XPX – where the music and lighting is reminiscent of a club.
Who’s it good for? Depends which class we’re talking about. Check out the websites below for more info.
Who’s doing it? Lagree is popular with Sophia Vergara and Nicole Kidman.