In a Workout Rut? You’ll Love These Fitness Classes

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 The New Year is upon us and that generally means new fitness goals and resolutions. It’s that time of year you start to care and worry about your health and physique. Most people want to either start working out, or crank it up a notch if they already do. It’s all about creating healthy habits and routines to follow. I want to help you follow through with your goals of working out and maybe try a new workout class to make things more exciting if you’re in a rut. Whenever I’m in a workout funk I like to try something new. It’s great to figure out what your likes and dislikes are, also it never hurts to try out a new muscle group. Odds are your body is not used to working those muscles so you’ll most likely get a great workout in regardless. See below for my review of some of my favorite classes and experiences in New York City.

The Monster Cycle– Spin Class, NYC locations
Let me tell you about the glory of Monster Cycle. First off, this place is in an old gothic church (Limelight location). It was kind of creepy in a good way if that makes sense. They have unisex locker rooms, and no assign seating if you get the vibe. Here’s the best part. You are literally watching music videos on a huge projection screen the whole time. It’s so entertaining, and helps distract you from the pain of more resistance! I had a blast catching up on all my music videos, and getting inspired by the hard working, sweaty dancers on screen.

Shadow Boxing– Boxing Class, NYC locations
As a novice boxer I really appreciate taking classes at Shadow Boxing studio. You learn the fundamentals of boxing form and technique so you don’t end up hurting yourself doing it the wrong way. It has incorporated cardio, and everyone has their own punching bag. The instructors are very knowledgable, upbeat and motivating. FYI, you have to rent hand wraps and gloves or bring your own, but that’s pretty standard for a boxing gym. It’s about $1 to rent so no biggie.

The Fhitting Room– HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Class, NYC locations
This was my first time taking a HIIT class, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a full body workout. What makes Fhitting Room unique is that they use all types of equipment and machines during the intervals such as rowing machines, kettle bells, medicine balls, etc. They often mix up the routine and introduce new moves each class so you never know what to expect! They have options for small classes where you can really benefit from individual attention to ensure you’re getting optimal results and perfecting your form.

305 Fitness– Dance Cardio Class, BOS, DC, LA, NYC locations
For all the clubbers out there who really just want to dance without all the creepy guys lurking around, this class if for you. It totally satisfies that craving to dance and party in a fun, upbeat cardio class setting. Each 305 cardio class has a 5 minute session that targets a specific muscle group. So you can take an “ass class”, “arms class”, the list goes on. They always have a DJ spinning cool and loud jams! Black lights too! I make sure to wear my neon leggings. Why even bother going clubbing anymore. You will for sure get your freak on in this class, everything from twerking to shimming and everything in between. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your attitude with a side of sass.

Rumble Boxing– Group Inspired Boxing Class, NYC locations
“The science of boxing incorporated with strength training, metabolic conditioning and cardio all in one class”. This group inspired boxing class is very interactive. There are two sides to the room. One side with bags where you practice boxing combinations (jab, cross, hook, uppercut), and the other is core, free weight, cardio routines. You switch sides throughout the class and you follow your combination instructions which are up on the digital screens on the wall. The instructors are very motivational and fit, in the British slang word kind of way.

Yoga Shanti– Yoga Studio, NYC locations
Yoga Shanti has a wide array of classes for the yogi enthusiasts. They are very welcoming and accepting to all experience levels, so there’s no need to be intimidated. I took several of their morning flow classes which really wake you up in the morning. It’s a great way to get your blood flowing and work on strengthening your core. I also took an Urban Zen class which incorporates breathing meditation, aroma therapy, and body awareness techniques. It’s important to practice being in the now to let your brain recharge and function at it’s fullest capabilities.

Gotham – Group Boxing Class, New York locations
Can you tell I’m on a boxing kick? I really enjoy boxing, it’s a great full body workout and really works your core. Plus I’m really into self defense, as a women I feel it’s important to know how to protect yourself. I played soccer growing up and it’s a very aggressive sport if you didn’t know. Boxing is a great outlet to take out my aggression and exert my energy. I lay it all out on the bag. The class is held in the boxing ring, which is pretty cool. You partner up with a classmate and practice different combinations as well as work on cardio and other strength training exercises. You interchange wearing the punching mitts and gloves. Sometimes you even get to partner with the trainer. They are small classes so you really feel like you’re getting personal one-on-one time.

I hope you enjoyed my round-up of NYC workout classes, and please let me know your thoughts and experiences if you end up trying them out!

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