December 10, 2015
It doesn't matter if you've just joined the Y, been here for a while, or maybe you've never taken a class. We understand that it can be challenging to find the right class for your needs. We've provided you with a few suggestions based on a few common needs.
Need: Something to add variety and balance our your existing cardio work out
You already run/bike/swim/power walk — in other words, you’re already getting some type of regular heart-pumping exercise every week. The problem is, you’re eventually going to stop seeing results and plateau out. Since you’ve already got the cardio down, find a class that blends strength training with flexibility work. This type of cross training can not only make you stronger, faster and more fit, but it can also protect you from injury. Yoga classes that focus on weight-bearing postures (lunges, planks, etc.) will help you build strength while stretching out tight muscles.
Need: Everything in one!
Try: Zumba, Spinning, Boot Camp or Step
If you hate the treadmill (and the elliptical, and the pool, and the rowing machine …) and you want to get your cardio from a class, consider a fun, fast-paced activity with a pumping soundtrack and an upbeat instructor. Dance classes, like Zumba, can burn up to 400 calories an hour and will keep you engaged from start to finish. Zumba Tone even uses small hand weights. It doesn’t seem like much, but over time your arms will be as toned as ever.
Step aerobics, boot camp and cycling classes can also provide the fast pace you need to keep your heart healthy, as can many boot camp-style classes. Just be sure there’s some emphasis on sustained cardio (with drills like jumping jacks, jump rope, or running) as well as on strength work.
Need: Firm up those trouble areas
Try: Classes targeted at those specific body parts
Want to tone your tummy, lose your love handles, or sculpt your shoulders? Look for classes with those body parts in their names (core, strength, etc). If you’re getting your cardio elsewhere, choose a class that focuses on weight training like Body Pump.
Please take a look at our fitness schedule and see what works best in your daily routine.