Proper nutrition and exercise are the key elements of your fitness journey. Signing up at a gym can be an awesome way to stick to a regular exercise schedule. There are lots of people who think group training classes offered at gyms work well because they are both motivational and fun. If your goal is to lose weight, then you should certainly try joining a variety of fitness classes.
Let’s take a look at some of the best classes for weight loss that you should consider.
1. Kettlebell Training
Kettlebell training is essentially weight training, only with more swings and more natural ballistic movements. The shape of the kettleball is specifically designed to make it easy to swing using hinge movements rather than squats, which places the origin of the move on the person’s hips rather than knees.
The point of the kettleball swing is to produce maximum velocity and acceleration over time, making kettleball training one of the best ways to quickly build strength and improve muscle definition. Building your muscles actually leads to sustained weight loss, because muscles burn fat at rest.
2. HIIT Training
High intensity interval training (HIIT) classes are excellent if you don’t have much time. While each session usually takes around 10 to 20 minutes, they blast off fat effectively. If you want to make the most out of your workout, consider a Tabata workout.
A form of HIIT, Tabata has shorter work and rest periods. This means you only spend around 4 minutes exercising while still getting the same results from long workouts.
Cycling is a killer cardio workout. Your heart rate will be up the whole time but your joints will get its much-needed break. This is a great exercise for people who tend to spend most of their time lifting heavy weights at the gym.
Most people think cycling is just for strengthening your leg muscles but it actually does more. This fitness class allows you to engage your arms and core because you are continuously moving during the workout session.
4. Circuit Training
A circuit typically refers to a series of three or more exercises done one after the other, usually for a minimum of 30 seconds per exercise with a 10- to 15-second break in-between exercises. An example of a simple circuit would be burpees, skipping rope, tuck jumps, and squats. You do as many as you can of the first exercise (burpees) in the allotted time period (say, 40 seconds), take a break (say 10 seconds) and then move on to the next exercise (skipping rope). The process repeats until you finish the entire circuit.
Circuit training is when you do a number of circuits per session. The number of circuits you do and the number of times you repeat them depends on your trainer. It’s arguably the best way to ensure a full-body workout in as little time as possible, because circuit training combines both cardiovascular and muscular exercises targeted towards multiple muscle movement groups.
Testing out a new fitness class with your friends is an excellent way to spruce up your ordinary workout routine. Aside from working on muscle groups that you may have ignored before, these classes can help you meet new people and elevate your fitness level.
Although each of the mentioned classes has their unique benefits, joining a program (such as what we offer at 3Strong Fitness) lets you enjoy the advantages of all types because they alternate different classes every day. So go ahead and be adventurous this week by trying a fitness class at your local gym!