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Clap Attack, a youth program that combines sequenced exercises and hand clapping, is being introduced in physical education classes in Phoenix-area schools. The routine involves full-body exercises that require the children to think while moving. A selection of 15 exercises helps participants improve coordination and teamwork.

At Born 2 Dance Studio in Vienna, Virginia, participants experience a high-energy dance class with Bollywood-inspired music and moves. Doonya incorporates dance, cardio and strengthening into a 1-hour, full-body workout.

Body Camp, offered at Body Space Fitness in New York City, is a circuit- style boot camp that focuses on improving participants’ strength, mobility and endurance. Instructors lead eager attendees through a wide variety of movements and drills using kettlebells, the TRX® Suspension Trainer™, bands, sandbags, ropes and more.

Participants are challenged to use the abdominal muscles, as well as the back, hips, thighs and gluteals, while balancing on a stability ball throughout Get on the Ball. This class, offered at Hockessin Athletic Club in Hockessin, Delaware, is suitable for all fitness levels. Attendees improve their strength, flexibility, posture and coordination.

Cardiokick and Curves at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, is an intense workout that merges cardiovascular conditioning and boxing. The class includes resistance and body weight training, cardio, plyometrics and core work. Participants build muscle and increase endurance while learning combinations and precise techniques.

LA Fitness in Westchester, California, introduces new members to a variety of choices with its Sampler class. This schedule option is designed to incorporate many popular formats into one to help participants decide which classes they might want to attend in the future. From this introduction they can move on to Yogabeat, a mix of yoga and dance, or more traditional classes such as cycling, aerobics or tai chi.

Many facilities look for ways to make the most of their pools while helping members stay active and strong. Making Waves, offered at Shapes Total Fitness in St. Petersburg, Florida, combines cardiovascular conditioning and aquatic resistance training. During the first 30 minutes, participants are led through a series of cardio exercises, followed by 30 minutes of resistance training in the pool.

During BodyBOOM!, offered at BOOM! Cycle in London, participants incorporate strength training into their rides. This indoor cycling class uses small hand weights to work the upper body and core to give participants a full-body workout.

Pigs Fly Yoga, offered by YogaStudio in Plymouth, Minnesota, is a yoga class geared toward the beginner. This 40-minute class includes simple and basic poses to help introduce participants to yoga while increasing flexibility and strength. According to the online class description, this accessible class “challenges you without turning you into a pretzel.”

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