Creative Ideas That Inspire
These innovative classes blend fun techniques to keep members excited about fitness.
offered at Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy in New York, combines Muay Thai with Russian kettlebell training. The class is offered only to women; however, men are invited to join a few select classes each month. According to the online description, the 60-minute, no-impact workout burns 800–1,000 calories and aims to increase flexibility, agility and strength.
Gymbox™ in London offers
where participants train like theatrical professional wrestlers (think Hulk Hogan). Instructors not only teach classic entertainment wrestling moves, such as striking attacks, strength-based throws and acrobatic maneuvers; they also help attendees develop a signature “character,” just like the pros.
offered at Denali Fitness in Seattle, is where indoor cycling meets barre training. The class begins with 45 minutes of challenging cycling. Afterward, everyone dismounts the bikes to do barre-style movements that train the core and other areas.
Even if it’s sizzling hot outside, dedicated runners can still get a good training session at Mile High Run Club in New York. The club is dedicated exclusively to running and features a selection of group treadmill classes.
is a 45-minute class for beginners and cross-trainers that combines 2–3 miles of structured running intervals on the treadmill with 10 minutes of strength and power training.
Tribal Style Belly Dance
is an eclectic mix of folkloric dance techniques offered at Culture Shock Dance Center in San Diego. This fusion class draws from cultures originating in North India, the Middle East and Africa. The many styles of American belly dancing are combined with Bhangra, Bharata Natyam, flamenco, Polynesian and West African dance styles.
A liability waiver from their doctor and $5 is all that is needed for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease to participate in the
Power Punch for Parkinson’s
boxing program. The noncontact boxing class is offered by the Parkinson Association of the Rockies and takes place every Saturday at the Salvation Army Community Center in Denver.
The Pinedale Aquatic Center in Pinedale, Wyoming, offers a challenging high-intensity water workout called
Aqua Boot Camp.
Instructors use a traditional boot camp format designed to help advanced exercisers get their heart rates up in the water.
At Virgin Active Health Clubs in the United Kingdom, participants can choose from four different versions (active, strong, lean or fit) of a class called
Each participant uses squares outlined on the gym floor to perform various primal movements utilizing the principles of high-intensity training. According to the online description, each 30-minute workout promises to burn 700–900 calories.