classes - the latest fitness classes
Joining an exercise class is a great way to burn calories and have
fun at the same time. An hour long class passes really quickly when
you are enjoying yourself, and they are highly motivational. Fitness
classes are ideal if you don't work that well on your own and tend
to easily give up on your workout.
Most gyms offer a full range of fitness classes with their membership
packages, and many Health and Fitness clubs and Leisure centres
run fitness classes that are open to the public.
There are a huge variety of fitness and exercise classes - check
out the following popular choices, and don't be afraid to give it
a go! You can always position yourself at the back until you feel
The most popular fitness classes
High energy/Aerobic classes
This energetic class is designed to improve your cardiovascular
fitness. Rhythmic aerobic exercise is combined with stretching and
strength training which will improve your flexibility, muscular
strength, and cardio fitness.
Dance steps are often incorporated, and you may use a step to intensify
the workout on your lower body muscles. Usually the high-energy
workout is performed to a driving soundtrack, which can really help
motivate you to push your exercise level a bit further.
Take a face towel and a bottle of water to refresh yourself, as
depending on the intensity, it may get hot! This is an excellent
This is a high-energy, high-intensity class which burns calories,
improves your cardio fitness and builds your strength and endurance.
This is a great way to let off steam and lose weight. There is not
a contact sport, you use pads and gloves which are usually provided
by the gym running the class.
The class works your upper body and usually incorporates some skipping
and kick boxing to work your lower body as well. Expect improved cardio
fitness, muscle toning and de-stressing.
This new class mixes high-intensity cardio boxing with the toning
and strengthening effects of Pilates. This is a high-revved, physically
demanding workout that will shape your body and help you to maintain
This is a varied workout where you perform a mix of high and low
impact exercises, which help improve your cardio fitness and tone
your whole body. Each exercise is performed for a specified number
of repetitions or for a set time, you then move on to the next exercise.
Circuit training exercises may include: Press ups, Sit ups, Squats,
Jumps, Lunges, Bench Dips, Crunches, Shuttle runs,etc.
If you enjoy using an exercise bike then this class will appeal.
Usually in Spin or other exercise bike classes there are lights
and pumping music to motivate you. You will generally be led by
an instructor through a warm-up, then follow various workout phases,
such as sprints, uphill climbs and then a cool down.
Take a face towel and a bottle of water, as this class is high-energy
and thirsty work! As with cycling this works your lower body, improves
your cardiovascular fitness and burns lots of calories.
This popular aerobic class works on your lower body muscles : thighs,
glutes and abs, and also helps improve your cardiovascular fitness.
You use a step to perform most of the moves in this high energy
and fat-burning workout.
The basic move to a step class is stepping first one foot then the
other onto the step, then stepping the first foot and then the other
back onto the floor. Once you repeat this a few times you will find
it easy - it helps with your co-ordination too. The class is usually
performed to a motivational music track. Expect plenty of calorie
burning and toning.
Great for posture, balance and all over toning. You use an inflatable
exercise ball (35 to 85cms) to perform a wide range of exercises.
The general instability of the ball makes you keep your balance
and helps to work your core muscles. An exercise ball workout
targets your abs and back muscles particularly.