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It's good to change up fitness routines

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 12:20 AM

With exercise, if you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting. To help you avoid the dreaded weight-loss plateau, the experts at Life Fitness have rounded up some of the top trends in group exercise.

Most clubs offer a wide range of classes for all fitness levels and interests like group cycling, boot camp, power yoga or a kickboxing class. Sign up for a class to mix up your routine or better yet, do a different workout each day. It's important to have fun, try new things and change fitness routines often.

Strength Training: Group strength training remains a top trend due to increased awareness of its long-term health benefits and the knowledge that cardio alone isn't enough. Strength training is ideal for all ages and fitness levels. Today's group strength classes incorporate lots of fun accessories: medicine balls, Bosu balls, hand weights, kettlebells, and resistance bands. Stronger muscles mean better health, higher metabolism and slower aging, a better profile and a confidence boost.

Mind and Body: Many group fitness programs are incorporating mind/body classes. Yoga not only improves flexibility, but can enhance your spiritual growth, improve your productivity and even reduce stress. From yoga sculpt to hot yoga there are a slew of classes to choose from, so experiment and try a few different formats.

Core Work: Everyone wants stay healthy and live vigorously for as long as possible and we know core strength is key to mobility. Staying agile and working on core strength with the guidance of a group fitness instructor can help prevent back pain, tone your mid-section and help you move with ease throughout your day. Try Pilates or a core boot camp class for an intense core workout.

Dance: Classes like Zumba have taken the fitness industry by storm. These fun, booty-shaking workouts don't require prior dance experience and are a great form of cardio. Barre Classes have also become more popular over recent years. You don't have to be a ballerina to try one out either. Most incorporate ballet-like moves at the barre that focus on high repetitions and help to firm your thighs and buns and tighten your core. Form, alignment and technique are emphasized.

Find a new type of group fitness that appeals to you, and soon your mind and your body will be reaping the benefits.

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