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Decisions, Decisions – Choosing The Right Class

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Water bottle. Gym Membership. Now comes the hard part: picking the right class at the gym.

For both fitness newcomers and seasoned pros, choosing from diverse gym offerings can be a challenge. For a head start, check out this rundown on 5 common class types.

1. Spinning

What:

Spinning is an all-time favorite gym class – and for good reason – it’s intense. Classes usually involve a 45-minute stationary bike ride with variable resistance.

Benefits:

Studies have shown that spin classes have tremendous cardiovascular and aerobic health benefits – not to mention a considerable calorie burn.

For:

Cyclists, amateur athletes, and even those looking to just stay fit or lose weight. For people suffering from joint pain, spinning’s very low-impact is a big draw.

2. “30/30”

What:

A heart pounding variation of typical spinning. These classes involve a 30-minute ride on stationary bike or treadmill run – followed by a guided 30-minute strength workout.

Benefits:

The best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy the calorie burn and aerobic intensity of a typical spinning class – followed by the muscle building movements of resistance training.

For:

People who already have some spinning class experience – and are also looking to incorporate routines utilizing equipment – like the TRX suspension system.

3. Progression Run

What:

An expert-led running class using treadmills, varied distances, and speeds. Participants are typically grouped by ability and running goals. Principles of form, pacing, and race preparedness are covered.

Benefits:

A group setting can be a boost to the sometimes-lonely practice of
running. Running experts agree that varied, “progression” style training improves endurance, speed, and overall running ability.

For:

Anyone looking to improve their running – whether for weight loss, a first time 5k, or even a competitive marathon.

4. Barre

What:

A 60-minute, yoga-inspired workout that draws inspiration from Pilates and ballet. Instructors lead participants through a range of movements and poses – usually to an upbeat soundtrack!

Benefits:

As discussed in this Barre guide, these classes focus on building flexibility, core strength, and toning muscles in the legs and arms. More than just a dance class, Barre really is a total workout.

For:

People looking for a new fitness challenge with little repetition or monotony. Barre workouts are low-impact, making them an attractive option for almost anyone looking to get moving.

5. Small Group Bootcamp

What:

Customizable and guided workouts led by true professionals. Classes involve
a combination of cardio and strength training.

Benefits:

Small class sizes mean you and your close-knit group receive the individualized attention and communication you need. Trainers can understand your health goals and adjust for limitations.

For:

People who crave communication and focus during their workouts. Boot camp classes can be tailored to suit any fitness level.

The Right Gym

No matter what class you choose, a welcoming and friendly gym environment is critical. With the latest in equipment, certification, and expertise, the passionate training staff at Pulse Fitness can help. To get started with a consultation or to find out more about exciting class offerings, contact Pulse Fitness today!