It’s not a secret that I enjoy trying out fitness fads. From fusion classes to unique takes on traditional methods, I believe that finding the exercise regime that works for you in the long term requires a bit of trail and error.
So, you ask, what is trending in the health and fitness scene right now? There are a few on my radar here in Boston … let’s dive in.
1. Hot Cycling
That’s right, folks, it’s time to turn up the heat on your workout … while riding on an indoor cycling bike. To my knowledge one studio has caught on to this trend here in Boston, but so far it’s a very small trend.
Hot yoga has been thing for a while — something I love to practice about 1-2 times per week — but hot cycling is something I’ve yet to try.
According to B/SPOKE, a Boston-area cycling studio which offers such class,
“Not for the faint of heart, HOT R/DE is the sweatiest ride on the schedule. We are slowing it down and heating it up for a 45min class that will let you sweat out your day and clear your mind. With the A/C off and the lights low, be prepared for a hill heavy, bass bumpin’ ride. T-shirts optional, sports bras encouraged, spare water-bottle required.”
2. All Kettlebell Classes
Offered at multiple Boston-area studios, kettlebell training originated in Russia in the 1700s as a form of strength training primarily preformed by farmers during town festivals and events. Today, the KB is a fantastic fitness tool that can both be integrated into a workout program or used soley to create a total body sweat sesh!
Much like plyometrics, an incredible way to tone up and increase agility, utilizing KBs throughout your workout will boost your heart rate significantly giving you a cardiovascular workout without stepping on an elliptical.
3. Rowing Classes / IndoRow
Did you hit up Head of the Charles last weekend? Did it inspire you to try the rowing machine at your local gym? Well, if sitting on an erg left you less than impressed it’s time to try out a group fitness class geared towards … rowing, of course!
There are a few Boston-area gyms offering up only rowing classes, and in my opinion, they are a must-try Btone, BURN Fitness and Row & Ride in Hanover all offer up heart-pounding workouts that will not leave you the least bit bored. Instead, you’ll be focused on form and speed while sweating it out for the entire workout.
What fitness classes are you loving lately??