New year, new you?Many of us wake up on the first of the year with resolutions—to lose weight, get in shape, eat healthier, and achieve new goals in our personal and professional lives. Most of our resolutions are based on personal growth and self-improvement goals. But sticking to our same habits often hinder our chances for success. About 80 percent of resolutions fail by mid-February, according to U.S. News.
Sometimes we need something new to shake up our routines. If your goal is to lose weight or work on strengthening, toning and conditioning, add some flavor to your workouts this year and resist becoming part of the majority statistic. Leave the old gym workout behind and jump into a heart rate-based interval class or get in the boxing ring. These five workouts are sure to spice up your training.
Barre workouts sculpt your body through the strengthening and toning of muscles you likely never knew you had. The choreographed exercises blend strength training and ballet movements and often incorporate hand weights, a small exercise ball and a resistance band—oh yes, and the ballet barre, of course. The low-impact classes pack intensity with each precisely positioned movement. Modify your workout to cater to your level—whether you’re a first-timer or a professional dancer.
The Bar Method,2023 E. 29th Ave. (509) 534-3000 barmethod.com
Spokane Barre, 204 N. Division St. (509) 919-4901 spokanebarre.com
Pure Barre, 13910 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 315-4920 purebarre.com
Orangetheory Fitness’sheart rate-based circuit training is ideal for those looking for a high-tempo workout to lose weight or gain strength. Classes of 10-25 participants are led by instructors who coach and motivate throughout the 60-minute, full-body strength and endurance workouts. Since heart rate is key, the workout is personalized to each participant’s fitness level, with 12 minutes spent in the “orange zone” to achieve optimal results.
South Hill, 2620 E. 29th Ave. (509) 774-0636
Northside, 410 E. Holland Ave. (509) 904-1440
Work up a sweat and relieve workday stress during Spokane Boxing’s Boxing Bootcamp and Conditioning Class. During each class, you’ll have your time inside the ring with an instructor, while work outside the ring ranges from cardio to core and strength drills. At BoxFit, you can work on the basics of boxing in the intro class or participate in a 12-station circuit class, among other classes that emphasize abdominal work and conditioning.
Spokane Boxing, 115 S. Jefferson St.
(509) 217-0731 spokaneboxing.com
BoxFit, 3023 E. Diamond Ave.
(509) 218-9881 boxfitspokane.com
Dim the lights, dial up the high-tempo tunes and work your muscles during The Union Studio’s spin classes. These heart-pumping classes strengthen the legs and shed the calories—and it feels like a party every time. Mix up your workout week at The Union by opting to sweat it out in the energizing yoga studio or work on core stability in a TRX class.
Downtown, 121 W. Pacific Ave.
Northside, 7704 N. Division St.
If your usual yoga classes have become a little dry or the last Cirque Du Soleil show you saw left you feeling as though you missed your calling, aerial classes may be an ideal new workout to add to the training plan. Eight-week aerial sessions at Coil Studio lead beginners through the basics, working on climbing techniques, core stability and conditioning. Aerial yoga classes introduce more inversions than a traditional yoga class, along with some time off the ground.