It can be tough to get motivated in winter, but these fun group fitness classes just might tempt you to leave the house and find your tribe. Look for one in your area!
TREADMILL CLASSES Even if you run at a different pace than your classmates, no one’s left in the dust when everyone’s on side-by-side treadmills. In these classes, a bit like spinning for runners, instructors lead a full studio of runners through treadmill workouts (hills, intervals, and more) set to up-tempo music.
A once-forgotten piece of gym equipment—the rowing machine—is back in vogue. And why not? Each stroke works most of your major muscles and burns mega calories (up to 800 per hour) with minimal impact on your joints. Thanks to boutique studios offering group rowing classes, now you don’t have to row it alone.
YOGA WITH A BEAT
In a blend of dance class and yoga, some Vinyasa instructors are setting their practices to hip-hop or other upbeat music for fun and faster-paced classes. For example, NamasDrake yoga classes in Los Angeles are set to the music of Canadian rapper Drake. At Y7 in New York, yogis flow to everything from The Weeknd to Stevie Wonder.
Described by some as “Pilates on crack,” Lagree
Fitness classes use resistance machines called Megaformers for a full-body workout that emphasizes strength, endurance, and flexibility. At SLT (short for Strengthen, Lengthen, and Tone) in New York, classes on the Lagree machines are designed to get hearts pumping and leave muscles quivering.
AQUA HIIT, CIRCUIT, OR SPIN CLASSES
Some fitness studios are taking machines and moves more typically used on land right into the pool. It’s because when you complete your workout while partially submerged, you get added resistance from the water, plus less stress on your joints. —Nichole Aksamit