As 2017 comes to a close, it’s time to evaluate your fitness goals and make new ones for 2018. Perhaps your current regimen is not bringing in the desired results, or your workout objectives are taking a different direction. Whatever the case, there is a host of gyms and exercises that you can incorporate into your 2018 fitness routine. So, which workouts should you try out? Which gyms should you check out? With fitness classes popping up almost every day, how can you find the perfect blend that is both fun and effective? Here are my three choices.
Since its inception in 2000, CrossFit has evolved into more than just a trend; it’s a lifestyle. If it wasn’t part of your workouts this past year, it is worth looking into. CrossFit workouts combine different elements that cover both strength and conditioning. According to its founder, CrossFit focuses on the ten fitness domains, which are: flexibility, stamina, agility, speed, balance, coordination, cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, accuracy, power, and strength. You get a mixture of exercise that maximizes the work you have to do during workout sessions. If you are looking to improve endurance and muscle size, CrossFit is a viable choice. The social nature of CrossFit is another reason to consider it, especially if you love meeting new people. The motivation of working out as a group helps.
Orangetheory workout classes may not be as famous as CrossFit, but they are gaining momentum. The program, which takes 60 minutes, involves high-intensity interval training. It divides classes into categories; endurance involves stretching on the treadmill and doing rep counts, strength where you lift heavy weights while on the floor and climb the treadmill, and power classes that concentrate on improving speed. If your fitness routine lacks running exercises, the long treadmill stretches and uphill climbs are what you need. There is a choice between a strider and stationary bike, depending on your running confidence. The weight lifting and rower workouts on the floor are perfect for building your core and upper body. Orangetheory requires you to wear a heart rate monitor, and after each class, you get a report of your performance.
Another exercise trend that is revolutionizing how people stay fit is SoulCycle. The program is an indoor cycling class of 45 minutes that is meant to improve cardio health and build muscle strength. SoulCycle is a huge cult following that includes celebrities. The energetic instructors are just what you need to push yourself. Spinning is not always easy to accomplish particularly when doing it alone. The SoulCycle community makes it less daunting to get started. Studios are equipped with next-gen bikes that are not only functional but comfortable as well. Besides working out your heart muscles, SoulCycle is great at improving the core, thighs, and legs. Also, cycling is an excellent way to burn off calories.
Are you looking to overhaul your workout in 2018? Then, you can try programs from different gyms like Orangetheory, SoulCycle, and CrossFit. The intense workouts offered by these programs are designed to cater to different needs. Therefore, begin by setting your fitness objectives before picking a regimen.