10 Belly-Blasting Workouts to Try in 2016
Burnt out from your staid fitness routine? Need some fitspo? It’s time to mix things up! “One of the best ways to stay motivated is to try new workouts from different disciplines. Variety will keep things interesting and will enable you to perfect a variety of moves. We’re moving away from machines and reps to movement-based activities with a focus on flexibility and mobility. Try switching up your workout every week,” says Jose Lopez personal trainer and fitness expert.
Check out the latest crop of fitness classes from ballet- and dance-inspired to rope wrangling and sleigh pushing.
Wheelhouse workoutImagine a dance party on a bike with the most electrifying playlist. That’s what you’ll experience at this brand-new studio that’s taking spinning to the next level. The high intensity classes give you a full-body workout by incorporating weights. With the lights dimmed and the DJ-approved playlist turned up, you’ll easily get in the zone and pump out a killer ride.
Try it: Spokehaüs
Stay and playAn indoor obstacle course and funhouse designed for grownups that are kids at heart. Beyond the course, they offer unique classes that focus on developing gymnastics skills, pull-up strength and handstand balancing techniques with many sessions taught by aerial circus trainers.
Try it: Pursuit OCR
Train like an athleteWith a background training professional hockey stars and Olympians, the co-owners have brought their results-driven technique to the masses. The goal is to train like an athlete and ultimately look like one by gaining lean tissue. The workouts are never random; instead every curated program has a combination of circuit, Tabata and multi-conditioning exercises. Don’t even think about slacking-- the supervising coach uses the progressive overload method, which aims to improve each workout by one per cent. Also, they’re the only gym in Canada with a three-lane, 100-foot turf track that’s ideal for sled training.
Try it: Forme Fitness
R 'n' RMembership-only facilities are picking up their fitness game too, adding innovative classes to their roster. The calorie-torching ropes and rowers class uses a combo of water rowers (some are calling rowing, the new spinning) and battling ropes for a full-body, circuit training experience.
Try it: Equinox Ropes and Rowers
Barre burnThis ballet barre franchise (with over 300 locations stateside) has finally opened their first outpost in Canada. It uses a ballet barre, light weights, stretch bands and balls to isolate tiny, isometric movements that stretch the muscle to create long, lean lines. The moves seem deceptively simple, but every plié and pirouette aims to tone and lift and burn.
Try it: Pure Barre
Two-step sweatGrab a group of pals and 5, 6, 7, 8 your way onto the dance floor. From contemporary to hip-hop-themed classes, there are options for newbies and those with dance experience. You’ll learn new moves and work up a sweat as you hair flip your way through a choreographed routine. We can’t wait to body roll our way through a beginner Beyoncé or Justin Bieber class.
Try it: The Underground Dance Centre
Girls' clubNike is once again hosting live NTC (training club) pop-up classes with one of its trainers, for free. All you have to do is sign up, show up, and be prepared to work. If you can’t get to a live class, use the N+TC app. Find workouts based on your level, time, goal (get lean, toned, strong), or customize your own four-week program. Plus, choose from celebrity- and athlete-led classes, such as singer Ellie Goulding or Rihanna’s personal trainer Ary Nunez, and tennis great Serena Williams.
Try it: NTC live and N+TC app
Jump womanThis indoor trampoline facility offers open jump sessions and specialty classes. The “skyrobics” class combines strength-building aerobics, calisthenics and core exercises. And, each hour session can burn up to a whopping 1,000 calories. Or, join a game of pick-up ultimate dodge ball that’s played on their wall-to-wall trampoline court.
Try it: Sky Zone
Hang tenCatch a wave on dry land with a full-body surf-inspired workout that’s conducted on a pivoting board. Choose a class from the following three streams: burn, cardio, balance, or a combo of the three. With a focus on blasting the core, you’ll feel the burn. Plus, you’ll fulfill your surfer-girl Blue Crush dreams. Try it: Surfset
Team sportThe F45 Training (the F stands for functional and 45 is the number of minutes) concept originally from Australia is now in Canada and has amassed a large following along the way, including celebrities. The group-training format works through timed, rotating circuits, with elements that vary between HIIT (high-intensity interval training), Cross Fit, strength, resistance and weight training exercises.
Try it: F45 Training