Looking for a way to spice up your fitness routine in the new year? Don't worry – you don't have to stick to the same old machines at the gym or those boring jogging loops around your neighborhood. To kick-start your fitness goals and make good on your resolutions, why not try something totally new? There are all kinds of fun and exciting workouts popping up around the country, and plenty of people have been jumping on board.
Whether you're into ballet, biking, cardio or yoga, chances are there's a trendy new workout class nearby for you to try. Grab a friend and see if any of these classes are up your alley:
Never heard of this fitness craze? You're in for a treat if you've been known to get down on the dance floor. Tons of people have tried this dance-fueled workout, which Active magazine claims can help you torch around 400 calories in an hour. Look for classes at your local gym, check out Zumba video workouts online or even get into the trend using your video game console at home. You'll be able to listen to heart-pumping music, shake what your mama gave you and have a blast while you get in shape – what's not to love about that?
This hybrid dance/spinning class is a favorite among celebrities and city dwellers, and it's not hard to see why. The exercise program is opening up locations across the country, giving more and more people access to its club-like dance music, hardcore biking routines and muscle-building moves. Many SoulCycle fanatics point to the sense of camaraderie among classmates as a major reason why they keep showing up to the sweat sessions. After side-by-side pumping for a class or two, you can't help but feel connected to whoever's in the saddle next to you.
3. Urban Rebounding
There aren't that many workouts that genuinely feel like you're not exercising, but Urban Rebounding happens to be one of them. These workouts rely on mini trampolines called rebounders, which can help you burn hundreds of calories in as little as 25 minutes. If you always wanted a trampoline as a kid but never had your dream fulfilled, now's the time to hop on up and try a workout. Check out this Rebounder routine from Shape magazine to get started once you've decided to commit.
If you're already deep into a fitness routine but are looking to up your game, CrossFit can help you achieve your goals. These gyms don't have all the fancy machines and trendy classes you may be used to, but they are equipped to help you get through the basics, like pull-ups, squats and lunges. You're given a workout of the day to complete – without any breaks between moves – and must keep track of your daily reps and weight loads. Over time, you compete with yourself to increase your stats and improve your overall fitness. It's a great way to feel accomplished and push yourself to the limit.
5. Precision Running
Not thrilled with your treadmill workouts but aren't ready to move to a different machine? Precision Running may become your new go-to. While treadmills have a boring reputation, these classes are anything but yawn-worthy. Precision Running focuses on speed, incline, duration and recovery, balancing endurance with high-intensity interval training. You're bound to burn tons of calories and leave each session stronger and leaner than the last.
6. Surfset Fitness
You don't often see out-of-shape surfers, and that's because the activity is a total-body workout, making it perfect for all kinds of exercisers, whether you're a swimmer or not. With focuses on strength, stability and aerobic conditioning, Surfset classes involve doing actual surfing movements on a board. With several routines available, you can customize your workouts to address any physical goals you may have.
7. Aerial yoga
Check out a handful of celebrity Instagram accounts and you're bound to see a couple of aerial yoga pictures. The practice is good for all ages and skill levels, so don't be intimidated if you were never much of a gymnast. Many of the classes involve hanging from silk bands, so it's pretty important to be comfortable being upside down sometimes. Even if you think you're not flexible enough, chances are you can succeed with these moves. Many of the classic yoga poses are made easier by the silk bands. Find a class in your city and you're bound to come back for more.
If you used to take dance classes as a kid but realized you'd never be a professional ballerina, barre might be the next best thing. This ballet-based workout combines moves from the classic dance style, yoga and Pilates, all while balancing on the barre for balance. Read up on Fitness magazine's primer, then sign up for a class in your area with your BFF.