Monday, October 20, 2014

The Best Workouts For Variety and Intensity

A woman in a spinning class at the gym
Like intense workouts? Try a spinning class to get your sweat on!
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There are so many workouts out there nowadays, sometimes it’s hard to decide which one is best for you. Do I take a class or join a gym? If so, where? What if I just want to try them all? Below is a general guide to popular workouts that are ideal for both intensity and variety.

Traditional Gym – Variety

A traditional gym like Equinox or Gold’s Gym provides you with plenty of options, and sometimes the fee you pay for your membership will allow you to take all the classes you want for free. There are many machines to try out, and classes you can take at times that are flexible for most schedules. Traditional gyms work best for individuals who are self-motivated and like their workouts to sometimes be intense in either a class or individual weightlifting scenario. Traditional gyms don’t seem to be as social as alternative workouts, as most people either come with workout friends or tend to work out alone.

Spin Classes – Intensity (Cardio)

Spin classes are a great way to get in some sweat-dripping cardio. The classes are filled with fast moving legs and beat pumping tunes. Usually 45 minutes to an hour, the class goes through cycles of speed and power on an indoor bike. You’ll never leave NOT drenched in sweat and ready for the day. Though intense, classes like this are often a bit more social than a traditional gym setting, as many people go to the same class times on a regular basis—so you get to know others. You can find this great workout at places like SoulCycle or FlyWheel.

Crossfit – Variety and Intensity

Crossfit is seen as the most intense of all workouts these days. The classes are a combination of gymnastics skills, weight lifting and cardio. Most Crossfit gyms require a week of training to teach new members how to properly weightlift and correct their form. Often referred to as something of a “cult,” Crossfit gyms are also very social in nature. A lot of the workouts require partners or “spotters,” so you get to know those around you very well. Each class, coaches customize the workouts making every workout different and ideal of those who like variety.  Some great locations in Seattle include The LAB or Crossfit Seattle, but Crossfit gyms can be found all across the country.

Stay tuned for another guide to more specific workout options coming soon!