12 New Workout Classes You HAVE to Try
In this performance-driven, high-intensity interval class, you’ll alternate between the treadmill and functional strength training exercises—all set to a playlist. Heartrate tracking allows participants to monitor their training intensity and calorie burn in real time. Plus, the Burn 60 milestone program encourages everyone to achieve more, regardless of their fitness level.
If the thought of rowing for an hour straight brings you to tears, you need to check out CityRow. Their 50-minute signature class combines rowing with strength training for a full-body sweat session. The water-based machines provide much-needed cardio and then you’ll use your bodyweight and dumbbells to tone muscles.
Intervals are all the rage right now—even in boxing. Crubox’s 50-minute class alternates between traditional boxing and strength training moves like push-ups and ab exercises. You’ll de-stress and sweat at the same time—to the tune of upbeat hip-hop, pop, rock and EDM music (including 90’s throwbacks!).
Daily Ultimate Training by UFC Gym
If you’re a boot camp girl, you’ll kick butt in UFC’s signature high-intensity interval class. Daily Ultimate Training tests your speed, agility, strength and endurance in drills that use battle ropes, jump ropes, TRX suspension trainers, plyo boxes, kettle bells, medicine balls and free weights. No part of your body goes untouched!
Exhilarate by Bulldog Yoga
This is not your typical yoga class. Packed with plyometric moves and set to energizing music, Exhilarate will get your heart pumping, help you build muscle and increase your flexibility. There is a Bulldog studio in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and another opening soon in Boulder, Colorado, but anyone can purchase a membership to stream classes online—they also have two other less-intense yoga options.
Group yoga classes are great for flexibility, but one-on-one stretching sessions at Kika Stretch Studios bring it to the next level. Instead of creating tension in your muscles to hold positions, the Kika Method allows your muscles to completely relax during the stretching process. The studio also measures your “stretch age” to track your performance over time.
Live out your childhood rock star dreams while you let off steam and burn calories. Using special weighted drumsticks, Pound turns drumming into a workout that combines cardio and strength training with heart-pounding music and moves inspired by yoga and Pilates. The best part? All musical and physical levels are welcome—no drumming experience necessary. For $90 you can even buy a kit to rock out at home.
Pure Empower by Pure Barre
Overhaul your traditional barre workout with the new 45-minute high-intensity Pure Empower class. It uses the ballet barre, a platform and weights to transform classic barre exercises into cardio circuits that elevate your heart rate while you sculpt muscle. Plus, more than 450 locations across North America mean there’s bound to be one near you, but you can also stream classes online if there’s not.
You’ll never let those climbing machines in your gym collect dust after doing a full-body 30-minute climbing workout at Rise Nation. The class alternates between short and long strides on the machine at different resistance levels to engage your entire body without any impact on your joints. Stimulating light and sound will help push you to the end.
Spartan Strong by Life Time
Obstacle-course fun-runs aren’t just a weekend thing anymore. Spartan Strong at Life Time tests your strength and stamina in an hour-long class inspired by Spartan Races. Fueled by a little friendly competition, class participants push their way through moves like burpees, lateral shuffles, rotating squat jumps and partner sprints with the famed weighted Spartan Pancake.
Strong by Zumba
What do renowned musicians Steve Aoki, Timbaland and Krewella have in common? They all created music exclusively for this new high-intensity non-dance class from Zumba. Rather than count reps, participants build strength and stamina by doing burpees, squats, lunges and more to the beat of the music. From electronic dance music to dubstep to moombahton, there’s an upbeat tune to get anyone going.
The Trip by Les Mills
A normal spin class can feel like you’re stuck in a basement, no matter how many candles they light, but The Trip by Les Mills takes you on an adventure. With giant IMAX-style screens you’ll feel like you’re cruising along country hillsides, riding on the bottom of the ocean or viewing the northern lights—and be totally distracted from an intense workout. The immersive experience is currently offered at 50 locations around the world including 24-Hour Fitness in Santa Monica and TMPL in New York City.