Ahhh, the start of brand new year! It’s so refreshing and exciting when a new year rolls around. It makes you take a step back and ponder the previous year. You think about what you did well, what you want to do better, what you want more of, or less of. It makes you set resolutions in hopes that you’ll stick them out all year. One of the most common goals people tend to set in the new year is to work out more or get more active in their everyday lives. I mean, we’ve all been there, right??
One of the most intimidating and scary things about this resolution is actually figuring out where and when to work out. Gym memberships and group fitness classes can be so intimidating. Oftentimes, the last thing you want to do when first starting out on your fitness resolution is to work out with other people. Again, we’ve all been there, right?
That’s why our contributor Katherine Hilton has rounded up five group fitness classes to try in the new year. We’ve tried quite a few and are reporting back on our favorites. Workout classes are great to try in the new year because most the time your first class is free (or discounted). This gives you the freedom to try a variety of different classes before deciding which one you might actually want to invest in. The best thing about trying different classes is that you get to try a variety of workouts and find which one works best for you.
Another great thing about group fitness classes is that you’re not in it alone. You have a community of people who are working out alongside you, supporting you through the entire workout. Who knows, you might even form a few new friendships along the way!
CorePower Yoga – @corepoweryoga
“At Core Power Yoga, we believe in working every muscle and every emotion. Our classes, our instructors and our network of over 200 yoga studios nationwide welcome you when you’re ready for a yoga fitness experience like no other. We’ve held onto the magic of yoga, while upping the intensity factor for a more powerful, purposeful workout. Take your yoga practice up a notch with a renewed sense of focus and strength.”
Your entire first week of classes is free!
I have been to a couple of different CPY studios between NYC and Ohio and each one has been a bit different. The larger the studio, the nicer the facilities. Each studio I have been to has showers and bathrooms. Water bottles are available for purchase as well as mat and towel rentals. Lockers are available to lock your belongings in.
Core Power Yoga is one of my favorite hot yoga studios, and I have tried quite a few! I love that it has a variety of classes depending on the type of workout you want that day. The classes are a great way to get in a good sweat while also getting a great meditation. I always look forward to the classes so that I can rid my body of bad toxins while also getting to calm and clear my head. I also love that CPY offers your entire first week of classes free, so that you can really get a feel for the studio and workout before deciding to purchase any classes.
SoulCycle – @SoulCycle
“SoulCycle is a 45-minute indoor cycling class that features high-intensity cardio, muscle-sculpting strength training and rhythm-based choreography. But it’s so much more than just a workout—it’s a powerful mind-body experience. With more than 82 studios (and counting!), the revolutionary indoor cycling class is available across the U.S. and Canada.”
First class is $25 plus $3 shoe rental.
Showers fully stocked with shampoo, conditioner face and body wash. Vanities with hair dryers for all of your getting-ready needs. Water bottles available for purchase. Towels provided for the class and for the showers. Lockers are available to lock your belongings in.
SoulCycle is one of my favorite workouts! I love that it allows me to take 45 minutes out of my day to step out of reality, jam out to my favorite tunes and clear my head; all while simultaneously getting a great workout! It is a totally judgement-free zone where you can clip into your bike and work out your body and mind. I take my classes at the Union Square studio in New York City, but have also tried many other studios throughout the city. They’re all clean and highly recommended!
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Orangetheory Fitness – @orangetheory
“Theory is a science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout designed to produce results from the inside out. We make it simple to push yourself to be your personal best and give you more. MORE results. MORE confidence. MORE Life. Because you shouldn’t live to exercise. You should exercise to live.”
First class is free, heart rate monitor rental is complimentary for your first visit.
OTF studios have personal shower and restroom facilities. They are very clean and include hair dryers, personal care products, etc. Towels are offered for the class and for the showers. Water bottles available for purchase. Lockers are available to lock your belongings in.
OTF is one of my favorite workouts. I have had a membership for a year now and the class never fails to kick my booty! It is always a great workout that is backed by science and results. It is recommended that you show up 30 minutes prior to your first class so that the studio can get your information and your heart rate monitor set up. The monitor tracks your heart rate throughout the class showing you when you are in the green, orange and red zones (based on your heart rate). At the end of each class, you receive a summary telling you have many calories you burned and what your average heart rate was. It is an extremely effective workout that makes you feel very accomplished upon completion. I have personally seen great results with OTF and have never felt so strong, physically and mentally! I highly recommend finding a studio near you and giving it a try!
Rumble – @rumble_boxing
“Rumble incorporates the best principles of the sweet science of boxing and strength training, all to help you develop that lean, strong and confident fighter’s physique. Rumble is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), strength training, metabolic conditioning (METCON) and uppercut throwing cardio in one clean class. Always leaving you walking out of every class with your confidence level all the way turned up!”
First class is $36, not including Rumble hand wraps and boxing gloves.
Rumble has full-service showers and restrooms available. Towels are provided for the showers. Lockers are available to lock your belongings in. Water bottles available for purchase.
Rumble is a great and fun workout! I have only been a couple of times but always really enjoy it. The music is always great and there is no better feeling than throwing out a few punches after a stressful day. I am not a boxing pro and definitely do not know all of the boxing “moves,” but that’s OK! I just book a bag in the back corner and do my own thing (i.e. hit the crap out of the bag). I love that Rumble splits the class up between the bag and floor work so you are aren’t doing one thing the entire time.
“Barre3 is a full-body workout designed with a signature approach of sustained holds, micro-movements and cardio bursts that will leave you feeling balanced in body and empowered from within. Its signature approach to teaching gives clients a rewarding endorphin high and a deep muscle burn—without pain in areas of the body prone to injury.”
$35 per class, new client special offered for memberships.
I have only been to one Barre3 studio in NYC (the West Village studio) and it had restrooms available, but no showers. I believe each studio is different. You can see if the studio nearest you has shower amenities on the Barre3 website. Complimentary towels available. Water bottles available for purchase.
I have taken a Barre3 class a few times and always enjoy it. It is a tough but great workout. I always wake up sore the next day in areas where I didn’t know muscles existed, which is always a great feeling! Barre is a great workout to complement some of the high intensity interval training workouts mentioned above, because it focuses on lengthening and toning the body. Barre3 is a great dance-inspired, barre workout!
Midwest born and raised, Katherine is currently a college student living in NYC where she attends the Fashion Institute of Technology while studying Advertising and Marketing Communications with a focus in Public Relations. She tends to think of herself as a very non-traditional college student. She has a passion for health and wellness, home décor, fashion, city living, and so much more. In her free time you can find her scrolling Pinterest, hitting a workout class, or watching HGTV.
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