It takes time to see improvements; that’s the gym-goers’ mantra when creating fitness goals. Any exercise regiment is best utilized through consistency, with noticeable results apparent anywhere between six to twelve weeks depending on the individual. While it’s extremely unlikely to begin a routine on Monday and see results by Friday, there are some fitness classes that are known to render faster improvements than others. Knowledge of what classes burn the most calories, along with the tactics they use, will help you determine if you’re ready for the intensity these classes offer.
Spinning: This high-intensity activity will keep the heart pumping, building muscles particularly in the core as well as the calves, thighs, and glutes. The increase and decrease of speed and tension is similar to the physical challenge of riding up and down hills, heightening cardio endurance and burning 400-600 calories per workout.
Circuit training: Quickly moving from one exercise to the next is a great form of resistance training. This method maximizes workouts in short periods of time by rotating frequently between exercises that target various body parts with minimum rest in-between. Due to the limited resting periods, the heart rate remains elevated throughout the workout, burning anywhere between 500-600 calories in a 30 minute session.
Kickboxing: Using every muscle in the body, this high energy workout is a combination of karate, boxing, martial arts, and cardio. The vigorous workout involving quick movements, tones, defines and strengthens both the upper and lower body while enhancing the core, burning an average 700-900 calories per class.
Bikram Yoga: Engage your muscles by performing intricate yoga poses in studios with temperature set between 95-105 degrees Fahrenheit. The heated environment increases flexibility, pulse rate and metabolism, enhancing circulation and increasing blood flow throughout the body. The heat also aids in detoxifying and stress relief as participants practice the 26 postures, linking one pose to another, while practicing deep breathing exercises and burning 500-1,000 calories per class.
If you’re ready for heightened intensity, any of these workouts provide the challenge, as well as the results your body will thank you for.
Written By Janurie Ulett: Hailing from quaint suburbia, Long Island meets the fabulousness of NYC. With a Bachelors degree in journalism from Brooklyn College, Janurie’s passion for writing comes naturally, fueling her career as a health and fitness freelance journalist. Her signature flair can be described as 19th-century English meets modern day Dear Abby as she faithfully satisfies her readers’ appetites, one word at a time.