5 Fitness Classes Where You'll Get a Full Body Workout
The day-to-day hustle of our busy lives sometimes leaves us short on time to be able to get a full workout in as often as we would like. That makes the times when we do get to the gym even more important. To get the best out of your workouts with limited time, these fitness classes challenge the entire body, can torch fat, and tone muscles in half the time.
1. Cardio kickboxing
Cardio kickboxing is a fun and effective way to improve cardiovascular health, torch calories and engage every muscle in your body. Tone your arms, abs, shoulders, back, and legs at the same time with punches, kicks, strikes, and blows on a heavy bag. The instructor leads you through the class using a blend of martial arts techniques and boxing that can transform your entire body. Many classes also utilize traditional equipment like punching bags and training pads. Overall, you’ll work your strength and endurance to new levels.
2. Daily Ultimate Training (D.U.T)
This boot camp-style class builds on the principle of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to consistently shock your system and deliver results. As a functional fitness class, the focus is on safe technique and physiological function improving your overall strength and athletic ability – but don’t let that make you think you won’t get a killer workout. Each DUT class is a unique combination of challenging circuits that challenge you from the first minute through the last. You’ll sweat through speed, agility, quickness, core strength, body weight and circuit drills incorporating equipment such as battle ropes, jump ropes, TRX suspension trainer, plyo boxes,and kettlebells.
Pilates is a great way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility. The workout emphasizes use of the entire body including the abdominals, lower back, hips and thighs. A Pilates routine typically includes 25 to 50 strength training exercises in repetitive movements to fully tax the body and muscles. By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:
- Improved core strength and stability
- Improved posture and balance
- Improved flexibility
- Prevention and treatment of back pain
Mixing low-intensity and high-intensity dance moves creates an interval-style, calorie-burning total body workout. The Latin American dance craze known as Zumba swept the nation in the 90’s and is still just as popular today. Known as “exercise in disguise,” Zumba combines all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility. Plus, you’ll learn some real life dancing moves like the mambo, cha cha cha, salsa, and more.
INSANITY took the world by storm in its debut as a 3 month at-home system. Now, this cardio-based total body conditioning program is being offered at gyms and health clubs around the country. By using the principles of MAX Interval Training, Insanity Live! pushes participants to the top of their training heights. This type of full body workout results in more calories burned, faster results, and a more efficient metabolism. Insanity Live! interval training is the pinnacle of a fitness class with a full body workout.
The best way to find out about a class that interests you is by trying it for yourself.