I’m a runner, I may not look like it but I am. It will always be my first choice but while we’re all out there running, there are new ways to get fit being thought of and developed everyday. Some of them look fun but others I’m not so sure about. I thought I’d put together the Top 5 OTHER ways I’d like to get in shape. Some of them you know, others you might not. Either way, if I had the chance, I’d try any of these in a heartbeat!
What is it: CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide
No research needed here. Everyone and their brother is doing it and it takes me back to my college sports preseasons. Full of strength and conditioning done in a manner set to shape you up! I’m not for a couple reasons: Cost and Childcare. With two young kids, I’m limited to what I can do toting them along. I have no doubt it’s a great workout and pushes you to be stronger.
What is it: Barre combines several modes of exercise including dance conditioning, isometrics,
interval training and physical therapy practices, your muscles will become elongated, your body will be reshaped and you will become physically (and mentally) stronger. Not only that, you will also experience an increase in energy levels and an improvement in your stamina. It also improves flexibility and tones.
I have a secret to tell you. I use to be a dancer. 🙂 Yep, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, you name it..I did it and loved it. So when the Barre craze started I got a little excited. We have a Barre facility here in St. Louis so I could but again, it’s about timing and when I don’t have the kids, I have a need to run.
3. ‘SUP Yoga’ or Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga:
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What is it: SUP Yoga is essentially yoga on a stand up paddleboard in the water. Since the SUP board is large enough to act as a mat (and sturdy enough to support someone standing on it) it was only a matter of time before yogis started to discover the ways it challenged their practice
This combines two things I love: Yoga and water unfortunately, there’s not a lot of places in the middle of the country to paddleboard let alone paddleboard Yoga. I tried to do it in Hawaii but I didn’t get the chance to break away. Either way, if you’re on the West Coast you’ve probably seen it or tried it and I’m jealous. 😉 Enjoy for me!
4. Soul Cycle:
What is it: SoulCycle is a full-body indoor-cycling workout—not only do riders burn major calories in the 45-minute class, but light hand weights are used to target the upper body and core. It’s super high energy and gives those who love to spin a little on their classic spin class.
This is primarily an East coast thing (NYC) but I’m hoping that it makes it’s way to the Midwest soon.
5. Trapeze Workouts
What is it: trapeze is mostly about the core and upper body. It’s also good for teaching timing, body control and air awareness, which are important tools in any sport . It’s basically playing on a trapeze sort of Cirque style.
I’ve always said my son is part monkey and I’m pretty sure he gets that from me. The thought of swinging from a trapeze upside down sounds like fun. This is one of those activities that will have you working out without knowing it. I even found a place in STL where I could try it. Bumbershoot Aeriel Studio
Ok, so there you have it. My wishlist of fitness activities. You might even find them on my FitFluential.
What do you think? What’s your favorite way to stay fit? What would you like to try?