The Best Group Exercise Classes for Full Body Results
There's plenty of value in working out certain parts of your body to build muscle in those areas (we're looking at you, triceps). But when it comes to efficiency and results, a full-body workout can take you new levels of endurance, flexibility, strength, and skills.
To get there, group exercise classes are especially beneficial. You have experienced instructors to guide you through proper form and sequencing, and being around others reaching for the same goal can give any class a feeling of team spirit.
Here are some of the best group exercise classes to consider for getting full-body benefits:
Can't decide between yoga, Pilates, and dance fitness? Don't worry, there are workouts that bring these full-body favorites together, giving you the benefits of multiple fitness approaches.
- Mind/Body Mashup is a fusion class that works the whole body, giving you the ab control found in Pilates, the toning of Barre, and the flexibility of yoga.
- PiYo offers an athletic blend of yoga and mat Pilates along with intense choreography that's fun and challenging. You'll get increased core strength and enhanced muscle length.
- Yoga Groove mixes traditional yoga poses with a rocking soundtrack, fusing together dance and yoga flow. That keeps your energy high, even as you're targeting all parts of your body.
Group classes that navigate through a series of circuits let you blend resistance training, cardio endurance, and core work into one full-body session. This type of conditioning is designed to boost your metabolic rate and burn plenty of calories along the way.
- Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED relies on the famous trainer's interval approach, and is an incredibly efficient workout. Just 30 minutes, the class takes you through 6-minute circuits that will maximize training for your whole body.
- R.I.P.P.E.D. is one-stop body training, with a high-intensity style. Using free weights resistance, and your own body weight, you'll change your focus and activity every 6 to 9 minutes, helping you bust through any fitness plateau.
- Circuit Breaker provides a dynamic class set up in a circuit-training format. As you move from station to station, you'll get a balanced mix of cardio and weight resistance, while targeting all major muscle groups.
Dance It Out
When it comes to getting high-energy, high-impact training in a group setting, dance-inspired fitness is super popular for a reason. When you're having fun learning new steps, you might not even realize what a killer workout you're getting.
- MUVZ Fitness use choreography that's strategically designed to target specific muscle groups, so you end up with more strength and endurance.
- U-Jam Fitness provides a cardio fitness dance workout that's inspired by hip-hop moves and features a soundtrack that will get you energized, fast. Easy-to-follow moves build your skill level quickly.
- Zumba is wildly popular for a reason. This party-style class combines dance moves that transition from slow and strength building to fast and cardio conditioning.
Designed to help you build a strong foundation, functional fitness classes and Mixed Martial Arts are geared toward preventing injury while still guiding you to high-intensity, plateau-busting results. Not only do you get training on specific types of equipment, but also the know-how you need to advance to higher levels.
- Daily Ultimate Training, or D.U.T., is a signature interval training boot camp that really mixes it up, to keep your body engaged. Get ready to use kettlebells, TRX suspension trainers, plyo boxes, battle ropes, and other equipment that will keep you challenged all through class.
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu allows you to learn the foundations of the martial art, with no gi required! You’ll learn fundamental takedowns, self-defense techniques, and key positions in a fast-paced and dynamic class.
No matter what type of group exercise you choose, most classes are multi-level, so you can join whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, and get the most full-body benefits possible.
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