5 New Workouts to Try This Summer
I’ve been switching up my workouts lately and I’m loving it. I tend to get bored easily so I’m always looking to try new fitness classes! I thought I’d share a few of the different workouts I’ve tried recently and hopefully, you’ll try one of these wherever you live!
Photos via Alexa Marie Photography
If you love a Zumba style workout, you have to check out Pound. I took one of these classes for the first time a couple of years ago (you can read about it here) and I’ve recently gotten back into it. It’s sort of like a dance aerobics class except you have drumsticks and you do a lot of pounding on the floor. It’s a hard combination of squats and lunges where you have to get low in order to pound the floor with the drumsticks! This has been one of my most favorite workouts! (If you’re in Richmond, you can find this class at Turn RVA!)
I had been dying to try an Acro Yoga class for months so I was thrilled when Alex signed up us for an AcroYoga workshop as an anniversary gift. AcroYoga is sort of like partner acrobatics. If you enjoy yoga and you’re looking to try something a little different, give this a try! You’ll get to work on flexibility, balance, and strength. If it’s your first time, I’d recommend going with a friend or partner since you’ll get up close and personal in some of the movements. I was pretty surprised at how much was possible even those we were beginners! (If you’re in Richmond, check out the AcroYoga classes at Project Yoga!)
A Megaformer workout is part of the Sebastian Lagree‘s Training Method. It’s a workout that’s designed to work out your whole body. This particular workout uses a machine called a “Megaformer” which is sort of like a moving platform. (I know that sounds crazy but it’s not as complicated as it sounds!) It gives you a high intensity but low impact workout so it’s great if you want a hard sweat session that isn’t hard on your joints. If you love barre classes or pilates you’d probably enjoy this type of class. I had a chance to try Plank RVA when they first opened here in Richmond and I was sore for days after the class!
If you’ve always wanted to try acrobatics but you’re not sure how to get into it, aerial yoga is a great place to start! It’s like yoga but you’re laying in a hammock that hangs from the ceiling. It might look complicated but the beginner classes will cover the basics. Despite what you might think, you don’t have to be super flexible or coordinated to do it! If you’re in Richmond, Fighting Gravity Fitness has great classes! The beginner classes aren’t super high intensity but it’s great if you just want to work on your flexibility while getting in a nice workout.
At Home Workouts
I think working out at home is totally underrated. Whether you’re trying to save time or money, at home workouts are a flexible way to stay in shape. If I’m working out at home, I’ll usually just check out Tone It Up and follow the workout of the day. I also have quite a collection of workout videos. (My favorites are Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson, and I just bought a couple of Pure Barre ones!) You can also find tons of free videos on YouTube. I’ve also done Kayla Itsine’s BBG Workout program. When I only have a few minutes, I love checking out Blogilaties latest videos!
I’m always on the lookout for new ways to work out, so I’d love to hear what you’re enjoying lately! Tell me your favorite workout in the comments below!