Michele Sotak (@musclesmichele) is a CPT and Life Fitness Master Trainer. Here, she lists the workouts she thinks everyone should try at least once in their fitness journey.
It’s always a good thing to switch things up in terms of your fitness routine. Whether you’re a crossfit addict or you can’t live without your morning run, challenge your body with these different workouts.
Sign Up for a Dance Class
Fact: dance may just be the only workout you’ll never dread heading into. It’s the most enjoyable workout out there, yet still effective. Whether it’s hip-hop, belly-dancing or salsa, dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up, melt extra body fat and build lean muscle. Generally, dance is a full-body workout that uses a wide variety of motions to engage multiple muscle groups. Dance is very safe and easy on the body. Dance burns a significant amount of calories. There are more fitness and health benefits to dancing than meets the eye. In addition to serving as an effective workout that produces tangible physical rewards, dance is an art form of self-expression and a creative outlet, which boosts mental health allowing individuals to connect to innermost emotions. Dance promotes therapeutic support, which ultimately offers a truly positive experience. It also fights stress. Dance boosts the mood and endorphins are at an all-time high after class.
Use the Megaformer
Because no matter what your fitness level is, you will be challenged and you will be sore, every single time. You’ll feel every muscle in your body burn at some point during class, muscles you didn’t even know you had! The Megaformer is essentially an amped-up version of Pilates. The machines look scary, and yes, the workouts are scary-hard; but they’re manageable. What exactly is a Megaformer? Both Megaformers and classic Pilates reformers are long contraptions made up of stable platforms on the front and back and a gliding carriage in the middle. Biggest reason everyone needs to try it: it combines core, endurance, cardio, balance, strength, flexibility in every move. There are so many benefits all in one stop.
Let’s not forget about good old-fashioned bodyweight exercises! Everyone should get familiar and comfortable with calisthenics, which calls for little or no accessories. You can do them anywhere, so there are no excuses. When there are no dumbbells and no machines around, you have to get creative with what you do to help build muscle. Using your body as resistance is still a great way to get a toned physique and build mass without weights. A lot of various exercises with bodyweight can be enough for most people when utilizing correct form. Pushups, planks, squats and lunges are just a few calisthenics staples; and they are no joke if you do them for an extended time.