Thursday, January 31, 2013
Fit Tip: Four Workouts You Haven’t Tried Yet
he New Year is the perfect time to shake up your fitness routine and there are plenty of exciting and new workouts to choose from. Here are four workouts you probably haven’t tried, but should:
Mud Runs. Mud runs are growing in popularity because they bring back the kid in you. There are many different types of mud runs with varying degrees of difficulty. The courses can involve climbing over stuff, jumping over fire, balancing across a log, crawling under wire, slogging through waist high mud puddles and scaling walls. People are attracted to mud runs because of the sense of adventure, the camaraderie, the challenge and the fun of getting dirty. Oh, it’s also a great workout.
HIIT. This workout is interval training with two extra words: high intensity. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts alternate periods of work with periods of recovery. The interval times may vary and the exercises can be a combination of both strength and cardio. The key is to go at a high effort level during the work periods and make the most of your recovery so you can hit it again. HIIT is all about working smarter, not longer.
CrossFit. Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of CrossFit and the Workout of the Day (WOD). These intense workouts mix up body weight exercises with plyometrics, weights and sprints. The workout changes daily and the instructor pushes you to give it your all. It’s a back to basics approach and can be modified for varying fitness levels.
Barre Workouts. In just one hour, a barre class will work every major muscle group in your body. It’s low impact, fun and if you are consistent you can see incredible results. Most barre studios combine light weight work with isometric toning and ballet inspired moves. But the workouts are for all ages and absolutely any fitness level. Dance experience and flexibility are not required. It’s hot among the Hollywood crowd and a fun way to cross train.
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