If your New Year’s Resolution was to get in shape, you might want to set your sights on some fun new workouts that are sure to keep you motivated and on track all year long. Here’s a look at some of the newest options:
Gravity is a total body workout that takes place on individual Pilates-style incline machines.
“Most instructors will push you just outside your comfort zone,” says Ali Lubin, owner of Harmony Fitness in Toronto (harmonyfitness.ca). “Expect soreness the next day!”
The workout involves short bursts of movement or holding positions for long durations, which can be especially intense. You will also be doing standing lunges and squats with one leg on the glide board for added instability. Add jumps and large arm movements and the intensity of the workout can leave you in a good sweat. The good news: the incline can always be adjusted.
If you hung up your dance shoes by age 10, it may be time to buy a new pair. Candice Wasserstein recently added adult tap classes into her workout routine. “As a working mom of two young kids, I always feel pressed for time to workout, and half the time it feels like a chore. That has all recently changed thanks to the tap class I joined at Vibe Dance and Fitness Studio (vibestudio.ca). The adult tap classes are an awesome way to work up a sweat while having so much fun!”
Vibe Dance and Fitness Studio co-owner Rena Schwartz explains why: “Tap is an incredible workout because your feet are moving the entire time as you make music with your feet! The transfer of weight from your heels to your toes and from the right foot to the left foot with the incorporation of arms to the tap steps makes you have an active, non-stop high-energy workout,” she says. “Plus tap dancing is a fun and effective form of exercise that improves coordination and builds confidence.”
Get on board with a new workout that’s making waves: indoor surfing! Surfset is an on-board workout that uses surfboards built on a raised and wobbly platform. “It's easily adaptable to any fitness level so you can get the workout that you want,” says Sofia Mok, an owner at Surfset Toronto (surfsetfitness.com/surfsettoronto.com). The workout challenges the body by moving away from traditional static exercise and mimicking the instability of water, building long, lean muscles for that incredible surfer physique. “It's something completely different and fun, yet incredibly effective,” says Alexandra Vinichenko, another Surfset Toronto owner.