What gym classes do you like?

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
What gym classes do you like?
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Tue, 03-06-2012 - 3:12pm

I'm normally such a class person but every gym in my area seems to be going to Les Mills' prechoreographed classes which I don't care for.






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 03-06-2012 - 11:37pm
I take a Pikates course a couple times a month. It is the 'rest. Option for me, better than not working out, but if I need the night to do something else, I give up the class. It is a small class, taught in a small room. It used to be an hour, but my gym has gone to 45 minute classes, which to me isn't long enough. I sometimes stay afterwards if we skip exercises I can do on my own. The class used to have a different instructor, and was. Little 'cliquey'. One of the trainers retired and in the reshuffle, we got a different instructor. I learned Pilates with her, and I like her class, and it s more welcoming. However, she gears for beginners and I miss some of the challenging exercises. On the other hand, the current instructor emphasizes form a lot more. I also like Zumba, and it s wildly popular. However, I belong to a different gym in the summer and they have awesome instructors, and the ones t my home gym do not compare. The 'summer one's are a professional dancer - her class is lyrical, challenging, energetic, fun; and a Latino guy whe is a fitness instructor and he emphasizes the workout aspect - his class can leave you begging for mercy. At the home gym, the person who teaches the most classes doesn't teach, she leads. You have to follow. Her music and choreography is not that interesting to me. The other person is a guy, and his classes are better but not convenient to me. One thing he does that I like s make the rows rotate - I find that Zumba ladies are very territorial and this breaks that up. At my gym, people cheat to get into the class, and registration fills up in 2 minutes...crazy. My retirement dream is to spend four hours a day at the gym - enough time to lift, swim, run, and take classes. I would love to try core pole or ball classes, Pilates on a reformer, yoga...but there is a limit to what one person can do at the gym and still go to work every day...but I plan on bringing my protein shakes and grilled chicken and be a fit little old lady...I am somewhere between 10 minutes and 9 years from living the dream... SJ
Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 6:30am

Let's see...

Strength - different levels of weight classes

Cardio - step, multi-step (inline and four steps), kickboxing, spin

Yoga - different types

Pilates - they also have private

Misc - zumba and bellydance

Pay - reformer pilates and different bootcamps

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 8:01am

LOL, I thought Pikates was a new combination pilates and maybe karate class until I realized it was probably just a typo. I was really interested in hearing about it! I really need to do pilates. I wish we had shorter classes. There is PiYo but from what I've heard, it's neither pilates or yoga, instead of being both.

Zumba instructors make all the difference!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 8:02am

Is step still popular at your gym? It seems to have pockets of popularity but has disappeared from most gyms.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 8:15am

Turbo Kick is still by far the most popular class at my gym. I've tried it a time or two but just don't care for exercise that involves choreographed steps. Zumba is another popular class but one that is growing is "Butts and Guts" which does not involved any music. It's a

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 8:37am

We've had Turbo kick here and people don't seem to like it. I think it's way too fast (maybe you can tell me, with your martial arts background) for kickboxing and I get a better workout w/ bigger/more powerful but slower moves.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 9:34am

This month's schedule at my gym is just now adding a tabata class, evening

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 9:52am

Are you going to try the tabata class? I'd love to see how it's run.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 9:59am

I'll see if I can make one of the classes then let you know. I have a baby shower and family in this weekend so it'll be next week before I can check it out.

Karla
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Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 3:59pm

lol on some people not getting a good workout at turbokick...when I do a kickboxing class, my upper back and abs ACHE the next day.

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