First and foremost, keep in mind that if you haven’t been exercising on the regular you will in a sense have to start at the bottom and work your way up to the speed that everyone else is working at. DO NOT try to do what they are doing at the speed in which they are doing it. The best way to get discouraged and lose fun out of any of these classes is by making it a competition. You need to be in it for yourself. Listen to your body and push it only so much. Your body is going to let you know when not to push harder. Gradually work up to the class speed. The more you do it the better your tolerance will be and the more you’ll be able to do. Be sure to stretch before AND after exercise to help prevent injury. You’d be surprised at how fun some of these can be! Keep in mind these workouts are about loving yourself and increasing your body’s abilities, as well as increasing energy and being overall healthier in life. It is not about losing weight. In fact, if you have a problem with weighting in on the scale, get rid of it.
- Kickboxing quite possibly my favorite class to take I’ve been doing it on and off for years and it totally builds yourself esteem. (Also makes me feel like I can whoop…) The great thing about a kick boxing class is it works so many different parts of the body and who doesn’t love beating the hell out of a bag.
- Pole-dancing has been one of those classes that I’ve heard more and more people taking part in and to be honest I’m a little torn between how I feel about it because I tend to be a bit more conservative, but regardless this exercise is sure to work muscles you never knew you would have and not to mention being able to hold yourself upside down by your legs after much practice. Kudos to anyone who can do it, you’re a rockstar. This would also be a big confidence boost as well in my opinion knowing you can hold your body in midair.
- Yoga is great for the mind and body seekers out there. You’re going to get a great work out and increase flexibility. I always think this is a great combination with the kickboxing if you’re experiencing a great deal of stress in your life. Check out Curvy Yoga.
- Hooping seems childish but gives it a second look; hula hooping is another one of those classes growing in popularity. Don’t think of it as moving your hips and trying to keep the hoop us as we did as children. People become really flexible and able to move the hoop without stopping up, down and around their entire body. I see the Art Institute students in the street outside of their dorm area doing hooping with their light up hoops. Hooping looks pretty fun and epic. (You say flashing lights and I’m there!) Check out Curvy Hooping Challenge.
- Figure skating is pretty epic, and works the body like crazy, increasing flexibility and strength in your legs and back. You will feel the burn in your legs the most in the beginning. I started skating when I was 3 years old and it was by far my favorite thing to do. I wish I would have kept up with it when I became an adult but if you live somewhere where figure skating/ice skating classes are offered is sure to give it a try. Once you learn the basics you’ll never want to stop.