4 of the Most Intense Workout Classes Out There

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You may think you’re way too macho for group classes and would much rather have a solo session at the gym, where you are one upping the guy lifting next to you, than be seen in 7 a.m. spin. But maybe you shouldn’t be too quick to judge. Fitness classes are getting harder and more dynamic. We rounded out a few super-intense fitness classes that will make you seriously sweat. Don’t believe us? Try them out for yourself.

HIIT

High intensity interval training is always a good workout option. It is a type of workout that encourages you to give 100% effort followed by a recovery period. And believe us, HIIT workout classes are no joke. One of the best HIIT classes is located in NYC and called The Fhitting Room. Eric Salvador the head instructor at The Fhitting Room told Daily Burn, “A high-intensity workout increases the body’s need for oxygen during the effort and creates an oxygen shortage, causing your body to ask for more oxygen during recovery.” HIIT workouts allow you to burn fat while gaining muscle. 

Bootcamp

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If you find it hard to go to the gym on your own time and fall short of working up a good sweat with your self-made program, bootcamp might be the right choice for you. According to Everyday Health, it is called bootcamp because it stimulates a team training environment. Exercise physiologist and trainer Pete McCall, says “It’s extremely dynamic, aerobic-based and muscle-based exercise. You’re getting all three components of a workout at the same time: cardio, flexibility, and strength training.” We aren’t saying you should abandon your lifting routine, but bootcamp can be a great way to work up a sweat and get in a different type of workout. 

Cycling

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Cycling, like bootcamp, is a great alternative workout. According to Greatist, you can burn up to 900 calories from one spin class. It is also a great way to tone muscles and increase your VO2 max. The other great thing about cycling is that you have the ability to make the class easier or harder depending on your level of resistance. There are also cycling classes that focus on group effort and encourage competition, like Swerve Fitness where the class is broken up into teams, allowing riders to engage their inner athlete.

Yoga

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We know you are probably rolling your eyes, but before you totally discard going to yoga, consider the fact that a lot of top athletes do yoga. Still not convinced? According to Men’s Fitness, yoga has endless benefits that go beyond seeing results in the gym. Yoga can boost your immune system, increase digestion, and even make your sex better.

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