Its March, the weather’s getting warmer, summer is just around the corner and we’re contemplating our summer holidays. This also means time to start thinking about that bikini body. If you’re anything like me, you’ve hit the gym hard since Christmas, your fitness is up and you’re feeling good, but the thought of pounding that treadmill or swinging those Kettlebells is making you feel as inspired as it did before. So how to inject some excitement into your regular routine?
Inspired by this piece in the ES about the craziest new workouts in London, we’ve done quick round-up of what other workouts are out there, find out how you can shake up your routine and put the joy back into your gym session.
If your favourite part of an aerobic session is the cool down, these Kangoo shoes will make your weekly session fun again. Burning up to 50% more calories than a regular cardio session, while at the same time taking the strain off your joints. Ultimate Fitness in Cardiff and Gym Box in London have just introduced classes to their schedules so it’s only a matter of time before there are classes near you. If you can’t wait, you can buy your own pair from Kangoo Jumps and get bouncing round your local park.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Loved by Rihanna and Jennifer Aniston, stand-up paddle boarding is a great way to get out of the gym and enjoy the spring sun. Burning around 500-700 calories an hour, it’s a great way to work your back, core and arm muscles. Have a look at Active 360 if you’re in the southeast or try Stand Up Paddle Surf for the classes in the rest of the country
Inspired by the toned bodies of the Volley Ball athletes during this year’s Olympics, Volley Body is a new work out from a team including Team GB athletes Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin and their conditioning coach Kate Eddy. Using a medicine ball and resistance band to recreate the movements of beach volleyball with a focus on core, upper and lower body strength. Classes are starting up in gyms but for £10 a month you can download the workouts to do at home.
Falling asleep in your yoga class? Try anti-gravity yoga to put the challenge back into your session. Using a hammock suspended from the ceiling, Anti-Gravity Yoga mixes traditional yoga poses with some new moves to improve your posture and challenge your body. It may take you a while to trust the hammock but once you get the hang of it you’ll be swinging with the best of them.
Been around for a couple of years but just starting to take off, Crossfit is a back to basics work-out used by Police, military and professional athletes worldwide. Using equipment such as kettlebells, sand-bags and tyres, you are challenged to do a certain number of repetitions in a specific time, with the aim to increase repetitions and beat your previous workouts as your improve. For the super competitive you can even post your workouts online and compete with other Crossfitters worldwide. Find a Crossfit class to join or workout in your own time.