In Arizona, indoor workouts are typically reserved for the summer months and rainy days, or in my case, when you have to put the kiddos in the Kid’s Club at the gym. 🙂 My favorite indoor workouts:
1. Zumba/Dance Jam (Cardio dance) classes – I love the music and the dancing (that’s a given) in these classes. I don’t go regularly so I’m always catching up with choreography. Most of the time when I don’t quite get the moves and I give up and just dance to the music. It’s all good because I always leave sweaty and happy!
2. Yin/Restorative Yoga – This type of yoga class really pushes the mind and body to sink down into a deeper stretch and get to the tendons and the fascia. It’s less of a flow class, but more of a hold the stretch/pose for a minute to three minutes! It feels great the day after long runs. I just have to work on quieting my mind so that I can stay in the poses a little longer.
3. Barre Fitness – Yes, I’m a sucker for the dance category classes. These classes take some of the basic tenants of ballet and pilates and incorporate them into toning and stretching. I love the way my muscles feel after the plies and the stretches. I always feel long and leaner after I attend a class.
4. Barbell – I never thought that I would like to lift weights, but this class is a great intro and bridge into getting comfortable with lifting weights. I’m not comfortable in the weight room; I need the extra help (hand holding) but I can’t afford a personal trainer and it’s not easy to coordinate workout schedules with the hubby. Barbell is a great way to challenge myself with weights but while in a controlled environment.
5. Masters Swim – Yes, I’m currently fixated on the Masters Swim! I feel like I should have tried this class months ago. Swimming is such a great workout, so I feel like I’m working all my muscles. I’m learning more about my body and engaging my body to perform better – mainly engaging my core and working on my coordination! The masters class is great because there’s an instructor to give you the plan. You don’t have to come up with a swim workout on your own, and they’ll give you tips for improvement.
Now that I’m thinking of these classes, especially #1-3 on my list, I realize that it’s been a long while since I’ve attended these classes. Since it’s running season here, I’ve been outside/hitting the treadmills or the pool so much that I haven’t been able to squeeze the fun classes into my schedule. I’m going to work more yoga into my week with the #taketheleap #prana 30 day yoga challenge. After the 15th, I’ll be able to add more dancing (and biking) into my schedule. Look out — there’s a spin class on the horizon!