Stuck in a Fitness Rut? Try These New Takes on Classic Workouts
Gets you focused: Try Equinox’s Headstrong, a pop-up boot camp–style class that incorporates mindful breathing and choreography to challenge your brain. Or book a SoulCycle bike for a majorly head-clearing, mantra-filled sweat session.
Core work: Try a Megaformer class like SLT. Using these spring-weighted, sliding machines adds resistance and challenges your balance during Pilates-inspired strength and cardio moves, making your abs burn like crazy.
Endorphin high: Try Rise Nation—a high-intensity sesh that uses VersaClimbers, machines that simulate rock climbing—or Barry’s Bootcamp, where half the class is spent on the treadmill and the other is strength based. Or break out a pair of in-line skates.
Tracking stats: Try Flywheel, an indoor cycling class that shows your rank on a leader board, or Orangetheory Fitness, which includes treadmill work, weights, and rowing machines, plus heart rate monitors that track your energy output on screens.
Goal oriented: Try Epic Hybrid Training, which offers HIIT classes with fun challenges (think monkey bar traverses and rope climbs). Getting ready for an obstacle course race? This class can help.
Low impact: Try WTRX at Life Time gyms, a pool-based class with aquatic training tools; it’s high-intensity and easy on joints. A flat and moderate-paced outdoor hike is also body friendly—and an instant mood booster.
Makes you feel powerful: Boxing is a surefire way to feel empowered, and a punching bag is the perfect setup for releasing aggression. Sobekick, UFC Gym, EverybodyFights, Aerospace High Performance Center, and Rumble all offer kick-ass classes.
Builds muscle: Try CrossFit such as B/Fit (fast-paced weighted moves) or Barbell Club (Olympic lifting), both at Brick gyms. They’ll challenge you with speed and help you get super technical so you can load up more weight and reach new PRs.
Variety of exercises: Try Les Mills Grit Strength, a HIIT class using barbells, weights, and step-up platforms, or Exhale’s HIIT 30, which uses med balls and dumbbells during intervals. Also good: Fhitting Room.
Teamwork: Try Tone House. Expect to cheer on your classmates as you run over hurdles, push sleds, and give out high fives in this athletic-training class. Or buddy up for AcroYoga to nail intricate, dynamic poses.