Look, I understand more than anyone that getting to the gym can seem like a hassle. It can be difficult to find the motivation to work out when you’d rather be cozy in bed. However, working out doesn’t have to be a chore and a workout class may be the solution you are looking for. Joining a class will prompt you to block off a specific amount of time to work out every week, and knowing that this time is built into your schedule will make you more likely to actually show up. There’s also the added benefit of being surrounded by other people who are working to complete the same moves as you, and the extra moral support just may be the added push you need.
Here are some really cool workout classes that college students in particular love to attend.
The Vixen Workout is a female empowerment dance fitness class based on the Miami club scene. Vixen provides a safe space for women to dance free of judgment and is about so much more than just exercise. The Vixen motto is “Stay Hungry. Live Fierce.” This means that members of the “Vixen Army” are supposed to stay hungry for life, and the class highlights the importance of finding the strength and confidence to reach your goals. No dance background is necessary and it’s okay if you don’t catch on to the moves right away. It’s just about having fun–with the added benefit of burning up to 1,000 calories by the end of the one-hour session.
Vixen is my favorite way to work out, personally. Last September, my suitemate prompted me to attend a class–she was already a hardcore fan and is even a certified instructor– and I am so glad I did because Vixen makes me actually want to exercise. Dancing along to Beyoncé under colorful lights with my good friends by my side can be even more fun than hitting up the actual clubs, to be honest.
BODYCOMBAT is a high-energy workout based on a variety of existing martial arts. The moves in each class are inspired by Karate, Taekwondo, Boxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira and Kung Fun and you can burn up to 740 calories during a 55-minute class. If you don’t have that much time, you can still participate because there are locations with classes that are only 30 or 45 minutes. BODYCOMBAT is a non-contact workout and is perfectly safe for beginners, so you do not have to worry excessively about injuries.
BODYCOMBAT is one of several workout classes created by Les Mills, a company with 21 fitness programs that include workout classes and videos that you can use to exercise from home if there are no locations near you.
Swap out a traditional bicycle for a Cyc workout class. The Cyc website describes the 45-minute spinning experience as “a dance party” since the people signed up for this class will pedal along to the fast-paced music that plays in the background. Cyc is not just about working out your legs; it also provides a great opportunity to work on your upper body because a few songs are dedicated solely to focusing on your arms and core. Cyc is an intense workout, but it is for beginners and experts alike.
With classes hovering at around $17 depending on location, Cyc is one of the more expensive options on this list. However, many universities offer spin classes for free in their recreation centers and gyms, so if you’re in it more for the cycling exercise than for the atmosphere, those could provide a more affordable alternative.
Swimming laps in the pool alone can get repetitive and mundane after a while. If you like to swim but are looking to mix up your daily routine, try out a water-based exercise class. Water-based aerobics classes may not seem as intense as the options above, but it provides a unique experience that contains some of the same benefits as traditional workout classes while making it a little easier on your body due to the buoyancy of the water. There are also aquatic versions of traditional classes like yoga and zumba.
Not all aquatic workouts are created equal–some are difficult and some are more relaxed, some incorporate pool toys and other do not–so make sure you do your research before committing to a class.
Yes, you did read that correctly. Goat Yoga is exactly what it sounds like. Goat Yoga is more relaxed than those other high-powered classes, but this low-key session comes along with its own benefit. According to its website, Goat Yoga classes technically count as “animal-assisted therapy” and its creators emphasize that interacting with the goats can help participants relieve daily stress, cope with depression, and focus on positive thoughts. There also specific offsets of Goat Yoga, such as Baby Goat Yoga (awww) and Goat Yoga & Wine Tasting. Sign me up!
You sign up for one individual Goat Yoga class at a time, so it is more of an isolated experience that a weekly workout. However, it is a lot of fun and though it originated in Oregon, there are now classes popping up throughout the country.
Check it out here.