Your Exercise Class Guide

Just a brief rundown on each of the classes listed in this pretty cool Well of Health guide:

Step: A form of aerobic exercise distinguished by its use of an elevated platform (the step). The height can be tailored to individual needs by inserting risers under the step.

Zumba: The class uses primarily Latin dance moves (which can be helpful for people who need to re-contextualize their ideas about exercise and fitness).

Spinning: A calorie burning class that consists of a variety of exercise bikes laid out in rows, with an instructor telling participants when to increase or decrease their rate.

Water aerobics: The performance of aerobic exercise in shallow water such as a swimming pool

Body pump: A weight based program set to music. BodyPump classes are 60 minutes long and contain eight separate muscle-group specific songs or “tracks” along with an opening warm up track and closing cooldown track. The classes incorpoate free weights, barbells, aerobic steps and more.

Kettlebell: The workouts focus on full-body motions consisting of lifting, swinging, and balancing differently weighted kettlebells.

Circuit training: A system of body conditioning training resistance training and high-intensity aerobics where one “circuit” describes the completion of all the exercises in the program (you will most likely go for two or three circuits).

Boot camp: Outdoor group exercise class that mixes traditional calisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training.

Pilates: A body conditioning routine intended to strengthen the core and increase flexibility by using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body.

Yoga: A system of physical positions -  held over a period of time – intended to promote control of the body and mind. Originated in India.

Sport condition: A regimen of exercises, often involving sprints, jumping jacks, pull ups, etc that is intended to allow atheletes to perform with greater strength and agility on the field.

Cross fit: Short, 20 minute work-0uts that require intense physical exertion (drawing on the principals practiced by many strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams and military special operations units).

Boxing: The training regimen used by boxers, which may incorporate shadow boxing, medicine balls and and use of a speed bag.

Hoopnotica: This is hula-hooping.

Kangoo: A 45 minute cardio dance work-out, during which participants wear “bouncy” boots. The springs put less weight on your back and joints while you’re exercising.

Belly dance: A low impact dance work-out intended to utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck.

Barre: Ballet inspired, used to lengthen muscles and tone the core

Urban rebounding: a work-out system incorporating trampolines

Pound: A work-out incorpoating a drumstick used to utilize muscle groups in the abdomen, pelvis, trunk, spine, and neck.

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