Learning about new types of fitness classes is always intriguing, even for neophytes like me. I must admit that I am still at the “reading about it” stage, but trying some of these classes is definitely on my “bucket list.”  For those of you who are ready right now to take the plunge, here are some options (and no, not all of them are crazy high intensity!):


Aqua Cycling
Perfect for those looking for a low impact activity, aqua cycling is an excellent way to work some cardio into your life. Water ready stationary bikes are submerged in three to four feet of water, you get on the bike, and then you pedal against the resistance of the water. Aqua cycling is perfect for improving blood flow and reducing cellulite. One aqua cycling class can burn up to 800 calories!

Combining fun music and simulated drumming with RipStix, Pound is an energetic way to improve your health. Drum along to the music while working on simple moves to improve your cardiovascular endurance and strength. The RipStix offer lightweight resistance throughout all of the dancing and drumming moves. And no, you DO NOT  have to be musically inclined (I am not, believe me!) to participate. To paraphrase the people who created this fitness program, Pound is a way to “rock out while you work out.” Fitness studios and gyms all over the United States offer this class.

If you haven’t had the chance to try a SoulCycle class, now is a great time to do so!  The 45-minute classes are energetic and motivational and will definitely result in burning calories!  SoulCycle is great for those seeking a hard-working cardio activity that blends in other elements such as abs work and hand weights.  (And – full disclosure – I have actually taken a few SoulCycle classes – lots of (challenging) fun!)

Physique 57
If you want to target specific muscle groups in a unique way, check out a Physique 57 class. This barre-based class seamlessly mixes cardio, strength, and stretching throughout the entire workout. You don’t have to be super flexible to take this class –  individuals of all abilities are welcome to try this workout. Unfortunately, there are only a few Physique 57 studios in the U.S., but you can stream classes online through a subscription platform!

Congratulations on taking the next step if you decide to try one of these classes! In the end, exercise is all about finding a routine that works for you and your body, whether that routine consists of the old, the new, or a combination of both.