The Current Buzz in Fitness Trends
By Brooke Tucker-Reid, Holly Newton and Kristen Cranshaw
From Jukari to hot yoga, Kangoo to Crossfit, mud runs to personal training, We’ve dabbled in our fair share of fitness trends. Some of them we abandon after just one class, but others we find engaging enough to commit to. Based on current fitness buzz, here are some classes we’ve tried recently.
#barreworksBFF • For the month of March, bring your BFF to their first class for FREE! Share a pic of the two of you, tag @barreworksTO & #barreworksBFF for a chance to win! • See blog [link in bio ☝ ️] for full details! Email email@example.com or call 416-362-2773 to sign-up now! ✔️ • Note: free class applicable to new clients only; limit one free class per new client; current client & new client must attend class together; not applicable to Raise The Barre community classes; not applicable to ClassPass clients; all standard policies & protocols apply [4-hour cancellation policy & no late admittance]; promotion ends March 31st; social media contest winners will be contacted April 1st
Barre (Brooke) So barre classes are no walk in the park. I hadn’t taken one until recently and I wasn’t really sure what to expect. I assumed a plié or two might be involved, but an hour after taking the mixed level class at Barreworks in Toronto, my muscles felt like Jell-o (in a good way). Think of barre as a fusion of ballet, yoga, and Pilates, with an emphasis on ballet postures. The class started and finished with fairly simple group dance exercises which weren’t too tricky for a non-dancer to get the hang of. The ballet barre along every wall in the room helps you balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while contracting certain muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Light handheld ball weights help bring the pain to arm work, as well as some targeted core work on the floor. The whole class is set to hot dance hits which keep the energy up. I’ll definitely be coming back for more.
Let the climbing begin ! Youth A male and female catagory starts NOW A photo posted by Boulderz Climbing Centre (@boulderzclimbingcentre) on
Rock Climbing (Kristen)
Heels class (Holly) A Beginner Heels class is full of sass and moves that you can bring with you to any dance floor. Don’t let the shoes scare you- you’d be surprised what you can do in a pair of pumps! If you hail from #YYZ, I recommend signing up with a few friends for a drop-in class at The Underground Dance Centre. This studio has an impressive teaching staff and is voted the #1 Best Dance Classes in Toronto (voted by blogTO). When the class began, I was relieved that our warm-up routine was done in our bare feet. Once we were stretched and prepped for the choreography, we slipped on our heels and started learning a sexy, cool dance routine in the centre of the room. Learning the choreography bit by bit with time to ask questions in between made me feel totally comfortable and prepared to rock my new moves. Towards the end of the class, everyone splits into small groups to perform for each other while the rest cheer on! The combination of good music, getting in touch with your confident/sensual side and encouragement from my fellow classmates totally distracted me from the fact that I was there to get some exercise. Sign me up for next week!
Have you tried any of these top trends? Which was your favourite?