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9 Gym Classes to Try

Taking a class or activity at your gym is an excellent way to stay motivated and switch up the monotony of working out on your own. Most gyms offer a variety of classes at convenient hours, so it should be pretty easy to find one that works with your schedule and work out-interests. Make sure you choose one at the correct level for your physical aptitude—a class that is too hard will overexert your muscles, and a class that’s too easy won’t be challenging. Take a look at these popular gym classes to get a general idea of what’s out there, and how many calories you’ll be burning.

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  1. Spinning: During spin classes, participants will work out on a stationary bike. An instructor will help you through various exercise stages, which include warm-up, steady-up tempo cadences, sprints, climbs and cool downs. You will burn an average of 600 to 700 calories per session.
  2. Sports Conditioning: If you’ve ever played a team sport during high school or college, these classes will remind you of those after school practices. It includes exercise like pull ups, pushups, sprints, and cones. These classes emphasize repetition and building your endurance level.
  3. Yoga: Designed to enhance vitality and a sense of well-being, Yoga workouts will help participants gain improved flexibility, balance, strength and posture. It depends what kind of yoga you are doing, but a basic Yoga work out will burn about 300 calories per hour.
  4. Bikram Yoga: Often referred to as “hot yoga,” Bikram Yoga takes place in a room that is heated to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Using 26 different poses, this is considered to be the most challenging form of yoga. But that hard work pays off—practitioners can expect to lose about 1,000 calories per session.
  5. Basic Martial Arts: Each class consists of exercises for flexibility, activation, core and muscular endurance. Participants will improve stamina and strength, and learn to put different workouts together to simulate actual martial arts routines. You will burn an average of 800 calories per 45 minute class.
  6. Kickboxing: This cardiovascular workout consists of jabs, hooks, uppercuts and kicks that mix flexibility with strength-building moves. The high-intensity drills typically burn about 300 to 600 calories.
  7. Pilates: Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance, and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back. A beginner Pilates session will burn about 300 calories per hour.
  8. Piloxing: Combining boxing with Pilates, this fun workout elongates your frame while adding the benefits of cardio exercise. You could torch up to 800 calories per session.
  9. Zumba: This exercise class fuses Latin dance rhythms with easy to follow dance moves. The result of this fusion is a fun workout that feels more like a night out dancing than a "work" out in your health club. You can expect to burn about 500 calories in a typical session.