Want to break through a rut and get excited about fitness again? Even if it’s been forever, there’s a great way to get you back on track.
Try a new fitness class.
A study published by the University of Florida found that doing the same workout routine leads to a loss of motivation. However, changing the routine gets you even more motivated about working out and staying healthy.
But I get it. It can be a tough mental hurdle to start a new class or activity. You have to find the new class. Then, there’s the chance you may hate it, so you have a risk of wasting an entire hour of your life. Also, if you decide to go to a private studio, the classes are so damn expensive. My favorite classes in the city range from $18-25 per class. Expensive!
Well, one awesome thing to appear in Chicago in the past few weeks is a little thing called Classpass. For $100/month, you get unlimited access to a ton of fitness studios. At the moment, they only operate in a few large cities, but they’re constantly growing. There are also quite a few smaller versions of this same concept in other cities (I actually tried to do this business model myself at one point – it’s a HUGE undertaking that I eventually quit).
So now, new classes have given me new life! I tried Flywheel, which is a super high energy, high tech spinning class and it was an awesome workout
The other day I tried Shred415, which is a cardio/bootcamp-ish class that integrates running on a treadmill with a bunch of floor work. It was exhausting, but I really felt like I got a fantastic workout. Also, the treadmill part of class made me feel just a little better about my running.
Tomorrow I’m going to try Air, which is an Aerial Fitness class…yep I get to swing from the ceiling on a sheet-like piece of fabric. I’m so excited.
Bottom line: There’s all types of cool fitness stuff happening in the world. Get on in here!
I will caveat everything by acknowledging that this all requires some extra time. Between getting there and back, taking the class, and waiting around (in that rare chance that I’m actually early), it all takes about an hour and a half. However, that time is totally worth it just to help me get a little more exited about fitness and to see some great results over time.
I have a month-long pass and not sure whether I’ll renew or not, so I decided to give myself a 30 day challenge to try different classes. Why not try the same? Maybe a 7 day challenge, where you try 3 new classes. And no need to go to a special studio. If you belong to a gym that has classes, just try those.
Variety may be the one thing you need to kick your results to the next level.