Cooler Temps, Hotter Workouts
The temps are falling and we are trading out our shortest shorts and cold-pressed juices for cozy sweaters and pumpkin spice lattes. But before you go all hibernation station, remember how hard you worked to get in shape for summer. So while the cooler weather means you might not have the strongest desire (as in none at all) to go on a morning run, we’ve got the hottest workouts for fall that will get you warm (and fit) despite the impending frigid temps. And here’s the best news… they are fun! (Well, mostly.)
So resist the urge to be a couch potato and while you’ll soon be rocking your puffy jacket this winter, you definitely won’t look like one.
POUND: You know all those times you dance around your room and pretend you’re a hard core rocker? Well now you can do that. Only with other people. While burning 600-900 calories. Can you tell we love Pound — oh and did I mention they also happen to be part of our fab Ambassador Network? Pound is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series while rocking out to your favorite music. Using their lightly weighted drumsticks, (called Ripstix™), you’ll turn into a calorie-torching, strength training drummer while following easy (not complex or embarrassing thank-you-very-much) cardio moves. Pound is spreading across the nation (and world) find a class here. No class in your area? Fear not, you can Pound it at home with their online class!
Rebounding: It’s time to get Trampo-LEAN! (See what we did there?) Rebounding (the technical term for trampoline workouts) are becoming more and more popular— and what’s not to love? You’re toning and sweating (a lot) while channeling your inner 5-year-old (take that Mr. “No More Monkey’s Jumping on the Bed” Man). Proponents of trampoline workouts notice improved balance, core strengthening, enhanced coordination, lymphatic drainage and weight loss. Try the “SkyRobics” class at SkyZone – a 60-minute trampoline fitness class that combines core exercises, advanced calisthenics and strength building aerobics and expect to burn 1,000 calories while doing it! We’ll jump to that! No classes in your hood? Turn to Fitness trainer to the stars Tracy Anderson and her at-home Trampoline and DVD!
Spin Gyms: Spinning has been gaining in popularity over the last couple years and this season we are seeing tons of spin gyms (aka places that offer spin and spin alone). You can expect: great music, incredible motivation and oh did we mention sweating? And a lot of it? Because there is no shortage of the sweat stuff in this intense cardio workout. There is something super fun and inspiring about riding with a bajillion other strangers all feeding off each other’s energy. We love FlyWheel’s classes which include climbs and descents, while working arms with weighted bars. It’s both challenging and Zen at the same time and their bikes track your progress which is then uploaded into your private account on their website so you can set your own goals and track your performance over time. If you’re a brave, brave, soul you can opt to have your performance flash on the screen during class, too. Talk about accountability!
Tabata HIIT: What if we said you could get the same results from your typical 60 minutes treadmill sesh just by working out for only four minutes today? Sounds too good to be true but if you’re OK with seeing stars and feeling slightly nauseous, you can see huge differences with this intense to the max workout in just four minutes. Tabata HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a system developed in the ’70s for Japanese Olympians and has become the go-to workout for athletes and celebs alike. Pick a cardio activity and go as hard as you can for 20 seconds (as in about to die, can’t breathe, seeing stars hard). Follow that with 10 seconds of rest and repeat seven more times. Doing as little as 4 minutes (or one “Tabata”) can increase your aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, VO2 max, resting metabolic rate, and can help you burn more fat (and make you look 200% leaner) than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout. Need some ideas aside from the Treadmill to get your Tabata on? Check out these 10 ideas!
xx, The FabFitFun Team