There are times in our days and weeks when getting outside isn't an option when it comes to physical fitness. It may also be that you just prefer to exercise indoors. To all the indoor workout haters out there, we say...don't knock it til you try it! There are tons of options to get your sweat on inside that won't make you lose your mind (ahem -- they don't call it a "dreadmill" for nothing!). Read on for fun indoor exercise studios or programs we love.
With locations across the U.S., Barre3 is becoming a favorite exercise option with women looking to maximize their strength and fitness and elongate their muscles with gentle movements. In their own words, "Barre3 is a full-body workout designed with our signature approach of sustained holds, micro-movements, and cardio bursts that will leave you feeling balanced in body and empowered from within."
A lot of these studios also offer childcare which is amazing for all the mamas out there. This workout may not seem particularly "intense" while you're doing it, but we guarantee you will be sore the next day!
If you're looking to find your zen, you may want to search elsewhere because Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) turns everything up a notch. From loud music to an instructor pushing participants to dig deeper and stay in high heart rate zones, this class is for the athlete looking for a high-energy, comprehensive workout. Participants rotate from treadmills to rowing machines to TRX stations directed by an instructor who may enjoy watching people suffer a little too much. Ha!
OTF studios have been springing up all over the U.S. We suggest checking a class out near you!
Another high energy studio that packs a big punch is Fit Body Boot Camp (FBBC). What we love most about their approach is that you can get A LOT accomplished in 30 minutes. With HIIT routines that will leave your arms and legs feeling like jello, you will be glad the classes are only a half hour. Another thing we love is how supportive the FBBC community is. Everyone there is super welcoming. Don't be surprised if you make a few new friends in the process of getting into better shape. If that's not an added bonus, we don't know what is!
If you want to try a spin class but are intimidated or just really don't know where to start, Cyclebar is a great place to get your feet wet. The staff is so friendly and helpful and will get you set-up with everything you need including cycling shoes and complimentary bottles of H20. They'll show you how to set up your bike and pretty soon you'll be off on a 30-50 minute journey of fun. The workout is not easy but the time really does fly by. The music and instructors will motivate you throughout the strength and speed sessions and what we LOVED was the email update after the class that includes all of our stats for the class. There are a few group cycling options out there, but we think Cyclebar's welcoming approach for athletes of all levels is where it's at!
Group fitness indoor exercise options seem to be popping up everywhere these days. Share in the comments below YOUR favorite place to work up a sweat inside.
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Everyone knows it can be tough to motivate in the cold months of winter. Waking up early to crawl out of a warm bed when the skies are still dark and the temps are close to freezing can feel pretty impossible...and that makes a lot of sense.
The sunny days of summer bring challenges of their own, but we don't often hear about how people struggle with fitness during this time of year. If you're having trouble staying committed to an exercise routine right now, you are definitely not alone. We thought we'd share a few IG accounts that we find inspiration from year-round. These women are relatable, unstoppable and transparent about all things life. Give them a follow!
As many of you know, we're major fans of women who chart their own paths by starting businesses and supporting women's specific initiatives. Gina Lucrezi, founder of Trail Sisters, checks off all the boxes when it comes to #unstoppable women entrepreneurs who are making an impact in their respective communities.
Trail Sisters is a women’s trail running community and online journal. The TS mission is to increase women’s participation and opportunity in trail running through inspiration, education and empowerment.
We're excited to introduce Gina as the first woman featured in our 'Women-Led' blog series! (Hopefully, many more amazing women to follow.)