Make the Most of a 30 Minute Gym Workout: Group Fitness Classes

Group Fitness Classes In Part 1 of our article, we covered ways to make the most of a half hour at the gym. Now we’re focusing on concentrated group fitness classes you might want to take advantage of.

What do you do when you find yourself crunched for time to work out and be fit?

Group Fitness Classes: Total Body

  • Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED™
    This is a high intensity and endurance based workout developed by one of the icons in the fitness world and recognized television trainer. We utilize Jillian’s 3-2-1 interval approach: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs, throughout this group fitness class, which it draws from elite training methods like HIIT, plyometrics, super-sets and more. This class is scheduled for 45 minutes with 15 minutes for explanation and then a non-stop push for the remaining 30.

    Rest periods are very short in this integrated movement class—this workout is designed to help you crush your fitness goals and leave feeling like a champion!

  • Jump Rope Conditioning
    Jump Rope Conditioning Some of the most revered training programs in the world recognize the value of incorporating ropes into the routine—not the least of which are world-class boxers who jump rope regularly for quickness, agility and coordination. In this way, a jump rope is no longer a playground toy. In fact, jumping rope for six minutes can burn more calories than running a six-minute mile! You’ll hit your shoulders and calves big time in this group fitness class, plus incorporate all the muscle groups and joints in between. Class duration may vary–but you’re sure to feel it within 30 minutes.

    If you want to work your heart and burn body fat, plus boost strength and power, this conditioning workout is of the best ways to use a half hour to train for overall fitness.

  • Tabata
    Tabata is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT) considered to be one of the most effective by trainers and fitness journals. You’ll be guided through numerous short blasts of intense work, interspersed with very short intervals of rest. Your endurance and your energy supply are improved through a variety of simple exercises in each 30-minute or longer group fitness class (class length varies), which helps you burn calories during the workout and for hours afterward.

    Whether your goal is muscle tone, weight loss, or both, Tabata addresses it. Prepare to sweat, breathe, and work hard!

Group Fitness Classes

Group Fitness Classes: Targeted Muscle Groups

  • Ultimate ABS
    Great-looking abs are considered an ultimate symbol of fitness, but when you spend 15 minutes in this group fitness class you’ll get a lot more from your time than merely going for the “six pack.” That’s because the trunk of the body—also known as your core—is important to overall physical well-being. Your abs are not only on the surface where you can see them, but they also run deeper, supporting the spine and working with many stabilizing and athletic movements.

    The focus in this class will be on upper and lower abs, obliques, back muscles, muscular slings used in functional movement, as well as the hips and gluts to develop better balance.

  • Ultimate Arms
    Strength training by nature can put extra emphasis on your upper body because so many full body exercises require you to lift weights—using your arms, shoulders and back muscles. That’s a good thing, since many of your life movements require upper body fitness, from moving furniture to carrying a child. When you don’t have enough time to complete your entire strength workout at the gym, but you don’t want to skip your upper body work, this group fitness class can be your answer.

    You’ll strengthen and tone your arms, shoulders and back in this powerful 15-minute workout, to help you add definition to your upper body muscles and give you the fit look you want.

  • Rock Bottom
    Many people wonder if there are particular exercises that can target their “problem areas” of the lower body. While there is no real way to “spot reduce” any one section, we do have a class that specifically works on areas we want to be as shapely and firm as possible—namely the hips, butt and thighs.

    This 30-minute format focuses on strengthening the thighs, lifting gluteus muscles and streamlining the hips. When you take this challenging group fitness class, the “bottom line” is that the benefits are worth it!

Find one of these classes near you at XSport Group Fitness.

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