Staying motivated to move in winter can be seriously tough. Choosing extra time with your doona can easily take priority over a 6am group fitness class.
EFM are here to inspire you, with our list of our top 5 group fitness classes to try this winter.
From sweaty spinning to tactical combat classes, it’s all there just waiting for you to give it a go!
What it is: You may have heard the term ‘HIIT’ floating around fitness circles, but need a little clarification on what it is. HIIT stands for ‘High Intensity Interval Training’ and is a fitness program that is taking Down Under by storm. Even though HIIT classes at different gyms vary in their offerings, the basic are the same. Brief, intense spurts of cardio, followed by a period of rest.
Recommended for: Those who want to burn fat while building muscle - and have the stamina to blast through this intense workout!
What it is: You may be yearning for a bit of heat as we descend into the depths of winter, but be careful what you wish for.
Traditionally, hot yoga (also known as Bikram yoga) is a series of 26 yoga postures, practised in a room heated to a toasty 40 °C - with 40% humidity. Yogis claim that the heat of the room makes the body work harder, sweat harder and therefore release the most amount of toxins from the body. You will leave a Bikram class feeling relaxed, stretched, and yes, very much in need of a shower.
In addition to your trusty yoga mat, you’ll need to take a good towel (trust us- you’ll need it) and ample bottled water to see you through and ensure you stay hydrated.
Editors tip: If you wear glasses or contacts, leave them in your bag and nab a spot up the front nearest to the teacher instead. Unless your glasses have mini de-foggers or wipers built in - they will only hinder you!
Recommended for: Those who don’t mind a little sweat, love regular yoga, and want to take their experience to the next level.
What it is: ‘Hitting the bar’ has a new meaning with the explosion in popularity of barre classes. Essentially, this is a ballet-based workout that also samples elements of yoga and Pilates for a truly original workout.
These group classes utilise a barre (the horizontal bar ballerinas use) for balance while completing reps of strength-building movements. Physical results can be seen quickly, and the effectiveness and popularity of barre classes shows that this trend is well and truly here to stay.
Recommended for: Those who want to build strength and flexibility - and loved the movie Centre Stage. It’s also recommended for pregnant women, as it helps with balance - something a growing belly can throw off!
What it is: Remember Liam Neeson taking down assassins with ease in Taken? That’s Krav Maga. A handy mix of physical exercise and self-defence training and invented by the Israeli Defence Force, Krav Maga classes teach the art of using instinct and reflex to protect yourself, without ever truly having to engage in combat.
Do your research to find your nearest authentic Krav Maga school - it’s steadily growing in popularity across Australia.
Recommended for: Krav Maga is ideal for those who wish to build confidence, feel more equipped to defend themselves or just want a fun, informative fitness alternative. Classes range from beginner to advanced, so regardless of your fitness level, it’s a unique workout to try.
What it is: Spin is a high-intensity group fitness workout, all done from the comfort of a stationary exercise bike. Well, comfort is relative and it’s not just any exercise bike. A weighted flywheel linked to the bike pedals means simply stopping pedalling when you have had enough isn’t an easy option, and requires a workout of its own.
Lead by a spin teacher and backed by a motivational music playlist, spin is sixty minutes of both hard and slower ‘spinning’, which technically makes it a HIIT class. It’s also recommended for any fitness level.
This is one class you will need to take your trusty towel and water bottle along to - it gets pretty sweaty!
Recommended for: Those who want to burn a heap of calories in one class and can handle the most intense ‘leg day’ aftermath of their life.