Resolve to get fit in 2014? Count on a combination of fun-effective workouts. These are our current favorites.
The Workout: Aerial Fitness
The Equipment: A silk hammock
The Moves: A combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates moves performed on a suspended fabric. Expect heavy repetitions combined with deep stretching.
The Results: A strengthened, lengthened and toned physique
The Workout: Pilates
The Equipment: A mat or a reformer
The Moves: Be prepared for a workout much like yoga, but with less focus on breath work and a stronger concentration on the core and spine.
The Results: Strength without bulk, plus improved flexibility and agility
The Workout: CrossFit
The Equipment: Barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls and a tire
The Moves: It’s all about a mix of aerobic, body weight and weightlifting exercises that is constantly changing and performed at a high intensity.
The Results: Improved muscular strength, cardio-respiratory endurance and flexibility
The Workout: Zumba
The Equipment: Upbeat music and supportive sneakers
The Moves: Get set for easy-to-follow dance routines (just 3-4 moves per song) inspired by salsa, merengue and hip-hop, and set to Latin music.
The Results: Improved stamina, balance, muscle tone and mood
The Workout: Boxing
The Equipment: Boxing gloves, wrist wraps, a punching bag and a jumprope
The Moves: You’ll do “rounds” of punches—like cross punches and jabs—in various combinations, separated by periods of jogging and jump-roping.
The Results: Increased endurance, strength and speed, plus toned arms, abs and legs
The Workout: Standup Paddle-Boarding
The Equipment: A paddle, a standup paddleboard and a body of water
The Moves: You’ll take your usual routine off dry land: Exercises like crunches, squats and pushups are performed while balancing on a paddleboard.
The Results: Sculpted abs, arms and legs, fast
The Workout: Cardio Climbing
The Equipment: A VersaClimber
The Moves: Imagine using a StairMaster that engages the upper body, too: You’ll move your arms and legs up and down—alternating them, like you’re climbing a hill.
The Results: Decreased body fat, fast—plus increased definition in the shoulders, back, legs and tush