Seven new group fitness classes coming to a gym near you
This March 2011 photo released by Just Love Photography shows a yoga session in Rincon, Puerto Rico, at a retreat created by Jessica Bellofatto of KamaDeva Yoga and Gina Bradley of Paddle Diva. (AP / Evelyn O'Doherty/Just Love Photography)
Published Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:49PM EDT
If you're bored with step classes and spinning, the IDEA World Fitness Convention in Los Angeles will display dozens of new group fitness classes, all hoping to gain traction in gyms around the globe. Here are a few highlights.
YogaLean: The YogaFit franchise is offering a YogaLean session to help instructors adapt the technique to larger bodies. The program focuses on losing weight as a transformational process that involves the mind, body, and spirit, while relying on yoga practices such as breathing, meditation, and mindfulness to shed kilos.
Tabata Bootcamp: High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the hottest fitness trends of the moment, and this small group class focuses on an eight-weight bootcamp of Tabata HIIT exercises, meaning you work at maximum effort for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, then repeat.
TRX for Kids: Another major fitness trend, TRX suspension training takes its hardcore functional workouts and adapts them for kids, with a focus on fun and motivation. Also, the Group Rip Power course for adults ramps up the energy, focusing on pulsing music and power moves for "an absolutely killer workout."
MMA Fitness Boot Camp: Mixed martial arts brings agility, strength, and endurance to your workouts, and this class combines "the chaos of combat in the cage" to a group training environment.
Indo-Row: The rowing machine, often considered retro and dull, is making a comeback in the most surprising fashion: the group fitness class. Indo-Row lets you work in teams to work every muscle in your body -- not just the upper body -- which gets your heart pumping but without risks to your joints. What's more, a 50-minute class can burn as much as 1,200 calories, about twice as many as spinning.
PaddleFitness: Still building momentum this year are indoor classes that simulate surfing or paddleboarding workouts. This session at IDEA World employs the Ocean Yoga board to provide functional movements and balance training without ever getting wet.
Parkour: While the training ground for parkour, also known as free running, is typically urban cityscapes, the latest trend is indoor parkour, where participants can leap, dive, and backflip with the safety of foam pits and padded mats, no matter what the weather is outside. IDEA World will host a few sessions on parkour, including a primer class that includes movement training, as well as a session focusing on parkour "functional training," which teaches balance moves, jumps, and climbs.
IDEA World Fitness Convention runs August 7-11, with more than 5,000 influential fitness and wellness professionals from 65 nations participating in hundreds of sessions devoted to new fitness trends.
Rival tradeshows include Germany's FIBO and LA's IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show.