With September around the corner, and back-to-school season upon us, we’re in the mood for a reset on our usual routine, and that includes our fitness regimen. But if you’re anything like us, you’re tired of doing countless crunches in the gym, or doing your daily park run, and ready for some serious change. September is a bit like a new year in our minds, so what better way to get out of your comfort zone than trying a new — even out-of-the-box — way to get your sweat on. Not sure what classes to try? We’ve rounded up our favourite classes that are taking the country by storm.
Inspired by real surfer movements, Surfset Fitness, which has locations across Canada, provides a full body workout that’s all about challenging your body to move in new ways (and beyond the traditional workout). The 45-minute classes are designed to engage your core at every stage and combine cardio, strength and stability moves, all with the goal of building lean, surfer-like muscle.
Beyoncé Dance Classes
Channel your inner Queen Bey as you break a serious sweat and sculpt your muscles to Beyoncé’s biggest hits. RSVP 33 has locations across the country and welcomes all levels to come and learn how to master B’s boot shake, hair flips, and sexy strut. But more importantly, you’ll build confidence, feel good in your own skin, get a great workout, and meet new people.
After first taking Kelowna, BC., by storm, SPINCO has gained mass popularity and has been popping up across the country with plans for expansion in the coming months. Known for its dark lighting and loud, pumping music, SPINCO offers full-body spin classes designed to uplift your spirit and mental well-being. In each class, you work together with class members as a team to move in unison to the beat of the music, all while engaging your butt, core and arms.
Combining elements of ballet, dance, and Pilates, Barre fitness classes are a great way to strengthen and lengthen muscles, while also toning key areas like the core, glutes, legs, and arms so you can have that dancer’s body you’ve always dreamed of. There are various studios in each province, so we recommend doing a quick Google search to see what studios are nearest you.
If you’re looking to try a serious full body workout that will have you burning calories for up to 36 hours afterwards, you definitely need to pay a visit to Orangetheory Fitness. Each workout is made up of a one-hour interval class that combines treadmills, rowers, and weights — all while your heart rate is posted up on a big screen in real-time. But no pressure!
For the yoga-loving ladies, take your traditional exercise to new heights and try an aerial yoga class instead. Aerial yoga involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in a hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout. Plus, it’s totally Instagram-worthy.