Fitness classes cater primarily to women. Guys generally shy away from group exercise because so many of the classes involve dance moves and that intimidates them. Whatever your chromosone mix, here’s a quick guide to the best class offerings:
Pilates: a series of movements that improve strength and balance. Pros: good for abs and core strength, improves flexibility. Cons: slow calorie burn, not effective for weight loss.
Spinning: Riding a stationary bike at different speeds and resistance levels. Pros: great cardio workout and calorie burner (about 500 calories in 40 mins). Cons: little upper-body conditions.
Yoga: series of exercises that emphasize specific postures and controlled breathing. Pros: strengthens core, improves flexability, improves mind-body fitness. Cons: slow calorie burn, difficult for newbies.
Kickboxing: series of punches and kicks. Pros: works most muscles including core, improves balance, great aerobic workout. Cons: may induce false sense of security.
HipHop: exercise class using the latest trends in choreography. Pros: great calorie burn and aerobic workout, fun. Cons: self-esteem issues if you can’t get the moves.
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