Kelly Ripa can't get enough of this hybrid, cardio/strength training class pedaled to the soundtrack of pop and dance hits. And even before most of us have tried the basic SoulCycle routine, founded by Elizabeth Cutler and Julie Rice, the high-energy indoor cycling class has already switched gears. The new SoulCycle Bands class gives participants a full-body workout -- while pedaling, riders use resistance bands hanging from a sliding track above each bike and manipulate them to tone and strengthen abdominal, oblique, shoulder, tricep, bicep and back muscles — all while maintaining fat-burning cardio levels. The 60-minute class includes different sequences of high-intensity bike sprints and anaerobic intervals sandwiched between core, arm and back exercises. Currently classes are offered in New York and Miami.
Attention, all B-girls who love yoga: BuddhaX is the perfect class for you. The innovative e-workshop series fuses break-dance moves with power Vinyasa yoga, performed to hot hip-hop beats. The first workshop was hosted at Pure Yoga Studios in New York , and upcoming classes will be held in California and Washington, D.C.
Channel your inner goddess with a Nia technique class. Co-founded by Debbie Rosas, Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that fuses elements of dance, martial arts and healing arts. It empowers men and women of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music, and every class offers a unique combination of 52 moves. Nia classes are offered in more than 45 countries, and participants choose the class that's right for them based on three intensity levels.
Learn the techniques that earned Natalie Portman the best actress Oscar, in this online class taught by her Black Swan ballet trainer. Mary Helen Bowers, a former dancer with the New York City Ballet, is revolutionizing the fitness industry by making a ballerina body accessible to everyone. The Ballet Beautiful workout is grounded in the rigorous principles of professional ballet training, but modified to provide non-dancers with the techniques to quickly build and maintain the beauty, grace and strength of a ballet dancer's lithe form. Ballet Beautiful is offered live, online in real time, from anywhere in the world.
Fitness instructor Cassey Ho is the dynamo behind Pop Pilates, a class that mixes Pilates and Pilates-inspired moves that are "choreographed" to the latest pop songs. While the format stays true to Joseph Pilates' classic methods of breath and control, the exercises are performed with higher reps and to different tempos. Ho teaches the class at gyms in Boston, but anyone can tune into the "Pop Pilates" YouTube channel, where she uploads workout videos like the "Butt Blaster" targeted to tone specific muscle groups.
Hollywood 411's Megan Tevrizian takes on the latest celebrity fitness craze -- Piloxing. See why stars like Hilary and Haylie Duff, Ashley Tisdale and Brittany Snow can't get enough of this cross between pilates and boxing!
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