"The boutique wellness space offers more variety, specificity, and unique fitness opportunities than ever," says Kate Ligler, a certified trainer and wellness manager for MINDBODY. "While kickboxing, rock climbing, pole dancing, and aerial workouts all will require some initial patience, practice, and strength development, they can all be incredibly cathartic, build stamina applicable to other activities, and sculpt your body."
To inspire your perspiring, we did some digging to pinpoint today's trendiest classes that basically double as a photo opp. So, rally your pals or hit up a local class solo to make new friends (and burn some cals).
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"Kickboxing is a high-intensity, non-contact class filled with punches, kicks, and knee jabs — all choreographed to fun beats. All levels can expect a total body workout that shreds calories, challenges your coordination, and engages your core from every angle," says Ligler. "If you are looking to target weight loss, improve your balance or stamina, build faster reflexes, or just blow off some steam at the end of a long day, this class is a great choice."
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If you're new to the game and simply want to give it a try, call your local studio to see if they offer an introductory class (many do) so you can get the hang of it — quite literally!
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Ligler says, "Pole studios are a safe haven for self-expression that incorporate strength, dance, agility, and choreography to accomplish supported and unsupported movements on a pole. These are fun, no-judgment workouts that will challenge your core and upper body, in addition to your creativity in a very scalable manner — welcoming even the most introverted beginner."
Over the long term, pole dancing classes are a great way to achieve insane tone and flexibility, but more than that they can help relieve stress, give you a chance to let out your inner tiger and amp up your confidence.
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