5 Fun Gym Classes for Summer

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There are a bunch of ways to get fit this summer, whether you’re working out for the perfect six pack or to show off that new bikini. But if you are one of those people who doesn’t know exactly how to work your body, fret not, there are fitness classes you can take at your university gym (usually for free if you’ve paid your student dues), to help you get into shape and feel good about yourself.

Zumba is a Latin inspired, full body workout that incorporates a number of different dance moves from different genres of music.It also proves as a great way to let loose as you let your body take control. Whether you’re looking for a good time or a way to burn extra calories, this class is enjoyable for everyone. Just ask Allison Rosen of University of San Francisco. “It was super fun and really easy to handle,” Rosen said. “Going a few times a week really helped me to get fit.”

Kickboxing, like Zumba, is an all-in-one workout, which according to fitnessmagazine.com, targets your arms, shoulders, abs, thighs and butt. It is a form of martial arts that uses punching and kicking to give your body the boost it needs to burn calories and fat. As your heart rate increases, so does the amount of calories burned.

Yoga uses different body postures and strives to bring together three elements of the body; the mind, body and soul. Using slow movements and often lots of stretching, this India based practice has been used by many as a technique to relieve stress and become more flexible. Jordan Perry of Western Washington University says that having a yoga class in the morning was a great way to start her day.

Hula is a dance form originating from the Hawaiian Islands that focuses on movement to express phrases, words and meanings. At first, hula began as a way of worship but is now considered a form of entertainment. Using the lower half of the body as main support, hula strengthens the legs and calves, providing a great workout to tone up those beauties. According to Krystin Cabilian of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, hula was a fun class that definitely made her legs hurt the next day, “but in a good way.”

Indoor Cycling is a great way to get your heart rate up. It can also be a great stress reliever. A good way to cycle is to give it your all— pedal until you cannot pedal any longer. Choose a routine that works for you. Cycling burns calories and builds resistance for bike riding—yet another activity you can do at home to get you in shape and feeling better about yourself.

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