If you’re reading this right now, you’re probably in the market for a heart-thumping, blood-pumping, balls-to-the-wall workout. And, friend, we’ve got you covered. We’re all about helping you get sweaty in pursuit of your goals, whether that means getting stronger, hitting a new PR, or losing weight. But let’s be real for a second here: The tricky thing about weight-loss workouts is that they’re kinda, sorta… a myth. Don’t get me wrong—if you’re trying to lose weight, a solid exercise regimen should be part of your plan. It just can’t be the only part.
When it comes to losing weight, a combination of good nutrition and diet along with exercise is the key to success. Joining a gym can be a great way to commit to a regular exercise routine, and many people find that the group training classes offered at gyms can be fun and motivational. If weight loss is your goal, then some classes are certainly better than others to consider trying. Let’s look at four of the best (and most fun!).
More than just a trendy new way to workout, getting involved in a spinning class can really kick-start your weight loss efforts through a combination of factors. Your instructor will lead you through a variety of different races that simulate those you might do on the open road – uphill, sprints, long distance – to the background of upbeat music. But powering through each track is more than just about getting sweaty and increasing your heart rate. Spinning will also help to strengthen your hip muscles, hamstrings, glutes and quads, and the stronger these large muscles are, the easier it is for your body to burn fat. It is also estimated that you will burn between 600 – 800 calories in one high intensity class.
The short sprint workouts that you do in a spinning class are known to effectively increase levels of human growth hormone, which will assist in boosting lean muscle and burning fat. This form of interval training (where you do spurts of activity and rest) increases your body’s metabolism, so you keep burning fat even after the class!