Four Trending Workouts to Help You Stick with Your New Year’s Resolutions
Train hard, restore hard
Eric Pyne has been a personal trainer in Atlanta since 2008. He currently trains his dedicated clients at Urban Body Fitness. He is an ambassador for Lululemon and leads classes with the Sweat Series at Ponce City Market.
In 2018, Eric will have his clients training hard with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that involves a burst of activity followed by rest or recovery. He trains individuals from all backgrounds, catering each workout to their specific needs and desires with a never-ending variety of strength and cardio moves that make the session fly by.
“Everyone benefits from HIIT,” Eric says.
With quick bursts and fixed periods of less intense activity, it has great effects. For starters, you will burn more fat as the exertion will bring your body repair cycle into hyperdrive, resulting in more fat and calories burned. Also, you will increase your metabolism as it stimulates human growth hormones more than any other fitness activity. Finally, HIIT helps bodies maintain muscle mass while losing weight.
Sometimes, workout routines that are cardio-centric may help take the pounds off, but at the same time may also reduce the muscle mass in your legs and arms that you have worked so hard to keep. Eric is a former CrossFit competitor and champ and has a comprehensive understanding of the many options a gym and training session has to offer.
He plans to open his own fitness facility in 2018. Stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for EP FIT.
Less time in the gym
1375 Peachtree St. NW
Anytime is a good time to hit this comprehensive gym that’s open 24/7 to members. While this compact gym in Midtown offers every piece of equipment you’ll need for a full-body workout, it’s the fast-paced classes that are taking off. The Core Blast, ShredCamp and noon high-intensity interval training classes appeal to professionals who pop in from adjoining and nearby high rises to squeeze in a serious 30-40 minute workout. ShredCamp challenges with interval training with a focus on cardio, strength conditioning, balancing, core strength, endurance, speed and agility.
Zay Dickens is the facility’s general manager and applauds members for making their time in the gym count.
“Members want to make the most of their time in the gym, and the HIIT and Tabata training we offer appeals to them,” Zay says.
Another trend? Community.
“We’re very much a family here. We plan member appreciation parties and know everyone,” Zay says. “We have conversations about nutrition, stress and how exercise fits into overall good health.”
Anytime Fitness offers body composition analysis free to members every eight weeks with their InBody 270. Fresh detox water, full locker rooms and classes six days a week make this urban gym very user-friendly.
All about the core
1065 Peachtree St. NE
The newest class at Exhale is the Core Fusion HIIT. The high-intensity interval training class will move you through five power stations: TRX, weights, gliders, plyo boxes and core balls. Short active recovery breaks in between will keep your heart rate high and the quality of your workout at a maximum. The sequences change every month, so the workout—and the challenge—stays fresh.
A trend in cycling continues to grow and Exhale turned a regular cycle class into a results-oriented, balanced workout to keep you centered with the Core Cycling class. Push past your limits on the bike as you conquer hills, jumps and sprints on this endorphin-filled journey. The ride ends with soothing stretches to optimize your training. This Zen-like space at Loews Atlanta Hotel helps the journey continue, with spa amenities, a full gym and luxe locker rooms. Work out, then book a spa appointment to treat your mind, body and spirit.
Yoga isn’t always quiet
857 Collier Road NW #5B
Try a dance party-style Energize class with a more creative flow and louder music which helps focus the mind on the music and push away distractions. The Flow Combo yoga class includes a 30-minute hot, sweaty workout with dance music, and a 30-minute stretch and meditation session with relaxing music following. The bottom line is that folks want their yoga to be fun and restorative.
Another big trend is Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training, says Atlanta’s own Amber Barry, founder of Westside Yoga. More and more people are curious about the Eastern traditions and want to know how to live a yogic lifestyle. A four-month course that meets every other weekend teaches students yoga philosophy, pose alignment, mindfulness, meditation, Ayurveda and more.
Teaching since 2001, Amber inspires total body wellness with her healthy and relatable approaches to yoga. Yoga helped Amber reclaim her life after a near-fatal car crash in 1998, and her recovery was so miraculous that it inspired her to quit her job and dedicate her life to helping others heal through yoga practice. In 2018, she expects power yoga classes will continue to grow in popularity as more students realize that yoga can help us have fun, lose weight, get in shape and train our mind to be more present. Unlike other exercises, yoga addresses the mind, body and spirit in one efficient, fun, sweaty workout.
“It’s transformative, and gives students more control over their health and well-being,” she says.