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We all know about Zumba and bums & tums but if you’re bored and looking for something to make fitness fun again, check out some of the best different ways to keep fit in Liverpool.
Think you know spin? Think again. At Rise the lights are down low, the music’s loud and amazing (check out Hip Hop Sundays) and you can burn up to 650 calories in a 45 minute class. Richie’s classes are a highlight – you’ll come out feeling ready to take on the world once you’ve got your breath back. Be warned though, you’ll need to book early because those bikes are in demand! Rise are also introducing a hot yoga/reformer pilates studio in the coming weeks.
Barre is a mixture of ballet, pilates and yoga. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is an easy option though, you’re developing strength and flexibility from your ankles up though your calves, knees, thighs, and glutes. Which basically means you’re going to ache afterwards! And this isn’t just a workout, the classes are designed to balance both your body and your mind.
The classes are 24-44 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), high fat and calorie burning sessions which promise to challenge you to the max. Proven results show that they burn up to 30% more calories than regular exercise and the Drum n Bass sessions have a full on rave vibe with DJ’s creating mixes, allowing you to train in a real party atmosphere.
Stand Up Paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing watersports and it’s relatively easy to pick up. Amazing for your core muscles, it’s also a brilliant all-round body workout because it requires almost every element of your body to cooperate and pull its weight. If you’re not that confident you can book tuition to start off to guide you through the dock and show you how to paddle effectively.
If you love an all-over deep stretch and don’t mind a lot of sweat, then this is the class for you. Taught in a heat chamber used to create intense sauna like conditions of up to 105 degrees, the heat should dramatically improve your flexibility allowing you to move deeper into the postures. It’s also a great cardio workout and you can burn up to 900 calories in a 90 minute class. As long as you’ve got time for a shower before work this could be the perfect start to your day!
Recently expanded, there’s a real team vibe at Harriet’s with a motivating, fun and supportive environment to work out in. If you need to release some stress then boxing is the ideal class for you. Using pads, bags, ropes and footwork you’ll shape your upper body and core like never before. It’s high intensity and you’re guaranteed to leave feeling strong.
If you prefer competitive sports to the gym then get down to the Liverpool Tennis Centre. They run weekly sessions for adults, children and students of all standards. You don’t need to be a member and all equipment is provided. There’s loads of health benefits to playing tennis, including lowering your blood pressure, decreasing your body fat, and improving your muscle tone.
Reformer Pilates – Ava Pilates Studio, Petticoat Lane Arcade, Bold Street
You might have tried pilates before, but have you tried reformer pilates? It’s still all about core stability but it’s more dynamic and intense than mat pilates. You do the class on what basically looks a bit like an old fashioned bed frame loaded with a number of springs, ropes and pulleys all designed to create resistance. Ava offers small group and private classes with a holistic approach to your body and mind, with a totally different feel to big group pilates classes in a gym.
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