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The Newest Fit Thing

So Many Fun Ways To Exercise The Body



Health clubs can be boring, running monotonous, cycling a challenge. Luckily, the surrounding areas are home to gyms staving off boredom with innovative classes and styles of exercise that are keeping people engaged and healthy. Here are the newest trends and where to find them. 

Pole
Combining the spirit of a dance class with the results of weight training, pole classes and studios have become increasingly alluring. At Form Fitting Fitness in Brookfield daily pole classes focus on conditioning, holds, and maneuvers, inversions and strength building, respectively. This fall the Ridgefield Playhouse hosts its annual pole showcase, bringing studios together to compete for pole supremacy.

Aerial Hoop/Suspension Hammock Training
Aerial hoop and suspension hammock classes work out a variety of muscles. The sole piece of equipment one needs for an aerial hoop class is, literally, a steel ring that hangs suspended from the ceiling on which a variety of mounts, grips, and moves are practiced. A hoop conditioning class is a grueling workout for your core, arms, and back that includes pulls ups, rows and crunches, among other movements.

Hybrid Classes
Health clubs all over are combining different workout disciplines in exciting ways known as hybrid classes that are both challenging and fun. The Gym in Ridgefield offers a fusion of boxing, kickboxing, and cardio, called Fit Body Boxing Bootcamp. Additionally, 30/20/10 is a once a week class that comprises 30 minutes of spin, 20 minutes of toning, and 10 minutes of core and stretching for a workout that will spare no muscles from soreness. Ridgefield Dance & Fitness (formerly the Fitness Studio) offers Pilates Fusion, Body Pump, and other mixed classes to blend various disciplines into onee workout.

Parkour/Freerunning
Parkour and its European cousin, freerunning, have become popular over the past two decades through films and documentaries (see the hair raising chase scene in Casino Royale or Michael Scott’s riotous attempts at the sport on the American “Office”), and now has a significant following nationwide. In parkour, runners attempt to get from point A to point B in the most efficient and artful way possible, through a series of obstacles. Entire gyms dedicated to the sport, like Fairfield’s GCA Parkour & Freerunning, offer classes in obstacle passing for runners of all ability levels and varying landscapes designed for runners to practice maneuvers and skills in different ways.

Indoor Climbing
Adrenaline junkies looking to build upper body strength and challenge themselves will love the indoor climbing walls just a short drive away at Carabiner’s of Fairfield and Sports and Wellness of Danbury. Carabiner’s offers classes for all ages and ability levels, competitive climbing and thousands of square feet of bouldering. Not to be outdone, Sports and Wellness offers nearly one thousand square feet of wall with open climb four times a week and group climbs available by appointment. Explore new paths up the wall or perfect your ascension up familiar ones. 

Paddle Board Yoga
Do you ever find yourself in yoga class, hitting a downward dog and thinking to yourself, “I wish this were harder?” If so, stand-up paddle board yoga may be for you. Enjoy the ancient practice of yoga combined with stand up paddleboarding. Ridgefield Parks & Recreation offers classes that take your favorite yoga routines and put them on Great Pond. Yoga practice brings balance and restores all bodily systems by creating physical, mental, and spiritual harmony. Both yoga and paddleboarding are great for building better balance, coordination, endurance, and body strength.

Barre
Ridgefield is home to three health and fitness centers—The Gym on Grove Stret, The Pilates Barre on Prospect Street, and Ridgefield Dance & Fitness (formerly the Fitness Studio) on Danbury Road—that offer classes in Barre. Barre is a Pilates-ballet fusion created as a form of rehab in the 1940s by a Russian dancer who suffered a severe spinal injury. Combining the gracefulness of ballet with the core strength associated with Pilates, participants get a truly dynamic workout and see serious results.

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