It’s a new year and for many of us, it’s time to set goals for the new year and create healthier habits! The most common New Year’s resolutions have to do with getting in shape. Most of us spent one too many evenings hovering over the cheese ball, eating “just one more” Christmas cookie, or indulging in that dark lager brew. Chilly temps have kept us hunkered down in the comfort of our homes, bundled up in fleece blankets by the fire watching reruns of Chip and Joanna’s HGTV show, Fixer Upper. If this sounds like your holiday break, you are not alone. The early sunsets and frigid weather lend themselves to lazy days, lots of food and the possibility of loosening the belt buckle a notch or two. The good news is that the new year marks a great opportunity to make positive changes.
Carpe Diem: Variety Is the Spice of Life
If your goals for this year include taking better care of your body and stepping up your fitness game, you are in luck! Greensboro is a melting pot of fitness opportunities. Fitness trends have changed a lot in the past few decades. Gurus in the industry emphasize variety when creating a fitness plan. Luckily Greensboro has a plethora of options, including yoga and Pilates studios, traditional gyms, specialty fitness studios. You can easily enjoy an array of classes offered in a variety of settings. Mix up your fitness routine by trying some of these places out this year.
Traditional Gyms Abound
These gyms offer weight training and cardio equipment, a variety of group exercise classes, and personal training in clean, safe facilities. Several of the gyms have multiple locations in the Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem areas. If you are looking for a one-stop shop, one of these gyms may provide the best bang for your buck!
- Planet Fitness
- Gold’s Gym (multiple Triad locations)
- The Club (Oak Branch and Green Valley locations)
- Proehlific Park
- YMCA (multiple Triad locations)
- PurEnergy Fitness
- Workout Anytime
Specialty Fitness Studios Flourish
While many of us enjoy a large gym setting that offers a little bit of everything, others are choosing smaller, more specialized fitness studios to get their sweat on. Over the past five years the popularity of specialty gyms has spread wildly. These gyms offer a very specific type of workout ranging from cycle to interval training and everything in between.
If you know what you like when it comes to working out, one of these studios may be a great fit for you.
The concept here is simple: 60 minutes of instructor-led, heart rate based interval training. You can burn 500-1000 calories per workout and keep burning calories all day! Sounds pretty fantastic for getting fit, no? Studios are conveniently located near shops and neighborhoods so you can pop in for a quick workout in Greensboro or Jamestown.
As Greensboro’s only boutique cycle studio, Cycle Loft operates under the philosophy that the customer comes first and uses state-of-the art-equipment and technology. Thirty- and 45-minute cycle classes are led by top-notch instructors for excellent guidance and great results.
Pure Barre offers classes that utilize a ballet bar to perform isometric moves that target your hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. Classes are low-impact, safe, fast and effective full-body workouts offered at two different studios in Greensboro.
Try these 30-minute kickboxing themed fitness classes that incorporate interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens. These workouts provide a fun, unique and effective way to get in and out quickly…and get a great workout.
The goal of CrossFit it is to make you better at doing the things you do in life…lift, move, throw, twist, turn, run, run, jump, pull up, push down, etc. CrossFit coaches incorporate a multitude of exercises in an unconventional way! There are quite a few CrossFit “boxes”—that’s what they call a CrossFit gym—in the Piedmont Triad, including GSO CrossFit, College Hill CrossFit, CrossFit Winston-Salem, and High Point CrossFit, among many others. Search online for one that’s most convenient for you.
Jazzercise will keep you on your toes! It’s basically a dance party with your favorite tunes to distract you from the burn. Classes fuse cardio, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and modern dance.
Focus On Your Breath This Year
If you have tried yoga or Pilates in the past, you know the benefits these practices bring to your overall well-being. Many doctors and fitness experts would argue that yoga may be the single most important exercise you can do. Greensboro has many yoga and Pilates studios, ranging in size, type of practice, equipment, etc. We suggest trying a handful of these studios out, each one is unique and may open your eyes to something new!
Boutique Yoga and Pilates Studios
All levels of yogis are welcome here. Triad Yoga offers specialty yoga classes including Gentle, Stretch, Flow and Therapeutic. Instructors’ top priorities at Triad Yoga are seeing and responding to the needs of the individual.
Baptiste power yoga offered here! Practice yoga in a heated room with well-train, energetic and encouraging instructors. Try Dancing Dogs Yoga for the physical benefits but also for the message of empowerment, community, acceptance and personal transformation. What a way to start 2018 off right!
Here you will find boutique yoga at its finest. If you prefer a small intimate feel for your yoga experience, Radiance Yoga may be just the right choice. A variety of yoga classes are offered at Radiance Yoga, including Stretch, Power, Gentle, Mom and Baby, Men’s, and more! Radiance Yoga is designed with the intentions of lifting the spirits of all who enter.
If you like it hot, Revolution Hot Yoga may be for you. They offer various levels of heated yoga, from “Warm and Gentle” to “Hot Flow,” each inspired by Bikram yoga. With over 30 classes to choose from weekly, you will likely find a class at Revolution Hoy Yoga to help reach your fitness goals.
The WH, as they call themselves, is a full-service fitness studio that offers true Pilates (both mat-based and using Reformer and other equipment) and yoga…and is the only studio in Greensboro to offer Bounce Fitness. For a fresh spin on fitness in a cozy space, The WH may just be your place!
Traditional Yoga for Modern Times…a message the owner of Mind, Body Fitness Yoga wants to share with all clients that walk through her door. Whether you are taking your first step onto a yoga mat or you are a seasoned yogi, Mind, Body, Fitness Yoga has something for you. They offer prenatal yoga, Ashtanga, meditation and more!
Lace Up Your Shoes and Try Something New
With a multitude of fitness options in the Greensboro area and across the Piedmont Triad area, there are no excuses for not sticking to your fitness resolve this year. The key to true change is to set realistic goals. The fact that you are researching workout options is a step in the right direction. Try a few new classes this year, most gyms and fitness facilities let you try a class or two for free. Fitness is more fun with friends, so grab a buddy, create a new playlist, and make it about you for an hour or two a few times each week. You may just find a talent you have or a passion for something unexpected along the way. Happy—and healthy—new year!
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