Many people think of the 80s when it comes to Aerobics Exercise Classes, but the truth is, there are more classes offered that can be fun while getting your heart rate up than ever before.
Kickboxing Classes – Aerobic Exercise
Kickboxing classes will provide you with challenging moves for all of your muscle groups, fun dance moves and loads of heart-pumping combinations.
A typical kickboxing class will start with a warm-up of side steps, cross punches and grapevines.
As the class goes on, you can expect to learn a unique punching, kicking combination routine that will not only raise your heart rate, but will make the time go by very fast for a great calorie burn of more than 500 calories.
Some of the combinations you can expect include: sidekicks, upper cuts, lunges, side punches and jumps kicks.
Kickboxing can also be more difficult if you incorporate weighted gloves or barbells into the classes. This can add an extra 100 calories to your burn.
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Step Aerobics Classes – Aerobic Exercise
Yes, these classes are still around and fitness experts have developed a new appreciation for them! There are many agility and sports coaches that use these risers and other boxes for jumping and kicking to burn extra calories and strengthen muscles.
Step aerobics exercises aren’t easy for everybody. There is for sure some choreography and knowledge that’s required to really well in these classes.
You need to know such moves as the A step, V step, L step and Around the World. Most agree, though, that if you attend three or four of these classes, you will catch on quickly and be able to complete the classes without much trouble.
Step Aerobics classes can burn more than 400 calories per hour but instructors agree that it is what you make it. You can add extra bounce to your steps or hold weights in your hands to increase the calorie burn or make the class more challenging.
Cardio Resistance Training Classes – Aerobic Exercise
They might not sound like it, but these classes are technically aerobics classes too!
Generally, you will have to set up some equipment in a CRT class. Most of the time, it’s a weight bench, small hand weights, resistance bands and/or a medicine ball.
The idea of these classes is to combine both weight training and cardio into the class so you are toning your muscles and keeping your heart rate up at the same time.
You can burn up to 600 calories in these classes if you really push yourself.
Some instructors will do step aerobics for the cardio part of the workout and then go into a series of push-ups, bicep curls and bench presses.
Some instructors will use kickboxing or jump roping for the cardio, and some will even have you running around the room.
The nice thing about these CRT classes is they are full of variety and don’t seem to ever get boring.
Spin Classes – Aerobic Exercise
Spin classes are also aerobics classes for the modern day exerciser and will certainly push you further than if you went for a simple bike ride. Spin classes are easiest on your joints as well.
A spin class these days is a room full of stationary bikes that often has a large movie screen in it that provides outdoor nature images. The music is usually rocking and the instructor is usually brutal.
You will be simulating hill climbing, fast sprints and very small amounts of leisurely biking in these classes.
This is another class that you can make harder by pushing yourself with the resistance on the bike or riding harder.
You can burn between 500 and 600 calories in an hour-long spin class.
More and more health clubs are offering 90-minute classes for spinning as well to provide an even bigger calorie burn.
If you are new to exercise, these classes are all good, but let the instructor know you are new. He or she will tell you to modify as needed and most instructors often offer multiple modifications for beginners in their classes.