Fight fitness fatigue

Columbia gyms and others nationwide
enliven exercise with innovative classes
Sunday, September 24, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:02 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Doing the same old workout day in and day out is not only a drag, but you also risk seeing a decline in results or skipping workouts entirely.

“Boredom and time constraint lead to a decrease in fitness,” said Angela Eastham, fitness director at the MU Student Recreation Complex.

New classes and training options, such as HydroSpinning and Tag-Team Training, offered in gyms across Columbia, are geared to kick up members’ energy and keep summer bodies in shape through the fall season. Gyms across mid-Missouri are offering members diverse ways to stay motivated or start getting fit.

Wilson’s popular 30-day program, for example, teaches clients how to spend their time most efficiently in order to get the maximum benefit from their time at the gym, said fitness director Stacy McKinney. The newly implemented Tag-Team Training program makes hiring a personal trainer more affordable by allowing two friends to train with a personal trainer for the price of one.

Gold’s Gym members get access to several new Gold’s Group X classes offered at the downtown and south Columbia locations. Fitness class coordinator Caroline Heller said there are many new classes for all levels of fitness and interests. One option is the new BodyStep class, a high-impact aerobic workout that also shapes and tones the lower body while improving coordination, bone density, posture and agility.

For a more holistic approach, Kripalu yoga, a high-velocity, fast-paced class, guides participants through 30 different positions in 30 minutes. For an additional fee of $46 a semester, MU students, faculty and staff can sign up for Tiger X classes at the Student Recreation Complex. For those who don’t want to miss their favorite shows for a workout, the new TV Ride Tonight allows cyclists to get an interval spinning workout while sweating to popular prime time shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Dancing With the Stars.”

Water aerobics fans looking to experience the latest in exercise can take HydroSpinning, an hour-long cycling class held in the water. New spinning bicycles made especially for the water stand in about three feet of pool water, giving spinners a low-impact, yet highly effective aerobic workout.

“Only 40 places offer this class in the U.S. right now,” said Eastham.

If staying on land is more your thing, the new Lifetime Health & Performance classes promise to make you the expert of the various forms of dance and aerobics, such as Wela Hula Hawaiian dance or Free-Style Kickboxing. Classes run once a week for a month, each class building on the techniques of the previous one. Because class sizes are small, participants get to know their classmates and instructor better while developing life-long skills.

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