THE NEW US FITNESS CLASSES WE WANT TO STEAL

BATD ON Apr 14, 2014 AT 12:57 pm

by Annie Vischer

The New US Fitness Classes We Need.

The New US Fitness Classes We Need.

We love Britain, we do. But when it comes to fitness trends and classes, the US tends to get there before us in terms of fun and innovation. The jazzed up spin classes started with the likes of SoulCycle in New York, the trend for barre fit classes was started by ballet trainer to the stars Mary Helen Bowers, who lengthens and leans out the muscles of Victoria Secret’s models and Hollywood elite alike in her studio. It’s been a while since we consulted the fitness variations available stateside, so we’ve taken a look at what’s making it big in America now, and what we can (fingers crossed!) see making it across the Atlantic sometime soon. So here goes…

SurfSet.

SurfSet.

SURFSET Fitness - So in terms of fitness props, there’s not a great deal going on in England. Whilst we love our spinning, the novelty of spinning bikes has gradually worn off and become the norm. A ballet barre has been around for a while, and the hammocks in gravity yoga classes have been used to death. We’re ready for something new, and the US already have it. A surf board! SURFSET Fitness features mounted surf boards that simulate a real one’s movement on water. Classes involve holding various positions on the boards, building up core strength and fitness.

SurfSet CEO and Founder Mike Hartwick.

SurfSet CEO and Founder Mike Hartwick.

CEO and founder Mike Hartwick, who incidentally is the all American golden boy vision of what a surfer should be, and looks as suited to the 90210 film set as he does the waves, said he came upon the idea for SURFSET whilst mourning the loss of his surfing body. He said ‘I would quickly bulk up and lose the lean and toned physique that surfing gave me, no other workout could compare. Then it hit me. I’ll design a machine to mimic the workout that I got while surfing. It might not be as awesome as catching real waves, but it will keep me in peak physical condition and I will still see all of the benefits to my body. SURFSET Fitness was born.’ Whilst we’d undoubtedly topple off the first few times, we’d be game to give this one a go. The boards even have bungees at the end that allow you to paddle with resistance. It’s the perfect combination of fun, novelty and toning and defining exercise.

Pound: Rockout. Workout.

Pound: Rockout. Workout.

Pound: Rockout. Workout. - If you’ve ever tried your hand at drumming (however inexpertly), you’ll know it takes a good amount of arm strength to keep going. Well Pound have taken that concept and pushed it to a whole new level. To a full-body cardio jam session to be exact. The class involves tapping weighted drumsticks on the floor for hundreds of reps for 45 minutes. Sound easy? Combine it with pilates, isometric movements and plyometrics and isometric poses, and you’re looking at burning between 600 and 900 calories per hour. You don’t walk out of the class with a shine free complexion after that sort of set. The class is divided by 2-4 minute songs, meaning the time whizzes by in a mix of rock, rap, dubstep, pop, and old school classics.

Pound: Rockout. Workout.

Pound: Rockout. Workout.

The tracks push you to work your hardest as you stay in tome with the beat, your heart rate rises bringing your body to its optimum fat burning zone. After the 45 minute session you’ll have done around 15,000 reps, made it through over 30 extended interval peaks and performed over 70 body toning techniques without even noticing. So Pund….ever thought of visiting the UK? Yes, that was a request.

Barre Bee Fit.

Barre Bee Fit.

Barre Bee Fit - Barre exercises have made it in a big way over here, but Barre Bee Fit ups the ante with the inclusion of cario activity. It incorporates weights, kettlebells and resistance training into choreographed routines that are constantly changing to keep the mind engaged and the body challenged. Some have likened the classes to hour-long kickboxing-meets barre routines. Think punches, kicks and twists along with the grace and core toning of ballet moves and barre work. The studio floor is made of thick tennis shoe material for a surface that absorbs the shock of jumps and kicks alike. You can even subscribe to videos on the Barre Bee Fit YouTube channel for free for updates to your weekly workout.

Gyrotonic.

Gyrotonic.

Gyrotonic - The Gyrotonic method is most akin to reformer pilates, but bases itself on circular movements. It has roots in yoga, Tai Chi, and dance, and is made up of sequences that are composed of spiralling movements that flow together in rhythmic repetitions, and work together with breathing timings in the same way that yoga does, making it at once an effective workout and relaxing, calming activity. The flowing movements make it ideal for those with joint trouble as you move within a natural range of motion, avoiding the jarring or pressure of high impact sports. The sessions work core strength and flexibility.Creator Juliu Horvath designed a specialised line of equipment around the movements that make up the Gyrotonic method, likening the set up of the class to reformer pilates. For a harmonious exercise class that allows the body to rest from strenuous exercises such as running, and more than that, benefits the well-being of joints and bones, this is the one for you. When it makes it across the pond, that is.

BUTI.

BUTI.

BUTI – It might have different spelling but we were sure this class had to have something to do with shaking your booty. And it does! Although we’re talking more hippy babe than Beyonce. BUTI blends yoga with strength training and tribal dance, all of which, fused together, provide a muscle-sculpting workout, zen like relaxation, dance fun and one perky little booty. The classes last for an hour and a half, so you more than get your money’s worth. Expect to switch from flowing yoga and Warrior variations, to lip-biting squats and hip openers, to the enthusiastic release of dancing to the thumping beats of the various bass-heavy tracks compiled especially for the classes.

BUTI founder Bizzie Gold.

BUTI founder Bizzie Gold.

BUTI is a lifestyle brand and advocates female empowerment and overall well-being. We’re betting a little bit of this might be lost in the transition over to the UK. Bizzie Gold is the brand’s founder and director, who also trains a handful of A List celebrities in the BUTI method. She drew on years of yoga and a respect for interval training and dance to create this unique method. The traditional BUTI outfit seems to consist of very little at all, short shorts, cropped tops, and that’s about it. It started out in sunny Cali, so we’d be forgiven for wrapping up a little more if it came our way. Come on BUTI, get over here, we want to shake it!

 

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