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Outstanding Fitness Benefits From Unconventional Gyms

It’s easy to get bored with the same old routines and the same old gyms. Staying motivated is a key component to consistent, long-term fitness success. Personally, I found myself to be stuck in a rut when it came to my fitness routine. I spent a long time committing… and then re-committing to all of my usual workout routines, but there’s a reason nothing would stick. It was time for a change! If you can relate, check out these six unconventional gyms with outstanding benefits that will help you find your fitness spark, and keep it!

Aerial Yoga (also known as AntiGravity Yoga or Suspended Yoga) combines the basics of yoga with acrobatics and sometimes calisthenics, dance, and Pilates as well. Aerial Yoga involves being suspended from the ceiling by silk fabrics that make a “hammock.” The hammocks allow a greater range of motion and a deeper stretch promoting a stronger core, spinal and shoulder flexibility, and helps prevent back strain. Other health benefits include: positive alignment, sharpened focus, joint decompression, increased endorphin levels, cardiovascular fitness, increased muscular strength, weight loss, and increased blood flow.

Krav Maga is a self-defense system used by the Israel military. Originally derived from street-fighting skills focused on real-world situations, Krav Maga is action packed with self-defense moves, such as, blocks, punches, kicks and other maneuvers to quickly and effectively neutralize an attacker. The benefits of Krav Maga include cardio fitness, muscle and core strengthening, and endurance. But even more important, you gain empowerment and confidence in your ability to protect yourself.

Functional fitness is about training your body to handle real-life situations and teaching your muscles to work together rather than isolating them to work independent. Functional fitness is designed to prepare your body for daily tasks by simulating common movements such as lifting your toddler out of the car, or hoisting the spring-water bottle onto the dispenser. Benefits of functional fitness can make everyday activities easier, reduce your risk of injury and improve your quality of life.

Belly dancing as an exercise workout is not a new concept, but is still very popular because of how fun it is and it’s outstanding fitness benefits. A belly dance workout is a full body workout making it a great way to burn calories and tone your core. Belly dancing involves focusing on the hip and abs area with small movements, which in turn, allow for overall core strength building, better balance, better posture, and overall higher self-esteem.

Crossfit, sometimes also known as High Intensity Training, is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a series of constant and varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. Crossfit involves a strength and conditioning program that focuses on cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. In addition, Crossfit is usually done as a group, because the communal aspect is believed to be the key component to its effectiveness and success.

Barre involves the physical as well as the aesthetic benefits of lengthening muscles, while strengthening them. Barre is a full body workout that uses the ballet barre as the main prop to reinforce ideal positioning of the exercises, while performing small, concentrated movements. Benefits of Barre include toned, lean muscles, increased flexibility, and a stronger core. Besides, who wouldn’t want a dancer’s body?!

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