Health & Fitness
Jan 1, 2016

7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

By: Carli Whitwell

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Health & Fitness
Jan 1, 2016

7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

By: Carli Whitwell
 

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7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: Orangetheory Fitness

A workout that keeps burning calories long after you’ve finished? Yes please. That’s the principle behind the classes at U.S. chain Orangetheory Fitness, which now has 25 studios across Canada. During the 60-minute workout you'll do multiple intervals designed to get your heart rate to about 84% of it maximum for 12-20 minutes of the workout. (Heart rate is monitored during class.) That hits a sweet spot, known scientifically as excess-post oxygen consumption, that increases your metabolic rate for up to 36 hours after a class. In plain English: you'll keep burning calories hours after you workout. READ MORE: Fat water is now a thing

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Orangetheory Credits: ELLE Canada

7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: High-intensity interval training

HIIT, the cool kid of 2015 fitness, is going nowhere in 2016, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s forecast of fitness trends. A short burst of exercise followed by a rest, these are easy to do at the gym or at home. READ MORE: The 15 most important things we learned about health & fitness in 2015

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7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: Battle ropes

Typically used as part of high-intensity interval training workout, these heavy, oversized ropes give you a full-body blast. “The advantage of using these is that various movements, such as waving, slamming and whipping will attack your body from multiple angles,” says Toronto-based personal trainer Adrian Frai. “Scientifically speaking, research has shown that just 10 minutes of battle rope training can lead to increases in heart rate and energy expenditures, producing excellent cardiorespiratory fitness in users.” He recommends integrating this exercise into the end of your workout. Start with 30-second intervals, repeating three times and gradually increasing to six times. READ MORE: 12 immune-boosting superfoods you need to add to your diet this winter

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7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: Fusion classes

Spin and yoga? Pilates and boxing? Cycling, HIIT and running? More and more boutique studios are offering a combination of these workouts. They are a great option for people who are busy, says Frai. “These combinations of exercise techniques are meant to save time and provide a new and pleasantly challenging experience.”   READ MORE: 9 facts and fictions about cold and flu season you need to know now

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7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: Boxing

Hey, it works for the Victoria’s Secret models. We can see why they love it: Boxing builds cardio, muscle strength and burns more calories because you are working with several energy systems within the body, says Gidon Gabbay, the director of fitness at Big Hit Kickboxing Studios in Toronto. An added benefit: “It’s fun and releases so much stress. It improves balance flexibility, co-ordination and confidence.” READ MORE: How to get your best butt ever in 2016

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Big Hit Kickboxing Studios Credits: ELLE Canada

7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: Barre class

Canadians have plenty options when it comes to these sculpting classes. But if you’re in Toronto, try Pure Barre. The popular U.S. chain is opening its first Canadian studio in January. Two more will open in Vancouver in the first half of the year. READ MORE: 8 Instagram accounts that inspire us to eat better

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Pure Barre Credits: ELLE Canada

7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: Try anything!

It’s important just to get out there, says Frai. “Besides the most common benefits of being active, such as weight loss and weight maintenance, reduced stress, strengthening of heart and bones, there are also unexpected advantages to getting off your couch or office chair. Among them, improved self esteem, better sleep quality, a boost in creativity and brainpower and also addiction control." He recommends incorporate exercise into your routine wherever possible – whether it's biking to work or standing during meetings. "Every little thing adds up without even realizing it."   READ MORE: Video: Unboxing Smashbox's 25th Anniversary Lip Palette

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7+ workouts you need to try in 2016

Workout to try in 2016: Drip50

If you prefer to work out in the comfort of your own home – and who wouldn’t in winter! – try Drip50. The video workout, which was conceived by former boxer Nate Bower and professional dancer Danny Davalos, combines hip hop and boxing for an intense cardio hit. (Available come February.)   READ MORE: ELLE Canada editors share their New Year's beauty resolutions

By: Carli Whitwell Source: Drip 50 Credits: ELLE Canada
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