Mid-January, that magical time when snooze buttons, happy hours, and endless Netflix marathons start creeping back into our lives, and any trace of a 2015 resolution to amp up our fitness game feels so…two weeks ago.
For some, just the thought of spending one extra minute venturing to the gym in the dark and despicable early mornings is dreadful enough. Others have gone into full hibernation mode, rationalizing that sweat-equity is way more worth it in the spring. Then there are those who can barely stand the thought of logging one more tortuous mile in their once hardcore treadmill routine.
No matter what’s standing in your way, trying one, a few, or all of these resolution-worthy workouts can add the variety and motivation needed to get over the slump and pick up where you left off.
NBC launched its newest digital venture in early December, promoting a big fitness trend: accessibility. The program is completed at home and on your time, through any digital platform. Workouts incorporate a range of high-intensity cardio, bodyweight strength training, and flexibility-focused recovery. Programs are offered based on users’ fitness levels and goals, which are kept track of in your profile. Some workouts require small sets of weights or a Kettlebell, but most need only a mat, water, and a towel to wipe off the sweat you’ll be definitely be shedding.
RadiusFitness $9.99 per month. Available to NBCSN subscribers every weekday from 6-9AM ET.
Like Radius, barre combines the coveted combination of strength training and cardio, but with lower impact and extra focus on specific sets of muscles. The barre in question is a railing, traditionally used in ballet studios, that’s incorporated into the workout. The method is beloved by women everywhere for a number of reasons, a big one being lean muscle development and intense focus on the core. In fact, Well and Good predicts that 2015 is the year of the barre, with more than 700 studios and counting open across the country.
Cost varies depending on studio. Expect classes to cost around $20 each, with monthly and yearly deals.
Taking care of your mind and body is an integral part of getting fit. While MELT isn’t a fat-blasting, calorie-torching workout, it does promise to give your body the tension-relief most of us probably crave. The technique focuses on reactivating and rehydrating the connective tissues that stabilize the body, thereby releasing stress and increasing energy, according to MELT founder Sue Hitzmann. The method is hands-off, meaning it’s performed on your own with the MELTmethod roller, among other products. The takeaway: a proactive approach that restores energy means you’ll be that much more motivated to stick to your fitness goals.
MELTmethod. Classes, training, and events offered in a variety of locations. Cost varies by product.
Calling all who suffer from Workout ADD, this one’s for you. ClassPass is a 2011 startup focused on helping users find and attend classes at a variety of popular fitness studios. The program just reached its goal of being in 20 cities nationwide, according to a recent TechCrunch profile, with exercise options ranging from Spinning to Pilates and Bootcamp to Kickboxing. The list of participating studios in New York City alone is so long, one can’t imagine ever getting bored.
ClassPass. $99/month, unlimited number of classes per month.