It doesn’t have to be aerobics or legs, bums and tums… The ever-expanding options at gyms and leisure centres means you can take your training indoors whilst still challenging your body – and brain!

If you like Pilates, yoga or strength training try BARRE

What is it?

A body-transforming workout inspired by ballet and performed at a barre. These classes have boomed in popularity in recent years as people realise the body benefits. You’ll use a combination of your own bodyweight, lightweight props and high repetitions to work all major muscle groups.

Who is it good for?

Anyone who wants a challenging class to improve muscle tone and create lasting body change.

What are the benefits?

Barre classes focus particularly on working the arms, thighs, bottom and core. It’s a wonderful weight-bearing exercise, important for maintaining bone density, flexibility, balance and co-ordination as we age. Fans point to improved posture, sculpted muscles and leaner limbs. There are different class options, from signature barre to HIIT, express or more yoga-inspired classes. Whatever type you choose, you’ll work hard and get
a sweat on. Find a class near you Independent gyms and studios offer classes. Barrecore.co.uk is one of the best, with classes for all levels at studios in London, Bristol, Harrogate, Leeds and Manchester, plus online packages.

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If you like dance-inspired cardio classes try BOUNCE AND BURN 

What is it?

This high-energy, low-impact cardio routine takes place on individual rebounders (mini trampolines). The fun, choreographed dance workouts focus on the downward push, through the balls of the feet. You jump no higher than 6in.

Who is it good for?

All ages and fitness abilities. It’s particularly useful if you have joint issues or injuries, as the low impact means it’s good for rehab.

What are the benefits?

It’s a full body workout that burns fat, strengthens and tones the core, legs and upper body, improves lymphatic drainage and boosts the immune system. ‘By mixing dance choreography with explosive squats, twists, lunges, sprints and much more, rebounding will change your body shape as it tones and tightens muscles and skin,’ says Rebound UK director and master trainer James Winfield.

‘The constant change in gravitational pressure works every cell in the body. Bouncing on an unstable surface is great for abs and even bladder control as it challenges the pelvic floor.’
Find a class near you Rebound UK offers classes nationwide as well as online options. Go to rebound-uk.com/class-locations to find your nearest.

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If you like the gym, circuit training or bootcamps try F45

What is it?

Originating in Australia, F45 is one of the fastest growing fitness concepts in the world. It stands for ‘functional 45’ because it takes 45-minutes to do a high-intensity, group circuit class in a specialised gym. No two sessions are the same. Screens at each workout station show you what you need to do and give you a countdown, while trainers give hands-on advice and motivation. Classes are known for the team spirit they encourage (some even have live DJs).

Who is it good for?

Gym bunnies of all ages wanting a push, but beginners are also welcome, as you work to reach your own individual goals.

What are the benefits?

‘F45 will help you become stronger and fitter for the things you do every day, whether that’s cycling to work, playing football with the kids or running up the stairs,’ explains Fiona Crossley, trainer at F45 in Kingston- upon-Thames, Surrey. ‘Programmes provide a results-driven, full-body workout while improving energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance.’ Find a class near you f45training.co.uk (studios in London, Reading and Brighton, with plans for Birmingham and Bristol).

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If you like dancing, learning new skills or puttin’ on the Ritz try TAP DANCING

What is it?

It could be 2017’s hit musical La La Land, the return to the West End
of 42nd Street, or the enduring appeal of dancing stars Liza Minnelli and Fred Astaire, but good old-fashioned tap dancing is enjoying a surge in popularity. Dancers strike the floor with their toes and heels wearing special shoes to tap out rhythms. And who can deny the feelgood appeal of making some noise and learning some fast foot action? (Need more inspiration? Google ‘Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies’ and you’ll want to sign up right away.)

Who is it good for?

People of all ages and abilities looking for a workout that will energise body and mind, while putting a smile on your face.

What are the benefits?

A weight-bearing exercise, tap dancing is good
for bone density and can be a good cardio exercise, plus it will tone your legs and arms. Dancing in general improves balance, co-ordination and posture. And learning choreography and technique is good for the brain at any age. Don’t forget the social and emotional benefits – it can be a real mood booster.
Find a class near you Go to dance-teachers.org (nationwide).

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If you like cycling or spinning try LES MILLS THE TRIP

What is it?

A group cycling class with a difference. THE TRIP is a fully immersive workout that combines a 40-minute multi-peak cycling challenge with a journey through digitally created worlds. With a cinema-scale screen and sound system, the idea is you’re so absorbed that you barely notice how hard you’re working. ‘People get into a higher heart rate zone to get fitter, faster, without feeling the discomfort,’ says Les Mills regional training co-ordinator Claire Pace.

Who is it good for?

Keen cyclists looking to train indoors over winter, beginners looking to burn fat fast, or anyone who finds it hard to stick to regular exercise.

What are the benefits?

Group cycling torches calories, builds leg strength and unleashes endorphins. The benefits of THE TRIP go even further, according to research presented at the 2017 American College of Sports Medicine conference. It showed participants’ rates of perceived exertion (RPE) were lower with this workout than an audio-only class of the same intensity. Find a class near you Go to lesmills.com/find-a-class (nationwide) or do it online.

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If you like high-energy sports that help relieve stress and tension try KICKBOXING

What is it?

You work with a training partner of a similar level and learn kicking and punching drills and self-defence.

Who is it good for?

People of all ages and abilities with a basic level of health and fitness. Many people join for self-defence or stress relief, but enjoy it so much they train for a black belt.

What are the benefits?

Fat burning, flexibility, weight loss, toning and boosting confidence.
Find a class near you Many gyms and leisure centres offer kickboxing. Matt Fiddes is a chain of over 700 martial arts schools offering women-only, non-combat classes. Find out more at mattfiddes.com.

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