The Shape Issue: Four Ways to Bust Out of Your Rut
We've all been there-your regular exercise just isn't cutting it. Whether you need a more challenging routine or a new workout altogether, we've got ideas to mix it up.
DITCH: STANDARD ABDOMINAL WORKOUTS
TRY: KICKBOXING AT TITLE BOXING
If you've been doing countless crunches and aren't getting the results you want, consider shifting your focus to your entire core. "When you're doing kickboxing, it's a constant rotation on the core," says Corey Dulaney, personal instructor and trainer at Title Boxing in Grandview. The rotation of the hips during kicks causes core muscles to contract, meaning you'll work more muscles at once during this full-body workout. titleboxingclub.com
DITCH: WEIGHT MACHINES
TRY: TRX AT PAI YOGA & FITNESS
Who needs a clunky, expensive weight machine when you can use your own body weight? That's the idea behind TRX, a strength-training workout that uses suspension straps to leverage your own weight. With locations in Dublin and Gahanna, PAI Yoga & Fitness offers a variety of TRX classes that also incorporate spin, yoga and kettlebell workouts. paiyogafitness.com
DITCH: STEADY CARDIO
TRY: AT-HOME PLYOMETRIC WORKOUTS
"I think all too often, we kind of pigeonhole ourselves into thinking exercise is only what we do at the gym," says health consultant and personal trainer Jen Piela-Timmons. For a regimen that doesn't require leaving the house and takes minimal equipment, turn to high-intensity plyometric workouts. Start with jump squats, depth jumps on a stair step or jumping rope. Just be sure to choose a surface with some give, like a gym mat.
TRY: A BARRE WORKOUT
A marriage of ballet, yoga and Pilates, barre exercises work isolated muscle groups that, chances are, you're not getting to in your typical routine. While studios like Pure Barre and barre3 are dedicated solely to the full-body workout, several local gyms and fitness studios offer classes, too.