Eighty percent of Americans rang in the new year with resolutions to do things differently in 2012, but statistics show that half these people gave up their goals just 21 days in, and 75% fall off the wagon by March. If getting in shape is your focus for this year, don’t let yourself become another statistic! We did the hard work for you and tried classes at local fitness studios, picking our favorites to share with you. Get hooked on these workouts, and you’ll be looking and feeling great in no time.
The Bar Method
Sculpt the lean, toned body dancers are famous for at this new ballet bar-based fitness studio. Studio owner, Carrie Goodwin, first tried The Bar Method when visiting San Francisco and had great results, making her long for a studio at home. Then an idea came to her, “Why don’t I start a Bar Method franchise?” Today Carrie’s modern, fully equipped studio is open in Sugarhouse with talented instructors who’ve done intensive training, including anatomy courses, to be certified to teach. This knowledge shows when they adjust your body’s position to target muscles correctly.
Each impact-free class consists of interval bursts that work the muscle’s inner core, followed by stretching the muscle that’s just been worked. Shaking or burning in your legs is a sign you’re doing it right! Regularly attending Bar Method promotes better posture, firmer muscles, leaner legs, a lifted seat and reduced body fat. Modifications make this class accessible for all fitness levels. All equipment is provided, but bring a pair of socks to wear during class.
DASH Fitness Studios Obsidian
Slide your way to better fitness with Obsidian, a class created and taught by personal trainers that promises a tight tush, toned thighs and firm abs through a blend of cardio, resistance training, speed, agility, balance and core exercises. This revolutionary, small group workout incorporates slick black boards used for speed skater slides, mountain climbers, lunges and squats done while wearing provided booties or hand mitts. It’s high-intensity, but low-impact, making it ideal for people with knee or hip injuries. When you go, request the “Womanizer” routine. Set to Britney Spears’ song by the same name, you’ll use a band and small, intense movements to work your thighs and backside in an unbelievable way. Classes available for all fitness levels.
Fit Club Utah Boot Camp
If the words “boot camp” conjure up an image of military instructors screaming in your face as you do push-ups in the mud, not to worry. Fit Club’s personal trainers use positive encouragement to motivate you and challenging exercises like burpees, plank ups, bear crawls, stair runs and more to increase your fitness. Yes, you’ll leave with sore muscles…but not in tears, or with crumpled confidence. This one-hour class combines ever-changing routines of weight lifting, core exercises and endurance training to shape and tone your body quickly. First-timers and fitness enthusiasts will be challenged, and you’ll see results within a few weeks.
Locations: 3532 Galaxy Park Place, West Jordan.
Dimple Dell Recreation Center, 10670 South 1000 East, Sandy.
Alta Canyon, 9565 Highland Drive, Sandy.
Pricing: 2X per week $149/mo, 3X per week $199/mo, 5X per week $299/mo
Contact: 801-897-9856, fitclubutah.com
Lululemon Free Boot Camp
Passionate about fitness, but short on cash? Try Lululemon’s challenging free boot camp on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at BodyWise Fitness. Each week, class is hosted by one of Lululemon’s ambassadors who work you to the point of exhaustion with circuits of cardio exercises, weight training and core work.
Location: 1400 Foothill Drive #20, Salt Lake.
Pricing: Free ninety free
Contact: Find Lululemon Athletica Salt Lake City on Facebook for up-to-date schedules.
King Studio TRX
Tone and tighten using your body weight as resistance with TRX (Total Resistance eXercise), a suspension-based workout system developed by the Navy SEALs. Anyone can use the lightweight equipment, and each exercise can be modified to make it more challenging or less difficult. Stephanie Willey, a TRX instructor at King Studio, challenges you with upper body, lower body and core circuits while interspersing cardio bursts, like sprinting and speed skating lunges, to boost your heart rate for increased calorie burn. Improved muscle tone, increased balance and better flexibility are benefits of regularly doing TRX.
Empower your practice at this spacious new studio located at Trolley Square. Classes are available seven days a week for beginning and advanced students. After a stressful workweek, calm your mind at Scott Moore’s Friday, 5:45 p.m. Power Vinyasa. Set to great music, this energizing class is open to all levels and helps build strength, flexibility and loosen tight muscles. Refuel after with a healthful meal from Café Supernatural, located inside the studio. Owned by Ian Brandt of Sage’s Cafe and Vertical Diner fame, the Café serves nutritious vegetarian dishes, including raw food and smoothies.
Zen Living Yoga
Fit yoga into your already packed schedule at this studio designed with busy people in mind. Fifty-five minute classes are taught every hour on the hour from 7:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. weekends. Bring your kids with you to youth classes (ages 5 and up) offered from 3:00–6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. on weekends during adult yoga. Prenatal and Mommy & Me classes are available for those expecting or with younger children. To completely unwind, try candlelight yoga at 8:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so call ahead or arrive early to ensure availability.
Location: 2021 South Windsor Street (840 E.), Salt Lake.
Pricing: First class free, drop-in class $12, unlimited month $68 for adults, $51 for students, $34 for youth (ages 5-17)
Contact: 801-467-6909, zenlivingyoga.com