While many gyms and boutique fitness studios still include the traditional exercise formats for their group fitness schedules, many are diversifying by providing their clients a "hybrid" workout. Instead of a 45-minute cycling class, you have the ability to experience 30 minutes of cycling and 30 minutes of conditioning such as TRX or Barre. Not only do such classes eliminate boredom, but they also provide a "dual punch" by providing elements of cardio and strength.
The hybrid class format provides fitness seekers the ability to increase caloric burn in a shorter period of time due to the heart rate fluctuations as a result of interval training. In fact, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, interval training has the ability to burn a greater amount of calories in a shorter period of time.
Here are a few interesting hybrid class formats to check out:
PXT at Pure Yoga NYC
The PXT class begins with a yoga warm-up. After the warm-up, the class format consists of 30 second or 1 minute intervals of various conditioning moves such as (but not limited to) lunges, jack squats, burpees, and core work. Once the conditioning segment is over, there are three challenge series which include a partner abs series and lastly -- a conditioning countdown. The conditioning countdown is three exercises performed with 8 reps each, then 7, and so forth until 1 in under 5 minutes. Finally, the class ends with a yoga-focused stretch.
Flex Studios Hybrid Workout
At Flex, they offer a few different combinations! There's Flex30 which is either 30/30 of Pilates and Barre or 30/30 of Pilates and TRX. There is also the mega-hybrid Flex90, which is 30 minutes of Pilates, Barre and TRX. All formats offer a challenging strength workout.
Studio 360 Signature Series
The studio offers a Signature Series format which consists of 40 minutes of cycling and 20 minutes of yoga. Who wouldn't want a mobility focused stretch after an intense cardio routine?
This DC studio has a few hybrid offerings:
Centre Barre Yoga fuses Yoga, Pilates and Ballet techniques with a powerful, energetic flow. The dynamic blend of movement increases strength, balance, and flexibility, while being easy on the joints. Set to upbeat music, this physically and spiritually energizing class is sure to work up a sweat.
Red Sun Yoga incorporates Vinyasa yoga with Capoeira, Kung Fu and Tai Chi into an athletic, heat-building flow, while focusing on alignment, balance, strength, power, and flexibility.
EPIClates is an EPIC fusion of pilates, dance, cardiobarre and yoga. A week's worth of workouts in one?!
Revolve DC Barre Spin
This cycling studio offers two super popular activities for their Barre Ride class: cycling and barre. The cycling session lasts about 35 minutes and then participants transition to a barre focused toning by using the bike's handlebars as the barre. The barre part utilizes small plastic balls and lightweight dumbbells. The class ends with stretch, and then you can sigh a breath of relief!