Stuck in an exercise rut? 8 new workouts to try, by neighborhood

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Feeling uninspired by your usual exercise routine? Staying engaged and motivated is crucial when you’ve got fitness goals to crush.

Trying out a new workout can help you find your groove again and help keep things interesting. Last week I tried my first cycling class and, though I’ll admit I was intimidated at first, it was great to try something different.

It helped remind me how fun and rewarding working out can be. *gasp*

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Next time you find yourself in a rut, try one of these workouts:

(1) Dilworth

Workout to try: West Kept Secret
Where: Fit Atelier
Cost: $20
Why you should try it: This high intensity interval training class is taught by Marissa West, a former Top Cat. Follow her on Instagram for serious #bodygoals. Plus, you can pick up some stylish workout gear while in Fit Atelier’s cute shop.

(2) NoDa

Workout to try: Hip Hop Yoga
Where: Salud Cerveceria on Mondays at 6:45pm
Cost: $8 and you get a 10oz beer, draft coffee/tea or wine
Why you should try it: If you love yoga but are tired of your usual classes, this is the perfect way to mix it up. Think power flow set to Salt-N-Pepa. And it’s open to all skill levels.

(3) University City

Workout to try: Kickboxing
Where: 9Round Fitness – University
Cost: First class is free
Why you should try it: It’s a fun way to get in your cardio (or get out work day stress). Classes are only 30 minutes long and there are no class times because new workouts start every 3 minutes. The workouts change daily so you won’t get bored.

(4) South End

Workout to try: STAX Boot Camp
Where: At STAX every Tuesday and Thursday @ 6:30pm
Cost: Free
Why you should try it: First of all, it’s free. Second of all, it’s taught by celeb instructors Randy Moss (former NFL wide receiver) and Emily Breeze (CrossFit goddess). You’ll get a good butt kicking and you can bring your posse along.

STAX boot camp

(5) Plaza Midwood

Workout to try: Beginning Ballet
Where: Open Door Studios
Cost: $16 for a single class or $100 for 8 classes
Why you should try it: Barre workouts are all the rage and they are inspired by the principles of ballet. Why not shake things up and take an actual ballet class? Open Door Studios offers these classes specifically for adults and no, you don’t have to wear a tutu.

(6) SouthPark

Workout to try: Strong VIBE5
Where: VIBE5 Yoga and Fitness
Cost: New clients can get a month of unlimited yoga for $35 right now.
Why you should try it: This cross training class fuses power yoga, weights and TRX strength training. It’s non-heated but you’ll still work up a good sweat. Strong VIBE5 is perfect to supplement your regular yoga or strength training and it’ll help keep things interesting.

(7) South Charlotte

Workout to try: The ‘Classic’
Where: CYCLEBAR – Waverly
Cost: First week free for new riders
Why you should try it: Indoor cycling has a cult following for a reason – it burns a ton of calories and it’s super fun. Expect upbeat music and instructors that will motivate you from start to finish. CYCLEBAR provides riders with free shoes and other VIP amenities – towels, complimentary water, snacks and lockers.

(8) Ayrsley/Steele Creek

Workout to try: Boxing 60 class
Where: TITLE Boxing Club
Cost: Free for your first class
Why you should try it: Nothing will empower you more than discovering your inner Muhammad Ali in one of TITLE’s boxing classes. You’ll burn loads of calories while throwing jabs and uppercuts to a 100 lb. punching bag. New to boxing? No worries. The instructors will help wrap your hands and teach you the basics.

Get out there and sweat, CLT.


This paid content has been created in partnership with OrthoCarolina.
Cover photo via VIBE5 Yoga and Fitness and Wanda June Koch Photography

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