Try Out These Popular Fitness Classes, Right in Your Living Room

Try Out These Popular Fitness Classes| Right in Your Living Room

You don’t have to be a student going back to school to be nervous about the first day of class. When you’re starting a new fitness routine it can feel like there are tons of classes at your fingertips| but it’s stressful to figure out which one is the right fit for you. Fears of being slower than everyone else in the class or not knowing what to do can be as nerve-racking as navigating the hallways of high school.

So if the fear of being labeled the newbie has stopped you from attending| you’re in luck; we’ve got 10-minute workouts for every popular class. From Zumba to CrossFit to Pop Physique| keep clicking to find the workout video for you.

| Zumba

“Zumba”” just sounds like fun| doesn’t it? If you’re not already obsessed with this hot| Latin-inspired dance workout| chances are you’ve heard a lot of buzz about it. Whether you’re a Zumba devotee or a novice| you can now do our full-body Zumba toning workout in the comfort of your living room. Led by Zumba instructor Laura Micklich| who calls it “”exercise in disguise|”” this easy-to-follow workout clocks in at just over 10 minutes| and time flies when you’re shaking your hips. Go to Zumba.com to find a Zumba toning class in your area.

| P90X3

P90X3 is already an at-home workout| but those late-night infomercials for the DVD sets are intense u2014 and intimidating. If you’ve always been intrigued by this exercise program created by Tony Horton but haven’t yet experienced it for yourself| we have a 10-minute taste for you.

Do an easy five-minute warm-up on your own to get your blood flowing| press play| and then get ready to work! Want a little more? Find a whole cache of Tony’s workouts here.

| CrossFit

Get ready to take your workout to the next level with Jessica Alba‘s CrossFit trainer| Yumi Lee. This workout is excuse-proof: you don’t need any equipment| and it’s only 10 minutes long| but it will definitely get your heart pumping. No need to be intimidated by CrossFit either: Yumi provides level-appropriate variations for every move. Embrace the CrossFit philosophy and compete with yourself. Try to do more reps of each move when you do the second round. Press play| and get ready to sweat!

| Barry’s Bootcamp

Bring a little Barry’s Bootcamp into your life! Celebs love this heart-pumping workout that alternates between bouts of intervals on the treadmill with strength-training circuits. You can do this 10-minute workout anywhere since it requires no equipment. Press play| and we will warm you up and then make you sweat!

| Pop Physique

Grab a chair and try this killer Pop Physique leg and butt workout. Nope| you don’t get to sit down: the chair will work as your in-home ballet barre. The moves in this ballet-inspired workout might be small| but they are mighty effective. All that pulsing pays off with a toned derriere and legs. Press play| and get ready to feel the burn.

| Yoga

We love that yoga lengthens tight muscles while also toning them. The ancient practice focuses the breath| clears the mind| and can also be a great workout!

New to yoga? Travis Eliot| creator of the Ultimate Yogi DVD series| designed this quick sequence to target your middle with strategic twists to aid digestion. Bonus: these poses are great for toning the abs| too. Grab your mat| press play| and get ready to get your “”om”” on.

| Cardio Tai Box

Blow off some steam and torch some serious calories with this Cardio Tai Box workout from Crunch that you can try in the comfort of your very own living room. In 10 minutes| you will be dripping with sweat. If you want a longer workout| this class is so fun you will want to do it again. Best of all| you don’t need any equipment to do this workout| so no excuses. Press play and get ready to punch your way fit.

| Hip Hop Groove

A dance party can be a workout! And Benjamin Allen| the founder of LA’s GROOV3| is here to teach you how to burn up calories while getting down. At the end of the 10-minute leg-toning workout| you will have learned some dance moves to show off at the club. Press play| and get ready to trip the light fantastic.

| BUTI

Nervous to shake your moneymaker outside of the privacy of your own home? Give this 10-minute Buti workout a try. A hybrid of dance and yoga| this increasingly popular Crunch class mixes traditional yoga poses with pulsing and gyrating moves to tone your entire body while raising your heart rate. It’s fast-paced| fun| fierce| and feminine. And might even make you blush a little. Press play and get ready to sweat.

| BURN Pilates

Pilates is a great workout| but with an added bonus of Cardio| you can’t go wrong. Lisa Corsello| the founder of Burn SF| leads you through 30 minutes of her signature fitness routine| weaving Pilates core exercise with classic lifting moves and cardio bursts. This workout is easy to try at home and is so varied that you will never get bored.

| Cardio Barre

There’s no need to be a ballerina to enjoy the benefits of barre. Try this quick-paced Cardio Barre workout that will keep your heart rate up. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much of your body you can work in 10 minutes! Grab a sturdy chair to use as your barre| and get ready to sculpt your way lean.

| R.I.P.P.E.D.

Give us 10 minutes of your day| and we will work your entire body. This fat-burning workout created by the founders of R.I.P.P.E.D. will tone you from head to toe and get your heart pumping. Grab a set of hand weights between five and 10 pounds| press play| and prepare to get your sweat on.

| Barre Workout

If you’re short on time| you need a multitasking workout. Sadie Lincoln| founder of barre3| created a quick home workout that targets both the arms and legs. This workout will fit in your living room and won’t bother your downstairs neighbors either. Press play| and follow along as Sadie leads you through a series of moves to tone arms and legs while working your core| too.

This Is What It Looks Like Inside an Exclusive Models-Only Gym

This Is What It Looks Like Inside an Exclusive Models-Only Gym

Boxing enthusiast Gigi Hadid may be one of our favorites when we need a dose of supermodel fitspiration, but across the pond there’s an entire gym devoted to women who don’t ever seem to take an awkward gym selfie. Trainer Russell Bateman’s exclusive London gym, Model Ashley Graham’s Intense Workouts Are Not For the Weak

This Is What It Looks Like Inside an Exclusive Models-Only Gym

This Is What It Looks Like Inside an Exclusive Models-Only Gym

Boxing enthusiast Gigi Hadid may be one of our favorites when we need a dose of supermodel fitspiration| but across the pond there’s an entire gym devoted to women who don’t ever seem to take an awkward gym selfie. Trainer Russell Bateman’s exclusive London gym| Model Ashley Graham’s Intense Workouts Are Not For the Weak

Why I’ll Never Be in the Front Row at SoulCycle

Everyone has their go-to spot when they walk into their workout class, but a select few enjoy being at the front. If you’re one of the many who avoid the front at all costs, you will sympathize with the author of this article from Shape.

Once upon a time I was that girl: the girl who came in first, second, or third during the timed mile test in gym class. The one who could hold a flexed arm hang longer than any other girl. The person who never, ever came in dead last in any sport.

Don’t get me wrong, I was hardly a Junior Olympian, but I was definitely a good athlete and working out came fairly easily ¡ª gymnastics, tennis, lacrosse. In workout classes, I usually hovered somewhere near the top of the heap or in the front row ¡ª and performance-wise, I was probably in the top 10 percent overall. I thought nothing of sliding into the front row in a spin class or at an intense bootcamp session. (“Are You Too Competitive at the Gym?”)

Even as a 20-something, I signed up for running clinics, bootcamp classes, and other group fitness endeavors. And all along, I looked at the people who had could barely keep up, the ones hiding in the corner, the ones who came in at the end, panting and sputtering. Honestly, I felt sort of badly for them. I wondered what it was like to be the last to finish or to have to always opt for the “modifications” while working out . . . for it simply to be that hard to keep up. Is it lonely in the back row?

Well, these days ¡ª after a bunch of years, a few nagging injuries, and two little kids racing around at home ¡ª I am consistently in that last row. I have definitely come in dead last. I almost always opt for the modifications. I collapse out of plank about five times during a 90-second interval. When I clip in at SoulCycle or Flywheel, my sweet spot is whatever bike is closest to the door and farthest into the corner.

And while I used to think it would be a horrible ¡ª or at least defeatist ¡ª place to sit, I’m here to announce: it’s perfectly lovely here in the back row. I am not lonely or embarrassed or angry at myself. Heck, I don’t even particularly want to be in the front row anymore. (“What Makes You a Runner?” It’s more than speed.)

I don’t entirely know what shifted, beyond a general puncturing of my ego. I can chalk it up to getting older and wiser; I can also say that going through and coming back from two pregnancies is humbling and provides a new lens through which I saw my body. When you’re sidelined due to injury or recovering from a C-section, and then have to start back at the bottom (or close to it), small achievements feel significant. I recently completed my first half-marathon since my second child was born, and it was definitely not a PR time-wise ¡ª but I felt damn good coasting in smack in the middle of the pack. I also signed up for another half-marathon and ended up skipping it; I just wasn’t ready again because I hadn’t really trained enough. The old, harder-charging version of me would have gone on a tear of self-recrimination, and while I do confess to feeling some pangs of frustration at my lack of follow-through (as well as smarting at how I forked over the entry fee and never used it), overall I just let it roll off my back. Then I set my sights on a shorter, 15K race a month or two later. (Turns out, “You Don’t Have to Run Very Far to Reap the Benefits.”)

I used to have one eye on all the other people around me; now, my focus is much more undiluted and way less worried. After all, it’s my ride, my run, my body ¡ª and however fast or slow I’m going doesn’t really matter to me so long as I’m showing up and trying hard. For some people, staying perfectly in sync in that front-row spot at SoulCycle is a badge of honor; I couldn’t care less anymore. Being average, out-of-sync, and huffing and puffing like a maniac is fine with me ¡ª so long as I know I’m giving it my all. (If you can relate, you’ll love “Why I Love Running, Even When I’m Slow.”)

¡ª Liz Krieger

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Why I’ll Never Be in the Front Row at SoulCycle

Everyone has their go-to spot when they walk into their workout class| but a select few enjoy being at the front. If you’re one of the many who avoid the front at all costs| you will sympathize with the author of this article from Shape.

Once upon a time I was that girl: the girl who came in first| second| or third during the timed mile test in gym class. The one who could hold a flexed arm hang longer than any other girl. The person who never| ever came in dead last in any sport.

Don’t get me wrong| I was hardly a Junior Olympian| but I was definitely a good athlete and working out came fairly easily ¡ª gymnastics| tennis| lacrosse. In workout classes| I usually hovered somewhere near the top of the heap or in the front row ¡ª and performance-wise| I was probably in the top 10 percent overall. I thought nothing of sliding into the front row in a spin class or at an intense bootcamp session. (“Are You Too Competitive at the Gym?”)

Even as a 20-something| I signed up for running clinics| bootcamp classes| and other group fitness endeavors. And all along| I looked at the people who had could barely keep up| the ones hiding in the corner| the ones who came in at the end| panting and sputtering. Honestly| I felt sort of badly for them. I wondered what it was like to be the last to finish or to have to always opt for the “modifications” while working out . . . for it simply to be that hard to keep up. Is it lonely in the back row?

Well| these days ¡ª after a bunch of years| a few nagging injuries| and two little kids racing around at home ¡ª I am consistently in that last row. I have definitely come in dead last. I almost always opt for the modifications. I collapse out of plank about five times during a 90-second interval. When I clip in at SoulCycle or Flywheel| my sweet spot is whatever bike is closest to the door and farthest into the corner.

And while I used to think it would be a horrible ¡ª or at least defeatist ¡ª place to sit| I’m here to announce: it’s perfectly lovely here in the back row. I am not lonely or embarrassed or angry at myself. Heck| I don’t even particularly want to be in the front row anymore. (“What Makes You a Runner?” It’s more than speed.)

I don’t entirely know what shifted| beyond a general puncturing of my ego. I can chalk it up to getting older and wiser; I can also say that going through and coming back from two pregnancies is humbling and provides a new lens through which I saw my body. When you’re sidelined due to injury or recovering from a C-section| and then have to start back at the bottom (or close to it)| small achievements feel significant. I recently completed my first half-marathon since my second child was born| and it was definitely not a PR time-wise ¡ª but I felt damn good coasting in smack in the middle of the pack. I also signed up for another half-marathon and ended up skipping it; I just wasn’t ready again because I hadn’t really trained enough. The old| harder-charging version of me would have gone on a tear of self-recrimination| and while I do confess to feeling some pangs of frustration at my lack of follow-through (as well as smarting at how I forked over the entry fee and never used it)| overall I just let it roll off my back. Then I set my sights on a shorter| 15K race a month or two later. (Turns out| “You Don’t Have to Run Very Far to Reap the Benefits.”)

I used to have one eye on all the other people around me; now| my focus is much more undiluted and way less worried. After all| it’s my ride| my run| my body ¡ª and however fast or slow I’m going doesn’t really matter to me so long as I’m showing up and trying hard. For some people| staying perfectly in sync in that front-row spot at SoulCycle is a badge of honor; I couldn’t care less anymore. Being average| out-of-sync| and huffing and puffing like a maniac is fine with me ¡ª so long as I know I’m giving it my all. (If you can relate| you’ll love “Why I Love Running| Even When I’m Slow.”)

¡ª Liz Krieger

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The 13 Worst Fitness Instructors Ever

If back-to-school time has inspired you to get more serious about your workouts and you’re a hit-the-gym-for-a-class kind of girl, I’m sure you’ve experienced your fair share of fitness instructors ¡ª some good, and some not so good. And then there’s this group . . .

The FlirtImage Source: New Line Cinema

This person thinks everyone wants to date him or her; they’re all touchy-feely, winking left and right, and giving away their phone number like class is happy hour. And they never get the hint that you’re not interested.

The High and MightyImage Source: Apatow Productions

We get it. You’re great at what you do, and people love you for it. Please get off your pedestal and come down to sweat with the rest of us.

The Insane Hard-AssImage Source: Lionsgate Television

This teacher is so crazy-intense, you wonder if you walked into an actual boot camp by accident. Your body shakes, your sweat is pooling on the floor, and she makes you do an extra set. And don’t you dare reach for your reusable bottle ¡ª water is for wusses!

The SingerImage Source: Fox

Oooh, I love this song, who sings it?! Beyonc¨¦, you say? Let’s keep it that way.

The ScreamerImage Source: NBC

This teacher believes that motivation is measured by decibels in their voice ¡ª the louder they scream, the more reps you’ll do. But we really don’t need you to do that the entire 60-minute class, thanks.

The OversharerImage Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

There’s a fine line between connecting with your students and sharing information you’d only share with your doctor, your mom, or your BFF. Sorry, but no, I don’t want to hear about your bathroom issues or any other issues for that matter.

The Show-Off

Inspiration is one thing, but when we’re struggling to get through 20 squats and you’re like, “Look how many I can do while holding this 20-pound medicine ball above my head,” we secretly wish that ball would fall on your head.

The All-Up-in-Your-SpaceImage Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Helpful adjustments are always appreciated, but it’s totally creepy when you walk by and lay a lingering hand on me every two minutes. Also ¡ª that’s my boob, not my shoulder.

The DorkImage Source: NBC

It’s bad enough that he’s embarrassing himself up there with those awful moves, but what’s even worse is he wants you to follow along.

The StinkerImage Source: NBC

Stinky breath, stinky cologne, stinky I-know-you-haven’t-done-laundry-in-weeks gym clothes ¡ª it all stinks.

The Doesn’t-Practice-What-They-PreachImage Source: Twentieth Century Fox

We don’t expect you to do 100 push-ups without a break, but you probably shouldn’t let everyone see you down a Snickers bar and Coke before class.

The Late BloomerImage Source: ABC

We all struggle to get to class on time, but we don’t expect the teacher to be later than us.

The Walking ColdImage Source: RKO Radio Picture

No cold or flu keeps you from class, but we wish it would. Really.

The 13 Worst Fitness Instructors Ever

If back-to-school time has inspired you to get more serious about your workouts and you’re a hit-the-gym-for-a-class kind of girl| I’m sure you’ve experienced your fair share of fitness instructors some good| and some not so good. And then there’s this group . . .

The FlirtImage Source: New Line Cinema

This person thinks everyone wants to date him or her; they’re all touchy-feely| winking left and right| and giving away their phone number like class is happy hour. And they never get the hint that you’re not interested.

The High and MightyImage Source: Apatow Productions

We get it. You’re great at what you do| and people love you for it. Please get off your pedestal and come down to sweat with the rest of us.

The Insane Hard-AssImage Source: Lionsgate Television

This teacher is so crazy-intense| you wonder if you walked into an actual boot camp by accident. Your body shakes| your sweat is pooling on the floor| and she makes you do an extra set. And don’t you dare reach for your reusable bottle water is for wusses!

The SingerImage Source: Fox

Oooh| I love this song| who sings it?! Beyoncé| you say? Let’s keep it that way.

The ScreamerImage Source: NBC

This teacher believes that motivation is measured by decibels in their voice ¡ª the louder they scream| the more reps you’ll do. But we really don’t need you to do that the entire 60-minute class| thanks.

The OversharerImage Source: Fox Searchlight Pictures

There’s a fine line between connecting with your students and sharing information you’d only share with your doctor| your mom| or your BFF. Sorry| but no| I don’t want to hear about your bathroom issues or any other issues for that matter.

The Show-Off

Inspiration is one thing| but when we’re struggling to get through 20 squats and you’re like| “Look how many I can do while holding this 20-pound medicine ball above my head|” we secretly wish that ball would fall on your head.

The All-Up-in-Your-SpaceImage Source: Walt Disney Pictures

Helpful adjustments are always appreciated| but it’s totally creepy when you walk by and lay a lingering hand on me every two minutes. Also ¡ª that’s my boob| not my shoulder.

The DorkImage Source: NBC

It’s bad enough that he’s embarrassing himself up there with those awful moves| but what’s even worse is he wants you to follow along.

The StinkerImage Source: NBC

Stinky breath| stinky cologne| stinky I-know-you-haven’t-done-laundry-in-weeks gym clothes ¡ª it all stinks.

The Doesn’t-Practice-What-They-PreachImage Source: Twentieth Century Fox

We don’t expect you to do 100 push-ups without a break| but you probably shouldn’t let everyone see you down a Snickers bar and Coke before class.

The Late BloomerImage Source: ABC

We all struggle to get to class on time| but we don’t expect the teacher to be later than us.

The Walking ColdImage Source: RKO Radio Picture

No cold or flu keeps you from class| but we wish it would. Really.

The 6 Things Trainers Hate That People Do in Workout Classes

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls, a blog created by Erin and Jenn W., who are part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Being a group fitness instructor is just about the best job in the world. You meet amazing people, help folks get healthy and relieve stress, learn the latest research in health and wellness news ¡ª all the while getting in an awesome workout. Score!

However, there are those moments when your students do things that are so off-putting, downright dangerous, or just plain distracting that it takes all of your inner strength to not yell out “Stop doing that!” (The time a student actually took a call during class comes to mind for me.)

Today, we talk about the six bad habits that instructors wish their students would drop right away . . .

Number One: The Phone Addicts

Even with the ringer turned off, cell phones that beep, buzz, and light up during a class are just plain annoying. Look, we totally love our smartphones, too, and want them within reach at all times just in case. But is it necessary to check them every five minutes during class? If so, please take it outside. Otherwise, put the phone away, keep it out of sight, and enjoy your “me time” uninterrupted. Namaste.

Number Two: The Talkers

Of course, we all look forward to hanging with our workout bestie and that time to socialize is super important. (Like, we really believe in it!) However, it is the instructor’s to job to teach the whole room, and it is really difficult to do that when having to compete with other voices. Instead, catch up over a smoothie break after class. That way, teachers like me will not have to use their patented “stink eye” to quiet you. (Mine is lethal!)

Number Three: The Late Arrivals/Early Takeoff Crew

The biggest class offenders I hear from irritated students are the habitual late-comers and early dropouts. Nothing will “harsh your mellow” quicker than the perpetual “shows up at least five minutes late for yoga” person or the “take off as soon as they sense the cooldown is beginning” peeps. Teachers create a full program for each class so please honor that effort by arriving early and staying until the end. You paid for the time, so make the most of it.

Number Four: The Space Cadets

It is totally normal to be confused and not “get it” when participating in a group class (like every single time I have attempted Zumba), especially when you’re a newbie. But it is so irksome when the culprit is a faulty attention span that you have to keep bringing back into the class time and time again. So keep your head in the game to get the most out of every workout session.

Number Five: The “Poor-Form-No-Matter-How-Many-Reminders” Peeps

A good instructor knows how to pick out and point out faulty movement patterns, but there are some students that ¡ª no matter how often you try to correct them ¡ª insist on using improper form, such as a curved spine or slouched shoulders. Really pay attention to the cues, and check yourself in the mirror to make sure you are performing each move correctly. Ask out loud for help if you are unsure. Bad form leads to muscle imbalances and then pain ¡ª and no one wants to deal with that.

Number Six: The Space Invaders

My experience has been that most people are averse to conflict, but if there is one thing they will complain about, it would be people who invade their personal space. I have heard about everything from the “flips her hair in my face” girl to the “floor hog” who tries to gain the most space for themselves in a small room. Try to remember that gyms and studios are shared spaces that belong to all of the members. Be mindful of other people’s boundaries and ¡ª to paraphrase diva Mary J. Blige ¡ª have no more drama in your class time.

Image Sources: Shutterstock and Fit Bottomed Girls

The 6 Things Trainers Hate That People Do in Workout Classes

The following post was originally featured on Fit Bottomed Girls| a blog created by Erin and Jenn W.| who are part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

Being a group fitness instructor is just about the best job in the world. You meet amazing people| help folks get healthy and relieve stress| learn the latest research in health and wellness news ¡ª all the while getting in an awesome workout. Score!

However| there are those moments when your students do things that are so off-putting| downright dangerous| or just plain distracting that it takes all of your inner strength to not yell out “Stop doing that!” (The time a student actually took a call during class comes to mind for me.)

Today| we talk about the six bad habits that instructors wish their students would drop right away . . .

Number One: The Phone Addicts

Even with the ringer turned off| cell phones that beep| buzz| and light up during a class are just plain annoying. Look| we totally love our smartphones| too| and want them within reach at all times just in case. But is it necessary to check them every five minutes during class? If so| please take it outside. Otherwise| put the phone away| keep it out of sight| and enjoy your “me time” uninterrupted. Namaste.

Number Two: The Talkers

Of course| we all look forward to hanging with our workout bestie and that time to socialize is super important. (Like| we really believe in it!) However| it is the instructor’s to job to teach the whole room| and it is really difficult to do that when having to compete with other voices. Instead| catch up over a smoothie break after class. That way| teachers like me will not have to use their patented “stink eye” to quiet you. (Mine is lethal!)

Number Three: The Late Arrivals/Early Takeoff Crew

The biggest class offenders I hear from irritated students are the habitual late-comers and early dropouts. Nothing will “harsh your mellow” quicker than the perpetual “shows up at least five minutes late for yoga” person or the “take off as soon as they sense the cooldown is beginning” peeps. Teachers create a full program for each class so please honor that effort by arriving early and staying until the end. You paid for the time| so make the most of it.

Number Four: The Space Cadets

It is totally normal to be confused and not “get it” when participating in a group class (like every single time I have attempted Zumba)| especially when you’re a newbie. But it is so irksome when the culprit is a faulty attention span that you have to keep bringing back into the class time and time again. So keep your head in the game to get the most out of every workout session.

Number Five: The “Poor-Form-No-Matter-How-Many-Reminders” Peeps

A good instructor knows how to pick out and point out faulty movement patterns| but there are some students that ¡ª no matter how often you try to correct them ¡ª insist on using improper form| such as a curved spine or slouched shoulders. Really pay attention to the cues| and check yourself in the mirror to make sure you are performing each move correctly. Ask out loud for help if you are unsure. Bad form leads to muscle imbalances and then pain ¡ª and no one wants to deal with that.

Number Six: The Space Invaders

My experience has been that most people are averse to conflict| but if there is one thing they will complain about| it would be people who invade their personal space. I have heard about everything from the “flips her hair in my face” girl to the “floor hog” who tries to gain the most space for themselves in a small room. Try to remember that gyms and studios are shared spaces that belong to all of the members. Be mindful of other people’s boundaries and ¡ª to paraphrase diva Mary J. Blige ¡ª have no more drama in your class time.

Image Sources: Shutterstock and Fit Bottomed Girls

A New Exercise Study Shows Why ClassPass Is the Latest Rage in Fitness

Not knowing how to do something in the fitness world can be a really terrifying feeling. So we tend to stick to our comfort zones of working out. But our friends at Shape are telling us about a new study that shows that trying something new really does have its benefits!

Research shows that breaking out of your cardio comfort zone with new fitness classes has major perks on workout motivation.

Showing up for a new workout class for the first time can be a pretty scary endeavor. What am I supposed to wear? Will I know how to use the equipment? Will I look like a fool? are just a few of the many questions that run through the mind after signing up. And with all that stress| it can become all too easy to stick with what we know.

But a new study published in Psychology & Health shows that ditching our go-to workout for an unfamiliar sweat sesh might actually make us enjoy the activity more| and make us more likely to hit the gym (or studio) in the future| too. (More on that here: Is It Bad to Do the Same Workout Every Day?)

In the study| women who weren’t super active completed either a 30-minute bout of treadmill time or a fun| unfamiliar aerobic exercise ¡ª like hula-hooping| which raises your heart rate and burns calories at a rate similar to other moderate intensity exercise activities. The researchers found that compared to those who completed the brisk walk| the hula-hoopers reported more pleasure and fewer negative feelings| and they also expressed more interest in making sweat a habit in the month to come. (It should be noted that the researchers didn’t follow up on whether women with higher motivation following the workout actually exercised more in the future| but that is something they hope to test in the future.)

While the women studied weren’t exercising regularly| based on past research| lead study author Courtney Stevens predicts that women who do exercise regularly ¡ª and find themselves doing the same workout again and again ¡ª would reap the same benefits from trying a new workout.

While that’s not to say you can’t stick with spinning| barre| running| or whatever workout you truly enjoy| “if you find yourself in a rut| you might find that you feel better and have more motivation to exercise again in the near future if you change things up and try something new|” Stevens says. (You can mix it up with these 5 Playful Ways to Escape Your Workout “Routines.”)

At the end of the day| research consistently shows that women who feel better during exercise are more likely to maintain a fit routine| so ultimately it’s important to find out what works for you| what feels good| and notice when maybe you aren’t getting the same benefits from your workout that you used to anymore| she adds.

So if you’ve been holding back on booking that boxing class| rock-climbing workout| or any other new-to-you workout| consider this your kick in the butt.

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