How to Stay Active in the Winter Months

by Paige Wilson

In the winter time, it can be hard to get the motivation to work out. Especially if it’s snowing, or if it’s dark outside by the time you’re done with classes. Last winter, one of my friends told me to come to a work out class with her and ever since I went that day, I go to group fitness classes weekly. Group fitness classes are a great work out and your friends can help motivate you to get up and go. I’ve been to several different classes, but I’m going to highlight a few of my favorites and tell you exactly why they are so awesome.

Kettlebell: Kettlebell is in the Multipurpose Room 1218 at State Gym Monday-Thursday from 6:10-7pm. This class is a partner circuit work out, where you and a partner do an exercise for 30 seconds and then quickly go over to the next exercise and continue on. You do the first round of circuits twice and then get a water break before the next two rounds of a different circuit start. This is a really great class because it’s a full body workout that also includes cardio. Jay/Jason’s class is my favorite because they are good at motivating you to try your hardest. People often are scared to come to work out classes because they don’t know how hard it’s going to be, but Kettlebell is a class where you physically get out of it as much effort as you put in. It’s a great class to bring a friend to!

Boot Camp: This class is in the Multipurpose Room 2218 at State Gym from 6:10-7pm. Jay teaches this class solo and it will definitely make you sore the next day. Jay changes up the exercises in this class every week and it’s more of a fast paced class than Kettlebell. When it’s nice out, he will take the class outside, just mix it up. This class is a mixture of core, cardio, and muscle strength exercises. It starts off with a warm up, then an intense circuit/exercise, ending with a cool down. The instructors definitely push you to give it your all, but you feel so good after you complete it. This is my personal favorite class.

Cycling Boot Camp: Cycling is in the Cycling Studio (Racquetball Court 9) at Lied from 4:30-5:15pm. This class is the same fast pace as Boot Camp, but you can also go at your own pace. The workout room holds 14 people and it tends to fill up quickly, so get there early! And bring water. You’re going to need it, trust me. The class structure starts off with a warm up, an intense workout, and ends with a cool down. I highly recommend this class because it gets your heart rate up and is a fun way to integrate the high intensity of Boot Camp and Cycling.

For more information on all other group fitness classes, check out the schedule below. All of the instructors are great at what they do and I highly recommend you give a new one a try!

http://www.recservices.iastate.edu/fitness/groupfitness/schedule

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