With so many ways to slim down, firm up and work out, it’s hard to know which new and improved fitness class to choose. So, intern Megan McDermott tried a crash course in just about all of them. Read this before you break your next sweat.

Photos by Dick Arnspiger

It seems like every week there is at least one new fitness studio popping up someplace around town. Whether it’s a barre boutique, indoor cycling studio, or a high-tech body monitoring facility, each new option has the allure of finding The Perfect Workout for you— one that will finally deliver the results that may be eluding you.

But sizing up these newbies and screening out the ones that don’t fit your life, your fitness style or your goals can take a lot of time, research, and of course, energy that you could be devoting to getting fit. So, I asked expert Alison Cardoza at Milestone Wellness Center to help me try out these trending workouts and find my new summer groove.

Alison is ACSM-Certified personal trainer at the Milestone Wellness Center and has 14 years of experience in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. With her expertise at my disposal, I was able to gather a lot of information and sort the marketing noise from the news. Here’s what she had to say about some workouts everyone is talking about:

HIIT Training​, also known as High Intensity Interval Training, focuses on bursts of max effort for about 20-90 seconds, followed by low intensity recovery. HIIT classes typically range from 30 minutes to an hour.

Pro: It is a great cardiovascular workout for fat burning.

Con: It can sometimes lead to overtraining and increased risk of injury if you do it daily.

Where:  Louisville offers many boot camps that do HIIT training. Some of those places include Milestone, where they offer boot camp classes as well as a VO2 max class, and Orange Theory.  

Cycling ​classes aren’t new but they are newly popular.

Pro: A great way to get in some intense cardio for about 30-45 minutes under the guidance of an instructor while listening to upbeat music.

Con: Less variety since you are always on a stationary bike.

Where:  Cyclebar, Milestone, and many other gyms/studios.

Barre is a mix of pilates, dance (ballet), and functional training. This workout incorporates small, controlled movements with light weights or bodyweight.

Pro: It sculpts, strengthens, and elongates muscles.

Con: The only con is that there are so many studios to choose from that it can be intimidating to figure out which one is best for you.

Where: Barre Code, Pure Barre, Barre3, B.You, and Milestone. Alison’s advice is to try as many free trials as you can.  

Kickboxing is an intense cardio workout that’s become extremely popular in the last couple of years.

Pro: It helps reduce stress, boost confidence, burn calories and get your heart pumping.

Con: Increased risk for injury if moves are not done the right way.

Where: Milestone, Real Fighters, ILoveKickboxing, 9Round.  

Pilates ​is making a comeback because it’s a workout that focuses on your physical strength as well as your mental awareness.

Pro: Clients can benefit from core and stability training with enhanced breathing techniques. Spinning off pilates, is ​Pi-Yo ​which is a fast paced workout that combines pilates and yoga for a great core workout.

Con: It involves intricate equipment which may take a couple of sessions to master.

Where:  Milestone, Club Pilates, Get Healthy Now, and many other gyms around the Ville.  

Silks/Aerial Arts​ is a very unique fitness trend that uses long draping fabrics suspended from the ceiling.

Pro: Improved strength, form, flexibility, and alignment— plus it’s not boring!

Con: If you are sensitive to dizziness this may be a problem since you hang upside down.  

Where: B-YOU Fitness, Suspend Louisville.  

Fitness Destinations

No matter where you live, odds are, there’s a fitness studio near you. Here are just a few:

Milestone Wellness Center
750 Cypress Station Dr
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 896-3900

Barre Code
12442 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40243
(502) 749-2951

2400 Frankfort Ave
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 690-2425

Louisville Bend and Zen Hot Yoga
Westport Village
1301 Herr Ln #187
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 938-6808

3921 Chenoweth Square
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 930-2348

Club Pilates
Shelbyville Road Plaza
4600 Shelbyville Rd #116
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 907-1577

Shelbyville Road Plaza
4600 Shelbyville Rd
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 890-3216

GHN (Get Healthy Now) Wellness Center
601 Presidents Blvd
Louisville, KY 40217
(502) 852-7755

Heuser Health
Mellwood Art and Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Ave, #197
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-7833

Orange Theory Fitness
116 Sears Avenue
Louisville, KY, 40207
(502) 259-9199

Chenoweth Plaza
3630 Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 749-6950

Pure Barre
Westport Village
1321 Herr Ln #180
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 749-2222

Real Fighters Gym
2710 Holloway Rd #4
Louisville, KY 40299
(502) 224-1611

9Round Kickbox Fitness
1512 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 654-7155

Suspend Louisville
721 E Washington St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 287-0460

Posted on -07-07 by Megan McDermott