As college students with crazy schedules, it can be a little too easy for us to get bored of our fitness routines. One week we’re at the gym every day and then next it doesn’t even cross our minds. It’s kind of like making a New Year’s resolution and breaking it in February. (Yup, guilty of that, too.)
It’s normal, though. Sometimes you just need a little fitspo as motivation to get where you want to be. But there’s much more to working out than hopping on a treadmill and doing some squats and abs. These six fitness studios are perfect to try whenever you feel like something is missing in your fitness routine.
One of the most common misconceptions about barre classes is that you have to be a dancer. While having prior ballet experience will definitely help you out a bit, these workouts are designed for everyone. Each 55-minute class is comprised of small yet effective movements for strengthening and stretching your muscles. You don’t realize how much effort it takes to do each move until you’re sore the next day.
This indoor cycling studio is brand new to Montclair, so they’re offering free rides until Dec. 10. These workouts feel like a party because of the atmosphere and music, so you won’t dread coming to class. Plus, they actually care about you here—you’ll find water, fruit, hair ties and even body wipes available in the lobby.
If you’ve ever wondered what pilates actually is, Corefire is the place for you. In one of these group pilates sessions, you’ll work out for 45 minutes using a Reformer machine. The classes, which are kept at under 11 people, will make your entire body shake from the controlled movements.
This gem in Montclair offers aerial hoop, silks and pole dancing classes. If you’ve ever wanted to try any of those classes, then you need to visit Studio Air. They’ll teach you the safe and correct way to get your body to do all the tricks you’ve seen in the movies. This is your next stop for when you want to get fit with your best friends!
Zura is a studio that offers a ton of both hot and non-hot yoga and movement classes. Most classes are suitable for all levels of yogis, but the Hot 26 class, aka Bikram Yoga, is always a favorite. But be prepared to leave class drenched—the temperature is usually set to over 100 degrees!
OK, so this one’s technically in Clifton, but it’s literally right next to campus. I thought I was decently in shape until I took a class at CKO. Boy, was I wrong. These classes are a combination of cardio, strength and traditional kickboxing. They’re so intense, you’ll feel like you just ran a marathon in an hour.
All six of these fitness studios are sure to make you break a sweat, especially when your routine has been slacking lately. But be wary of the cost: studio prices often cost a lot more than they should. Many of them offer student discounts if you ask, which makes them a lot more affordable. They understand that we’re broke college students.