I’ve learned to never say never, especially when it comes to fitness activities, but here are five fitness trends I have no plans to take part in.
1. Mud Runs. I loved Ragnar, but I don’t do mud. The thought of slogging through mud, trying to run in muddy clothes, and then cleaning up afterwards just doesn’t sound fun to me. Plus, have you heard about the nasty bugs that might be lurking in that mud? I know some people who love Tough Mudder events, but they are not for me.
2. CrossFit. I’m not sure it’s fair to call CrossFit a trend, but it is still pretty trendy. The official description sounds appealing–constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity–but I prefer to do strength moves relatively slowly with good form, and so many CrossFit workouts seem to focus on doing As Many Reps As Possible in a given period of time, or completing a high number of reps as quickly as possible. I’m sure that CrossFit offers kick-ass workouts that would improve my fitness level, but it sounds too intense for me.
3. Aerial Silks.I admit that this may be a trend I’ll avoid because I don’t think I’d be any good at it, but my upper body strength is laughable and I have no desire to “be challenged with skills where [I] will hang from [my] knees, arm-pits, and hips.” The mere possibility of ending up spinning around upside down makes me nauseous.
4. Pole Dancing. You can call me a prude, swear it has nothing to do with seedy nightclubs, and promise me a stronger core, but you won’t get me to a pole dancing class.
5. Barre. This may be cheating because I did try a Pure Barre class, but I won’t be going back. I know Courtney loves Pure Barre, but doing a zillion reps of tiny isometric contractions is not my idea of fun, and I do believe that fitness should be fun!
To prove that I am not immune to all fitness trends, here are five new fitness classes I would love to try:
2. Soul Cycle–I don’t particularly like the pricey studio classes trend, but I would like to find out if 45 minutes of Soul Cycle could possibly be worth its $34 price tag.
3. Flywheel–Flywheel is another new indoor cycling studio in Washington D.C. Compared to Soul Cycle its $28 classes sound like a bargain, but I mostly want to try it because they lured one of my favorite instructors away from Revolve.
4. Treadmill Class–Maybe this is proof that my 5-weeks-and-counting hiatus from running is taking its toll, but this Precision Running treadmill class sounds like it could be fun.
5. November Project–I love the idea behind the November Project and would like to check out one of their Lincoln Memorial workouts once I get off the injured reserve list.
Does my “never” list include one of your favorites?
Have you tried any of the classes I want to try?