Avoid Cold Weather Workout Boredom and Have Fun in the Gym
While the weather is currently beautiful and crisp, we know we’re quickly headed toward arctic temps, which for some means a huge crimp in your fitness style.
You might be a fan of running down the National Mall taking in all the sights and seasonal changes on the days you’re not hitting the weights, or you might be a boot camp boss who likes breaking a sweat outside with your tribe of weekend warriors. But what are your fitness plans for when the cold takes over the District?
As someone who loves mixing up outside workouts with a few days in the gym, cold weather always leaves me feeling in a slump when I have to move all my workouts inside. Thankfully, with a plan and a gym with plenty of variety and offerings (I’m looking at you, VIDA), cold weather is no longer a seasonal death sentence on my routine, but instead an opportunity to try something new.
Here are some ideas for how to keep cold weather workout boredom from bringing you down, and keep you fit during sweater season.
Explore the World of Group Ex
If you’re someone who dreads the idea of committing hours to the treadmill and elliptical each week to fit in your cardio, have no fear, the group exercise schedule is here.
Between the diversity of class offerings and the number of classes offered per day at all five locations, there’s literally something for everyone. If you’re looking for something a little slower and less intense, but still strengthening, check out one of the several varieties of yoga. If you’re looking for a class where you’ll leave drenched in sweat, may I suggest VIDA M.I.T. (Metabolic Interval Training), VIDA Xtreme, and Knockout. If you’re looking for something with a great beat and a tough workout, Zumba, Cycle, and Pound Rockout are your go to’s.
As you can see, there is no shortage of options for mixing up your workout, and you could easily do a different class every day for a month. So, check out the group exercise class descriptions to see which ones sound intriguing and try them out, you won’t know if you’ll love it until you try!
Get Tough with Training
Are you one of those aforementioned bootcamp bosses? Even though bootcamp is offered year-round, no one’s judging if you’ve got to lay off during the cold weather months, and it doesn’t mean you have to give up your beloved small group training either!
If you love bootcamp, give TRX a try. This training class still gives you that small group feel as well as an intense cardio and strength training workout. Then there’s Pilates Reformer, which is great for toning and getting long, lean muscles, not to mention increased flexibility. After lots of summer and fall running, this is my favorite option for slowing down a bit and refocusing on the areas of flexibility that I tend to neglect.
Finally, working with a personal trainer is a guaranteed way of staying on track when motivation lulls during those months you just want to stay curled up in your warm bed until the very last minute before having to head out for work. Having that workout appointment keeps you accountable, plus, our trainers are pretty awesome and not only will help you take your fitness to the next level, but I bet they’ll become a good friend. Also, if you’re aspiring to complete a big fitness event like a marathon or triathlon in the spring, working with a trainer during the cold months will get you adequately prepared so you can knock your challenge out of the park.
Take Up Laps
The Penthouse Pool might be closed for the cold season, but it doesn’t need to be summer to fit in your laps. Check out the eternity pools that let you enjoy the pool in the middle of the city!
If you’ve never heard of an eternity pool, it’s essentially a pool treadmill of sorts where you can set the water resistance and a motor will circulate the water so you swim against it. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s a great way to keep up with swimming or introduce swimming, which is one of the best workouts you can ever do for your body, in to your routine.
So now that you’ve got some new workout ideas swimming around in your head (no pun intended), what new workout are you thinking you’ll try?
And if you need some more information on group fitness and small group training classes, check out our group fitness schedule, or get in touch with a membership consultant and they can help you navigate all VIDA has to offer!