March 16, 2012. Samuel Valero
What in the world is Spynga? It’s a new twist on yoga, blending a traditional spin class with an intense cardio work-out. The class usually begins with doing an hour spin routine using a stationary bicycle. Don’t have a bicycle? An elliptical or rowing machine can work just fine.
The next step involves doing Vinyasa exercises using a standard yoga mat. Focus is placed on the normal movements and breathing done in yoga as a variety of poses are used throughout the routine. This relatively new method helps with balance, breathing techniques, stamina, posture and also provides a medium intense cardio work-out.
Fluidity Bars were first introduced to the market last year but just recently gained popularity. The Bar places concentration on strength, stretching and resistance. They aren’t cheap as they start out at around $250. They do come with a diet guide for those interested in using the bar for a weight loss tool as well as a DVD complete with step-by-step instructions for the beginner.
The exercises that can be performed using the Fluidity Bar include those that can be done in a standing or on floor position. The muscle gain using the Fluidity Bar is more consistent than when doing a Pilate’s work-out or a standard weight lifting routine since the muscle groups are not as isolated. If you prefer a high intensity cardio work-out then the Fluidity Bar might not be the best choice for you.
Dancers swear by the Gyrotonics machine and claim they are the new way to do a yoga routine. The machine combines the movements one would achieve when doing swimming, tai chi, gymnastics and dance giving the user a full fitness experience. The machines help with flexibility, strength and balance by using pulleys and tension cords. Depending on the amount of tension and how the pulley cords are positioned on the machine, determines the level of cardio work-out one will achieve.
Updated March 16, 2012. Published March 13, 2012. Samuel Valero