As if cleaning up the Christmas carnage isn’t workout enough, the New Year brings a look back at your rear—uh, we mean year—in review. Time to re-evaluate your exercise routine? Instead of getting back on the same old treadmill, try one of the following workouts, and torch calories at an impressive rate.
Flywheel: 800-1,000 Calories per 60-Minute Workout
Think you know what to expect out of a spin class? Think again. This Buckhead studio channels the Tour Du France into one power-packed 45 or 60-minute workout in a stadium-style spin room, complete with an opt-in leader board. They provide you with everything you need: cleats, water, towels, and motivation (once you get yourself there, that is!). And, with weighted arm bars, you don’t just work your legs and lungs, either.
Flywheel, $25 per ride, packages available, 102 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Suite 102A, Atlanta, Georgia 30305, 678-702-5684
Atlanta Rocks: 300-600 Calories per 60-Minute Climb
Want to look like Tom Cruise in Cliffhanger? Or not, but you know what we mean… lean muscles popping up in places you didn’t think had the capacity to produce muscles? Right. Well, that’s what you’ll get when you become a dedicated rock climber at Atlanta Rocks. Not sure what to buckle what, where? Don’t fear. Atlanta Rocks offers classes and private instruction, in addition to its open-climb hours. The first Monday of every month is Ladies Night (1/2 price Intro to Climbing Class) and every Wednesday is Family Day (one adult climbs free for every paying child).
Atlanta Rocks, $15 per day with no instruction, daily specials and packages available, 1019 Collier Road NW, Suite A, Atlanta, Georgia 30318, 404-351-3009
Atlanta Hot Yoga: 600-1,000 Calories per 90-Minute Workout
If you haven’t tried it, go. Get up from your chair, put on some spandex, grab a bottle of water, and go. For the uninitiated, hot yoga is usually a 90-minute yoga session done in a dry-heated room. You’ll leave wringing the sweat out of what’s left of your clothes and feeling better than you’ve felt in years. Don’t let the “yoga” part of the name fool you though. This is a serious workout and you’ll be sore, but begging for more.
Atlanta Hot Yoga, $18 drop in class, discounted packages available, 2140 Peachtree Rd NW, #230, Atlanta, GA 30309, 404-355-2652 and 2355 Cumberland Parkway SE, Suite 120, Atlanta GA 30319, 404-355-2652
Pure Barre: 400-500 Calories per 55-Minute Class
With a focus on your bum, hips, thighs, abs, and arms, what else do you need to know? Pure Barre’s got you covered. In 55 minutes, Pure Barre is a serious workout that targets the areas that have worried us since adolescence. The bottom line? Dive headfirst into this workout regimen to build lean muscle mass, not to bulk up.
Pure Barre Atlanta, $23 single class, discounted packages available, 3145 NE Peachtree Road, Suite 169, Atlanta, Georgia 30305, 404-550-8542
Blast 900: 500-900 Calories per 60-Minute Class
For those of you die-hard gym devotees who are just looking for a new approach to your workout, try one of Blast 900’s hour-long interval training classes. You’ll devote 30 minutes to cardio, 30 minutes to strength, and because each class is different, you won’t know what to expect or be bored to tears.
Blast 900 Buckhead, $28 single class (first class is free), packages available, 56 E Andrews Drive NW #11, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-841-5430 and Dunwoody, $21 single class (first class is free), packages available, 5521 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, 404-841-5430
What is your favorite way to torch calories in Atlanta? Share your stay slim secrets with us below!