Group Exercise Workouts Taking the Nation By Storm

Fitness enthusiasts are raving about these group exercise studios

Courtesy of Mile High Run Club, Photo by Brad Barket

Just like with fashion or technology, trends within the world of fitness come and go.  

There was jazzercise in the 70s, aerobics in the 80s and Tae Bo in the 90s. Sure, these workouts still exist in niche communities, but they’ve certainly faded from the mainstream, making way for the latest and greatest exercise crazes.

Over the past decade or so, powerhouse fitness institutions like SoulCycle and CrossFit have dominated the workout scene. For the time being, they’ve created a lasting influence and loyal followings, but only time will tell whether or not they’ll have more lasting-power than workout trends from the past.

Looking ahead, there are a handful of new, innovative and exciting group exercise workouts on the horizon. Maybe SoulCycle and CrossFit aren’t going anywhere soon, but these up and coming studios and trends will certainly give them a run for their money as we move into the future of fitness. 

Orangetheory Fitness

This group exercise studio promises their intense heart-rate based  interval training (designed to keep your heart rate in the “orange zone”) will increase your energy levels, tone up your body and offer the oh-so-sought-after “afterburn” effect, which allows the body to continue burning calories at a higher rate even after your workout is over. The workouts combine indoor rowing, treadmill training and weight lifting to create a kick-butt workout that’s helping exercisers break through their workout and weight loss plateaus. Orangetheory gyms are based all across the U.S. with new locations opening frequently and a few in Canada, too.

Mile High Run Club

New York City Runners and fitness enthusiasts alike are flocking to MHRC: the first treadmill-based group exercise studio dedicated entirely to running. The club offers several different types of classes, like the 45-minute, beginner-level “Dash 28,” the 60-minute, advanced workout called “The Distance,” and even outdoor “adventure run” and track workouts, all of which are led by elite runners and coaches. MHRC currently has just one location, but we wouldn't be surprised to see more popping up around New York and other cities soon.

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