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.
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.
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.
This studio—which has a handful of locations in California and New York, as well as in Florida, Massachusetts, Tennessee and even Norway and the UK—is known for having a cult-like following that includes everyone from the everyday exerciser to A-list celebrities and even Olympic Athletes. The hour-long bootcamp-style workout, which claims to burn up to 1,000 calories, is half treadmill interval training and half strength training with equipment like free weights, resistance bands and medicine balls.
With multiple studios in more than 11 U.S. cities (plus one in Dubai), it’s no secret that Flywheel is one of the most popular cycling workouts around. The intense 45-minute spin classes include hill climbs, descents, intervals and even some upper body strength work. The studios feature stadium-style seating so that everyone in class has a good seat. And if you’re the competitive type, the most unique part of the class is what’s called the Torqboard: a large screen that intermittently displays a leaderboard so that you can see where you’re at compared to your fellow Flywheel-ers. Additionally, some Flywheel studios offer total-body Barre workouts.
It doesn’t matter what city or state you live in, it’s almost guaranteed that you can find a barre workout nearby. Starting with Pure Barre about 10 years ago, the popularity of this workout method—which mainly involves performing ballet barre based strength exercises—has grown at what seems like an exponential rate. Not only are there a handful of different barre franchises to choose from, like Bar Method, The Barre Code and Barre3, but most have multiple studios across the U.S. with more slated to open over the next few months.
Peloton offers cyclers a truly unique “group” exercise workout experience. While New Yorkers can attend live, in-studio classes, out-of-towners can actually get the same workouts in the comfort of their own home. All you need is a Peloton bike and the desire to ride, because the brand’s studio workouts are streamed live and on demand through digital displays that are part of the signature Peloton indoor bike.
The Dailey Method offers a handful of different classes, including cycling, interval training and barre workouts, all with the main focus of keeping your body balanced and aligned. It’s currently most popular in Northern California, but studios can be found in 12 other U.S. states and a few have popped up in Canada, Paris and Mexico too.
This trendy, upbeat workout promises to “rock your body into shape.” Described as a “full-body cardio jam session,” the workout combines resistance training with continuous simulated drumming and fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric exercises and plyometric into a 45-minute heart-pounding sweat session. Classes are offered at various gyms nationwide and the workout is also available through online classes and DVDs.
In the 90s Billy Blanks made kickboxing and Tae Bo more popular than ever. That fad eventually fizzled out, but it seems as though boxing-based workouts may be on the rise once again. According to Well + Good, boxing is currently the “workout of choice” among top fashion models. Plus there’s nothing more indicative of a fitness trend on the rise than when a new boutique studio opens in New York City. And later this month we’ll see exactly that with the grand opening of Shadowbox, a group exercise studio that will offer, you guessed it, boxing classes.
Perhaps it was Mr. Frank Underwood who brought this old school form of exercise back into the mainstream. Or, maybe it’s the fact that the rower offers a kick-butt, total-body workout that’s basically incomparable to any other piece of fitness equipment. Either way, based on the intense cardio and strength workout you can get in about 30 to 45 minutes on the rower, it’s not surprising that group exercise rowing studios like CityRow, Row House and Go Row are popping up left and right. In fact, Details went as far as to say that rowing is the new spinning, so watch out SoulCycle.