When most people think of working out, they envision the monotonous treadmill or the bare-bones weights. But fitness doesn't have to be old and boring. Remember when you went for bike rides, jumped on a trampoline or wiggled a hula hoop around your waist just because it was fun?
Enter the new wave of fitness, where old-school fun has been transformed into adult exercises, bringing us the best of both worlds — where working out gets you fit, but is also super-fun.
If you love jumping rope, try Whipped
Why: It turns an old-school workout into a full fitness experience that'll leave you panting, smiling — and very strong. But be warned: Even if you thought you mastered the art of jumping rope, you probably still have a lot to learn. "Your hands, wrists and shoulders are strengthened in an unparalleled way from trying to stabilize the micro-movements created from whipping the shape and direction of the ropes," said Lashaun Dale, national group fitness creative manager at Equinox Fitness Clubs. You'll be working every muscle, from your arms to muscles in your core because your entire body will be moving to stabilize the ropes.
Do it: Take the Whipped class at Equinox Fitness Clubs, equinox.com.
If you like, ahem, uh, getting busy, try Kama movement
Why: The name translated from Sanskrit means pleasure, and this new fitness craze helps you tone and lose weight — while aiming to increase future sexual pleasure and fertility. During the workout, you twist, thrust and sculpt your pelvic core, which includes your hips, butt, thighs and lower abs through fun dance moves and stretches. Learn more at http://www.kamamovement.com.
Do it: Take the Kama class at Crunch Fitness, crunch.com.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun