Get Your Fitness On: Student Picks The Best Classes to Take at Koret

Nina Sasson gets ready to take one of the many fitness classes that Koret has to offer. Photo by Matt Steinbach/Foghorn

Would you rather exercise alone, running on a treadmill, or with a group of fellow students dancing or stretching in a fun atmosphere? Both options are available at the Koret Gym. For me, the group exercise classes are the main reason I make it a priority to go to Koret four times per week.

And I’m not the only one. “I like the camaraderie and support of a class,” says Ashley Van Noy, a USF senior. USF students encourage each other in all of the group exercise classes at Koret. If you haven’t tried one yet, what are you waiting for?

Here is a list of the 5 best group exercise classes to take at Koret:

5. Zumba

Ditch the workout and join the party! This class fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away. Zumba is an aerobic fitness program created by a Miami-based dancer and choreographer. Classes use music based on salsa, merengue, cumbia, reggaeton, calypso, soca, samba, African, cha cha, hip hop and other music. It’s a great class to take if you dislike standard exercise routines and is a fabulous way to burn some calories by dancing the night away!

4. Hatha Flow

This class begins with an energizing blend of stretching, strengthening and balancing yoga poses, followed by seated, therapeutic and restorative stretches. Flow yoga, also known as Vinyasa, is a form of yoga which follows a series of poses (known as asanas) joined together to create a smooth pattern called a flow. Each position held by the body is joined through rhythmic breathing. Altogether, flow yoga creates strength and energy in the body. This is a perfect class to take to de-stress from school and work and is challenging enough to get a bit of a sweat. Hatha Flow yoga is extremely beneficial for the mind, body, and helps tone your core and lower body.

3. Abs and Glutes

This 30 minute power class targets the lower body and core. This workout incorporates free weights, Body Bars and your own body weight to firm and trim. It is curcuit-traning style class that is extremely fast-paced and intense. This is a perfect class for you if you don’t have tons of time to work-out, but you want to some strength training.

2. Cardio Kick

A high-intensity, total body workout with elements of martial arts and boxing combined to give you a “power” workout. This class gives you the opportunity to achieve all your fitness goals. You can burn an amazing 800 calories in this one hour martial arts based workout. It addresses three major training elements to optimal health: Cardiovascular, Strength and Flexibility. The class is a great way to manage stress and condition your body as you kick and punch. Improve your core strength with boot camp style sit ups and pushups. Tone muscles and build strength as you are challenged with the weight training portion.  The roundhouse kicks and squats work your lower body like no other, while the twists and punching do wonders for your upper body. Don’t miss this fantastic class that is great for your figure, but does wonders for stress and aggression!

1. Spin

This exhilarating program simulates the outdoor biking experience using fixed stationary bicycles in an indoor setting. This workout combines basic, rhythmic and athletic cycling drills with guided focus and motivation to create an outstanding cardiovascular workout! Spinning is an aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping the sweat dripping. As you pedal, to the best hip-hop jams out there, the instructors talk you through a visualization of an outdoor workout. During the class you vary your pace — sometimes pedaling as fast as you can, other times cranking up the tension and pedaling slowly from a standing position. This helps you to focus inwardly and work on your mind as well as your body.  Spinning burns serious calories (about 450 in 45 minutes) and offers an awesome aerobic workout that makes your heart pump fast. It also tones your quadriceps (front thigh muscles) and outer thigh muscles like nobody’s business! Because you stay in one place with the same basic movement throughout, Spinning doesn’t involve a lot of coordination; it’s easier to concentrate on your form than in other types of aerobic classes. And although you follow the general instructions of the spinning teacher, you are in control when it comes to your pace. You can finish a spin class, regardless of your fitness level, simply by adjusting your pace or the tension knob on the bike.


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