5 Things | Anti Gyms

How's that New Years resolution working out for you? Did you vow to go to the gym everyday, meet your goal weight and never set foot in a fast food place ever again as long as you live!?  Sorry.  I think weight resolutions are a bit overrated because we punish ourselves by taking the fun out of being fit.  Some people are lucky enough to really enjoy the gym, they have the focus and the determination to go slave away on a treadmill for an hour, but for others, it's incredibly hard to get motivated to workout especially when you don't necessarily enjoy it. Enjoying your workout might actually prove to be more beneficial than working out the way you think you should or the way everyone tells you to.  If you enjoy it, you'll be more excited to go and therefore do it more often, which in turn means you're getting more exercise thus sculpting that bikini body you want! So here are 5 fun ways to get a workout in without ever having to join a gym!

1. Pure Barre
Who doesn't want a dancer's body?  By utilizing ballet barre exercises, yoga influences and isometric movements, Pure Barre can turn you into a lean, mean, fit machine. Don't think for a moment that just because it's dance influenced, that it's easy, this class will kick your butt (but hey, at least it does wonders for it!)

2. Black Yoga

Too cool for the gym? Do green juice sipping yogis annoy the hell out of you? Then check out Black Yoga, it's Vinyasa yoga set to drone, noise, stoner metal, industrial music and other kinds of transient, dark yet relaxing music.  I had the pleasure of taking this class once and it was AWESOME!  Best thing about it was, we did this in the dark, which really helped clear my mind and set a very relaxing mood. This is a traveling yoga class so to find the one nearest you, click here for more info.

3. C.S. Kim Karate

Get in shape and learn how to kick some serious butt! Martial arts is one of the oldest techniques out there, incorporating discipline and spiritual determination.  C.S. Kim Karate has been in Pittsburgh since the 70's and has established themselves as one of the best and largest martial arts schools in PA.  With 13 locations, each school is mastered by black belts and who have received personal training by master Kim and have been certified by the International Tang Soo Do Federation.  Click here for more info.

4. Fitness With a Twist 

Channel your inner sex kitten with pole dancing classes - yep, you heard me - pole dancing is actually a great workout! It requires a lot of arm and leg strength and provides an amazing aerobic workout.  Not only will you feel the benefits on your body, but it could make you feel sexier and boost your confidence (or it'll make you feel silly and you'll just laugh it off anyway because you're having so much fun).  Located in South Side and in Greensburg, Fitness With a Twist, puts a whole new meaning to pole dancing and it's great for fun group workouts - grab your friends and drop it like it's hot. Check out their website for more details.

5. Pittsburgh Dance Center
With a plethora of dance styles to choose from, the Pittsburgh Dance Center is a studio that can take you anywhere from aerial silk trapeze to graceful ballroom dancing, to energetic salsa, to fist pumping hip-hop.  They have classes 7 days a week and are located in Bloomfield. There's something for everyone and anyone interested in dance.  So put on your dancing shoes, you'll be burning calories before you know it!

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