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Happy New Year everyone! Many of you are probably ready to get those resolutions or new year’s goals moving. If exercising and becoming healthier are your goals for 2014, your S.W.E.A.T. instructors and fellow classmates are here to help! Along with becoming healthier, we challenge you to add one more goal to your resolution: step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Many people who start taking group fit classes begin with Zumba. Zumba is not a beginners class, by any definition. Learning the dance moves, following the music and getting used to the pace of the class are all challenges we face when taking a Zumba class. Since Zumba is known for being a fun way to do cardio and sweat, it draws people of all fitness levels and of course there is nothing wrong with that.

It’s easy to fall into a routine going to Zumba classes and forget that your body needs more than just cardio. Any fitness instructor will tell you that you have to do different types of exercises every week to reach your goals.

Challenge yourself. Try something new, something unrelated to dance fitness. Try Max Burn!

S.W.E.A.T. Fitness offers toning and cardio.

Anyone who has ever gone to Jess 1’s Max Burn class has heard about the fabulous metabolism boost you can get from interval training. Recently, I read an article, on NBC News,  that talked about replacing a current workout or two with a short, interval related workout and how it can really help you reach your fitness goals. Professional athletes have mixed interval training into their workout regiments for years, but in the last few years, it’s become popular for fitness instructors to add these classes to their gyms and for recreational exercisers to try it out.

For those of you who are not familiar with Max Burn, interval training or Tabata, the classes consists of short bursts of all-out activity, for intervals of 15, 30 or 60 seconds, followed by a short rest period. The short bursts of activity range from jumping jacks to weighted squats to running in place to burpees to whatever Jess can come up with.

Doing the same exercise as fast as you can for a minute doesn’t sound very difficult, but if you try it you will find it is a very tough class. Unlike Zumba or hip hop, intense bouts of cardio feel like work. You will get sweaty and tired, but when the short 10-12 minutes of actual exercise is over, you will feel AWESOME!

As someone who has been going to the classes at S.W.E.A.T. for over a year, I still think this is the most challenging class they offer. It is definitely one of the most rewarding too. This class often takes people totally out of their comfort zone (me included) and challenges your body. Don’t be afraid to try it. As Jess always says, go at your own pace. You don’t have to compete with anyone else.

Max Burn is one tough class. Try it, rise to the challenge. Step out of your comfort zone. Make 2014 a great year!

Make 2014 a great year at S.W.E.A.T.-Aimee