Reviewing P90x, Cycling, Yoga and Crossfit Workouts

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For those of you who aren’t gym rats, you might want to look into doing these workouts. I know that I dislike going to the gym just because running on a treadmill and lifting weights in a room surrounded by buff guys isn’t my thing. But, to each their own. If you enjoy activities with a group of people, these workouts could be right up your alley. CrossFit

This strength and conditioning program has spread like wildfire in the last year. There are several CrossFit gyms popping up all over and I know a few people who are avid believers of it. Members are given a WOD (workout of the day) that combines weightlifting, gymnastics, kettlebell, sprinting, rowing and plyometrics. It all depends on your ability to do the WOD. Some people can do the WOD in 2 minutes while others take 30 minutes.

Membership fees are $200 a month at my local CrossFit (LAX CrossFit) but they vary so check with yours. No contract required and you can go to class every day, all day if you so choose. Active military, students, teachers and active law enforcement officer get discounted memberships of $150 a month! Another perk of CrossFit is the comradery the members experience. Everyone is really supportive and people end up forging close friendships.

Yoga

Here at Savings.com we are lucky enough to be able to have our own personal yogi (Hi, Pagan!) come in and teach us twice a week. We’re definitely blessed in that aspect as sitting at the computer for eight hours a day does major damage to your body. For those of you who don’t have that perk, there are tons of yoga studios that offer classes several times a day. Many of the yoga studios are donation-based, meaning you pay what you can.

I tried Power Yoga once and it was an insanely hard workout! The class was packed which shows you that people are serious about yoga. Best of all even though it was donation-based, the teacher is one of the best in the world. If you can’t find a donation-based studio, many places offer introductory deals where you can try an entire week for free! Or, pick up a DVD and do yoga in the comfort of your home. That way you can do yoga at midnight if you wish.

Stationary Cycling

Want to burn an average of 500 calories per hour? Check out a cycling class. Not only will you give your heart some good cardio, you will sweat out a gallon of toxins. No kidding. Cycling classes can be found at your local gym or at special studios.

I’ve only been to studios and I highly recommend them. Yes, they can be costly, around $15-17 a class depending where you go. But I found a deal at my local studio a couple months ago for $100 for 10 classes! I love the energy in cycling classes with the music pumping and everyone in sync. You can’t beat the exhilarating feeling at the end of class when you’ve spun yourself to exhaustion. Even doing it once a week is better than not doing any cardio.

P90x

I’m sure most of you have heard about P90x. This popular 90 day program combines cardio, yoga, strength training and plyometrics. And best of all you can do it all from the comfort of your living room. Or, gather up a few friends and work out together. I find working out together to be more motivating and harder to flake out on. P90x also comes with a nutrition program which is definitely helpful for those just starting a workout program. Amazon has P90x on sale for $139.80, normally priced at $150. With over 1,000 positive reviews, it’s worth a try.

What are some workouts you swear by?

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  1. ChuckG

    3 years ago

    I would like to mention to anyone whose never taken a spin class, the bicycle seats are uncomfortable to sit on. Regular spinners usually bring a gel covered seat to cushion the hard spinning seat. Just to let you know. First time I went it was very uncomfortable, I learned quick.

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  2. SavingsIQ

    3 years ago

    this is true! thanks for mentioning this. you can also wear padded shorts. the studio I go to provides the gel seats, but I find that I get a better workout without them. after a while, you get used to it.

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  3. TheGroupRide

    3 years ago

    Keep in mind that a wider seat will restrict your ability to pedal quickly. You will get used to it if you keep at it. Also make sure that the seat is properly adjusted for your reach to the handlebars and that the height is also set correctly.

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  4. McPants

    3 years ago

    The spinning seats take time to get used to, no question about that. I love to work out….and my criteria for determining what’s good and what’s not is whether or not I will be able to do the same exercise(s) when I’m in my 50s. What works for me is the “natural” weight lifting exercises – sit ups, push ups, pull ups, and dips. After doing the free weights (yes IQ I was one of those muscletards you dislike) for about 10 years I decided enough was enough….and I haven’t touched them for nearly five years. Push ups and sit ups can be done anywhere – and using a stopwatch for intervals helps, too.

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  5. SavingsIQ

    3 years ago

    @ mcpants- good tips! push ups and sit ups are great workouts and you don’t need any equipment!

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