Skip the Gym!! And Try These New Exercises Instead!

It’s Gym Season Again! Everyone rushes to the gym from Jan 2-Feb 13 and then everyone disappears until the first really warm day and thoughts of bikini season right corner. I don’t know about you, but I hate going to the gym when every treadmill is full, the free weight room is loaded with a bunch of sweaty, groaning guys staring at you through the mirror, and they’re on all the nautilus equipment too! And if you want to do any ab work or planking on a mat? Forget about finding space for that too! So why not skip the gym? Instead of fighting for the sweaty incline bench for a couple of chest press reps and tricep extensions, check out these new exercises.

Aerial Yoga:

Aerial yoga is an incredible way to exercise. It uses a circus hammock as a tool to photo credit: www.farmfoodieandfitness.comhelp students achieve the traditional Yoga positions. The weight of the body is either partially or fully supported by the hammock. It is challenging! It allows the student to push themselves a little further, getting deeper into their positions, stretches, and extensions without the force of gravity. Aerial Yoga concentrates on deep breathing and letting go of stress, and reinforces a sense of calm, serenity, and focus.

Tabata:
“Tabata” is a type of workout program that provides similar health benefits to that of cardio workouts, but Tabata is a little more unique. Instead of hours upon hours or exercise, it can be completed in 4 to 30 minutes. Tabata falls under the category of high intensity training or “HIIT”. The mindset is to have these short, intense workouts to improve athleticism and fat burning, cardio vascular health, and boost metabolism.  It was invented by Japansese scientist Izumi Tabata and originally designed for Olympic speed skaters.

Ballet Barre:

Who doesn’t want the body of a dancer? Up your workout with this hour-long high photo credit: www.pilatespluspb.comintensity class to tone your entire body. Ballet barre will tone up your tush, flatten your belly, and give you the legs of a dancer. Work muscles you never knew you had! Regain balance and coordination and strengthen your core. Booty barre classes are taking the country by storm. Find a studio near you, you won’t regret it!

So get out there, change it up. and skip the gym. Challenge your body to work a little differently and harder and you’ll be reaping the benefits in no time!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

10 thoughts on “Skip the Gym!! And Try These New Exercises Instead!

  1. Kelly,

    I have to share this recipe with you. The recipe comes from a restaurant located in DelRay Beach called Brûlée,and it’s soooo good. I’ve had it once a day since my friend Nancy fixed it. Here goes:

    1 avocado
    Olive oil
    Smoked sea salt
    Salsa

    Halve the avocado, and remove the pit.
    Turn the avocado over and remove a small circle of skin in the center of the half. Brush the inside of the avocado with olive oil and sprinkle generously with the smoked sea salt. Grill, flesh side down,for 6 minutes on a George Foreman or Panini grill. Turn the avocado over on a plate a fill with Salsa. This is fabulous for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

  2. Aerial yoga looks like so much fun ! Ive been wanting to try a ballet barre class also but there are none where i live (small town, middle of nowheres-ville). Great post, thanks 🙂

  3. Sounds like you’re onto some great mind body workouts! I just tried my first aerial yoga class today, and I love my barre class too! I think it’s great to mix ’em all up — to get a full body workout.

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