Sometimes the prospect of beginning a fitness routine can be overwhelming. With so much information out there, it can be difficult to determine a routine that best suits your personal lifestyle and fitness goals.

Truly understanding your body and knowing exactly what you want to achieve through exercise will help you find the program that is right for you, making it easier to wade through workout fads and passing trends. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of popular, modern classes. Keep reading to determine which is about to be your new go-to workout.

Barre

Barre workouts were inspired by ballet. A typical routine is comprised of exercises that will elongate and tone your muscles through isolated movements and high repetition. Most classes incorporate light weights and floor work to also strengthen the upper body and core.

If you’re looking for a workout that will create long, lean muscle, improve your posture, and sharpen your mind, this may be the right one for you. While the first day in any new exercise class can feel a little confusing or even intimidating, barre class may take a few visits to feel comfortable. Many of these group classes follow a regular routine, so the more you attend, the more you’ll stay up to speed on the class format.

The difficulty of barre classes can vary. While all will be an excellent workout, some routines incorporate more cardio than others. If you are looking to break a sweat and burn calories, choose a fast-paced program with movements that incorporate the whole body. For a class more focused on toning and flexibility, consider a method that pulls inspiration from yoga like stretching, balancing sequences, or slower movements throughout the class. A great example of a class such as this are the Barre+Yoga classes at exhale spa.

Contrary to popular belief, barre classes do not require previous dance experience. While having an understanding of ballet or other forms of traditional dance certainly won’t hurt, all you really need is a pair of grippy socks (available at most studios or online) and a willingness to work hard.

HIIT

HIIT classes are ideal for anyone looking to go hard or go home. HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is every bit as high energy as it sounds. These group classes are made up of fast paced movements that are guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

Some HIIT classes rely solely on body weight while others include equipment such as TRX machines, weights, gliders, plyo boxes, etc.  While there may be differences in the details of each HIIT class, all classes use interval training, a method that burns more calories in a short amount of time by alternating high-energy exercise with low-energy exercise. Not only does this mean you get the same fat-burning benefits in a shorter class, it is also especially good for your endurance and heart health.

If you’re interested a fast paced routine that will get your blood flowing and muscles aching, give HIIT a try. Check out Sweat 440 in Sunset Harbour for a group of trainers passionate about teaching and training. This workout is also ideal for someone who finds themselves easily bored in a repetitive class. In interval training, the workout move options are practically endless so each class is sure to have its own unique sequence.

Spin

For anyone looking for a class that will target the lower body and burn calories fast, Spin class is a perfect option. Spin classes use stationary bikes and are ideal for weight loss and cardiovascular health. While this method can also be practiced at home, the energy that comes from being a part of a group is sure to push your workout to the next level.

Even though cycling is best known as a workout for your glutes and thighs, many spin classes include a section that utilizes weights in order to provide a full body workout. As your instructor guides you through the class, you will change your speed, resistance, and incline to mimic the experience of riding a bike outdoors. This provides a different level of difficulty to each class and is guaranteed to hold your interest.

If you’ve never used a stationary bike before, you may feel intimidated by the prospect of taking a spin class. But don’t let your fear deter you from trying this effective workout! Try out a class at the new SHMLS studio in brickell. Remember it’s important to arrive with enough time to settle in and adjust your bike. The height of your seat and handlebars can completely transform your experience. Be sure you take the time to get it right!

Yoga

The practice of yoga is a workout for both the body and the mind. While yoga can be practiced alone, taking a group class can help you perfect your poses and postures. Yoga classes utilize a sequence of low-impact poses intended to increase flexibility, balance, strength, and mindfulness. While there are many styles and teaching methods within yoga, all improve physical health while also promoting mental health.

Yoga is a full body workout offered in varying levels of difficulty. Restorative yoga classes are intended to calm the mind and stretch the body, while power yoga classes are fast-based and elevate the heart rate. Some may even integrate light weights. Because of its wide variety in class format, yoga is an excellent practice whether you’re in the mood to sweat or take it easy.

The practice of yoga is particularly recommended to anyone who has recently experienced an injury and is looking to stay active as they heal. Yoga teaches its practitioners to listen closely to their individual bodies and do what feels best for them. While many classes include poses that may feel uncomfortable, they should never feel painful, so many poses can be modified or assisted with props. Check out Yoga Joint for a variety of classes to find the best yoga fit for you.