OK; it’s true. We tell ourselves every January that this will be the year we follow through on that New Year’s resolution to get fit. With so many exercise options at your fingertips, though, it can be overwhelming to decide where you should even start. That’s why we’ve done some homework to help you find classes you’ll love so that this year, you can stick with that resolution and have fun while you’re at it.
Take your yoga practice to the next level at Uplift Yoga & Healing Arts Studio on Broadway in Tacoma, where owner Anna Noel has combined alternative yoga and healing experiences to create Tacoma’s most unique yoga studio. Curious to try AntiGravity Aerial yoga, which incorporates aerial fabrics into an hour-long flow, I took a class to learn about how this practice differs from a more traditional yoga experience.
First things first: You spend a lot of time swinging, stretching, and hanging upside down. Intimidated? Don’t be! I am a beginner in every sense of the word, and I found the class very accessible — not to mention fun! Benefits of the practice include improved flexibility, strength, and balance; additionally, it’s zero-impact and — I can attest — a great ab workout.
After spending so much time engaging my core while upside down, my favorite part of the class was the final floating shavasana. For this pose, Noel had me hang in the fabric hammock (which felt like being in a cocoon) while she played crystal and Tibetan bowls. Total relaxation! I left the studio feeling refreshed, cleansed, and proud of myself. Whether you’re a seasoned yogi or an uncoordinated beginner like me, I recommend that you try out AntiGravity Aerial yoga for a new, fresh workout. upliftyoga.com
Vie Athletics offers a safe space for women to be empowered through exercise. Incorporating a mixture of weight-lifting and cardio exercises, this just-for-her gym will make you fall in love with all parts of fitness, from the sore muscles to a community of workout friends. The new Tacoma location on Pearl Street offers complementary yoga classes with each strength session to ensure that your care for your body is as holistic and healthy as possible. vieathletics.com
The Handlebar Cycling Studio
If you’re looking to torch calories in an intimate group setting, then this Tacoma indoor cycling studio is the place to do it. Not only is the workout extremely effective (you’ll know this from the amount you’re sweating by the end), but it is also taught by enthusiastic instructors and set to catchy, motivational music. This exercise option is great for all fitness levels as well as those recovering from injury — so you really have no excuse! handlebarcyclingstudio.com
There’s a reason why moms everywhere have raved about Jazzercise for decades — it works, and it’s fun. And now it is attracting more than moms. Daughters, grandmas, and men attend classes, too. They even have a kids’ program. While you feel like you’re at a big dance party grooving to your favorite top hits, instructors are sneaking in elements of resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and modern dance to deliver a highly effective — and always entertaining — workout. With 12 different class formats, Jazzercise offers something for everyone. There are Jazzercise classes offered all over the South Sound. Find a class at jazzercise.com
Leading Edge Kickboxing
Always wanted to get into kickboxing? Us too! Not only does kickboxing help burn fat and build muscle, but it’s also a great way to learn self-defense skills (and healthily expel frustration, of course!). Leading Edge Kickboxing in Tacoma offers a Kickboxing 101 class for beginners in which you receive individualized instruction that allows you to confidently take part in the routines. Don’t be intimidated: The studio emphasizes that anyone can participate, no matter his or her experience or fitness level. leadingedgekickboxing.com
Figures is a women’s 24-hour health and fitness center in Fircrest that is one of the largest of its kind in the area. It also offers more than 60 group classes each week, personal shower rooms, personal training, and strength and nutrition classes. Everything from Zumba to TRX and barre classes is available to members. There’s even a Figures 24/7 app. figures247.com