THE BEGINNING OF A NEW YEAR is the most popular time to start or restart a fitness regimen. Give your resolution some staying power with one of these high-powered and fun workouts
High-intensity interval training isn’t a new concept, but the Shred415 workout and East Side studio (2165 N. Prospect Ave.) keeps it interesting while you sweat your butt off. Each workout is broken into four 15-minute intervals (hence the name) alternating between treadmill drills and strength-based endurance exercises on the floor. The lights are low, and the music is so loud, you won’t hear your heart pounding. You never have to do the same exercise more than once, and trainers tailor classes for every fitness level.
“Our studio provides a place for our clients to prioritize themselves, restore emotional and physical health, meet new people and be a part of something truly special,” says owner Margaux Chandler.
Check out the class schedule online; your first is free. Drop-in classes are $26, but packages and monthly memberships offer savings.
Are you the type who wants to get in, give it your all and get on with your day? You might just love F45 (2636 N. Downer Ave. and 19115 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield). The 45-minute full-body circuit workouts are designed to mimic functional movements, enhancing mobility and overall wellness.
Cardio, resistance and hybrid classes are offered throughout the week, but the most popular is Saturday’s high-energy “Hollywood” class with a live DJ. Each class is different in the way that it stresses the body to avoid plateaus and provide results. Trainers offer lots of encouragement, and they cultivate a sense of camaraderie and community. “There are lots of high-fives and shared sweat,” says owner Wade Ritchie.
Visit their website to sign up for a free one-week trial. Weekly memberships start at $37.50 (with a six-month contract); a 10-class pack is $200.
PowerCycle is to spinning what french fries are to poutine: Yes, they start in the same place, but they end up galaxies apart. The 45-minute cycling classes fly by because they are choreographed to upbeat pop or electronic music, chosen by the trainers to keep you energized, challenged and inspired. Strength training and cardio all happen on the bike.
The two locations (4521 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood, and 7954 Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa) of this locally owned studio use the Keiser M3i intelligent cycles, whose magnetic flywheel provides a smooth ride and stable resistance. The screen mounted between the handlebars tracks cadence, heart rate, elapsed time and calories burned. You can even get a workout summary emailed to you after class.
Membership options start at $65 per month or $19 for a drop-in. Find the class schedule for each location online.