Bored with the same-old same old? Mix up your fitness routine with these challenging-but-fun offerings.
Ballet Barre Workout
The Barre Code* | 225 N. Water St. | 414-763-1314
What to Expect: When ballet goes badass, you get The Barre Code. Founded in traditional ballet barre work, participants use the barre – as well as hand weights and floor exercises – to tone and strengthen from head to toe.
Most Popular Class: Every client has a different favorite, which is why The Barre Code offers a variety, including traditional barre, HIIT training, bootcamp-style and cardio kickboxing.
Who It’s Best For: Women who want to tone muscles, add strength and increase flexibility. “We’re not just a barre studio but a comprehensive fitness program that incorporates cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and restoration,” according to owner Betsy Wong.
Cost: $180 (12-class pack); $125 (monthly unlimited); $80 (5-class pack); $50 (3-class pack); $18 single class
9 Round Fitness*
8907 S. Howell Ave. #1000, Oak Creek
What to Expect: Arrive anytime. A trainer will start you on a customized 30-minute circuit workout. Incorporate kickboxing, cardio and strength training to burn an average of 500 calories per workout.
Most Popular Class: No scheduled classes, but plan ahead: The hours right before the workday starts and right after it ends are busiest.
Who It’s Best For: Those who have little time (or attention span) for exercising but still want a total body workout. No two 9 Round workouts are the same, and the pace keeps you moving. “Our workouts are fast, flexible and on your schedule,” says Connie Schneider, marketing specialist for the company. “We really do remove all the excuses for not getting a great total-body workout.”
Cost: First workout is free; $750 a year (1-year unlimited, paid in full); $70 a month (6-month term plus enrollment and equipment charge); $79 (month-to-month plus enrollment and equipment)
Spinning, Rowing and More
SPIRE Fitness | 102 N. Water St., Suite D | 414-219-9118
What to Expect: Bike, row and lift your way to a stronger, healthier you at SPIRE Fitness. Milwaukeean Hubie Krawczyk purchased the place in December and is focused on promoting better health by keeping fitness fun through group fitness-based workouts.
Most Popular Classes: SPIRE’s three class categories – Ride (indoor cycling), Crew (rowing) and TRX (suspension strength training) – offer multiple class styles and all draw a crowd. But it’s Rhythm Ride, the indoor cycling class best described as a “dance party on a bike,” that is a perennial favorite.
Who It’s Best For: People who want to improve their overall health but need the added motivation of a team environment. Cultivating positive connections between instructors and participants is a central focus. “It’s that connection and culture that sets us apart,” Krawczyk says.
Cost: $19 (single class); $28 (day pass); $140 (1-month unlimited pass)
Milwaukee Power Yoga | 1924 N. Farwell Ave. | 414-731-1550
What to Expect: Milwaukee Power Yoga challenges body and mind as participants sweat through sun salutations and other poses in 95-degree heat. Creative classes (yoga by candlelight) and challenging practices (yoga with weights) put the “power” in this yoga studio’s name.
Most Popular Class: All the classes bring some heat, but Hot Power Yoga All Level, vinyasa-style yoga performed at a faster pace, is the signature class.
Who It’s Best For: People who want a low-impact, thorough cardiovascular workout. “The fast pace of vinyasa flow yoga, along with the heat, help to increase the heart rate,” says owner Laura Yell. And the heat helps muscle relax, allowing deeper poses.
Cost: $10 (10-day pass; available only for new students); $15 (single class); $65 (5-class pack); $110 (10-class pack); $100 (month unlimited); $85 (6-month auto pay)
Group Circuit Training
15375 W. Bluemound Rd., Brookfield
What to Expect: Each session delivers 60 minutes of heart-pounding interval training combining treadmill, rowing and strength training equipment. Heart-rate monitors (you need to supply your own after the first class) track your intensity each workout.
Most Popular Class: Classes follow similar formats, but because you track your results every time, each session offers an opportunity for you to compete against your last workout.
Who It’s Best For: People who need to bust through a plateau or workout boredom. Orangetheory’s high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and coaches help people run (or row) through a rut in their cardio and strength- training routine. Says one happy client review, “The heart monitors keep you accountable for yourself, no matter your ability level.”
Cost: The first workout is free. Packages start at $59/month.
*These businesses have other outlets in the Milwaukee area.