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5 Workouts to Try in 2014

After a season of gingerbread cookies and spiked eggnog, it’s tempting to welcome January 1st with over-the-top wellness resolutions. This year, forget the number on the scale and stay on-track well into 2014 with these cool, alternative—and most importantly fun—workout classes. From up-and-coming sweat sessions to cult creations, they’re guaranteed to get your heartbeat racing and your endorphin levels spiking.

1. Barre Crawl

Throw on your spandex, wrap your hair in a ballerina bun, and try one of the many barre method workouts out there. We've got a cheat sheet to our hometown favorites, including the original Physique 57. The hour-long, ballet-inspired fitness class gets your heart rate up with a mix of lunges, push-ups, squats, and plenty of the brand’s signature thigh and butt work. Can't make it to a studio? Many studios offer digital downloads (often for a fee)—check out The Dailey Method.

2. Super Tramp

Calorie-torching trampoline workouts aren’t just good for you—they’re also the most little-kid happy you'll ever feel in a gym. Easy on the achy joints and sports injuries, trampoline exercise classes can burns 20 percent more calories than a elliptical or jogging session. PS: did we mention that it’s actually really, really fun? Check out one of JumpLife’s sure-to-please classes.

3. Surfing USA

Summer may be distant memory, but you can still channel a little bit of SoCal cool with SurfSet Finess’ indoor-surf classes. By combining surfer-like cardio moves with an innovative motion-activated surfboard, the total-body workout class has been gaining a cult-like that rivals SoulCycle’s fervent devotees. Insider Tip: ditch the socks for a better grip on the board.

4. Good Vibrations

Back in the 1990s, rapper Marky Mark and his Funky Bunch taught us the importance of feelin’ good vibrations. Now, a new fitness craze, Bodyblade, is taking that notion to the next level. Bodyblade classes utilize a flexible bow-shaped, weight to target specific muscle groups. Because the weight is flexible, each motion creates tiny vibrations that cause your muscles to work hard and more efficiently. Better yet, these action-packed workouts can help fitness buffs recovering from broken bones, joint pain, and other injuries regain normal movement patterns.

5. Hungry Eyes

Katniss Everdeen fans rejoice! Thanks to the New York Sports Clubs’ Hunger Games-themed classes, you can score guns strong enough to go hand-to-hand with those snooty District 1 tributes. Claim your spot in the Cornucopia—er, we mean gym—for an intense circuit-style workout. Sounds straightforward enough, right? Wrong. The Gamemaker (also known as your instructor) ups the ante with sudden “disasters.” Think: A forest fire that requires you to preform a series of pull-ups to avoid fiery death. There’s nothing like a little dystopian blood sport to keep one motivated!

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