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The Most Exciting Class Mash-Ups: Aqua Spinning, Piloxing
What it is: They're the chocolate-and-peanut-butter equivalents of your favorite workouts: cycling and swimming (or treading water), Pilates plus kickboxing, tribal dance and yoga (as in Buti or bodyART). Known among fitness pros as "cross disciplining," these classes combine two styles of training into one workout.

Why you should try it: Aside from the novelty factor (bikes in a pool!), you'll be getting the best of both worlds. For example, you may feel you're using more of your core and arms while spinning against water resistance; your hamstrings may feel less tight after a cardio-yoga class if you're alternating mountain climbers with down-dogs; you'll definitely stay alert in Piloxing when dance moves are interspersed with upper-cuts and Roundhouse kicks.

Keep in mind: Even though aqua cycling doesn't require that you know how to swim and dance-yoga welcomes the inflexible as well as the super-bendy, total newbies might want to talk to the instructor one-on-one before class starts.

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