5 Workouts You Need to Try This Fall
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Why: That resistance makes your muscles work much harder when you’re doing functional movements like power lunges and overhead presses. There's no impact, so it's softer on joints, and you can still move in different directions and do advanced moves.
Why now: In September, Crunch gyms unveiled Transformer, a new cardio-plus-sculpting class that features complex, challenging moves with the Disq set to music. The company has also released a lighter consumer version of the Disq to help you feel—and look—like Optimus Prime at home.
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Why: Bootybarre adds fluid dance movements and cardio moves to boost your heart rate and burn extra calories; Pop Physique involves extremely focused exercises for every muscle in your butt.
Why now: Because a nicely toned bottom will still get noticed even when your arms and legs are covered by layers of wool, denim and down.
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Why: While we now know that static stretches like toe touches don't do much for your flexibility or your performance, yoga's flowing movements help you limber up, cool down, stretch out sore muscles and mentally prepare for your post-workout life.
Why now: The weeks between Labor Day and New Year's Day can be the busiest of the year, so the more multi-tasking we can cram into one workout, the better.
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Why: A small study by the University of Tampa (commissioned by the manufacturers) shows that the lateral trainers worked more of the muscles of the lower body and core than standard ellipticals: 43 percent more of the outer thigh and 42 percent more of the outer hip.
Why now: You can now find them in national chains like 24-Hour Fitness and Anytime Fitness as well as local YMCAs. There's an at home version that's comparable to an elliptical in price ($1,395 to $3,495).
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Why: For many people, mud pits and crawl-through tunnels (nicknamed "utopian tubes," heh) are more compelling challenges—mentally as well as physically—than mile splits and finish times.
Why now: If you can't get into one of the Dirty Girl fall races in Colorado or upstate New York, you can still plan ahead and train for the many races in other states next spring.