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Aquabikes May Provide the Most Efficient Workout Yet

Every year the gyms seem to get a new hot workout that fills the studios. This year, the studio equipment is getting anchors at the bottom of the pool and people are flocking to get in. Even better, this new fad may actually be one of the best workouts to hit the scene.

CNN covered the research that the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress just published, which explored the new aquabike craze. Aquabikes, or hydro-riders, are stationary bikes that have been anchored to a pool floor. The rider ends up being about chest deep while riding. Many classes are lead similar to the popular spin classes with an instructor calling out different drills, this is just done in water. The water obviously offers a difference in resistance than land, but the research is saying it’s also offering the heart a tremendous bonus.

The study was authored by Dr. Martin Janeau, director of prevention at the Montreal Heart Institute. Dr. Janeau and his fellow researchers took 33 healthy participants and compared their stats after doing the same workout on land and then in water. The results found that the participants’ cardiovascular systems worked more efficiently in the water, even though the exercise routine was the same.
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First Time Fitness Flops: Your Most Awkward Moments in the Gym

Because I am a clumsy person who regularly walks into doors, Zumba was not the best fit for me. I tried it a few years ago in an effort to broaden my fitness horizons. I thought, “I can do this. There’s old people in there and they’re having a great time!” I would always walk out feeling a bit out of sorts, though: I hadn’t gotten a great workout, it wasn’t very fun for me, and the room was covered in mirrors so everyone could see my lack of rhythm. I came to terms with this, reasoning that it’s not the end of the world that I will never be anything close to a decent salsa performer or belly dancer.

Similar stories to mine are not hard to find, I’m happy to say. Sometimes we try a new exercise or sport and we’re so terrible we never do it again; other times it was just that first time that was awkward and then we get the hang of it. This week’s Fit Crypt brings together the incompetence in all of us.
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Jillian Michaels Invests in Flywheel Sports

She may no longer be dispensing her tough love on the Biggest Loser, but no one can accuse Jillian Michaels of going into early retirement. She stays busy with various ventures, and now you can tack on being an investor in Flywheel Sports, a growing chain of indoor cycling studios.

Flywheel Sports, based in New York City, has been around for 18 months and is expanding its presence from six studios to 16.

“Jillian’s guidance will be so important as we bring Flywheel to new markets and new customers,” says Jay Galluzzo, co-founder of Flywheel Sports.

Flywheel Sports has three cycling studios in Manhattan, two in the Hamptons and one in Boca Raton, Florida. Next month, they will be opening a location in Chicago where Jillian Michaels will team up with Flywheel co-founder Ruth Zukerman to lead the first workout session.
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4 New Ways to Get Fit This Spring

So, you say winter got you down and you kind of slacked off on your fitness routine? Well, spring is here. It’s time to reinvigorate your drive to get fit, so why not try something new?

Getting off to a fresh start with an exercise activity that you may have never tried is a great way have fun and be excited about getting back into the game.

Here are four fitness activities that can make exercise more about fun than being an obligation.

1. Spinning Class - If you already do cardio, there’s a good chance that it can be a bit of bore. Maybe you use the treadmill and stare at the back of someone else’s head for a half hour. If you’re going to get your cardio in a gym, why not kick things up a notch and try a spinning class?
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Take Your Bike to the Streets With Races Around the Country

Have you been taking spin classes like they’re going out of style? Spinning is one of the most popular forms of cardiovascular training today and is great for improving endurance, stamina, lower body strength, and even mental strength. Are you ready to get out of the gym routine and actually put all your training to the test? Well, bikeride.com offers a wide variety of upcoming biking events around the country. Each event or team in training (TNT) ride offers you an intense endurance workout while taking in some of the most scenic views this great nation has to offer. So, get out of the gym and hit the streets. Below is a list of team in training events near you.


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