Melissa TuckerPurica Ambassador Melissa Tucker, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to promoting positive lifestyle solutions, including healthy eating and training tips. Here Melissa gives us her take on group fitness classes and whether they might be a fit for you! Group fitness classes are a great way to add something new to your workouts and are offered at almost all gyms! The comradery of a group sweat session generates energy with the other participants. The instructor will help motivate you and assure proper form and tempo your session. The fitness industry is constantly introducing new group fitness classes that provide great cross training options to choose from. Some of the most popular and effective group fitness classes can burn up to 1000 calories! Boot Camp and Sports Circuit classes are aggressive, circuit workouts that features high intensity exercise moves. Boot camp is much more rigorous than traditional classes. They will challenge you aerobically and muscularly, burning up to 800 calories! Cardio Boxing/Kick Boxing are still going strong with traditional boxing and kickboxing moves at a continuous pace. These classes challenge basic fitness, core strength and balance, kicking out about 800 calories per round! Hatha and Astanga Yoga both train and challenge muscle endurance, stability and flexibility in a more relaxing environment, providing a body and mind workout and burning between 450-700 calories. Mat-based Pilates focuses on stretching and strengthening the deep trunk muscles. It’s a great routine to learn and practice while traveling! Cycling/Spin classes are commonly 45-minute sessions that utilize various training techniques and motivational strategies to simulate an actual bike trek experience. They spin off up to 1,000 calories. For those of you currently lifting on a regular daily basis and looking for a full body pump class, I recommend replacing one weight bearing workout weekly with a class to shock your muscles. Group exercise is not for everybody, but you’ll never know until you try so, get up get out and get Fitlicious! For more information, check out www.melissatucker.com or email Purica Ambassador Melissa Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.. And for regular healthy eating and training tips, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/puricawellness and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/puricawellness. ‘, ‘Are group fitness classes for you?’, ‘Group fitness classes are a great way to add something new to your workouts and are offered at almost all gyms! The comradery of a group sweat session generates energy with the other participants. The instructor will help motivate you and assure proper form and tempo your session.