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5 Fitness Classes to Keep off the Holiday Lbs

Cookies, candy and pies, oh my! Calorie-rich temptations are plentiful during the holiday season. Here are 5 fitness class picks that will help you counteract your holiday indulgences and have fun while doing it.

Precisions Running, Equinox, Boston


With the days shortening and temperatures dropping, it’s time to take your outdoor run inside and maintain your workout goals for the holiday season ahead. Precision Running at Equinox will push you through an intelligent mix of treadmill intervals with an emphasis on middle-distance training, hitting every muscle in your body for a powerful workout and the ultimate calorie burn.

Designed to challenge all fitness levels from beginners to marathon runners, this intense treadmill class will increase your endurance, power and speed, strip the extra pounds and forever improve your run. Take the next step towards your biggest fitness achievement yet, with Precision Running at Equinox.

Xtend Barre, Xtend Barre, Boston

Get your body on point this Holiday Season with Newbury Street’s newest addition, Xtend Barre, where the barre is just the beginning! Xtend Barre fuses elements of dance, ballet and pilates to create an adrenaline fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels your body. Each class features an elegant yet energetic combination of moves that challenges your core and gives you the long, lean physique that you want. It doesn’t matter if you’re a ballerina, marathon runner or new mom, they welcome everyone of all ages, genders and fitness levels to try a class and learn why the people who sweat with Xtend Barre Newbury continue to coming back for more.

In addition to classic Xtend Barre, Xtend Suspend (TRX), Babies on Board for new moms and their infants, Yoga and Private sessions, there is something for everyone as you ward off the holiday pounds.

Join Xtend Barre Newbury and feel the rush of your first class. It may just be the first step to getting your body on point.

New clients receive 2 weeks unlimited for only $49!  Visit Xtend Barre Newbury at 338 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor, call 617.351.6970, email or check out or schedule online.

Charlestown Cycling Club (CCC), Charlestown

Charlestown Cycling Club, located conveniently in City Square, is a super friendly indoor cycling studio striving to build community in the historic neighborhood of Charlestown. The studio is a unique space that makes each class different depending on the time of day and weather forecast. One day may be spin-in-the-dark; the next may be a sunrise ride. CCC strives for exceptional customer service and for creating a welcoming environment fostering new friendships, positive energy, and a place to fit in an awesome workout under 60 minutes. Owner/Manager, Sarah Combies opened CCC to bring more workout options to Charlestown’s health and fitness scene and share her love of intense, sweaty workouts with those looking to reduce stress, release endorphins, and meet personal health/fitness goals. Whether you work or live in the area, whether you are fit or getting back into the groove – CCC has classes catered towards all ages and fitness levels. Daily 45 minutes classes offered 7 days/week. New to CCC: PHYS/fiz/ – 60 minute Total Body Spin, specializing in strength and endurance training on and off the bike! Did we mention that your FIRST CLASS IS FREE?! Visit their website to reserve your bike.

Total Body, Fisique Fitness, Boston

Fisique is a full-service Fitness Club conveniently located in Boston’s Financial District on Congress Street. Inside there is state of the art strength training and cardio equipment within a friendly and motivating atmosphere. Other services that are included with a membership are complimentary fitness evaluations with any one of their certified personal trainers, private displays on the cardio equipment, towel service and luxury amenities in their pristine locker rooms, and more than 85 group exercise classes every month. Their instructors are top-notch and offer a wide variety of classes to suit your needs.

Two classes you should pay attention to in order to keep those pesky holiday pounds off are: Total Body with Erika and 30 Minute Muscle Burnout with Marc. Total Body incorporates strength and cardio segments using equipment such as dumbbells, body bars, steps, and bands for a total body workout – we guarantee never a dull moment or much time to rest.  Be prepared for: Full rounds of cardio followed by high reps of weight training along with an instructor that likes to keep it fun but will NEVER let you quit. 30 Minute Muscle burnout is just how it sounds. You push your muscles to the max with weights and heavy repetitions. Be prepared for: Intense movements that test your limits but will leave you wanting to come back for more.

 Barre, Dance, & Surfset Classes, Blue Barre and Dance Fitness, Waltham

Shake up your gym routine and combine our barre and dance-fitness classes with the unique SURFSET fitness program to keep off the holiday pounds. As seen on the TV show “Shark Tank”, SURFSET is a surf-inspired core-focused workout. The small group classes are 45 minutes on the unstable board, where you will perform traditional exercises such as lunges and planks as well as surf-inspired movements like duck dives and pop-ups. The SURFSET all levels class offers total body conditioning and intervals of high intensity aerobic training that will challenge your strength and endurance. The SURFSET program promotes lean and long muscle development consistent with the Barre program. Their Barre + Cardio class combines the classic Lotte Berk barre method with bursts of dance-inspired and athletic movements the can help torch calories while maintaining all the benefits of a traditional barre class. They offer dance-based fitness classes such as Zumba, BollyX, DancEnergy, Piloxing and Cardio Ballroom. Together, their barre, dance and SURFSET programs will provide you with a unique combination of toning and cardio exercises to help you achieve your fitness goals. For more information on their classes please visit www.bluebarreanddancefitness.com.