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Workouts That Will Shake Up Your Exercise Routine

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Welcome to Fitness Week: five days of workout coverage, so that you can start your New Year's resolutions off right.


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It can be refreshing to think outside the box with workouts, as with any other facet of your day-to-day life, so listen up all you adventurous folks who are sick of the usual cycling, running, yoga routine. We've assembled some destinations for offbeat fitness genres ranging from a dedicated Zumba studio to a brand new boxing studio from George Foreman III.

BOXING
Boston certainly has a reputation for being feisty, so it's no shock that several boxing clubs are thriving around town. Central Square haunt Redline is a basement gym catering to die hard boxers and MMA fighters but also welcomes serious first timers and kickboxers. Healthworks in Chestnut Hill has a female-friendly boxing studio that might have all the bells and whistles but is by no means a dainty workout. The Ring is conveniently placed for college students spending the majority of their time around Allston. Southie favorite Peter Welch's Gym provides professional amenities and training for the whole family. Yup, even kids. Finally, the just-opened Club by George Foreman III is drawing newbies to its 16,000 square foot facility in the Seaport District, offering yoga, cycling, and Pilates in addition to boxing.

DANCE
Zumba fanatics, rejoice! The Z Spot in the South End is fully dedicated to the fun, beloved workout class. Six different types are taught, and a single class runs for $14 ($12 students with ID). Meanwhile, if you're looking for a racier style of dance, try Gypsy Rose on Boylston Street, home to exotic and pole dancing classes (even "How to Feel Sexy" classes). Getting in shape has never been more titillating.

TRAINING
The Studio Empower in Newton Centre teaches a unique workout called Lagree Fitness, which involves some machinery that blends strength, cardio, and Pilates in a 45-minute full boy workout. Apparently the method has fans like Jennifer Aniston and Nicole Kidman behind it, as if you need any more reason to check it out after hearing that. Then downtown, Boston Sports Club is running a "Winter Warrior" three-part class toward the end of January to help skiers and snowboarders work their core prior to hitting the slopes. Bosu balls and glide boards help mimic winter sport motions. Call your local BSC for details.
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