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Are you tired of doing the same workout routine day after day? Well it’s time to spice up your daily cardio grind in some fun new environments! By changing your workout environment you can actually improve your overall performance while enjoying an exciting new way to tone up.
Several places in LA, specializing in everything from yoga to cross training, alter the sound, light, and temperature to improve your overall experience. A study done on The Effects of Music on Athletic Performance found that when listening to synchronous music with a steady beat, a person’s performance could be elevated by twenty percent. Not only does music help synchronize one’s rhythm, it also can distract an athlete from fatigue, change their mood, and trigger muscle memory. Take a hint from the USC Football team, who always play loud music in their weight room or Olympic champion Michael Phelps, who can always be seen listening to music before every race. Sports psychologist, Dr Costas Karageorghis and Professor Peter Terry, found that music increased energy efficiency, allowing athletes to run further with the same amount of oxygen. And for all the ladies reading this, the same study found that your mood will be enhanced by music more than a man’s mood would be.
Ever thought about working out in the dark? Try working out at Kim Kardashian’s favorite spot, Barry’s Bootcamp in West Hollywood. Berry’s feels more like a nightclub than a gym, with dim lighting and loud music playing everything from Britney Spears to Deadmau5. “The great music and low lighting helps the hour class fly by,” says gym regular, Tiffany Kane, 21. And if boot camp isn’t your scene, try Cycle House’s signature indoor cycling routine. You can enjoy a full body workout meant to strengthen and tone your core, arms, back, and legs at their House Music Happy Hour class or burn 1,000 calories while peddling to Lil Wayne. All classes are held in a dim, candle lit room, lighting up the instructor on a center stage in the middle of the class. This environment motivates riders to push themselves harder because they are less aware of much how much their sweating or how loudly their breathing. Personally, cycling is my favorite type of work out and it’s extremely refreshing to workout in this type of motivational environment.
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And if you’re a yoga fan then you must try Bikram hot yoga. In a room heated to 100 degrees or more, you’ll feel like your in a sauna while performing this effective low-impact exercise. “Hot yoga’s much more intense than regular yoga because you get into a much deeper stretch” said Madeline Azevedo, 21, Senior at The University of Southern California. According to Steph Barnard, this heated environment increases pulse rate and metabolism and allows your blood vessels to become more flexible. Aside from having a positive effect on your mood, blood pressure, and stress level, Bikram yoga allows your body to move more freely than in a normal yoga class. The intense heat acts as a detoxification as your body eliminates toxins thru sweat. Check out local studio, Corepower Yoga, for your first hot yoga class.
So before you get on the treadmill grab your iPhone and blast an upbeat new workout mix, go spin in a candle lit room at Cycle House, or try the Bow Pose in a 100-degree room. These new age exercise practices and environmental changes are guaranteed to shake up anyone’s exercise routine. Which factor helps your workout the most?