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Patch Picks: Indoor Workouts

If you’re not in the mood to bundle up and go for a jog, or hit the same old, tired treadmill, try one of these calorie-scorching, strength-building indoor workouts. Here are five of our favorites.

Zumba

Where to go: Zumba with Eddie, Glenbrook Community Center, 35 Crescent St., Stamford (Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.)

Details: This hip, sexy dance-aerobics workout is more than a passing trend: Zumba combines samba, salsa, hip-hop, and modern international dance styles with high-energy instructors and pumped-up tunes for a session that scorches 1,000-plus calories (and actually lifts your spirits). We recommend hitting a class with local favorite Eddie Calle, whose infectious energy and fun playlist translates to a class that feels more like a night out on the town. “It’s like exercise in disguise,” says Calle, who teaches in Stamford, Greenwich and Fairfield on weeknights.

Yoga

Where to go: (328 Pemberwick Rd. at The Mill, Greenwich) or (1345 E. Putnam Ave., Old Greenwich; 203-344-9520)

Details: Kaia’s flagship Greenwich location offers an inviting atmosphere for Savasanas, with dozens of classes and workshops in everything from fertility yoga to strengthening yoga. This popular destination offers newcomers a bargain “30 Days for $30.” Another great pick is Glow Yoga, a sunny studio that offers vinyasa-style classes throughout the day most every day.

 

Kickboxing

Where to go: Tiger Schulmann’s Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts, 2333 Summer St., Stamford; 888-303-6408

Details: Punching a bag feels good and could be the greatest fitness stress reliever of all time. But learning the art of kickboxing and mixed martial arts has other benefits, too: Students shape themselves into lean, muscled fighting machines armed with confidence and self-defense skills. We like Tiger Schulmann’s Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts studio in Stamford, which has exciting programs for kids and adults.

Dancing

Where to go: , 6 Lewis St., Greenwich  

Details: Want to burn calories, meet other people, and learn rhumba, salsa, or ballroom dancing? Try the popular Arthur Murray studio, which offers group and private lessons nearly every day of the week. You’ll get in shape and gain the confidence to get your groove on at a downtown club or best friend’s wedding.

 

Rock Climbing

Where to go: The Rock Club, 130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle, NY; 914-633-7625

Details: Sure, it’s a bit of a hike from Greenwich, but this New Rochelle spot offers newbies and seasoned climbers tons of walls to scale. It’s a great way to get fit and prep for a true outdoor adventure. Skills classes are also offered too, for those who want to learn to belay and climb more mindfully.

Sue Moretti Rogers January 11, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I have taken Eddie's class at Equinox in Greenwich and I promise you will be entertained, smile, laugh and get a good sweat on. He busts quite a move!
Sean McCormick January 13, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I find yoga, and rock climbing to be especially intriguing. Thank you Marisa for the great post!
Melissa Malinovsky January 13, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I agree with Sue Rogers! You will not be disappointed with Eddie's zumba class!
Carolyn January 13, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Eddie's zumba class is awesome. An hour of cardio that doesn't feel like work!

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