If you’re bored with your usual workout, it’s time to find a new one. Having variety in your fitness routine keeps you from falling into an exercise rut and helps you stick to your training schedule. Here are six creative workouts and studios to shake up your circuit.

Group weight-lifting classes

Into strength training, but lack the motivation and direction to do it on your own? Try a group weight-lifting class to get the camaraderie you want and the technical instruction you need. Instructors at weight-training studio LIFTONIC are trained to help you choose weights that won’t overwhelm you on the bench, but will still give you results.

Personality-based training

Exercising is both a physical and mental journey. The new Mindfit program at Circuit 45 uses the Enneagram, a set of personality types, to help its members reach their fitness goals. Members wear different-colored bands that denote their personality type, which helps instructors know how to effectively encourage and communicate with them.

Rock-climbing

Visiting a rock-climbing gym is a surefire way to get in a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout. Between gripping, lengthening, and pulling yourself up, you’ll strengthen muscles all throughout your body.

Gyms with a built-in happy hour

Some gyms have a juice bar. GRIT BXNG has a full-service liquor bar. After you’ve sweated it out in class, enjoy a cocktail or mocktail (or alternatives like coffee or kombucha). You can also catch someone on the staff carrying a platter of shots for anyone who’s just crushed their workout. Electrolyte margaritas, anyone?

Treadmill classes

Treadmill classes make the so-called “dreadmill” mentality a thing of the past. The group setting builds up your motivation and momentum, while intervals already set by your instructor give you the freedom to focus on your running — not the timer on your treadmill. DASH Run Studio prides itself on letting runners choose their pace while creating a fun and energized atmosphere that pushes them to the next level.

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Aerial yoga and silks

Aerial yoga and silks classes combine elements of yoga, acrobatics, and even dance to give you both a full-body workout and a creative outlet. Add this activity to your workout circuit to build muscle and defy gravity. 

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