From trampolines to treadmill classes, the best ways to shake up a your swim-bike-run routine.
Swim, bike, run…Pound? Believe it or not, group fitness classes like Pound, SoulCycle and Rope Burn are making their way into the rotation of many multisport athletes. In addition to providing a fresh take on fitness in a repetitive training routine, group classes provide a social outlet for athletes who typically log their workouts in solitude. Our picks for the best group fitness classes for triathletes:
What it is: An epic circuit class that moves between two intense rope experiences: jump ropes, for a cardio and agility focus, and battle ropes, which increase strength and power.
The Triathlete Factor: “Rope burn is awesome for those who mainly train in swim, bike, run modalities because it addresses the strength, endurance and agility needs for triathletes in a diverse and different way. It supports the athlete but varies the training methods using these two different pieces of equipment,” says Marc Santa Maria, National Director of Group Fitness for Crunch Gym. Several movements in the class parallel the swim, bike, run aspects of competing – for example, some battle rope movements mimic a swim stroke.
Do it: Rope Burn is currently offered at Crunch Gyms nationwide.