Unique workouts available to valley’s fitness minded

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From the hip-thrusting, Hawaiian-inspired “Hot Hula” to a cardio jam session with drumsticks, the fitness scene is constantly evolving.

Whether you’re pounding it out with specially engineered “Ripstix” at Sole Intensity Dance Studio or channeling the Polynesian Islands, it seems many people looking to get in shape are trying to keep it interesting.

Cheri Linden from Las Vegas Athletic Club (LVAC) says exercise should be fun if you want to stick with it.

“People really don’t like the idea of working out, you know?” she said. “So, they want to go do something and have a good time doing it.”

She says one of LVAC’s most popular group classes is the new “Sandbag Xpress” – a high-intensity, cardio blast that uses unstable sandbags to target muscle groups.

Many of the workouts locally cater to show performers. Like Las Vegas, the unique and unusual trends – such as anti-gravity, aerial yoga – keep people coming back.

“That’s the whole philosophy of the studio; if you enjoy what you do, you are going to push yourself harder, and do it longer and more effectively,” said Shine Fitness owner Dima Shine. “It’s going to bring you more results.”

If inverting yourself on silk hammocks 18 feet from the ceiling like a Cirque du Soleil performer isn’t enough, you can take your workout 550 feet above the Strip. The High Roller now offers yoga classes.

“It’s an experience. It’s not like your typical yoga class,” said head yoga instructor Dray Gardner.

This special “Silent Savasana” yoga lets up to six people stretch out over the Strip while wearing wireless headphones to imitate a private and peaceful yoga session inside one of the 44,000-pound viewing cabins.

“Because of the pod, you have the sensation of floating,” Gardner said.

If you have a flair for the wild side, you can try what celebrity instructor Fawnia Mondey calls the most empowering workout in Las Vegas: pole dancing.

“It’s just getting to know your dance partner,” she said.

You can join the conversation. If there is a unique workout you’ve tried, tell us about it on our Facebook page.

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