4 'Female' Workouts That Guys Should Try
By Jennipher Walters, co-founder FitBottomedGirls.com
All right, guys. It's time to let you all in on a little secret: We ladies have a workout trick or two up our sleeves. And while you've been thinking that some of our "female" workouts are way too easy and too girlie for men like you to do, I'm here to tell you that you're totally -- TOTALLY -- missing out. Here are four workouts that you're probably hesitant to try, but that would do you and your body a world of good!
1. Yoga. Think the yoga studio is just for dudettes? No way! There are about a million types of yoga out there -- meditative, flowing, power, hot, restorative... the list goes on and on. And while most of these classes are in fact filled with ladies, really, it's perhaps the dudes that should be there most of all. All types of yoga are good for building strength, improving balance, increasing flexibility and relaxing you. Guy or girl, that sounds like a darn good workout, huh? Try it!
2. Pilates. A mix of dance, flexibility and tons of tons of core strength, Pilates is a fabulous workout for both genders. This is why even NFL players are doing Pilates these days -- it helps with recovery and builds overall body awareness and control. Sure, you may not be able to lift your leg up very high, but that's precisely why you should probably be going. Practice makes perfect!
3. Zumba. I know, I know. Dance may not be your thing, but Zumba truly is for everyone. Like a big informal dance party where everyone is moving and grooving, Zumba is more about moving and having fun to the music than getting the moves "right." So lace up those sneakers and get to shaking those hips. You may not get the moves the first time, but you'll catch on --- and just for trying, pretty much every lady in the room will love ya.
4. Workout DVDs. Men, don't be afraid to pick up your lady friend's workout DVDs and give them a go. Workout DVDs are a fantastic way to try out new types of exercises and do workouts in the comfort of your own home. Yes, not all of them will be for you. But there are a lot of good ones out there. Here are some of my faves, and it's usually hard to go wrong with anything by Bob Harper, Shaun T., Jillian Michaels or Tony Horton.
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