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Cross training: "An exercise regimen that uses several modes of training with the goal of improving fitness, strength and performance."


Yes, it sounds serious, but keep reading. By the end, you'll be inspired to cross train YOUR way to awesome!


Add some ZING to your workout routine with cross training for whole-body fitness that mixes cardio, strength training, and flexibility!

Break free from the everyday and make a change. Changing up your workouts is better for you. By using different muscle groups, you reach a higher level of fitness and keeping things interesting also helps you stick with it.

A sample cross training schedule might look like this:

  • Monday: SPIN
  • Tuesday: Butts & Gutts or Matt Pilates
  • Wednesday: Yoga, Warrior Boot Camp or Cardio Kickboxing
  • Thursday: SPIN
  • Friday: Extreme Sculpt

Choose your cross training exercises based on your interests. You gotta love what you're doing so make it your own.  Maybe try a lunchtime 30/30. Zing PowerX! 30 Minutes of SPIN and 30 Minutes of strength training and abs.

It's important to Include 30-45 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise on most days of the week, and at least two days of strength training. Supplement flexibility exercises like Barre and yoga into your routine for the max cross training benefit!


What Type of Cross Training?

Flexibility: Definitely! The ideal cross training program starts with a warm-up and ends with a cool-down stretch. It also includes yoga or stretching.

Cardio Vascular:  Assuredly! Your cross training routine should include aerobic exercises, such as spinning, Cardio Kickboxing  or DanceFit.

Strength: For Sure! You should do strength-training exercises like lifting weights or body weight exercises like push-ups at least twice a week.

Sports: Not necessarily, but cross training can absolutely help athletes get into better shape, increase stamina and improve performance.

Low-Impact: Modify! You can adapt your workouts to be low-impact!


Intensity Level

The intensity level of your cross training workout is ENTIRELY UP TO YOU. Customize it to your comfort level but try to step outside of it if you can! 

You and your instructor can always modify any exercise to take down the intensity level if desired so you never feel discouraged.  Feel free bring it up by doing higher-impact exercises and using heavier weights! The sky's the limit with a cross training workout!


Areas You Will Target

Core - Ab-solutely! Sit-ups, planks, and other core exercises should definitely be part of your cross-training program.

Arms - For sure! The strength-training portion of your workouts should include biceps, triceps, and shoulders using hand weights, or resistance bands. You can also use your own body weight for resistance by doing exercises such as push-ups and dips.

Legs - Yup!  Include strength-training exercises like lunges and squats to work your leg muscles. You'll also work your legs by Spinning, doing jump squats and some of the other aerobic components of your cross training program.

Glutes - Right behind you!  Many of the same exercises that work the legs, including lunges and squats, are also good for the glutes.

Back - We got your back! This is a full-body workout, so you will want to incorporate exercises for your back, like push ups and upright rows with hand weights (the heavier the better).


What Are Your Fitness and Health Goals?

  • Better overall health?
  • Improve total fitness?
  • Build long lean muscle?
  • Get Stronger?
  • Increase Flexibility?
  • Enhanced weight loss?
  • Reduced risk of injury?


All of these goals and proven benefits of Cross Training are within your reach when you work out at Zing!

Our Spin classes, combined with our GroupX classes will get you in the best shape ever! Combine any of our strength classes - Extreme Sculpt, Warrior Boot Camp, Butts and Guts, Mat Pilates, BeatBarre, Cardio Kickboxing and Yoga with any of our Spin classes and you will cross train YOUR way to fitness!

Posted Apr 9, 2017 0 Comments

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Meet me at the Barre!


Why are so many people going to the barre?
In short because "barre" is an exhilarating mix of power and elegance!


There's no other fitness class out there where you stand tall and straight at a ballet barre (haven't most little girls taken a ballet class or two?)  and work every muscle in your body!

ZingroupX Barre

The great thing about barre is that you don't need any experience at all  (so maybe you didn't take ballet classes -that's a-ok!)  AND you don't need to be in tip top shape either! Barre's the thing because it's a TOTAL BODY WORKOUT that combines some strength training, some cardio and lots stretching that will absolutely improve your endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.


And barre's fun to boot!


What exactly goes on in barre?
Well first you take off those sneakers. Free those toes or grab a pair of cute grippy socks and belly up.


In a nutshell:

In every energizing barre class you will work each muscle group with a series of small, intense movements, referred to as "pulses" using the "barre" for balance.

Your instructor will also incorporate various pieces of equipment usually associated with barre classes such as light hand weights, slightly squishy stability balls, Pilates circles and resistance bands - all  designed to define and strengthen every muscle in your body. Then you will hit the mat to work your abs and entire core to burn even more fat and calories! The result? A longer, leaner, stronger you!

 if I had to break it down in terms of how much of this and how much of that you'll get out of a barre class it would go something like this:

ZingroupX Barre Class Makeup

ZingroupX Barre Heart Rate Range40% strength training, 30% cardio, 15% balance and 15% flexibility. Your heart rate during the class will range from 40% to 70% of your maximum recommended, depending on your fitness level and effort. These percentages of course are a rough estimate and all classes will vary!



Some more nutshells!

Barre is a unique and fast paced strength training workout where you will focus on building long, strong, lean muscles with exercises that are carefully planned (choreographed - think dance routines that you never have to memorize because your instructor guides you through it all!) to create a full body workout that will activate every muscle in your body!

ZingroupX Barre

In this challenging workout you will target your arms, abs, hips, butt and thighs with lower body drills at the barre (ballet barre securely attached to the mirror so you can be sure you're doing your exercises in perfect form!) You will also participate a mat-based portion of each class targeting your whole core, abs and arms that includes (but not limited to!) planks, push-ups, various other arm exercises (there will most likely include light hand weights and other cool equipment like Pilates circles and squishy balls!)


In all Zing barre classes you work out to motivating high energy music which is carefully chosen and arranged by our instructors, and many of the drills are performed to the beat to create for you the most fun yet challenging fitness class


A Little history and a lot more detail!

Even though "barre" was originally developed in the 1950’s by Lotte Berk - a German dancer - it does not require any dancing skills and everyone can participate in classes regardless of fitness level, or gender!

Women AND men alike can benefit from barre classes, and everyone at any fitness level, will definitely find these classes challenging and very beneficial!


Isometric training

Say what? In these exercises, your muscles tense up, but don't actually move! Imagine pressing your hands together as hard as you can for 10 seconds. You'll feel tension in your chest and arms, yet your arms did not move at all. You just did an isometric exercise, which is the foundation of barre. Isometric training exercises were popularized  by the famous Alexander Zass. Alexander used isometric training while imprisoned during World War I. The strength he developed from this training helped him to escape from captivity. He became known as “The amazing Samson”, and is considered one of the strongest men in history.


Don’t let the name barre mislead you – Isometric training is an amazing way to build strong sculpted muscles. You'll discover muscles you never knew you had, and you’ll feel those muscles! With isometrics (barre classes!) you can take a break from jumping on boxes, lifting heavy weights or doing endless crunches (your lower back will thank you!). The best part? Isometrics (barre classes!) have been found to help take off inches around your waist, increase overall strength and may even decrease high blood pressure.


Let's compare!

The main difference between a barre class and a HIIT or strength training class is the range of movement. Barre classes focus on short (some only one to two inches) repeated movement that focus on a specific muscle or groups of muscles.


These short movements (or pulses) are designed to work the targeted muscles without changing its length. In positions like these the muscle fibers are activated but since there are equal forces against each other, there is no movement. These "pulses" create an efficient workout that keeps the muscle engaged through the repetitions, as opposed to long movement which “rest” one part of the muscle while working the other. Confused? Here's an example: Compare picking up a 20 pound dumbbell to do full bicep curls to using it in the same position to only moving the weight 2 inches up and down in the middle. The force of the weight keep your muscles continuously engaged without the "rest" at the end of full bicep curls. 


The results of these targeted isometric training drills are amaZing strength and endurance building of the slow-twitching muscles, while toning and sculpting the targeted areas. Some of the moves are designed to target a few muscles at a time, all working in tandem with carefully designed short, repeated movements. 

The nature of these short movements also reduces risk of injury as it puts less strain on tendons and ligaments compared to other strength training methods.


So in conclusion!

Shake and “burn” are buzz verbs synonymous to barre!  Yes you will shake (your muscles that is!) and yes you MAY even "feel the burn" but please don't let this prevent you from trying (and continuing to try) a barre class. Why? What you are feeling is your body responding to hard work! Work hard and get rewarded for your hard work. Your reward is a lean, toned, sculpted, fit, and healthier you! So belly up to the barre and find out for yourself what all the buzz is about!

Meet your instructors!

At ZingroupX, our amaZing trained instructors skillfully guide you through every class and work with you to help achieve the best results, in a safe and fun environment! Please do not hesitate to ask of your instructor or ANY of our friendly and knowledgeable staff any questions you may have,  or to consult with us for the best suggestions for maximizing your workouts to help you with those goals!

ZingroupX Barre Cristy


Cristy SyCip will meet you at the barre, and take you flawlessly through an elegant but intense full-body workout. You'll sweat it out , pulse it out, and challenge your muscles to fun, high-energy music!
Click to see Cristy's classes this week.


As with any workout, cross training is recommended to achieve an overall well balanced fitness result. Barre classes can be complemented by higher intensity cardiovascular workouts such as spin, and DanceFit, as well as other strength training and flexibility workouts such as Pilates, Butts and Guts and yoga. Cardio barre and Warrior Boot Camp along with these other classes can all be found on


Posted Sep 28, 2016 0 Comments

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