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5 Workouts that Don’t Include Running

This idea could not be further from the truth, especially these days with new workouts, studios, larger gyms, app workouts, and online trainers everywhere you look.

No matter what you are into (or not into), there is a workout that doesn’t include running made just for you.

We have put together 5 non-running workouts to get the wheels spinning:

5 Workouts that Don’t Include Running

1. Barre (aka The Bar Method). The Bar Method was started by Lotte Berk, a German dancer who, after being injured, used a combination of her ballet bar routines with her rehabilitative therapy to form an exercise system that we know today as Barre (also The Bar Method, Core Fusion, Physique 57 and more). A Barre class consists of “doing tiny, one-inch increments called isometric movements for both your upper and lower body.” A Barre class essentially mixes elements of Pilates, dance, yoga, and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music.

2. Soul Cycle. Soul Cycle is a high-intensity, indoor cycling workout that is not only fun, but will also leave you feeling strong and energized. Soul Cycle consists of a “45-minute indoor cycling class that features high-intensity cardio, muscle-sculpting strength training, and rhythm-based choreography.” You ride with others in a candlelit studio with incredible playlists that will leave you excited and dripping with sweat.

3. Core Power Yoga. Core Power Yoga is not your ordinary yoga session. At Core Power Yoga, you work every muscle in a modern, spacious studio. The classes range from highly physical and incredibly mindful to an easier, Vinyasa-style flow for beginners. The Core Power Studios are typically high end and provide many amenities (showers, shampoo, dryers, etc.) for after your workout is complete.

4. HIIT. HIIT, “or high-intensity interval training, is a training technique in which you give all-out, one hundred percent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods.” With a HIIT workout you can be done with your workout in 30 minutes or less, due to the workout intensity. HIIT workouts have been found to increase metabolism for up to 48 hours post workout.

5. Hiking. The best thing about hiking is that not only will you get an incredible workout, but you’ll also do so in nature; breathing in fresh air, which is an oftentimes overlooked hiking benefit. Hiking can be made as easy (flatter land) or hard (uneven land; lofty climbing) as you want it to be.


Like running, though, recovery after any intense workout session should be met with high-quality food and/or a high-quality protein shake. Fortunately, Elmhurst has debuted The Cleanest Protein Shake on the Planet. Sold in packs of four, each 12oz carton has 20g protein from peanuts and six simple ingredients or less. You can choose from two flavors, chocolate peanut and vanilla bean, and enjoy the simpler, better post-workout recovery option you deserve!