The stationary bike was first introduced in the 1980s, when hair bands sought out a way to stay in shape without the threat of career-ending helmet hair. Today's Groupon shakes up traditional routines with more lively forms of exercise: for $18, you get three classes at Modern Fitness in Oceanside (a $36 value).
Modern Fitness strays from customary crunches with gratifying group exercise classes pioneered to promote enjoyment rather than dread. Students of all ages can choose from a range of classes such as cardio kick, designed to strengthen the body and cleanse the system by sweating out toxins with kickboxing-inspired routines. Dancers who prefer to tango with partners bolted to the floor can try pole dancing, which improves strength with gymnastic and modern-dance-based moves. Popular Zumba fitness transforms exercise into an aerobic party, combining Latin music and easy dance steps to target legs, abs, glutes, arms, and both left feet.
Modern Fitness also offers its own version of The Biggest Loser, during which participants commit to three cardio classes per week and qualify to win prizes based on who loses the most weight, inches, and body fat. Sessions as late as 8 p.m. cater to busy schedules, and Modern Fitness's free baby-sitting, available during all weekday morning classes, lets body-building little ones sculpt muscles with play-doh.
360 Long Beach Rd.
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