You all know I love to exercise and what I love the most are the workout classes at my gym. I've been a member for over 6 years and manage to go about 5 times a week, so I definitely get my money's worth (it's only $19.99 a month and my health insurance reimburses $150 per year).
Over the years, there have been trends in the classes. When I first started, kickboxing ruled the class schedule, then yoga became the cool workout, spinning was the fad for a while, kettlebell classes were short-lived, and now a lot of the workouts are full body toning and cardio style classes. I love them. You basically get a weight workout with little sprints of cardio mixed in so your heart rate stays up the whole time.
Even in these classes I've noticed that the trend went from using handweights to using mostly your own body weight. We do tons of pushups, situps, squats, lunges, jumps, planks and burpees. I never even knew what a burpee was until two years ago, but it is such a good workout that I thought I'd share:
There are variations to the burpee, you can do a pushup in the middle, jump at the end, whatever you want. Burpees definitely work out your whole body and they're pretty fun to say. Start by doing as many as you can, and then add one more each day - no gym membership or weights needed!