By Damien Williamson | January 18, 2016 | Lifestyle
It might be difficult to pull yourself off the slopes especially after a fresh snow fall, but variety is the spice of life. Try cross training with one of these five fitness activities to keep you on track with your New Year’s fitness resolutions.
With exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics, and aerial acrobatics performed in a cloth hammock-like apparatus, aerial yoga is one of the newest total-body workouts to hit Aspen. Strengthen, tone, and fly yourself into the best shape of your life with this new class at O2 Aspen starting on January 18. 500 W. Main St., 970-925-4002
With cold weather and snow flurries in the forecast for the next few weeks, now is the best time to warm up with Aspen’s only dedicated hot yoga studio. Enjoy everything from Bikram-style yoga and vinyasa flow to more restorative yin stretching and alignment classes. The heated studio accelerates the warming of the body, increasing the blood circulation and sweating, cleansing and detoxifying your body while releasing stress and calming the minds. 517 East Hopkins Ave., 970-948-1165
If you find that downhill skiing is just a bit too extreme for your tastes—or you just need a break from those stiff ski boots—then head to the Roaring Fork Valley’s “fifth mountain,” a collection of more than 90 kilometers of groomed trails connecting Aspen, Snowmass, and Basalt. The Nordic system is the longest in North America, with gentle rolling hills that meander past rivers and streams, through frosted aspen tree groves, and past elk migration zones. 970-429-2039
Spinning classes can be dull and monotonous. But a spinning class in a studio with 360-degree mountain views is almost a spiritual experience. One of the secrets of many of the top athletes in any field is cross training, and putting time in on a bike in the winter will help your skiing, hiking, running, and, of course, summer biking. 720 E. Hyman Ave., 970-920-9595
High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, classes at the Aspen Club combine the rigor of an extreme cardiovascular workout with the joy of a one-hour class time that’s heaven on a hectic schedule. Participants alternate between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of complete rest, with the result of both increased strength and elevated fat burning. And with more than 20 HIIT classes per week, there’s never an excuse not to head to the gym. 1450 Ute Ave., 970-925-8900