Fitness

Sweat out that hangover with these exercise ideas in Boston

Drynauary is over (is that really a thing?) which means weekends — for some — will be back to their typical drunken messiness. If hangovers are your worst enemy and you need a way to sweat them out, check out these five options for kicking that sucker’s ass.

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1. For the hangover that needs a kick in the ass -- and everywhere else
Barry’s Bootcamp on Chauncy Street in Boston offers an array of classes on Saturdays, starting at 8:30 a.m. for the early risers, then options at 9:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and wrapping with a 1:30 p.m. The classes are all full body workouts and can be bought and signed up for online. The Barry’s space is centrally located in Downtown Crossing, right behind Macy’s, making it easy to get to via bus or train. No travel excuses! If there are any cancellations or announcements, the staff at Barry’s is pretty accessible on Twitter.
2. For the hangover that needs to be stretched -- and sweated -- out
Bikram Yoga Boston has three studios in and around the city (Financial District, Back Bay, and Harvard Square), and each of the trio offer Saturday and Sunday classes. Bikram is a form of yoga that is taught over a 90-minute span in a heated room. According to the Bikram Yoga Boston website, “By the end of a class session, each individual will have worked every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while systematically moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of the body. The result is restoration of health to all systems.” If that doesn’t scream “hangover fix,” we don’t know what does. Classes can be paid for individually or in group packages. Head to the map and pick a studio for more info.
3. For the hangover that needs to be pedaled away
Spin classes are the ultimate challenge, especially when you’re still burping up beer from the night before. Set to music and guided by an instructor, spinning is all about pushing yourself to the limit and burning a million (OK, that’s an exaggeration) calories at the same time. Cyclers change the resistance, increase and decrease speeds, and walk away on wobbly legs after a good spin class. There are lots offered in Boston, including a slew of classes at Flywheel in Back Bay on Saturday and Sunday, lasting between 45 and 60 minutes. For those who don’t have enough in the tank for 45-60 minutes, The Club by George Foreman III (the famed boxer’s son, who is also a boxer) offers a 30-minute cycling class on Saturday and Sunday at its newly-opened Fort Point gym.
4. For the hangover the needs to be knocked out of your system
Speaking of George Foreman’s new gym, there are a ton of boxing-oriented classes that we’re sure will help you forget all about the few details you can remember from your nights out. The spot offers weekend options like bag workouts, kick boxing, and something called “Booty by Brabants” that doesn’t have any details listed, but we’re guessing will kick your ass into gear. Unlike The Club, Comm. Ave’s boxing gym The Ring focuses solely on the boxing basics. With a 40-percent female membership rate, this club welcomes everyone and posts the numbers to prove it: Ages range from 8 to 80, potential members need zero experience to try it out, and it offers 62 classes each week that are included in the membership fees. Of the 62, nine are offered on Saturdays (including two free trial lessons) and four are offered on Sundays (with one free trial).
5. For the hangover that needs some alone time
If you’re a lady and not a class person who prefers to work out on your own but needs some direction (whew), check out a fitness app like Nike Training Club. The Mac-based app (get it for your iPhone here) gives detailed, video-based instructions on how to complete everything from beginner to advanced workouts with different target structures and, best of all, you can even set your own music to go along. Don’t worry, fellas, there are plenty of apps for your hangover, too. GymGoal ABC is a free app that offers almost 300 weight-training exercises with illustrated instructions. For $4.99, users can upgrade to the full version and customize it to fit their experience level, log their routine, and calculate nutrition goals. Check out the GymGoal website here.