The same thing happens every year. January rears its big grey head and we decide it’s time to give this whole ‘new year, new me’ thing a go. We take out gym memberships with great intentions but after two too many spin classes, we slowly give up and decide this exercising stuff just isn’t for us.
If the mere thought of spin bikes, treadmills, circuits and weights makes your body ache, trying something a little bit out of the box might be the thing to motivate you to get moving.
We’ve taken a look around Ireland to find the best alternative exercise classes that everyone should try at least once. From AntiGravity yoga to Boogiebounce, there’s a new activity out there for anyone who wants to put a new spin on traditional exercising.
1. Rock Climbing
It sounds like the kind of exercise that only thrill-seeking types would throw themselves into, but rock climbing is an excellent workout for people of all fitness levels. Awesome Walls in Dublin and Cork are two of Europe’s largest and most cutting edge indoor climbing centres that even the most inexperienced climbers will love. The instructors are attentive and ensure that you have a challenging yet rewarding experience.
Details: You can book a taster session online for €25 per adult or €20 per junior. Visit Awesomewalls.ie.
2. Clowning Around
Tap into your inner circus performer with some ariel and acrobatic classes. This is a great way to get fit and gain a pretty impressive skill set. TakingFlight.ie offers a range of different classes such as; vertical acrobatics using a piece of fabric or rope, as well as trapeze and hoop acrobatics.
Details: You can view classes and book online. Individual sessions start at €16.50, depending on which activity you’d like to try. Taster packages are available, with €20 off a six week term fee. Visit Takingflight.ie
3. Boogie Bounce
Who doesn’t (perhaps secretly) love a good old bounce on a trampoline? Well Boogie Bounce takes this fun and turns it into a seriously intense but enjoyable workout that burns around 800 calories per session. It’s a complete exercise class on a mini trampoline with a safety bar, choreographed to pumping music. It’s guaranteed to make you sweat and laugh in equal measure.
Details: Currently there are classes available in Dublin, Swords and Cork, with new locations opening up all around the country. Boogie Bounce has a welcome offer of €18 for your first two classes. Visit Boogiebounce.ie.
4. AntiGravity Yoga
If regular yoga seems a little vanilla for your tastes, why not take it to the next level with an AntiGravity version? This is a fitness regime which combines arial acrobatics with the disciplines of yoga to enhance your agility. Using an AntiGravity hammock, you learn dance, Pilates and calisthenics techniques, whilst changing your relationship with the ground and learning more about your body.
Details: Classes are available all around Ireland, for more information visit Antigravityyoga.ie.
Capoeira is a unique art form, originating from Brazil. It combines music, dance, acrobatics and self-defence, creating a workout that’s as much for your body as it is for your mind. It helps improve your strength, balance, co-ordination and fitness abilities.
6. Ballet Barre
If you’ve ever dreamt of being a prima ballerina, this is your chance to make it a reality. Adult barre classes have been growing in popularity and emerging all around the country. Modern barre exercises typically combine pilates and ballet disciplines to give your body the workout of a lifetime. Although it might look simple, it’s an intense session that will really improve your flexibility and strength.
Details: There are barre classes available all around Ireland at local pilates, yoga and dance studios. Platinum Pilates in Rathmines and Sandymount offer two introductory classes for €25. Visit Platinumpilates.ie/barre.
If you’ve ever witnessed Parkour, it’s not something you’d typically consider as an exercise but it’s a great way to burn those calories. Parkour is a non-competitive sport which involves using your body and the environment to overcome any urban obstacle in your way, through strength, speed and agility. It’s an incredibly impressive skill and one that anyone can get involved with.
Details: Parkour classes are offered around Ireland. DanceIreland.ie provide a six week course for €50.
8. Hip Hop Dancing
Dancing is an excellent way to get fit, burn calories and tone your muscles. But the idea of attending an actual dance class can seem a little daunting. Hip Hop classes, however, have a more laid back and informal feel, which makes them much more appealing for those who might feel a little self-concious busting a move in front of a room full of strangers.
Details: Hip hop classes are available all around Ireland. Search online for one in your local area, or visit Justdance.ie which has a variety of different dance classes across the country.
Which alternative exercises have you tried?Let us know on social media by using the hashtag #myIrishlife