We're all guilty of hitting snooze button and rolling back over to sleep instead of heading to that gym class. But while that extra amount of time in bed might seem the better option now, you just know you’re going to regret it come the first day of summer. For that reason, we’ve gone and found 7 workouts so much more fun than your usual effective but depressingly dull pilates class that you’ll be jumping out of bed before your 5.25am alarm goes off.
Hang Upside Down At Aerial Movement
Elevate your workouts to new heights at Aerial Movement, where depending on which of their classes you opt for, you could be hanging from silk ropes or giant dangling hoops. Become the Cirque du Soleil performer you always knew you could be—with the reassuring safety of very thick and bouncy matts below in case you happen to fall. Unsure? Just try out one of their beginner trail classes and you may find yourself addicted.
Scale Walls At Urban Climb Brisbane
West End, Milton and Newstead
Afraid of heights? Don’t be. At Urban Climb, you don’t have to strap in and climb up if you don’t want to (or you can’t find a willing partner for the other end), you can just go bouldering instead, a style of ropeless climbing where you stay low and which requires more balance and technical skill than brute strength. Urban Climb’s Newstead and Milton gyms is dedicated to all things bouldering, with mats in case you forget to hold on to the handholds (it happens), but if you do want to go up, the West End gym has you sorted.
Skate Yourself Fit With Rollerfit
Ok, for this one, you might need some level of coordination, otherwise you may find yourself a little bruised. But hey, that’s what butt pads are for, right? Combining skating drills, exercises and even the odd dance routine, you’ll work up more of a sweat than you ever thought you could on eight wheels. The Rollerfit crew will provide skates if you don’t have your own, but any neon lycra and leg warmer needs are all on you.
Find Your Inner Ninja At Urban Extreme
Sure, you may watch an 8 year old tackle this obstacle course and absolutely slay, but don’t go getting cocky before you attempt the monkey bars at Urban Extreme—they’re harder than they look. Tipped as the biggest ninja warrior course in Brisbane, the array of obstacles will leave calloused, sweaty and probably feeling less than ninja-like, at least until you’ve been at it for a few weeks.
Swing Into Aerial Yoga At Bend And Fly
Fly through the air with the greatest of ease at aerial yoga. If you're ready to take your exercise to new heights, or just willing to give anything new a go, head to West End's Bend and Fly. Performed in hammocks (although sadly not the tropical island kind), aerial yoga can help build core and upper-body strength as well as improve flexibility. Hanging upside down is also good for stress relief!
Drop It Low At Mad Dance House
If you’ve watched the cinematic masterpiece that is Rihanna’s ‘Work’ music video, you’ll have definitely tried to bump and grind your way around your house at some point. Don’t even try to deny it. Well, time to fine-tune those skills while also fine-tuning your rig, by taking a class at Mad Dance House. This place is really cool, offering up hip hop classes as well as a dance bootcamp designed for those after a great workout, and we all know dancers have the best bods.
Run Away To The Circus At Circa
Just another good reason to run away and join the circus. In Fortitude Valley you’ll find Circa offering a range of circus-based fitness classes for adults. Try their aerials or ground acrobats class or opt for Circa Fit, which focuses on core strength, cardio, flexibility and strength. These workouts are not just great for your body, they’re a whole lot of fun too. Perfect!
Prefer to do your workouts outdoors? Hit the trails with the best walks and hikes around Brisbane.
Image credit: Melody Jacob