Love it or hate it, exercise is a thing that is good for you. It can also be a monotonous chore that bores you to your very core (rhyme game strong).
We come with happy news though, there are ways to work up a sweat that you probably wouldn’t even consider exercise and here they are in no particular order.
Get ready to get sweaty.
If you thought yoga was all slow movement and super chill vibes, you’re kind of right but aerial yoga has arrived to shake things up a bit. It involves yoga poses performed in a hammock style arrangement where you’re supported but still stretched and pushed outside way outside your comfort zone. Give it a whirl, what could possibly go wrong. It’s a good time, promise.
Where: Yoga Shed GC, 4 Brightlands Court, Mermaid Waters
Lights Out and Dance
Dancing in the dark sounds like a fun time doesn’t it. Nobody to judge your sprinkler impersonation and general life awkwardness and the opportunity to practice your new moves ahead of Saturday night dance offs with your friends. Lights Out and Dance is literally a dark room with sweet dance beats pumping around and tons of people without a care in the world. Get it.
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Lower Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads and Runaway Bay Youth Centre, 379 Oxley Drive, Runaway Bay
Looks easy, but isn’t. Pole dancing is one of the most intense core workouts you can do (or so we hear) and it’s also a whole lot of fun. You’ll learn to wrap your entire body around a pole, hang upside down, do crazy twist things and generally look like a smoking hot babe every time you go out dancing/walk past a pole. Sign us up.
Where: Pole Catz, 2/4 Strathaird Road, Bundall and 3/33 Machinery Drive, Tweed Heads South
It’s touted as the ultimate urban playground and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves. A room full of trampolines is as interesting a time as you could have indoors and we highly encourage you to embrace your inner child and practice those backflips. If you’re in business, it’s the perfect team building activity because bulk laughs at colleagues.
Where: 5 Sunlight Drive, Burleigh Waters
Another dance based workout, because who doesn’t mind learning a few new moves. Based in Palm Beach, you can choose a class to suit your groove, be it Retro (featuring all your fave 80s & 90s hits), Flashdance (learn MC Hammer signature moves or Beyonce’s Single Ladies bop), Clubbercise (hit the club prepared) or more. Sculpting and toning never looked so fun.
Where: 1/11 Palm Beach Avenue, Palm Beach
Alright so remove any expectations you might have about what this entails and get excited for an extra fun time. It’s explained as a full-body cardio jam session, combining pilates inspired strength training and the sweat-dripping fun of drumming. So basically you do all the moving about to sweet, rock beats while drumming on the floor and in the air etc. with glowing green sticks. What a time. Definitely here for this one.
Where: Kurrawa Beach, Broadbeach & Rokh Fit Studio, 2/25 Leda Drive, Burleigh Heads
Words by Kirra Smith