We’ve already brought you lists of Mumbai’s finest gyms, yoga classes, pilates studios and outdoor workout options. However, conventional workouts can get boring or difficult to muster much enthusiasm for, which is why we’ve curated this list of interesting new workout trends and options for you to try out in the city.
Involving a sequence of ground-based animal-like movements, these workouts improve your mobility, strength, endurance and power all in one go. Reliant on just your bodyweight, these delightfully challenging workouts have been making quite a buzz globally – just as in Mumbai. Suitable for people of all fitness levels, animal flow workouts are offered at The Space in Juhu and at Studio 23 in Churchgate.
Ever increasing in popularity, aerial yoga helps strengthen your core, improve balance and stability among other fantastic benefits. Combining acrobatics and anti-gravity moves, this Yoga practice has garnered much excitement and following among Mumbai’s fitness nerds. Tangerine Arts Studio in Khar offers ‘Aerial Silk’ classes where you do yoga asanas in mid air with the help of silk sheets suspended from the ceiling. Anshuka Yoga in Bandra offers aerial yoga classes as well as Flyfit – a hybrid of aerial yoga and aerial pilates.
Combining the best of yoga and pilates, Yogalates is a fantastic option for those looking for a physical and mental workout. Offering the strength training benefits of pilates combined with the flexibility increasing moves of yoga, this hybrid workout has been steadily gaining popularity around the world. And thanks to Anshuka Yoga in Bandra, you can see what the buzz is all about for yourself.
One of the oldest surviving martial arts in the world, Kalaripayattu training was mostly restricted to the confines of Kerala until a few years ago. The launch of various training centers in Mumbai and other cities across the country has helped more people benefit from this incredibly strengthening and effective practice. Equally taxing on the mind and body, Kalariypayattu should be your next go-to workout if you are looking to dramatically amp your fitness level. Kalaryipayattu in Mumbai, located in Dadar and taught by Vipin Kazhipurath, is a fantastic option for anyone looking to get started.
With an ever growing number of fitness enthusiasts seeking workouts that are functional or applicable outside the gym, this is a trend that’s popularity is unlikely to die down anytime soon. Mumbai has seen a large amount of fitness studios and classes focusing on functional training, including the very popular Cindy’s Bootcamp held at The Space in Juhu as well as fitness coach Urmi Kothari’s Kinetic Living studio.
If you love the pool, then Mumbai’s many aqua aerobics, aqua spinning and aqua-lates (water-based pilates) classes will have you thrilled. Super popular and fun, water based workouts involve twice the effort and thereby burns almost double the calories. You can sign up for aqua spinning classes at AquaStrength in Bandra, and contact Deepali Jain for aqua aerobics and aqua pilates classes conducted at various locations around the city.
Involving exercising in a controlled environment with reduced oxygen, this is the perfect workout for anyone looking to get more done in less time. Intense and highly challenging, altitude training counts some of the country’s finest athletes among its fans. With The Pilates & Altitude Training Studio in Santa Cruz and Activ8 studio in Juhu, you can try it too.