Bored of that same old boot camp class? Find a new way to get in shape – with fitness crazes popping up all the time there is no excuse for boredom. Step into a class where jazz hands are mandatory, try wellness clubbing, jump around at a supermodel-approved trampoline class, hit the slopes for Snowga or Run the World with Queen Bey at Bey Dance. These five unusual fitness classes guarantee sweat and most importantly fun.
Have you ever found yourself foot tapping along to your favourite song? Then perhaps TAPfit is for you. This new cardio craze uses fancy footwork, combining tap and resistance training for a heart pounding Happy Feet workout that will increase coordination, balance, muscle power, and flexibility. Open to all ages and abilities, the classes run for 45 minutes, and among the styles taught are Broadway, street, Latin, classical, funk, strengthen and stretch. The best part is that you don’t need any special shoes to participate, just slide the TAP shoe attachment over your trainers and you’ll be good to go. Even if you have two left feet, they’ll be calling you Bojangles by the time you leave. Class schedules are available online and run in a number of locations across Melbourne.
Having established Bodhi & Ride in Port Melbourne earlier this year founder Michaela has now set up an indoor cycling class at Bond Nightclub. Opened in September this spin class is anything but typical, blending endurance, interval and weight training into a 40-minute clubbing experience where stilettos are replaced by trainers. Sweat it out with rock star instructors under strobe lights with a 3 million dollar sound system blasting the latest club tracks. Expect hill climbs, upper body strength training, core work and push-ups all while pedaling as fast as you can. To try this wellness clubbing class check their schedule and sign up for the ride of your life.
Unleash your inner diva at a dance class dedicated to Beyonce. Bey Dance takes your secret passion for dancing around your room and brings it to the main stage where your Bey Captains are ready to teach you the chorography to hits like Love on Top, Single Ladies and Run the World. Bey Dance also has conditioning, core strength, yoga, Bollywood and contemporary dance classes – all designed to make you feel Bootylicious. Make Queen Bey proud, join today.
It turns out House of Pain’s 1992 hit song Jump Around was ahead of its time as trampoline classes are now taking the world by storm; even supermodel Heidi Klum has jumped on board. With three locations in Melbourne, BOUNCE FIT offers high intensity, low impact classes which run for 45 minutes. BOUNCE FIT is a great way to get in shape and burn calories – most of which are from laughing so hard it hurts. The classes have a low impact on your joints while promoting strength, flexibility, digestion and relaxation. As NASA representatives have said in the past, ‘Rebound exercise is the most efficient, effective form of exercise yet devised by man.’
If you’re bored with Bikram and Disco Yoga and don’t mind frost bite then it’s time to visit the slopes and try Snowga. Snowga is Snow + Yoga and was originally founded in 2009 by Anne Kerrigan in Colorado. The concept has now made its way down under to Falls Creek where the inaugural Snowga yoga retreat took place in September at Trackers Mountain Lodge. Greet the day in the downward dog position at dawn and become one with the profound silence of the mountains. Stretch out your hamstrings, quadriceps and shoulders before you carve up the mountain with a day of skiing, followed by a restorative yoga session at the end of the day. You might be shivering on day one, but by the end of the retreat, the cold will melt away.