5 Fun Ways to Break Out of Your Fitness Rut

Running on the treadmill just doesn't cut it anymore.

February 2, 2017

By Rita Javorski

February has arrived, which means your resolution to get in shape is probably languishing in the corner, collecting dust with that expensive gym membership. But you shouldn’t give up just yet!

It’s easier to stick to your fitness goals when you’re learning something new (instead of plodding on the treadmill or lifting heavy weights), so we found five fun gym alternatives that will keep you engaged—and help you reach your fitness goals.

1. Tantra Fitness

(Photo: Tantra Fitness)

Tantra Fitness is a great place to get your sexy on…and to get a killer workout. This Vancouver based studio offers a range of pole, aerial circus, flexibility and group classes, and caters to all levels and schedules by offering punch cards, memberships and drop in at their four locations. Certified instructors pay close attention to technique and form to help students learn good habits from the ground up and will introduce you to muscles you didn’t even know you had!

2. The Hive

Have a fear of heights? Don’t worry! The North Vancouver and Main Street bouldering gyms offer a nice alternative to traditional top-line climbing walls. Simply drop in to get started: The Hive rents shoes and gives newbies an introduction to bouldering. For those that feel like they need a bit more instruction—or want to take their skills to the next level—the gym offers climbing courses and yoga classes. If you aren’t able to commit to a set of classes, the open atmosphere of the gym makes it easy to learn by observation or by chatting with experienced climbers. Open daily until until 11 p.m., there’s no excuse to not boost your grip strength to Hulk-like levels.

3. Barre Fitness

Barre fitness is in! With dozens of studios all over the city anyone can get those sexy, dancer arms. With the addition of light weights and Pilates exercises, barre fitness is a modern take on the classic dance warm-up. Barre classes focus on strengthening, engaging, and elongating, as well as general body alignment; it’s perfect for those wishing to increase flexibility and tone. Most studios offer a range of classes and times, making it easy to squeeze in a workout before work or during lunch break.

4. Axé Capoeira

(Photo:Axé Capoeira)

This rhythm based Afro-Brazilian martial art is a sure way to boost your cardio, strength and flexibility in a fun and social way. The crew at Axé Capoeira will not only kick your butt into shape, but also welcome you into the capoeira community and share their culture with you. This fast-paced cardio workout combines music, dance and acrobatics, that will have you kicking and jumping your way to a killer bod.

5. Vancouver Circus School

(Photo: Vancouver Circus School, Facebook) 

Were you one of those kids who wanted to run away to join the circus? For those of you that dreamed of flying high, it’s not to late! The array of classes at the Vancouver Circus School will allow you to swing big on the trapeze or go head-over-heels on the trampoline, challenging your balance, coordination and flexibility—while also reminding you of those pesky little muscles that go mostly unused. After just a few sessions, you’ll be ready to show off some impressive stunts at the beach this summer!

Have you tried any of these fitness classes? Let us know in the comments below!


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