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10 Alternative fun workouts if you hate the gym

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With winter in full effect and the evenings getting darker, it can be a bit of a drain on motivation to hit the gym and get your sweat session on. 

Time to shake things up and think outside the box - are you feeling bored of your gym sessions and ready to try alternative workouts that are full of the fun factor?

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The gym: you either love it or hate it. Whether it’s the place for you or the place you’d rather avoid like the plague, it’s always good to keep your routines fresh. Mix it up, get variety into your weeks and keep the fun in fitness!

We’ve looked through what everyone’s been getting up to over the past weeks and found 10 alternative fun workouts if you hate the gym. From hula hooping to boxing, disco spinning to handstands - there’s something for everyone which really is worth sweating for.  

10 alternative fun workouts if you hate the gym

1. Aerial Hoop

Strengthen your core and your upper body with this fun workout! Using a steel hoop, dangle off the floor and bend, flip and swoop on this apparatus. With elements of yoga, dance and pilates, this conditioning workout will quickly increase your strength, stamina and tone your muscles.

As you improve, strike impressive static poses or perform dynamic moves to music - feel like an acrobat that’s run away to the circus! check-out our beginners guide to Aerial Hoop if you want to find out more.

2. Indoor Climbing and Bouldering

Hit the wall with a bunch of mates and feel the burn! Indoor climbing and bouldering make for a really fun workout - you’ll feel your legs, core, upper body and forearms working hard. It’s a great all-body alternative workout if you hate the gym!

Focus and strategise to figure your way up to the top, engage your muscles, leverage your body weight and have a laugh. A few hours can zip by and before you know it, your body is filled with a happy ache of a top workout.

If you want to improve your climbing skills, be sure to try out some yoga sessions - did you know yoga and climbing are the perfect match?

3. Disco Spin

Spinning is an intense cardio workout that ramps up your heart rate and works those legs. It can be tough - and damn sweaty - but one way to jazz up these classes is to go to disco spin. Filled with flashing lights, the odd disco ball and pumping music, lose yourself in the atmosphere and smash 45-minutes of disco fun! Working out is the new going out, dontcha know?

Find out more about what to expect at your first indoor cycling class if you're a complete newbie to spinning!

4. Hula Hoop

This colourful fitness craze makes for an epic cardio session! Spin the hoops, tone your core and dance to carnival tunes. It may look like fun and games, but it really does fire up your core. Embrace this childhood game and try out cool new moves as your skills increase…. Or just focus on keeping that hoop at your waist.

It’ll be targeting your abs, obliques, hips, butt and thighs, plus it will strengthen your lower back. Once you’ve nailed the shoop shoop of the hoop, perhaps try a weighted hoop?

5. Dance

Dancing is set to be a huge trend - it's cardio to the max but it doesn't feel like you're working out! Focus on the moves, bump 'n' grind to the beat and before you know it, you've been sweating for a whole hour.

From hip hop Turn'd Up dance classes and twerking to Barre and Scottish Country Dance (yes, there really is a class for that!), there's something for all. Whether you want to have poise like a ballerina or want to learn how to pop that booty, get dance into your routines and you'll be nailing cardio. Perfect for those allergic to HIIT.

6. Boxing

Talking of being a bad ass, have you tried boxing? Channel your inner Rocky, don the gloves and square up to the pads. By performing powerful punches at a fast pace, you’ll be targeting the whole body. Even better if you can throw in some high-kicks too!

Boxing workouts boost strength and cardio-respiratory fitness, plus improves balance, flexibility, reactivity and coordination. Known to be just as much of a hard-hitting cardio workout as running and cycling, you could blitz 200 calories in 30-minutes of bag punching!

Find out more about the health and fitness benefits of boxing workouts.

7. Aerial Silks

If Aerial hoop isn’t for you, but you want to try your hand at something that can build strength and flexibility, then give aerial silks a go! Another full-body workout that doesn’t involve hours at the gym, aerial silks calls on your upper body, core and flexibility. After a few classes of silks, you’ll feel and see improvements.

Why not have a look at our beginners guide to Aerial Silks and see if it’s worth sweating for? 

8. Handstand Classes

Ever fancied being able to pop a perfect handstand? It takes practise, core stability and upper body strength, so why not integrate handstand classes into your workout routines?

Handstand classes make for a fun alternative workout - in a session, you’ll focus on improving your core, correcting body alignment, increasing mobility and flexibility… and of course, all that hand balancing means your arms and shoulders will get a killer workout. Time to turn your world upside-down!

9. HIIT: Total Body Conditioning

When you’re sick of the gym but need an all-body workout that will blitz you to peak fitness, make use of quick 45-minute HIIT sessions. Designed to condition your entire body, these HIIT workouts will knock the wind out of you and give a fiery fitness session!

From squats to burpees, dumbbell curls to weighted lunges, you’ll be guided through ace high-intensity training that will improve your strength, stamina and cardio levels quickly. And being in a group fitness environment will certainly motivate and spur you on!

10. Broga Yoga

Dubbed the ‘fitness for men’, Broga can be enjoyed by all. Designed to challenge strength and flexibility, this intense yoga session will give you a solid workout and have the sweat pouring out of you.

With less of a focus on the spiritual side of yoga, Broga provides accessible postures and intense sequences in time with your breath. This fitness yoga will target all areas of your body and can help increase performance and capabilities in sports! Don't worry, you’ll still get to end it with well-deserved Savasana at the end.

Think outside the box and try out brand new workouts in 2018 - there’s a huge amount out there, beyond the gym, so jump on MoveGB and have a browse! Don’t forget, with one monthly membership you get access to 100s of different activities at venues that span across your city. You’ll never get bored and always have a variety of alternative fun workouts if you hate the gym. 

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Topics: Health and happiness, workout, Exercise, Heart Rate Training, Climbing, Balance, Bouldering, Sustainable Fitness, Avoiding Boredom

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