10 alternative ways to get fit in Surrey
PUBLISHED: 10:21 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:27 23 January 2018
Bored of going to the gym? Make 2018 the year you try one of these alternative ways in Surrey to get fit... even your dog can join in. Surrey Life has pumped iron and sweated buckets to bring you its top 10 zaniest workouts
Let your inhibitions go as you shimmy and wiggle your way through a BurleX class. Have some flirtatious fun with dance routines to popular Burlesque-style music, with the use of chairs and props. The 45-minute workout is great for cardio and toning, and improving body confidence.
Where: YMCA East Surrey, Princes Road, Redhill
When: Tuesdays, 6.15pm to 7pm
Cost: £5 for visitors/non-members
Tel: 01737 779979 or email email@example.com
Cross-country running with your four-legged friend ticks loads of boxes – you both get fit, it helps with training, encourages bonding and is social for both humans and dogs. Organised by experienced Canicross trainers who ensure the welfare of the dogs as well as the safety of humans, you can join in whether you have a pug or Rhodesian ridgeback.
Where: Eight locations across Surrey including Guildford, Godalming, Godstone and Richmond Park. See website for details.
Cost: Couch to 5K eight-week course for £20.
Tel: 01932 300345
3. Deep Water Fitness
If you have mastered your regular aqua fitness class, then why not let this class take you to a new level. Head to the deep end and tread water for 45 minutes using weighted attachments. It is low impact, so gentle on the joints, but gives a high cardiovascular workout. Suitable for all fitness levels, but probably best if you are a confident swimmer as your feet won’t be touching the bottom of the pool.
Where: Arena Leisure Centre, Camberley
When: 10am Mondays/9.45am Tuesdays
Tel: 01276 417111
4. Aerial Pilates
Take your Pilates routine to new heights in 2018. Use a ceiling-slung hammock to perform classical and contemporary Pilates exercises to build flexibility and muscle strength.
Where: The Fitness Hangout, Woodside Park, Catteshall Lane, Godalming
When: Wednesdays 10-11am
Cost: £10 taster session
Tel: 07779 110773
5. Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga
If you feel you’ve mastered your normal yoga class, then it’s time you tried this. The added challenge of balancing on the board and adapting to the water’s movement will enhance this fitness experience. It’s a water sport that hails from Hawaii, but might be best to try when the weather warms up a bit here.
Where: The Quays in Mytchett, between Frimley Green and Farnborough
When: Saturday 9-10am; Friday 7-8pm
Cost: £18 (or £13 if you have your own paddle board)
Tel: 01252 524375
6. Dog Yoga
This is a relaxation class for man’s best friend. Dogs are taught 30 postures to help them become calm. Dog yoga reduces anxiety, aids post-op recovery, helps with digestion and improves behaviour in anti-social dogs.
Where: Across Surrey for one-to-one classes, and Egham area for workshops
Cost: from £50 per session
Tel: Kirsten Dillen 07958 593482 or Emma’s Animals 07788 107086
If you love Zumba, then you’re going to be blown away with Bokwa, an innovative global fitness craze that combines customary African dance and Capoeira (a form of Brazilian martial art) Even if you have two left feet, Bokwa will have you dancing as you move around imaginary letters and numbers.
Where: Fullbrook Sport Centre, Selsdon Road, New Haw, Addlestone
When: Monday 7-8pm is Bokwa Dance. Thursday 7-7:45pm is Bokwa Tone & Core, using wrist weights and lots of squats and lunges.
Cost: Free trial class to all participants and then £5 after that.
Tel: 01932 348484
8. Bear Grylls Fitness Classes
Fans of Bear Grylls can emulate their hero’s workout with these obstacle course classes. Test yourself to the limits with assault ropes, Tarzan swings, tunnels and much more. The multi-level obstacle fitness course is suitable for 12-year-olds upwards. And don’t worry, you won’t have to eat any live larvae beetles or drink your own urine as there’s a café on site.
Where: Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park, Purley Way, Croydon
When: Every day
Cost: from £10.35
Tel: 0203 846 1386
9. Air Fitness
Release your inner trapeze artist with Aerial Sling or Aerial Hoop. Exercise the whole body with giant hammocks or hoops slung from the ceiling. There are classes for adults and children aged eight to 15. All the fun of the Big Top without having to run away to the circus.
Where: The Arc, Caterham Hill and at the Beacon Grove Shopping Centre, High Street, Carshalton
When: Mondays to Thursdays
Cost: £8 for 55 minutes sessions
Tel: 07506 674748
10. Aqua Cycling
Get splashing with this spin class in water. Stationary bikes are submerged in a pool, and you peddle away creating a full body workout that claims to burn calories and give cellulite a bashing. Surrey has the only two aqua centres outside of central London.
Where: Nuffield Health, Guildford and River Bourne Club, Chertsey
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Nuffield Health; Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at River Bourne Club
Cost: £89 for 10 sessions and £152 for 20 sessions both at Chertsey and Guildford
Tel: 07340 562398 or email firstname.lastname@example.org