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10 alternative ways to get fit in Surrey

PUBLISHED: 10:21 03 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:27 23 January 2018

Aerial Hoop exercise. Picture by jovanjaric/Thinkstock

Aerial Hoop exercise. Picture by jovanjaric/Thinkstock


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

1. BurleX

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 stuart.reeks@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

Web: ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

Gain body confidence with Burlex at the YMCA Gain body confidence with Burlex at the YMCA

2. Canicross

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

Web: dogfit.co.uk

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

Cost: £5.65

Tel: 01276 417111

Web: placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/arena-leisure-centre/

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

Web: thefitnesshangout.co.uk

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

Web: quays.co

Paddle Board Yoga. Picture by ADlong/Thinkstock Paddle Board Yoga. Picture by ADlong/Thinkstock

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

Web: therealdogyoga.co.uk

7. Bokwa

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

Web: bokwafitness.com

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

Web: oxygenfreejumping.co.uk

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

Web: activeairfitness.co.uk

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 info@wetbikes.co.uk

Web: wetbikes.co.uk

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