Why rely on boring gym routines to stay fit? Devika Pathak picks four cool workouts that will bring the fun back into getting fit
Take the aerial route
Lara Saluja at one of her sessions. Pic/ Satej Shinde
Tangerine is a multi-disciplinary arts studio in Bandra that provides a variety of alternative workouts. Their roster includes zumba, jazz, ballet and meditation flow exercises, which are a fun and refreshing break to a treadmill and weights. One of the classes we found especially interesting is the Aerial Silk and Antigravity Yoga class led by Lara Saluja. Here you will stretch and strengthen your core without putting pressure on your joints and back. Swaths of silk fabric will help you suspend mid-air and perform yoga like you’ve never seen it before.
At: 9, 2nd Floor, Rukhsana, next to Puja Casa, Ambedkar Road, Bandra.
Session: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7.15 pm onwards
Perfect for: The yoga buff looking for ways to enhance practice and posture
Bounce off a trampoline
Various workout options make trampolining a fun session . Pic/Shadab Khan
Led by Hetall Mandiwala, Frequencee hosts a range of innovative and invigorating fitness experiences. Result oriented classes mean that you'll be firing up your metabolism and working your core in every class. Mandiwalla, a veteran, who’s been in the fitness field for over 12 years, has programmes and workout routines that include dance, core exercises, toning, strengthening and ab workouts all under one roof. One of the classes that you must try is the trampolining class where you’ll combine the fun of bouncing around with a serious workout. Some studies have revealed that you can burn off the same number of calories in a trampolining session in 10 minutes as with 30 minutes of jogging. This activity impacts core areas like the muscles and torso.
At: The Plaza, 145, 1st Floor, Hughes Road, opposite Ghanasingh & Sons, behind Dharam Palace
Time: Thursdays, 6pm onwards
Perfect for: When you want to add fun to a regular workout routine
Pick up the Kettle bell
Kettle bell training. Pic/ Prabhanjan Dhanu
Cindy Jourdain, a former professional ballerina, teaches a fat-scorching boot camp where she combines aspects of CrossFit and dance to increase strength, stamina and mobility. A qualified personal trainer, you’ll find music egging on participants as it keeps the heart rate up. She also hosts specialised workshops like kettle bell training where the aim is to make weight lifting available to all. With an emphasis on form and technique, it’s ideal to try a variety of workouts in one class.
At: The Space, Jeeva Bungalow, 14 Silver Beach Estate, AB Nair Road, Juhu.
Sessions: Multiple timing options
Perfect for: If you wish for a model figure by sweating it out with a range of movements
Sign up for bootcamp
Bootcamp in Cooperage. Pic/Bipin Kokate
Sagar Singh Prabhakar began playing football when he was eight, and captained the India’s Under-19 soccer team as well. A certified CrossFit instructor, Sagar works with corporates, children, and regular folks to help provide intelligent fitness solutions. With a major focus on rehabilitation and injury prevention, he began this training to get people out of the gym and enjoy a community-style workout. He adopts various training methods to burn calories and increase mobility. The activities focus on speed, agility, coordination and stamina that are fun, and open to enthusiasts of all levels.
At: Cooperage turf, Colaba.