Alternative fitness classes

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Want a workout but are bored of the gym? You’re not alone. 1 in 7 people in the UK have a gym membership; yet the average person wastes £480 a year by not actually going!

Gym workouts can get a bit repetitive: start on the treadmill, before heading over to the cross trainer, the rowing machine, lifting some weights…

In order to stick with exercising, you need to actually enjoy it. The calories burnt from it are just an extra bonus.

If you want to work out, but the thought of the gym bores you to tears then read on – these alternative fitness classes could be the answer.

River dancing

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Irish Dancing

Irish dancing is great for not just your legs, but your core. A strong core helps with posture and balance; and it also means that when you dance, your kicks will get higher.

Don’t live in Ireland? That’s not a problem – you’ll find an Irish club most places in the UK, and these tend to have Irish dancing classes. There are also several Irish dancing schools across the country, and whilst most of them compete competitively; they may also have adult dancing classes.

It’s also seen as a social activity, so you can have a laugh along the way. With set routines lasting around 5 minutes; you’ll constantly be jumping with lots of kicks so you’ll burn off the calories without even realising!



A craze that swept the nation a few years ago, its fitness benefits has meant it’s firmly here to stay, and is a great alternative to your gym routine.

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it means that rather than trying out a form of more “gentle” exercise for say an hour; you give 100% effort through short, intense bursts of exercise.

Classes have different exercises each time so that the body doesn’t get used to it – perfect if you don’t like monotony!

By keeping your heart rate up, you burn more fat in less time, with classes usually lasting about 30 minutes. It also burns more calories after exercising – watch out for the post-burn that kicks in the day after!

You’ll find that the majority of gyms and clubs across the country offer HIIT classes – you can even find classes and routines on YouTube if you’d rather try it at home. Just don’t forget have a bottle of water to hand – you’re going to need it!

Hula hoop

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Hula Hooping

No longer just a fond memory from your childhood; hula hooping is back as a great – and really fun – form of exercise.

Even if you can’t keep a hoop spinning around your hips for more than two seconds, going to class can help you spin for longer. It will also help with coordination and posture; and the cardio workout specifically targets your abs.

To be fair, if you have a hula hoop anyway you can probably do this at home. However, attending a few classes can be worth it just to pick up any hints and tips – plus doing it as a group can be more motivating than being by yourself.

Hula hooping as a fitness class has steadily been growing, with classes popping up across the UK. Hula Fit is one of the more well-known companies, offering classes in London, Nottingham and Leamington Spa, with other branches due to open soon.



Not just an Olympic sport, fencing is more accessible than you think – find a list of courses near you on British Fencing.

As well as helping you develop physically, you’ll also need to think tactically as you challenge your opponent. 

Fencing builds strength and endurance – you’ll constantly be moving on your feet, involved in attacks and counter attacks.

The tactical element can also be a great stress reliever as rather than focussing on your personal life, you’ll constantly be thinking about your next move, or trying to predict what your challenger will be doing.

Workout at home

Workout at home!

If you don’t have the time or want to save money, then you can still get a good workout at home, all thanks to YouTube! You can find tutorials on all kinds of fitness classes – from traditional Pilates and aerobics, to HIIT, different types of dancing and more.

Just take your pick and work up a sweat in your living room! If you have difficulty staying motivated, then working out with a friend can be a great incentive so that you’re not letting each other down. Find out more free fitness ideas here.

Let us know if you have any other alternative fitness class suggestions – we’d love to hear from you! You can also check out the latest money saving and lifestyle tips on our blog.

All information was correct at the time of writing.

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