Alternative exercise

For lots of us, the act of paying for a gym membership can often feel like we're throwing our precious pennies into a fire.

With the new age of 2018 upon us, we've decided to banish the gym contract chains and think outside the box, and so, we proudly present, our round up of alternative ways to exercise in 2018. These will not only spice up your fitness lifestyle, but have you kick-starting that New Year's resolution to stay or become active with blood-pumping, sweat-dripping gusto. From hula-hooping to working your way around a pole, there's something for everyone prepared to go a little off the beaten track.



CircusMASH offer circus training, workshops, classes and more for the region. Their special blend of circus is used to build confidence, self-esteem & reliance as well as teaching you a brand new skill or simply strengthening a pre-existing one. From aerial silk masterclasses, hula-hooping, dynamic rope skills to general circus skills, they have courses throughout the year, ranging from drop-ins to prepaid courses. With something to suit everyone, the CircusMASH  website is well worth an explore to see what other strings you could be adding to your bow in 2018.


Bear Grylls Adventure at The NEC

Due to open in 2018, Bear Grylls Adventure, the world's first adventure experience, is not one for the faint hearted. You won’t have to travel the world to discover the most exhilarating, mental and physical challenges. Visitors will be able to Dive, Climb, iFLY (indoor skydiving) and walk the highest free-roam high ropes in Europe. At Basecamp, everyone can learn and practice the skills needed for any great adventure in a selection of four group and individual challenges. The Adventure site has been designed to incorporate the excitement of Bear’s real-life adventures across mountains, deserts and jungles around the world in order to let guests test and push themselves. For more info on this multi-million pound attraction, see here.



For strength of mind and body, try your hand at the different types of Yoga available in Birmingham. Yogahaven provide a city centre location with classes throughout the day and a variety of yoga on offer. Renowned for their hot yoga, it's a great place to understand the basics of such exercise, or why not unwind from everyday hassles with a Candlelit fusion class, where hot yoga is explored by candlelight and meditative music. Outside of the city centre, hot spots for Yoga include The Birmingham Yoga Studio at Moseley Buddhist Centre, with varying levels of expertise from beginners, mixed levels to intermediate.



Clubbercise is a phenomenon that has joined us from across the pond in Australia. The classes are taught in a darkened room with disco lights and LED glow sticks set to a soundtrack of old and new club hits. A fusion of dance, toning and combat moves with high/low impact options for all fitness levels, one class burns around 600 calories. For more info on where these classes take place in and around the region, see their website here.


Pole dancing

Pole dancing classes are a great option if you want to improve your strength and flexibility as well as helping you to lose any unwanted weight. At Body Synergy classes in Birmingham, you can start as a complete beginner, even if you have never done any form of exercise as they have something for everyone. Their classes work step-by-step, through the syllabus at a comfortable pace. If you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can also take graded examinations and receive certificates upon completion of each syllabus stage. Whether you’re there for the fun of it or working towards an accreditation, see Body Synergy for more info here.


Parks & Countryside

Birmingham prides itself on the amount of beautiful green space we have in the city, as well as our proximity to the rolling hills of the countryside. With so much green space at our disposal, there is a plentitude of places to enjoy walks, runs, team activites and more. For more info on where to find these spots as well as cycle routes and canal spots to enjoy waterside strolls and cycles, see our page on Parks & Countryside here.


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