If your new years resolution to keep fit didn’t last long, you’re not alone. By mid-February, as many as 80% of new gym members have stopped going. So for those of you looking to get into shape this 2015, we’ve curated 10 alternative fitness activities that are unusual, fun and entertaining.
Hula hooping is not just a fun activity for kids, but a good work out too. The Hula Hoop Institute, based in KL and Bali, avows the benefits of hooping, from body toning to building of core strength. Did you know that the hoop could even be rotated around other body parts including the knees and toes?
Monthly group classes priced at RM150, or RM45 for one session. Classes are available for a limited time offer until February 22 only, and will be subsequently resumed later in 2015.
The Middle East Dance Academy; A3-3-3A, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas, KL 50480, Malaysia. Classes on Sun 2.30-3.30pm, Wed 7.30-8.30pm.
At Jumpstreet, Malaysia’s first indoor trampoline park, you can develop muscular and cardiovascular strength as you defy gravity through the numerous jump areas. This is an activity that’s perfect for athletes as you get to practice your stunts. Instructors are always available on standby to assist jumpers. You can also hone your jump skills by signing up for the classes available, including dodgeball and jump aerobics.
Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm; Thurs 10am-9pm; Fri 10am-12mn; Sat-Sun, 9am-9pm. RM20-25 per hour, RM17- RM 22 for second hour. (RM4.50 for mandatory purchase of grip socks)
8a, Jalan 13/6 Seksyen 13, 46200 PJ.
Conquer your fear of heights by taking on the rock-covered walls at Camp 5 and improve your balance at the same time. Participants are assisted during guided climbing sessions by the experienced staff to prevent injuries, whilst private coaching sessions are also available for all climbers. Beginners at rock climbing can attempt the taster session which brings climbers through a 1 hour guided climb. After that, take it up a notch with Camp 5’s basic wall.
Open Mon-Fri 2pm-11pm, weekends and public holidays 10am – 8pm. Member day pass RM30 for adults, RM20 for students, RM14 for youth and kids under 8 enter for free.
EZ501 5th Floor, 1 Utama Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama Damansara, PJ 47800.
At Blade Fencing Club KL, not only will learn to master this tradition form of combat art, you’ll also be able to let off some steam and keep fit. Fencing is now a sport for all ages to partake in and is a great cardiovascular workout. It improves flexibility, reflexes, agility and aim accuracy. Blade Fencing Club offers training programs for both beginner and intermediate levels and provides four strip training facilities for all members to enjoy the sport.
Blade Fencing Club’s operating hours depend on the class schedule and are usually set from Mon-Fri 4pm – 10pm, Sat-Sun 10am – 5pm. Classes are priced at RM240 per month, 1 class a week with a duration of 2 hours each.
Blade Fencing Club, suite D1-G3-2, Solaris Dutamas, 1 Jalan Dutamas, KL 50480.
At the Toden Dance Theatre, a variety of dance classes are taught from Chinese opera movement, handkerchief dance classes to ribbon dance classes. Ribbon dance is a joyful and colourful exercise. Similar to basic dancing, ribbon dancing is a fantastic cardiovascular workout that also aims to improve ones’ flexibility and tone body muscles from neck-to-toe.
Classes available upon request.
Toden Dance Theatre, 16, Jalan Ria Taman Kajang Ria, Kajang 43000.
Ever tried yoga upside down with the support of a hammock? If you’re feeling a bit adventurous, flyoga could be your forte. Strengthening every part of your body from your neck to your toes, flyoga helps you understand your body and reach exceptional flexibility while eliminating limitations. “Four month of flyoga at Dreams Dance Studio, and you’ll be able to do splits in the air and on the ground with ease,” says Reiko Soo, founder of Dreams Dance Studio.
Dreams Dance Studio is open from 8am – 10pm daily. Monthly sessions are priced at RM160 (4 classes per month).
Dreams Dance Studio, no. 37C, jalan SS 15/4, Subang Jaya 47500.
Indoor Water Gym
For an unconventional workout experience, try doing gym in the pool! The first local indoor water gym offers actual gym equipment such as treadmill, a bike and more. Instead of sweating on the treadmill, you’ll keep cool in the pool. In water workout, the low impact exercise benefits those who have injuries, arthritis, and back and joint pain. Adults can opt for three main types of exercises offered while babies have their own classes too.
Open on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (10am-7pm) ; Tuesday and Thursday (10am-9pm) ; Weekends are closed for mother and baby classes. Packages include “Once a Week” (RM80/month) and “Unlimited Access” (RM150/month) and Walk-in (RM30/entry) and Personal Training (RM420 for 8 sessions).
3, Jalan SS4D/2, Petaling Jaya 47301, Selangor (beside LRT Kelana Jaya).
The point of parkour is to move from point A to point B as fast as possible. The catch? You must only use your body and the existing environment. With health benefits like increasing your fitness level as well as physical and mental strength, parkour requires dedication and creativity as you move through your surroundings with vaults, rolls, jumps and more.
Professional free-running team in Malaysia, Alpha Movements (IG: @TheAlphaMovements) offers Parkour classes besides providing professional services like live performances and TV commercials. Classes are conducted on every Sunday, four times a month in Bandar Sunway. The basics will be taught to first-timers before progressing onwards.
E-mail [email protected] to register for classes.
Swim like a mermaid
Sounds pretty far-fetched but believe it or not, you can actually transform into a mermaid (or merman) in just a few lessons. DolphinLee Aquatics is a one-stop center for aquatic needs and an established swimming school in Klang Valley. The mermaid program which started out as a conservation project for aquatic life, is specially catered to those who wish to live out their fantasies of being a mermaid and still benefit health-wise like improving hip movement, stamina and breathing, as well as building core muscles. Swish your mer-tail to better health once a week, four times a month.
For further enquiries on lessons, e-mail [email protected] Registration fees (for first-timers) are priced at RM50 and Mermaid lessons are RM 150 per month.
Klang Executive Club, Persiaran Bukit Raja 2, Bandar Baru Klang, 41150 Klang.
A dance that is usually associated with ‘exotic’ dancing has now become a widely popular total body workout that not only gets you into really good shape but it helps when it comes to appreciating and feeling confident with your own body. Bobbi’s Pole Studio Malaysia that originated from Australia also offers specialty classes like lap dancing/striptease, floor work and funky pole grooves, one hour a week. Pole dancing is perfect for those who are looking to gain core strength and a lean body through fun, addictive classes that explores your sensual side.Fees available upon request.
Bobbi’s Pole Studio, 58-2 Jalan Maarof, Bangsar Baru, 59100 KL.
Photo credits: Jumpstreet, The Hula Hoop Institute, Camp5, Blade Fencing Club, DolphinLee Aquatics and Yuthika Peiris
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