If working out has become too much like work, chances are you’re not having any fun. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20 percent of American adults get enough exercise. If you resolved to get fit in the new year, put down the remote and try something new and different, like indoor rock climbing, Sunday yoga, stroller strides, and even city surfing. These five unique fitness opportunities will help you get your sweat on in 2018 — and they might just remind you how much fun physical activity can be.
Surf's up for a beach bod: City Surf Fort Worth
Catch some imaginary waves in land-locked Fort Worth at City Surf. Using stationary surfboards that rock and sway, along with bands and body weight, participants can achieve a surf-inspired total body workout — ocean and wetsuit not required. Class formats include Ripcore and City Surf, both of which combine strength and cardio work; Big Kahuna, a strength class; and Pipeline, which aims to refine and tone. New clients get their first class for $15, and memberships start at $60 a month.
Babies on board: Fit4Mom
No sitter? No problem. Fit4Mom classes are specifically designed for moms to bring their babies along. Formats include Stroller Strides, a 60-minute, total-body workout utilizing the stroller for power walking, strength and toning work; and Stroller Barre, which blends ballet, Pilates, barre, and yoga. Since little ones tend to have short attention spans, Fit4Mom instructors also lead songs, games, and activities to keep them happy. Classes are primarily outdoors and currently take place at Wedgwood Baptist Church, the Trailhead at Clearfork, and the Grove at Waterside. There are also Fit4Baby classes for expectant mothers. Memberships are $70 monthly and include unlimited Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre and Fit4Baby classes. There’s a $99 registration fee, but until the end January, that fee is $20.18. Fit4Mom also offers an eight-week, high-intensity, Body Back Transformation workout and nutrition program ($299 plus registration fee) intended for new mothers looking to get back to pre-baby shape fast. Upcoming sessions begin February 12.
Climb every mountain: Summit
If barbells and treadmills bore you to tears, try indoor rock climbing. The total body workout promises to improve core strength and balance, and build upper and lower body muscles. Try it at the new Fort Worth location of Summit, which opened late last month. In addition to the indoor rock wall, Summit offers yoga and abs classes geared toward seasoned rock climbers or those looking to get started. Classes include Climber Flow Yoga, which incorporates balance work along with ankle and feet warm-ups and forearm and wrist stretches, and hip and shoulder classes that focus on opening these often tight areas. Day passes are $15, and memberships that include all classes are $60 a month or $650 for one year.
Stretch, sip, and shop: Sunday Ritual at OB Mac
Mark your calendar for noon on the first Sunday of each month. That’s when SoulSpace Yoga Community co-owner Lauren Wessinger will teach a rejuvenating yoga flow class inside the newly refurbished OB Mac building. Dubbed Sunday Ritual, the monthly event invites participants to nama-stay and sip mimosas and then shop local, holistic vendors in the 112-year-old building. The class is $20 and proceeds will benefit a different, local nonprofit each month. And while one yoga class a month won’t replace a regular workout routine, the gentle sweat session might be all that’s needed to inspire a more mindful month of wellbeing. The next one takes place February 4.
Short-term goal: Abundio’s Fit Society Transform Challenge
Some folks best meet goals with a start and end date on the calendar. That’s why Abundio’s Fit Society, new in the River District, is conducting a transform challenge from January 15-February 15. Participants will sweat, nourish, and commit to themselves for one month, no excuses. The program challenges registrants to visit the gym at least 16 times, complete a 30-day nutritional rebalancing and fat-burning supplement and meal plan, and encourage friends to support each other (there’s a $10 credit for each person you recruit). There’ll be a kickoff party, a post-challenge celebration, and a private Facebook group page for extra support and inspiration. Classes range from shadowboxing and high intensity interval training to yoga and TRX, plus there are punching bags, stair climbers, and plenty of outdoor space overlooking the Trinity River for endless exercise possibilities.