Unique Ways to Get Fit in Austin

If you're anything like us...


The idea of hustling over to the gym makes you want to cry big, fat tears. Don't worry, though, we've got your back (and your abs, legs, thighs, and arms, for that matter). Check out the myriad ways you can stay fit in Austin without lifting a single weight.






Photo via facebook / Sky Candy


TRAPEZE CLASSES

GOOD FOR: STRENGTH TRAINING; CONDITIONING; TONING; FULL BODY WORKOUT


Our Pick: Sky Candy


Sky Candy offers a great drop-in class for people who have never done any aerial work before. The knowledgeable instructors will guide you through trying your hand at Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock, Trapeze, and Lyra (a big metal ring). After you’ve decided which apparatus fits you best, you can sign up for one of their four-week workshops built around that apparatus.


Other studios offering trapeze classes: Circus of Hope




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QUIDDITCH TEAMS


GOOD FOR: ENDURANCE; CONDITIONING; CARDIO; FULL BODY WORKOUT


Our Pick: Texas Secede League


It's not just for Hogwarts students anymore, folks. Austin is home to several Muggle Quidditch teams that are open to the public. It's pretty much just like wizard quidditch, except you can't fly and the balls used in gameplay aren't enchanted. But it's still a hell of a lot of fun. Texas Secede League's summer quidditch league costs just $20 to join, and is casual enough for newbies to the sport to get acquainted while having a great time. 


Other Quidditch teams in Austin: Major League Quidditch Outlaws (summer league); Texas Cavalry, Texas Hill Country Heat, Lone Star QC (year-round teams)


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POLE DANCING CLASSES


GOOD FOR: STRENGTH TRAINING; CONDITIONING; FLEXIBILITY; TONING


Our Pick: soFly Social


Pole dancing has officially left the strip club, and now also resides in boutique fitness studios like soFly Social. In an empowering environment, this style of dance is a next-level workout that will improve your strength, flexibility, and confidence. This studio offers classes for absolute beginners and up, as well as all-level fluidity movement classes.


Other studios offering pole dancing classes: VAMPS Dance, Minx + Muse, Brass Ovaries


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Photo via Blue Lapis Light


AERIAL SILK CLASSES

GOOD FOR: STRENGTH TRAINING; CONDITIONING; TONING; FULL BODY WORKOUT


Our Pick: Blue Lapis Light


If you dipped your toe into Sky Candy’s aerial intro course and found yourself head over heels (probably literally) for Aerial Silks, we encourage you to check out Blue Lapis Light. Lapis promises full-body conditioning, core strengthening, and building muscle. You also get a unique hobby and a killer bod.


Other studios offering aerial silks classes: Sky Candy, Four Elements, Brass Ovaries




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NONTRADITIONAL YOGA CLASSES


GOOD FOR: STRENGTH TRAINING; CONDITIONING; TONING; FULL BODY WORKOUT


Our Pick: GOGA Goat Yoga


There are plenty of awesome yoga studios around Austin (check out our guide to Where To Yoga here for a few of the best). But this is Austin, y'all. There are tons of studios and companies offering unique twists on regular ol' yoga. Check out Vino Vinyasa's events around town, where yoga and wine tasting are bundled together for the ultimate good vibes. If doing yoga without the company of cute baby animals just isn't cutting it for you these days, try goat yoga, which you can find at GOGA. Mix it up and try something new!


Other studios offering nontraditional yoga classes: Mind Body Yoga, Yogapeutics, other yoga events






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BARRE

GOOD FOR: TONING LEGS, ABS, BUTT


Our Pick: Barre3


If you’ve always wanted to be a prima ballerina but lacked the discipline, funds, or ability to stay away from carbs required to do so, barre is perfect for you. It combines the best elements of ballet and pilates for a workout that tones and lengthens all your muscles. Prepare to stand (and literally be) taller after your workouts here.


Other studios offering barre classes: MOD Barre, Pure Barre, The Bar Method






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ROCK CLIMBING CLASSES

GOOD FOR: FULL BODY WORKOUT, STRENGTH TRAINING, UPPER BODY, CONDITIONING


Our Pick: Crux Climbing Center


Crux has it all: Rock climbing walls, bouldering walls, a bouldering cave with overhead hangs, and an auto belay. They also have a mini gym upstairs where you can train with traditional weights or build up your grip strength. All of their instructors are very knowledgeable and happy to help you perfect your climbing techniques. They also offer classes on everything from how to fall properly to how to top rope safely.


Other climbing gyms: Austin Bouldering Project, North Austin Rock Gym




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GROUP BIKE RIDES

GOOD FOR: CARDIO, LEGS, ENDURANCE


Our Pick: Thursday Social Ride


Love biking in Austin but don’t want to do it alone? There are SO MANY groups for that in Austin. (Just so many.) People in this city love their bike culture almost as much as their beer, and it shows. There’s a group bike ride almost every night of the week, and the majority of them end at a café or a bar. The Thursday Night Social Ride is the biggest group ride in the city. About 300 people get together to do it every week. The group rides to various locations to swim, play games, and do some good old-fashioned hanging out. After that, they ride some more before arriving at that week’s host bar and getting drink specials.


Follow the Facebook group for details.


Other rad weekly rides: Moonlight Cruise, Biking Betties, Saturday Caffeine Cruise


Be sure to check out our Biking Guide to Austin, as well. 




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DANCE LESSONS

GOOD FOR: LEGS, LOOKING CLASSY


Our Pick: Dance Lessons at The White Horse


If you’ve lived in Texas for any amount of time, you know two-stepping is a necessary social skill. The White Horse offers free (free!) two-step lessons every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at 7 pm. They also offer free (did we mention free?) Blues dance lessons every Tuesday night at 7 pm and free swing dance lessons every Wednesday night at 7 pm. No partner is required – the lessons are very popular and random bar patrons often get involved. We highly recommend strapping on your cowboy boots and preparing yourself for a night of high-kicking fun. 


Other places offering dance classes: Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Dance Austin Studio, Broken Spoke




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SELF-DEFENSE CLASSES

GOOD FOR: FULL BODY WORKOUT, CONDITIONING, STRENGTH TRAINING


Our Pick: Austin Self-Defense


Want to get in shape and learn how to kick some serious butt at the same time? Self-defense classes could be perfect for you. Krav maga is the Israeli army’s hand-to-hand combat training. It’s designed to be used effectively by anyone – young, old, small, large. It focuses less on spirituality and more on real-world fight situations. This is the martial art to learn if you want to know how to effectively disable an opponent using any means necessary.


Other self-defense programs: C.O.B.R.A. Police Academy for Civilians, Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Classes offered by UT PD, and Chen Tai Chi Association of Austin



More Great Unique Ways To Get Fit:


Lache Movement Co.

8868 Research Blvd #701


A truly nontraditional gym that combines pole, aerials, parkour, obstacle training AND acrobatics all in one space!


ATX Bike Polo Social Club


An urban version of everyone's favorite sport for rich people, Bike Polo is sort of like hockey played on a bike. Austin's club is 10 years strong, and happy to show you the ropes. They play a couple of times a week, but Sunday afternoons are the most consistent. The sport is gender-inclusive and welcoming to all skill levels! Find out more here.


No Lights No Lycra at Guan Yin Teahouse

3402, 4706 N IH 35


This judgment-free dance party happens every week on Mondays, and it's a great way to work up a sweat without having to stare at your sweaty face in the mirror. NLNL is much less boring than jogging - bring your friends and get your groove on!


Camp Gladiator

Various Locations


This outdoor fitness program for adults utilizes spaces like parks, churches, and schools for their four-week workout camps. With around 600 locations in the Austin area, there's sure to be a place near you to break a sweat with Camp Gladiator.




Know of a great way to stay fit in Austin without setting foot in a traditional gym? Let us know! 

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