The alarm goes off and you groan. The gym gear is sitting on the edge of your bed and you just know you have to haul ass and go for the same run past the same trees, dodge the same yappy dog straining against his leash and side-step the same early morning fitness-freaks. You’re stuck in a fitness rut and you need some fitness hacks, STAT.
But what if we told you exercise could be fun? Different? And best of all, isn’t in a sweaty, stale gym. Get ready to smash up your routine with our Brisbane fitness hacks.
Who knew everyone’s favourite childhood pastime could pass as exercise? Trampolining is our number one fitness hack. In fact, bouncing up and down can be 68 per cent more effective than jogging. In Skyzone’s Skyfit class, qualified group fitness instructors will challenge you with moves to attack fat, tone muscles and enhance flexibility. You can burn up to 1000 calories in just one hour from jumping on a trampoline. Choose from Tightbum, Cross Jump, Core Fit and Suspend classes to get your heart pumping and your muscles burning. Prices start at $15 for a single 30-minute session.
544 Kessels Road, Macgregor
Don’t be fooled: boxing is not just for body-builder tough types, it's the perfect hack to get you out of your rut. Slapping on a pair of gloves and pounding out all our rage and stress in a controlled environment is an excellent way to get fit and promote an increase in metabolism. Located in Toowong, 12RND Fitness mixes cardio and boxing for a fast paced circuit that will help you burn off that six-pack of doughnuts and carve a six-pack of abs. Join the session at any time during opening hours and you’re sure to be as fit as Ronda Rousey in no time (note: you may not be as fit as Ronda, she’s crazy fit. Like, ca-razy).
29 High St, Toowong
3 No Lights No Lycra
Dance like no one is watching, literally. This is one of the best fitness hacks because it feels like you're not exercising at all. It's a dance class for all those not blessed with rhythm or hand-eye co-ordination. This class has no choreography, no teachers, no technique, no lycra and, you guessed it, no lights. This is a space where you can go completely wild and move to the beat of your own drum. For the small price of $5 you can express yourself through your dance moves in a judgement-free zone and burn off those calories while shaking it off.
71 Jane St, West End
4 Cardio Tennis
It’s exactly what it sounds, tennis with some intense cardio. This high-energy movement includes a 10-15 minute warm up; 30-minute cardio segment and 15 minute cool down. Be inspired by the upbeat music; check your fitness levels and calorie burning with heart-rate monitors. Women can burn up to 500 calories and men up to 800 in this hour-long workout. As well as improving your fitness, you’ll gain some mad hand-eye coordination and tennis skills.
Multiple locations across Brisbane
If you’re a thrillseeker then running or gymming it just won’t cut it. You need a high-adrenalin exercise to keep you interested in moving your butt. Enter abseiling. Kangaroo Point is the place to be for adventurous exercise and there are few things more adventurous than dangling off a cliff for sport. Riverlife Brisbane runs abseiling sessions led by qualified and experienced instructors. You’ll be given a helmet, harness, rope and gloves, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm and courage. Session prices start from $30. Warning, not for those afraid of heights. Obviously.
Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point