15 Weird Ways To Exercise In Brisbane
Laughing on a unicycle riding backwards in downward dog position while chasing a snitch.
Quidditch, City Botanic Gardens
Harry Potter fans, this is not a drill. Ride a broomstick, throw a quaffle, chase the snitch – fulfil your dreams. The good news is it only costs $2 a game, brooms are provided and they round out the session by downing beers at the Guild Bar.
Mad Dance House, Brisbane CBD
Let Mad Dance House teach you how to pop, lock and drop it, with popping, locking, and krumping classes. A casual class is $18.80, or get unlimited classes for $27 a week.
Ultimate Frisbee, various locations
Ever wanted to play footy, soccer, basketball and everyone’s favourite beach sport – throwing a frisbee – all at once? Join Brisbane’s Ultimate Frisbee mixed league on Monday nights at various locations around the city. How can you resist with team names such as Risky Frisness and Discee Rascals?
No Lights No Lycra, West End & Windsor
Dance like nobody is watching, because well – no one can see you. No Lights No Lycra is essentially a sweaty, sober disco with the lights out. It started in Melbourne and has spread worldwide. Join the movement on Tuesday nights in West End or Thursday night in Windsor. Entry is $5.
Nordic Walking, Teneriffe
Can’t afford to visit Denmark, Finland or Norway? The next best thing is Nordic Walking in Brisbane. Grab yourself two Nordic Walking poles and join in regular classes with special exercises and stretches. Check the calendar for free “come-and-try” sessions.
Ramp Attak, Geebung
If you’re allergic to sunlight or it’s raining, Brisbane has an indoor skate park to keep you working on your kickflip. The best part is this place has rules, unlike your local public skate park, meaning that you’re less likely to be beaten up by a scooter gang. A casual session is $15.
FlightSkool, West End
Say namaste to your inner superman and take your warrior position to the skies at FlightSkool in West End. The yoga studio teaches “anti-gravity yoga” and costs around $72 for a four-week course.
Flipside Circus, Alderly
Swap dumbbells for the tightwire and the treadmill for a trapeze when you run away with the circus. Hoot Camp is run every Wednesday night in term blocks for $315. It’ll be worth the money when you pull out a new trick at the next house party.
Laughter Yoga, New Farm
Laugh your way to better health and wellness with Brisbane Laughter Club. It meets regularly in New Farm Park and costs just a gold coin.
Adrian Van Oyen’s 50 Dance Moves
You might know Adrian better for his Awkward Train Situations video, but it’s now time to try this eight-minute workout that’ll have you working up a sweat in no time. Bonus points for doing it in public spaces.
Spartan Race, Peak Crossing
Ever wanted to scale walls, run through mud, swim across dams, jump fires and climb ropes? WELL NOW IS YOUR CHANCE. If you wish to survive the August 15 Spartan Race in Brisbane, you best start training for it now.
Hot Hula Fitness, Wavell Heights
Like an aerobics step class crossed with a Shakira video – why not swivel those hips at Hot Hula Fitness. If you like to show off how uncoordinated your are in public places, sign up for a group class at these places.
Stretched for time? Combine your yoga, Pilates and ballet classes at a Barre class in Toowong. Compared to anti-gravity yoga and laughter yoga, this seems like the least left of field of the three. A casual class is $20, or 25-class pass equates to $13 each visit.
If you thought leg day at the gym caused you pain the next day, try a trampoline fitness class. The half-hour workouts will have you kissing solid ground by the end. It costs $18 a bounce session.
Ice Skating, Boondall or Acacia Ridge
The only place it’s guaranteed to be cold any time of the year in Brisbane is at one of the city’s two ice-skating rinks. “Cheap Skates” pay only $11 on Tuesday nights.