Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part II

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This week, we’re talking about fitness alternatives that keep you inside and out of the cold and rain. If you missed Part I, check it out here and then read on for five more indoor fitness alternatives to the gym in Vancouver.

Circus Arts
Ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Turns out you don’t have to run away from home to learn the tricks of the trade. Circus schools teach acrobatics, aerial silks, aerial hoop, trapeze, and even how to ride a unicycle! Circus arts can help build strength, balance, and flexibility, maintain overall physical fitness, and sharpen gross and fine motor coordination. You can train with Vancouver Circus School in New Westminster, North Vancouver, and Abbotsford, or with CircusWest at the PNE.

Racquetball & Squash
Racquet sports are high intensity sports that can help improve stamina, strength, cardiovascular fitness, and hand-eye coordination, as well as tone up arms and legs. An hour of racquetball or squash can burn between 600-850 calories, depending on the intensity of the game. There is an abundance of places to take lessons and play racquetball and squash in Vancouver, including eight community centres in the city, Vancouver Racquets Club, Denman Fitness, Bentall Centre Athletic Club, Arbutus Club, Jericho Tennis Club, Terminal City Club, and Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club.

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Parkour is a discipline developed in France that teaches using only your body and surroundings to quickly and efficiently overcome obstacles in your environment. You may have seen parkour in action films such as Casino Royale, with the bad guys leaping from building to building and off of balconies and out of windows. Origins Parkour & Athletic Facility is Vancouver’s first and only parkour training facility. They have beginner to advanced classes and train everyone from adults to kids in tricking, gymnastics, strength, and conditioning. With parkour, you can learn everything you need to know about navigating and manipulating your environment.

Pole Dancing
Yes, you read that right! Pole dancing is not just for the clubs anymore. Pole dance, or pole fitness, as it’s been increasingly called, has grown by leaps and bounds as a sport in the past decade. Pole dance is a body weight resistance exercise, and combines strength training, fat burning and stretching. It can help improve physical strength, tone up muscles, and increase flexibility and balance. You can try pole dancing at Tantra Fitness or Pole Dance Studio.

If you grew up in Canada, it’s very likely you tried skating or hockey at some point. With winter coming, it’s the perfect time to lace up your skates and hit the ice once again. If you’ve never skated before, you can take lessons at eight community centres in Vancouver and at UBC, as well as join drop-in skating or hockey. While it’s not totally indoors, Robson Square also has a covered ice rink (no lessons or hockey) that will open in mid-November.

We’ve still got a few more suggestions, so stay tuned for Part III!

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