THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS OURSand with it comes a lot of good food and free time to spend with friends and family. While spending time relaxing with our favorite people is a great way to de-stress and relax of our busy lives, it’s too the season to stay in shape. If Thanksgiving turkey and Grandma’s pumpkin pie excite you more than a stop at the gym or a session of squats at home, maybe it’s time to consider a wider range of options. fitness options among our always so varied town.
When looking for a new fitness routine, there are options to fit everyone’s comfort zone, or maybe even break it up a bit. From aerial silks to adult dance classes, flying trapeze classes and everything in between, check out our eight picks for unique fitness classes in Houston below. (And before you hit the studio, make sure your workout wardrobe is fresh with a few local-source threads.)
You don’t have to be an acrobat already to try your hand at aerial arts, which offer a great opportunity to develop core strength and flexibility through elegant, dance-like moves (while upside down in the tunes, no less). There are a variety of aerial fitness classes for all shapes, sizes and levels, starting with beginner-friendly introductions to adults, and even courses for children from six years old – who teach aerial silks, slingshot, trapeze, Lyra (a kind of aerial hula hoop) and cube classes, all different styles of acrobatics that you can check out for yourself on their instagram. AXIS also offers morning and evening pole course; another great way to build strength and confidence with a fun and, potentially, enticing fitness routine.
Contact Aerial Arts AXIS for more information on course prices.
This stylish River Oaks gym offers a mindful, wellness-focused approach to its cycling, yoga and barre classes. Their signature “bounce back” classes mix barre (which itself is a mix of pilates, yoga stretches, and a muscle-building cardio-intense ballet workout) and HIIT (it’s interval training high intensity, if you haven’t been out of the gym for a while) with mini trampolines – that’s right, mini trampolines. You’ll see all the effects of a regular gym workout and put less strain on your joints while bouncing back with weights and resistance bands. You can also find specialized courses like yoga hammock, a unique yoga class incorporating aerial fitness; and mind-ball rolling, a self-massage technique performed with props and yoga mats. Remote bonus: almost all courses offered in person are also available live on Zoom.
Studio class prices start at $24. Find more information on prices at DEFINE body & mind website.
When you want to get even more creative with your fitness routine, try an adult dance class you already have. point-d or tapped a toe. Beginner ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, and contemporary are all offered here, along with opportunities to develop your performance skills through advanced lessons, all taught by professional dancers (and Houstonians) with strong ties to the locals dance troupes and places that make our performing arts scene shine. You can also try aerial dancing here, in addition to pilates and yoga, and work your way up to landing a spot in one of their student showcases. You’ll be on stage in no time.
Prices for walk-in classes start at $20. Check Hunter Dance Center website for more information on course prices.
If you’re really looking to spend a quiet day in the Texas countryside with a relaxing Saturday morning yoga session – and maybe some four-legged friends – head to ROSE Therapeutic Farm in Fulshear this weekend for an hour of low-key yoga for stretching and sweating, and baby goats for ‘aww’. (No, we still ain’t done goat yoga.) After class, there will be mimosas and a farm tour, where you can meet other cute farm animals and relax even further away from your daily grind, because taking care of your inner health is also an important part of fitness.
Goat yoga class in ROSE Therapeutic Farm are $34.
This studio, with its bold and eclectic mix of dance, pole, yoga, weight training and aerobics classes (each with its own unique modern twist), may not be for everyone; but if you can find your niche here, you will find yourself in a supportive, exciting, and confidence-boosting environment. From belly dancing to twerking, salsa solo (no partner needed) to dance stiletto-heels not required, but strongly encouraged, if your aspirations are high Beyonce-the all-inclusive studio specializes in fun, high-energy classes that will test your strength, perhaps open up your sensual side, and help you achieve your fitness, yourself – love-worthy dance goals and/or music video.
Course prices start at $28. Find more pricing options at Inner Me Studios website.
Cirque du Soleil who? At Texas Circus and Aerial, you can actually take circus classes, where you’ll learn things like trapeze and flying trapeze, balance, juggling, and acrobatics, even if you’re not interested in it. clown college or if you’ve never had the chance. at. Let circus professionals teach you their craft through specialized classes, bungee fitness (a cardio workout that only takes place partially in the air), aerial silks, dance and barre, and yoga air (more details below). These classes are definitely more than a novelty – they are real workouts, beneficial for developing strength and flexibility, burning calories and working on balance. Plus, who wouldn’t want to add a fun new skill to their resume?
Prices for walk-in classes start at $30. Find more information about Texas Circus and Aerial website.
You have heard of yoga. And now you’ve heard of aerial silks. Isn’t it time someone combined the two in aerial hammock yoga? Most classes are all levels, even if you’ve never done yoga Where everything aerial before, and ranging from stretchy, relaxing and restorative yin classes, some of which also involve regular mat yoga and wall poses; to more dynamic and challenging routines incorporating barre, conditioning and aerial tricks. You can book a private or small-group session (six people maximum) at this cozy Montrose venue, or attend an upcoming Full Moon Workshop for a total cleaning for the coming month.
Course prices start at around $30. Find more pricing information at Air Yoga Houston website.
Maybe you tried martial arts as a kid but never made it past yellow belt. Or, maybe you took a few kickboxing classes before the pandemic, and never got back to it. Whether you’re a UFC super fan, looking to learn some self-defense skills, or just want to try something new, Revolution Dojo offers beginner and advanced MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) support classes. in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, capoeira, judo, and muay thai kickboxing at their Cypress, Heights, Katy, and EaDo sites. Local MMA professionals will tailor your training to suit your interests, whether it’s staying fit with cardio or losing weight, or working towards competition-grade fighting skills.
Contact Revolution Dojo for more information on course prices.