Top Ten Quirky Workouts


Grotto Climbing and Yoga, photo by Yelper Kam A

Did you make the “I’m going to get fit in 2016” resolution? Good for you. But before you join the many waiting in line for the favored elliptical at your big box gym, sign yourself up for one of these quirky workouts that will leave you in a sweat, with a smile.

We polled our Community Managers to determine some of the coolest workouts across the country. No activation fees required.

New York, NY: Surfset New York City

All aboard has a whole new meaning at Surfset. Surfset’s 45 minute classes atop a custom-made unstable surfboard emulate the core strength and balance required for the real deal.


Los Angeles, CA: Wildman Athletica

Ready to study badassery? Check out Wildman Athletica where you can train in practices like armored self-defense, aerial silks, sword combat, and kettlebells.


Chicago, IL: Sproing Sport

Started by two guys who loathe the traditional treadmill, Sproing offers 45 minutes classes that feature 30 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) on a revolutionary, soft surface Sproing Trainer. While the trainer is light on your joints, expect to torch up to 1,000 calories per class.


Houston, TX: NiaMoves

Upstage your inner five-year-old with NiaMoves’ Hoopdancing class. This upbeat, aerobic workout blends the invigoration of cardio with a mind-body connection while improving balance, flexibility, and core strength.


Philadelphia, PA: RowZone

Drop your ego and focus on your ergometer. RowZone offers a 45 minute, full-body rower based workout led by a positive, encouraging crew.


Scottsdale, AZ: Circus School of Arizona

Listen to your own ringmaster and experiment with classes in trapeze, contortion, aerial silks, and more.  Private classes, parties, and youth camps offer even more opportunities to hone your skills.


San Diego, CA: The Grotto Climbing and Yoga

Get ready to climb to new heights on The Grotto’s indoor and outdoor climbing walls. Classes and lessons are open to kids and adults alike, so bring along junior and watch her scale the boulders!


San Antonio, TX: The District

Whether you’re ready to try your hand at the ninja warrior obstacle course, find your footing at rock climbing, or stretch it out with acroyoga, The District has something to pique the interest of any fitness enthusiast.


Dallas, TX: Vertical Fitness

These challenging vertical workouts—aerial yoga, silks, lyra hoop, pole fitness—will test your strength and flexibility. Instructors teach courses to newbies, professional competitors, and everyone in between.


Santa Cruz, CA: Venture Quest Kayaking

Grab a group of buds and schedule a Surf Kayaking class. Taught by former World and National Champion, Dave Johnston, this challenging class will take your kayak skills to the next level.