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Six alternative fitness classes to get your heart racing

IS IT starting to feel like you have a long-term relationship with your treadmill? Getting bored of taking the same workout classes over and over again? Then you need to change up your exercise routine.

Health and fitness expert Donna Noble says: “Just like the fashion industry the fitness industry evolves and brings with it a new season of alternative or updated workouts.”

Anyone looking for alternative workouts to keep in shape, won’t be disappointed as there is so much choice available out there. See how you can have fun whilst working out with these alternative exercise classes:



No longer is this in the domain of celebrities like Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj. This dance phenomenon has become a fitness craze, and a twerk session is a serious workout. The dance cardio class combines low-impact aerobic conditions with a sexy mix of dynamic dance choreography to help tone the butt and legs. How often can you take your gym moves into the clubs? Visit:



Dance, jump and wine away those unwanted calories. This is a great cardiovascular workout done in a fun and addictive way. You won’t want to stop moving as the soca vibes transforms your body with a mix of Caribbean-style dance moves. It is fun and suitable for all age ranges - the moves can be adapted to all physical abilities. You don’t have to be familiar with the dance to take part. It’s like being at the Notting Hill Carnival no matter the time of year! Visit:



Hooping is known to be a fantastic way to tone that troublesome tummy area, but there are many other benefits that can be gained from spinning the humble hoop, namely improved strength, coordination and calorie burning as well as the undeniable enjoyment factor. Ten minutes of waist hooping can burn up to 100 calories, so spin steady, spin fast, and you will get a mega calorie blast! Visit:



If you like the ideal of a fitness class that feels more like a night out than a workout then your are going to love Clubbercise. Fun, easy-to-follow dance fitness routines using rave glow sticks to the club anthems from 90s’ classics to the latest chart hits taught in a darkened room with disco lights. During a 60-minute class you can burn up to 500 calories. This is proving incredibly popular as classes are packed up and down the country, catering for all fitness levels. Visit:



This is a gentle body-positive form of yoga. Described as 'curvy yoga' this class is for all sizes, genders and fitness levels. The postures are modified and props are used so that all abilities are able to enjoy the many benefits of yoga. These classes are proving to be popular as they are showing that everybody is a yoga body. Visit:



Pole dancing is a fantastic form of exercise and works the whole body - doing wonders for your strength, flexibility and muscle tone. It’s great for upper body strength, working on your upper arms and thighs. You achieve resistance training and cardio all in one. Climbing the pole displays an incredible amount of strength. It’s a fun and great workout and is very popular around the world. Visit:


Donna Noble is a radio host and fitness writer based in southwest London.
For more information, email: and follow @donnanobleyoga on Twitter

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