Try something new
Bored of yet another run or fitness class? Here are 5 new fitness trends to hit Bucks & Oxon. Bouldering, anyone?!
Forget New Year’s resolutions, I reckon the best time to get back on the fitness track is the summer. Perhaps it’s the fear of the swimsuit (meh… don’t worry, there’s always someone on the beach in worse shape!) but the longer days, lighter evenings and warm weather make it so much easier to summon up the enthusiasm to exercise.
At Muddy we’ve been having a nose around to see what’s out there to inspire you to get into your groove. Ready, steady, GO!
The Space Yoga & Healing Studio in Thame has been around for nearly 10 years and from personal experience I can tell you that the standard of teaching is excellent. It’s not a big studio but it’s friendly and welcoming so that even if you’ve never tried yoga before, you’ll feel comfortable. There’s the usual Hatha, Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga on offer but you can also go for super-stretchy Yin yoga – based on the Taoist concept of yin and yang, opposite and complementary principles in nature. Yin is the stable, unmoving, hidden aspect of things; yang is the changing, moving, revealing aspect and you can hold the poses for up to five minutes! Founder Ginny Moffett also offers teacher training courses as she has a real passion for sharing her love of the ancient practice, and they hold a number of workshops and events throughout the year.
That’s climbing to you and me! Climbing centres are cropping up across the UK as an alternative to the routine of the gym, not least because it’s a mental as well as physical challenge. Try Big Rock in Milton Keynes which has hundreds of different colour-coded climbs – they describe it as ‘join the dots but significantly more interesting’ and we’re loving the sound of it! There’s also a good climbing centre in Reading, which is more accessible for those in West Oxfordshire and smaller climbing walls in some Better public gyms, including this one in Amersham.
YOGA WITHOUT THE OMM
Sweat Studios in Milton Keynes has a different approach. This is yoga without the spiritual side for those who find the om-ming off putting. They stick to postures and breathing exercises to get fit, recover from injury and have a great workout. They also offer Sweat Hot and Hot Flow classes in very hot and humid conditions for extra stretchiness and detoxing. Always good for dealing with a hangover…just saying.
Coming to a lake near you, SUP (stand up paddle board) yoga is the newest addition to the yoga world. I’ve tried it on holiday and although it initially seemed an impossible ask to do yoga poses on a moving board, it was actually achievable once you got the hang of it. Great for your core but also for your mind as doing yoga outside and on water is very contemplative. You can pop over the border to Horseshoe Lake in Berks to give it a try but it can only be a matter of time before it’s widely available.
To really put a spring in your step, how about a trampolining fitness class? If you’re bored with watching your kids have all the fun, bounce along to Rush in High Wycombe for one of their adult bootcamp, circuits or disco-cise (complete with UV lights and music) classes on the trampolines. Or check out Boogie Bounce to find a trampoline class near you with options in Aylesbury, Chesham, Witney and High Wycombe to name but a few. Apparently NASA believes it to be the most effective and efficient means of exercise and it’s fun, really fun so excuse me whilst I bound off like Tigger to a class (er, here’s hoping my pelvic floor exercises have worked!).
If you find pilates a bit slooooooow, Reformer Pilates could be the ticket, a machine that looks torturous with its pulls and levers but has an incredible effect on the body. You can find it at Avenna Therapy, Health and Fitness (in Worminghall, Buckinghamshire) whose clever concept has all your health needs catered to under one roof. So there’s also HiiT, Boot Camp, Combat and Yoga, a long list of therapies including osteopathy, acupuncture and craniosacral therapy plus nutritional advice. Also check out Nubodi Pilates in Henley or TOPS, Chartered Physiotherapists in Oxford who also run classes in pilates and yoga, so you’re in excellent hands there should you tweak a muscle!