If you’re anything like me, the thought of a conventional gym is not appealing. It’s like a bland, overlit shopping mall for fitness. Thankfully, gymphobes like me now have the option of a range of fun, effective exercises that will get you summer ready without the constant run-ins with EDM-blasting weightlifters and other unsavoury characters. Using heat, plastic bubbles and public parks, here are some fresh new fitness options.
Yoga is one of the oldest exercise practices in the world, and yet it continues to be reinvented for modern practitioners. The latest incarnation is Hotpod Yoga, which, as the name suggests, involves being placed in a heatretaining structure that increases in temperature as the session goes on. Any type of yoga can be practised in a pod, but Vinyasa and Hatha tend to be the most popular. This is particularly good for those with stiff joints and back issues, as well as internal ailments such as clogged sinuses and tight lungs. Classes were recently launched in South Africa, and most users are enthusiastic about the physical and mental benefits. But avoid this if you are claustrophobic or suffer from panic attacks. Go to hotpodyoga.com to see
where you can sign up
Remember that 2001 film Bubble Boy? Well, now all your fantasies of wanting to be in that bubble can be a reality – and you can get fit doing it. Bubble Soccer is just what you think it is – playing soccer while encased in a bubble. Besides being able to live out a childhood fantasy, the bubble protects against some of the injuries one might otherwise sustain during a regular game of soccer. So whether you’re a mini Beckham or a drooling fool with two left feet, Bubble Soccer is a sure-fire way to get fit with friends, while avoiding lasting bumps or bruises.
Go to sandtonactionsports.co.za
to sign up
Gyms in parks have been springing up right left and centre. And really, what’s better than getting your sweat on in the South African sunshine?
Find your nearest park
gym at jhbcityparks.
com – Binwe Adebayo