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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.

Hot­pod Yoga

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

Bub­ble Soc­cer

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

Out­door gyms

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

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