Sick of the elliptical trainer? Aren't we all. So hop off of it right now, and go liven up your exercise regimen with one of these creative workout ideas.
There's a tall, several story stone staircase at Mount Bonnell that leads up to one of the highest points in the city. It makes for one hell of a hike with your beloved, and if you still have energy afterwards, a marriage proposal.
With a more spiritual approach than most Austin yoga studios, Dharma Yoga offers sweet release in the middle of bustling West Campus. Sunday morning Vinyasa will appeal to the more cardio-minded yogi, while twice-a-week Dharma Restorative classes guide practitioners to deep inner serenity.
If you've ever fantasized about trading your cubicle for the circus, Trapeze Austin can give you a taste of the high life. With killer instructors, a shoulder harness, and a huge net, you'll get all the thrills of high-flying trapeze, with the assurances of modern safety measures.
With jazz funk, beginning hip-hop, and the occasional "twerkshop" (i.e. booty popping class), classes at Dance Austin not only make you sweat - they make you the star of any impromptu dance party.
Ever wanted to learn to fly? Blue Lapis Light offers four class levels of aerial silk instruction, for the Cirque-bound to to the (currently) ground-bound. With a huge focus on safety and warm, welcoming instructors, Blue Lapis Light will expand your definition of dance, deepen your flexibility, and rip your upper body -- but best of all, it will show you just how capable you are of defying gravity.
If you saw "The Artist" and left inspired to tap dance, let Tapestry turn that dream into a reality. With one of the best studio reputations in Austin, Tapestry will turn your two left feet into tapping twinkle toes.
Driving out to Travaasa is a little bit like journeying through a tree-laden, Middle Earth forest to a mystical, mountain-top oasis: It's inside Austin proper, but far-flung from the inner city rush. The facials, massage, and even yoga classes here are all incredible, but they've just started offering mechanical bull riding classes, too. One go-round, and you'll figure out why cowboys consistently have such cute butts.
Whether it's for a workout, dance aspirations, or to pull off one hell of a party trick, Brass Ovaries will whip your badonkadonk into shape. Forget pole's strip club trappings: Yes, the dance is sensual, but one class here also proves that it's HARD: More acrobatic than stippery.
A true full-body workout, stand-up paddle boarding started in Hawaii and migrated its way over to Austin. Head over to Austin Paddle Sports to rent a board and crash Town Lake for surf-like serenity.
Lest you think jumping on a trampoline is mere child's play, I challenge you to jump for more than half an hour over here. You'll be sweating in the first 15 minutes.