AT CROSSFIT DARLINGTON
Think CrossFit is just for hardcore, muscly gym fanatics? Then think again! The fun and varied strength and conditioning programme helps people of all abilities break a sweat; making good use of pull-up frames, boxes, medicine balls, gymnastic rings, kettlebells, plates, barbells, jump ropes and more.
It’s high-intensity stuff, but you go at your own pace and total beginners are absolutely welcome.
Try a free taster session at CrossFit Darlington and, if it’s for you, then why not say yes to a course or private one-to- one sessions?
Hurworth Moor, Darlington, DL2 1DL
AT SUNDERLAND PILATES STUDIO
When it comes to new, fun ways to keep fit, Barre is one to watch.
You can try it for yourself in Sunderland, where flexible pros will help you nail the moves.
A mix of ballet, yoga and pilates, it promises a low-impact work out, but it’s a great one to try if you’re looking to tone up your lower body (particularly the thighs and bum), strengthen your core or just become a bit more stretchy.
Tutus aren’t essential, but if you fancy rocking one, then go right ahead.
126 Church Street North, Sunderland, SR6 0DT
AT SOUND MIND AND BODY, BENTON
If HIIT’s your thing but the treadmill fills you with dread, then you need to try Tabata.
Essentially, it involves 20 seconds of work at maximum effort and 10 seconds of well- deserved rest, repeated for four minutes.
Think box jumps, mountain-climbers, burpees, jumping lunges and squats, ball slams and more, all in short bursts ’til your heart’s racing and you’re pink in the face.
Not for the faint-hearted, but a really effective alternative form of cardio. Give it a go at boutique personal training gym, Sound Mind and Body.
The Exchange, Front St, Benton, Newcastle, NE7 7XE
AT TEMPEST DANCE AND FITNESS DURHAM
Durham’s Tempest Dance and Fitness is a swish studio offering all kinds of cool alternative classes, such as pole dancing, burlesque and, our favourite, aerial yoga.
The challenging, but ridiculously fun, workout is performed in mid-air, using a low-hanging fabric swing, similar to a hammock, which supports your weight while you contort your body into a mix
of traditional and modern yoga poses.
It’s tricky at first, but once you master it, it’s rather relaxing – and fantastic for toning.
You won’t even feel like you’re working out… until your muscles ache the next day!
Units 4, 5 Maynard’s Row, Durham, DH1 1QF
AT RIOT BOXING, OUSEBURN
Punch your way to a clearer headspace and a fitter bod at Newcastle’s best-loved boxing gym.
After you’ve grabbed your gloves, expert trainers will guide you through 50 sweaty minutes of boxing (no experience needed – you’ll learn the basic punches), coupled with fast-paced strength and cardio training using free weights.
We love the dark and moody studio (the lighting is similar to that of a cool city centre club), topped off with upbeat, motivational tunes to get you in an ass- kicking kind of mood.
Time to release your inner Rocky!
Foundry Lane, Newcastle, NE6 1LH