Creative Ideas That Inspire

Change up your fitness routine with these adventurous classes.

By Lisa Quigley
Feb 18, 2016

At several City Surf Fitness locations in Texas and Louisiana,

City Surf

offers participants the benefits of surfing—even though there aren’t any waves nearby. According to the website, the class is taught on SURFSET® RipSurfer X boards and features “fun surf-inspired movements, utilizing surfer-specific muscle groups.” Classes are open to every fitness level, and instructors provide modifications for more or less intensity.

Mile High Run Club in New York City, a studio dedicated to running, offers a group treadmill class called

Dash 28.

The program is coached by elite runners and builds a foundation for athletes of all levels. In addition to 28 minutes of treadmill intervals, the class includes 10 minutes of strength and power training with kettlebells.

New moms have an opportunity to get back in shape with baby in tow in

BYO Baby Barre

at F3 Friends-Fitness-Fun in Westborough, Massachusetts. During this dynamic barre workout, participants “wear” their babies in a wrap or body carrier. The club seeks to provide an atmosphere of fun and fitness for all ages and encourages physical activity for the entire family.


BRO-lesque,

at Culture Shock Dance Center in San Diego, invites men to unleash their inner Magic Mike. This playful class teaches a masculine version of burlesque dancing, with a fun and sensual groove, and gives participants the freedom to let loose. “My main focus in class is for everyone to feel comfortable and confident in their bodies and their movement,” says dance instructor Daniel Macias.


Ageless Grace

, a program at Sculpting Results in Snellville, Georgia, was created with seniors in mind. Open to all fitness levels, the program specifically targetes people who believe their range of movement is quite limited. Participants experience improvements in cardiovascular fitness, joint mobility and blood circulation.

A three-station group-circuit class called

BrickFIT

is the newest fitness sensation at KarateFIT in Hockessin, Delaware. Rotating from suspension devices to treadmills to indoor cycling bikes, participants experience a wide variety of physical challenges. Attendees connect to heart rate monitors so that instructors can safely push them to their limits. As a bonus, the details of each workout—including the number of calories burned—are emailed to individuals upon completion.

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Lisa Quigley

Lisa Quigley is the Publications Assistant at IDEA Health & Fitness Association. She considers herself first and foremost a writer. Her love of words and stories inspired her to pursue a degree in English and continue on to receive an MFA in Creative Writing.

During her academic pursuits, Lisa also discovered yoga. Her personal practice was so powerfully transforming that she decided to become a yoga teacher. In 2012, she was certified at the 200 hour level. She spent the next three years teaching at multiple yoga studios throughout San Diego County. As a yoga teacher, she seeks to encourage people to love and accept themselves as they areÔÇöwhile at the same time welcoming opportunities for growthÔÇöso they can feel more at home in their bodies and lead more fulfilling lives.

The position at IDEA Health & Fitness Association allows Lisa to combine all of her interests in one place. She is thrilled to be part of a company who's mission aligns so closely with her own vision and values.

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