Want to get fit in 2017 but tired of the same old routines? We've rounded up unconventional studios and organizations around Austin that will help with those fitness goals and keep you on your toes. We promise there are no yoga, barre, or spin classes on this list.
Crux Climbing Center
Rock climbing is an intense workout that requires the use of your entire body. This 22,000-square-foot facility offers rock climbing opportunities for all experience levels, including beginners and children. Need a little instruction? Check out Crux's lineup of classes. If you need to wind down afterwards, you can wine down at neighboring Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery.
Also check out: One of these awesome rock climbing gyms
NLand Surf Park
Austin's first-ever surf park made waves when it debuted last year. NLand, located just east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, is a 14-acre pool capable of generating 300 waves per hour in a variety of sizes for different skill levels. Passes range from $60-$90 for a one-hour session, and lessons run $65-$190 for 90 minutes. While it is closed for the winter season, NLand is expected to reopen soon.
Also check out: City Surf Fitness
Dance Austin Studio
This local studio offers adult dance classes, including jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary. You can sign up for class passes or opt for a monthly membership. If you know a younger Austinite looking to groove, Dance Austin also provides youth classes. January 28 is the Free Day of Dance, so take advantage of this opportunity to dip your toes into the world of dance.
Also check out: Balance Dance Studios, Ballet Austin, and GoDance Studio
Rowing is another one of those full-body workouts, and this Austin-based studio will make you feel the burn. It's a great option for people who need low-impact routines. Ro has two convenient locations: downtown at the Waller Creek Boathouse and a new outpost in Tarrytown. The studio offers memberships for dedicated rowers, as well as class punch cards.
Also check out: Austin Rowing Club
Four Elements Aerial & Creative Movement
Sometimes you need to get outside of your comfort zone to find that perfect workout. At Four Elements, classes range from aerial silks, lyra (aerial hoop routines), hammock, and trapeze to pole dancing, all of which offer a fun and unique path to your fitness goals.
Also check out: Sky Candy for aerials and Brass Ovaries for pole dancing
Austin Sports & Social Club
The Austin Sports & Social Club allows local athletes to compete in a variety of different sports. Registration is currently open for bowling, softball, kickball, sand volleyball, flag football, and Ultimate Frisbee. Other leagues include basketball, cornhole, dodgeball, soccer, tennis, and wiffleball. You can also sign up for a fitness-focused workout program.