Fun Boutique Fitness Classes and Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List

Jazz Up Your Workout Routine

I live my life by a very specific motto: If it's not fun, I won't be doing it long. It's a reminder that while life isn't always easy, it should still be awesome. Workouts are the same way. You shouldn't dread your workout routine, or drag yourself through the same ol' program just because it's the "healthy thing to do."

No. I'm here to tell you it's possible to live healthfully and with excitement. Check out these awesome, bucket-list-worthy boutique fitness experiences that are sure to spice up your life and keep you excited about exercise. Then bookmark this page and come back to discover even more boutique fitness experiences.

Obstacle Course Fitness Centers

Obstacles at BAM! Academy. Laura Williams

Obstacle course racing is booming, and now there are fitness centers specifically designed to help you train for these events. Centers are filled with cargo nets, American Ninja Warrior-style jungle gyms, and foam pits. Just be sure to vet the gym before you attend - this article will tell you how.

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CYC Group Cycling

cyc fitness studio. CYC Fitness

When you want your cycling experience to feel like a party, look no further than CYC group cycling studios. You can find them in Madison, WI, Austin, TX and New York City - but they're planning further expansion into Atlanta soon.

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High Altitude Training Centers

Air Fit at The Quad. Air Fit

There's some evidence that high altitude training can improve athletic performance due to decreased oxygen availability and the physiological changes the body undergoes to make up for these deficits. Now fitness centers, such as Air Fit at The Quad in California, are offering training rooms that reduce oxygen availability to mimic the effects of high altitude training, all while staying at everyday elevations.

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9Round Fitness Boxing


If you want a tough, fun, 30-minute workout, check out 9Round. These franchises are growing fast, so there's bound to be a center coming to your area soon. Best of all, you get to take classes on your schedule while working with a boxing-certified trainer.

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Yin Yoga

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Oh my gosh - yin yoga is amazing in ways you wouldn't believe. It's essentially a deep stretching class, where poses are held for up to two minutes each. If you're feeling tight and need to loosen up your muscles, sign up for a yin class at a yoga studio near you.

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Pure Pilates Austin

Megaformer. Laura Williams

You've probably heard about the Pilates Reformer, but the Megaformer3 used at Pure Pilates Austin and other fitness studios around the country is like an amped-up version of the Reformer. Small classes are led by certified instructors, and the total experience makes you hurt so good.

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Trampoline Gyms

A trampoline gym. Vasiliki Varvaki/Getty Images/E+ Collection

I went to a trampoline gym to celebrate my 31st birthday, and I've never had so much fun. I felt like a little kid while jumping all over a room of trampolines, and I was amazed how tired I was after just 30 minutes. If you've got one in your area, definitely add it to your must-try list.

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POUNDing yourself into shape with the POUND Girls

Side lunge with the rip stix. Laura Williams

Check your local gyms to see if they're offering POUND classes. These drumming-inspired workouts are surprisingly taxing and incredibly fun.

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Aqua Zumba: Splashing to the Beat

Aqua Zumba class in action. Zumba

Who says you can't dance under water? Aqua Zumba takes your standard Zumba class to new depths by leading you through a series of dance moves performed against the natural resistance of the water. Check your local aquatics centers to find a class near you.

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Fitwall High Intensity Training Studio

Training in session at Fitwall La Jolla. Fitwall

The Fitwall is a proprietary piece of fitness equipment designed to help exercisers engage in high intensity interval training led by a certified fitness trainer. There are currently two studios in California, but the brand is looking to branch out soon.

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Aquatic Spin Classes

One example of an aquatic cycling bike is the AqquaPRO by Aqquatix. Aqquatix USA

When you get tired of spinning your wheels on land, why not take it to the water? Special underwater spin bikes make it possible to try a group cycling class while partially submerged in a pool.

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SWERVE Group Cycling

SWERVE serves up team-focused fitness. SWERVE Fitness

Group cycling is more fun when you do it in teams. SWERVE is the first-of-its-kind cycling studio that focuses on inter-team competition throughout each individual group cycling class. And don't worry - the instructors select the teams, you don't have to show up with a posse in tow.

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Orangetheory Fitness: Total Training in 60 Minutes

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Orangetheory Fitness

There are now more than 200 Orangetheory Fitness studios around the country, so chances are there's one near you. The 60 minute class hits a little bit of everything - cardio, strength, balance and coordination. Think of it like a serious personal training session, but in a big group setting.

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Aerial Yoga

aerial yoga
Jennifer Lauren

Take your yoga practice higher - literally - by heading to a nearby aerial yoga studio. Poses are performed while balancing and hanging inside personal hammocks. It's a challenge, but it's also incredibly relaxing.

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Indoor Rowing

Row, row, row your boat all throughout this class! Indoor rowing classes are popping up all over the country and are organized much like a group cycling class, but on a rowing machine.

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Land-Based Surfing


Specially designed land-based surf boards make these group fitness classes possible. Most studios offer everything from high-intensity interval classes that combine strength and cardio work to the calm and gentle yoga class.

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Bikram Yoga

Bikram Yoga is a name-brand version of hot yoga with very specific rules and parameters. While classes don't smell too great, they certainly leave you feeling like jelly in all the best sort of ways.

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Pole Fitness

Farrah at the pole dance studio. Farrah Fong

Yes, "pole" as in stripper pole. But just because a pole is involved, doesn't mean these classes are anything like walking into a strip club. You might be surprised at the strength and agility required to work the pole.

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Title Boxing Club Power Hour

City Sports

Punch, kick and work your way through this tough, 60-minute class. By the end of the hour you'll feel more than a little tired, as well as super tough.

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Cheer Your Way to Fitness with cheerFIT

Now's the time to fulfill your deepest inner desire and channel your high school cheerleader. CheerFIT classes incorporate a little bit of cheerleading (they even use pom poms!) with a series of challenging exercises.

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