Aerial Yoga, Rock Climbing & More: Sign Up For These Unique Fitness Classes That Don't Involve A Gym

    Ten-Second Takeaway

    You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise. zumba, aerobics, hot yoga, spin classes, etc. are all great ways to get fit, but we’ve found some cooler alternatives. Here are five unique fitness classes in Pune that don’t involve going to a gym.

    Crossfit Chakra

    CrossFit Chakra

    Koregaon Park, Pune

    Held at their private indoor-outdoor facility in Lane 5, CrossFit Chakra is all the rage among people trying to get in shape – and with good reason. Build your core strength, muscles, and stamina through a series of high-intensity workouts designed to strengthen and exercise your whole body. The batches are small, offering personal attention and interaction that you won’t see at a normal gym. We’ve heard really good things about them from friends of ours who are hooked. There are 9 batches per day {Monday – Friday} as well as on the first and third Saturday of every month. In addition to that, Crossfit Chakra also organizes outdoor activities {hikes, treks, etc} on most Saturdays when they’re not at their facility. If you’re curious enough, try one class for free before you make up your mind.

    Price: INR 3,500/month, INR 9,000/3 months, INR 18,000/6 months & INR 25,000/year. For students with a valid ID card, monthly fees are INR 3000.

    Timings: nine batches/day  {Mon-Fri}+ 1st & 3rd Saturday of the month.

    Artificial Rock Climbing At Raje Shivaji Wall Climbing

    Explore your more adventurous side outdoors at Raje Shivaji Wall Climbing – a 50ft high artificial rock wall with three sections for climbing, speed, and bouldering. Established in 2010 and fully operational since 2012, the facility is run by the Pimpri Chinchwad Mountaineering Association. This is among the top 3 most active climbing facilities in India, with the maximum number of climbers in the entire country. Don’t be intimidated – classes here start with the basics of climbing, and progress to higher levels of skill depending on your strength and ability. Advance training is available upon consult with the coaches. The facility also offers slack-lining, cardio and acro yoga, and fitness training. They plan to start more activities soon. Pro climbers come to train here for National level competitions, and there are a dozen champions here on average throughout the year.

    Price: Weekend charges are INR 100/hr, but if you plan to be more regular then you can pay INR 1000/month Timings: 7.30am – 10.30am  / 4.30 – 8pm. Closed on Mondays.

    Capoeira At Artsphere


    Kalyani Nagar, Pune
    Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art, which uses elements of dance and acrobatics. It distinguishes itself from other martial arts in that the movements are fluid, all about ‘music, camaraderie and axé (good energy)’. It’s all about power, speed, and agility – like a dance of war. Capoeria’s origins are rooted in slavery, and it was developed by the Angolan slaves in Brazil as a way of expressing themselves in a free and unrestricted way. Beginners start out with the basics, but the moves will grow more complex as you develop better co-ordination, strength, and balance with regular practice. It is performed barefoot, in a circle, to the tunes of traditional Brazilian music. Free your mind, body, and spirit with a session at Artsphere in Kalyani Nagar. Price: INR 2,500 for a month Timings: Tuesday 4-5pm, Sat 5.30 – 6.30pm, Sunday 9pm-10pm

    SLTC Swimming Pool

    Work on your overall fitness, cardio, and muscles through swimming at SLTC’s {Swimming and Lifesaving Training Center} facility in Yerwada. Housing three swimming pools – including an Olympic-sized one and another for deep-diving; you can sign up to learn how to swim, or {if you already know how} come to use the pool for exercise on your own. Both male and female coaches are available for training, if you’re more comfortable with the latter. You can also learn scuba diving, water polo, and/or lifesaving through classes that are conducted here. Price: INR 2,550/20 days – assisted swimming/basic training for beginners. INR 500/month. Timings: 6am – 11am, 4pm – 8pm. Monday Closed.

    Om Studio Aerial Yoga

    Om Studio

    Shivajinagar, Pune
    Love yoga? Take your yogi game one step further with aerial/acro-yoga – the hottest new yoga trend to hit the city. It combines traditional yoga moves with the use of a suspended sling or hammock. We think it’s a great way to work on your strentgh and flexibility while having fun at the same time. The classes are developed from beginner to more experienced levels, so don’t feel intimidated. Price: Rs. 3000/month Timings: Mon, Wed, Fri – 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Tue, Thu – 9:30am – 10:30am.