Tired of dragging yourself to the gym for the same old workout routine? Maybe it’s time to mix things up and try something. If you’re looking for new motivation to achieve your fitness goals, Bangkok has no shortage of innovative fitness classes that let you blast away fat while having fun. Whether you’re bouncing on a trampoline or bungee jumping through the air, these unique workouts will help you burn calories without feeling like exercise.
Those looking for an alternative to aerial yoga might enjoy a gravity-defying bungee workout class, which might be one of the most unique resistance-training offerings in town. The high-intensity fitness routine is a fusion of dance and aerobics that will help build muscle strength — and it’s a killer on your core. Using the same type of cord as bungee jumping, the class includes moves like repetitive floor-diving so that you’re forced to engage with your transverse abdominal muscles while floating weightlessly over the floor. (Contact gym for pricing info.)
Stories To Tales Theatre, 9/F, Metropolis Luxury Office, Sukhumvit Rd., Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok
Did you know that 10 minutes on a trampoline is a better cardiovascular workout than 30 minutes of running? BOUNCE FIT offers a 60-minute intensive session (THB 490) that is not only great for keeping your heart in shape and burning calories, but also helps to protect your bones and joints while working out, as the trampoline absorbs the majority of the impact. This high-spirited workout can also help improve mental health and combat stress and anxiety as you jump, laugh and release endorphins — all of which will make you feel great.
BOUNCE, 5/F, The Street Ratchada Shopping Complex; Floor 4, The Glass Quartier, Bangkok, +662 014 2446
While Bangkok is surrounded by beautiful islands that are only a few hours away, not many of us have the luxury to travel to the coast and ride the waves every day. Surfset Thailand’s surf-inspired indoor fitness classes (THB 800) may not exactly be a surfer’s dream, but their intensive workouts will leave you feeling challenged and toned. Depending on your fitness goals, Surfset offers fitness classes that target different strengths and skills, including ‘Balance’ for core strength and dynamic balance, ‘Burn’ for fat burning, ‘Build’ for strengthening muscles and ‘Blend’ for a yoga-inspired full-body workout.
Surfset Thailand, 7/2 Prommitr, Sukhumvit 39, Bangkok, +668 0936 7738
It might be hard to imagine yourself doing Pilates at 40°C while walking down the street in Bangkok, but if you can bear the sweat and the burn, this class works wonders as the heat helps your muscles stretch better and get toned. Sweating gets rid of the toxins in your body, which means your face will be clearer and your skin glowing after the workout. If you want to target different muscle groups for enhanced strength, flexibility and balance, challenge yourself with their Pilates Reformer class. Utilising springs, leverage and body weight, working out with the Reformer machine will leave you feeling invigorated as you edge ever closer to your new and leaner body. (Contact gym for pricing info.)
Pilates Plus, Fifty Fifth Plaza, 2/F, Sukhumvit 55, Thong Lor 2, Khlong Tan Nuea, Bangkok, +662 048 3339
When it comes to activating and training a diverse range of muscles, few exercises rival rock climbing. The movement of pulling and lifting involved in rock climbing not only helps strengthen muscles and build resistance, but it’s also an excellent cardio workout that can result in fat burning. Featuring over 7,000 square feet of high-quality climbing space, Urban Playground, located inside the Racquet Club, offers different levels of rock climbing (day pass: THB 475) to cater for first-time and experienced climbers alike, ranging from a bouldering wall and bouldering cave to a 12-metre top-rope climbing and lead climbing.
Urban Playground, 8 Sukhumvit 49, Khlong Toei, Bangkok, +662 119 7200