I've been telling my colleagues how bad I want to join a pole dancing class. The first thing they asked me was, "Is it in Mumbai?" Hell yeah, it is! Not that I aspire to become a professional pole dancer, but I've been wanting to experience something new for a while. An activity that's out of my comfort zone and makes me grow as a person. I mean, that's just me. Other than pole dancing, you can get yourself enrolled in any fun class in Mumbai. Classes like ballet, taichi, rock climbing, surfing, aerial yoga, zumba, martial arts and many more are waiting to be explored. Let's check them out, shall we?
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This a super fun way to get fit. After all, it improves your physique, flexibility and core strength. Ladies, it's not as easy as it looks though. Hard work and patience is required from your end. The first few classes will make your body feel sore, but you'll get used to it after a while. A session of pole dancing at the Space lasts for 60 minutes. This includes all your drills, spins and pull-ups. You can either seek private or group tutorials. For pricing, you will have to contact the studio.
The Space: Opp. Chin Chin Chu, AB Nair Road, Juhu, Mumbai
You don't need to travel abroad to learn ballet. You can do so in Mumbai itself. This place called 'The Square' in Powai offers ballet classes for both adults and children. Classes are priced at about INR 6,600 (for adults) for 12 sessions and a little cheaper for children. If you must know, ballet improves strength, posture and flexibility. I bet you'll feel more energised and balanced after every session.
The Square: 1001, Heera Panna Shopping Mall, Powai, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400078
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I've been here before and to be honest, I'd love to visit again. To reach the beach, you will have to drive to Rajodi Beach in Virar. Suyash Rawat is your person here. He and his team are a fun bunch of people and surfing with them is memorable experience by itself. Also, surfing benefits your shoulders, back and core strength. It's about 1,000 bucks per class and you should go surfing post the monsoons. End of August onwards to be precise. The tides and weather are calmer during that time. Can you believe that Mumbai now has its own surf club? I didn't too until I experienced this amazing place.
Mumbai Surf Club - Rajodi, Beach, Virar, Maharashtra 401303
Almost every pocket in Mumbai has a Zumba class popping up. This form of dance fitness helps you to de-stress, boost your heart rate, improves coordination and tones your entire body. Do keep in mind that the price of these classes (let's say 12 weeks) will cost you anywhere between 1,000 Rs to 5,000 Rs.
Zumba® with Master Trainer Sucheta Pal: Studio 11, Shop No 10, Natraj Co-Operative Housing Society Ltd., Situated At 68, Hill Road, Opposite St Peters Church, Bandra West, 400050
There are a few outdoor rock climbing centres in Mumbai, but I don't recommend them. Let's Play Adventure Zone is pretty amazing. It's clean, the staff is fun and it's not only meant for kids. I love this place and it makes me feel like a kid all over again.
Let's Play Indoor: 1st Floor, Unit 111, Big Shopping Center, Above Hypercity and Next to Decathlon, Ghodbunder Road, Kasarvadawali, Sai Nagar, Anand Nagar, Thane, Maharashtra 400615
If you want to look like a hottie while you work out, you might want to give Ariel Yoga a shot. It's a more advanced form of yoga, but even a beginner can get the hang of it over time. Do you know what's even cooler? Aerial yoga helps to boost your brain's production of dopamine and endorphins.
Studio 23: 1, Tulsiani Chambers, 212, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Arts in Motion: Air Force Quarters, 39/44, TV Chidambaran Marg, Sion East, Mumbai
The Wooden Stage: D Square Building, 7th Floor, Dadabhai Road, Vile Parle West, Mumbai
Tai Chi is not an activity you can take part in Mumbai. While it stretches and stimulates muscle, joints and organs, it also helps dissolve any energy blockages. Plus, it improves your stamina and blood circulation. It's the best way to get stronger and fitter.
India Wing Chun Academy: 34/130 Laxmi Vijay Laxmi Industrial Estate, Andheri West, Mumbai - 400058
Who said boxing is only a man's sport? Women can box too! While there are plenty of private classes, I suggest that you try the one at Cult fitness. The space is big and the energy is infectious. There are plenty of centres around, feel free to join one that's close to your home.
Cult Malad: 1st Floor, Dheeraj Sagar Apartment, New Link Rd, Malad, Ekta Nagar, Malad West, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400064
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