Whether you are looking to explore new workout options, disrupt your current routine or simply get moving in a different way this year, we’ve rounded up a few fun ways to become more active all year long. Check out these unique Wisconsin workouts.
Channel your inner Dorothy Hamill or Bonnie Blair with skating lessons at the Pettit National Ice Center. The Pettit Center offers Skating School for those looking for fun and fitness or advanced competitive classes in both figure and speed skating as well as hockey skills. Classes are grouped by age and skating ability for youth and adult in various six-week sessions throughout the year. The Petit Center is a U.S. Olympic Training site and prides itself on providing a positive learning experience for every level.
Fly your way to fitness at Swoop Bungee in West Allis. Swoop is the only studio in Wisconsin and third in the United States offering the original Bungee Workout. Bungee workouts are a great way to gain a full body workout including cardio, resistance training and muscle toning. Students start with a one-hour Level 1 series focusing on safety and getting comfortable in the equipment while learning a series of moves including jumps, lunges and drops. Level 2 builds upon the series focusing on additional moves like burpees, advanced jumps, jumping jacks and planks. Once those levels are completed, students move into Bungee Fit which combines all learnings with more advanced moves and weights. Class sizes are small with seven students at a time, which provides a comfortable and welcoming environment. Flying through the air in a bungee during this unique Wisconsin workout guarantees to put a smile on your face and produce a few laughs, all while working out. Check out Swoop’s class schedule here.
Head down on the farm 20 miles east of Minneapolis and enjoy the relaxation of open-air yoga with cute and curious goats at Have Ya Herd farm. Offering goat yoga since 2018, Have Ya Herd offers classes on Saturday mornings surrounded by the beauty of the rural farm and, of course, the resident goats. Goats roam the area (and maybe nibble at your clothes) while you practice poses in this easy flow class. Stick around the farm and visit with the pigs, cows, donkey and mini horse, Patches, after this unique Wisconsin workout. Have Ya Herd releases its schedule mid-March and can be booked at haveyaherd.biz.
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Experience a complete body-strength and cardio workout while celebrating your body and building confidence at Miss Pole. Established in 2004, Miss Pole is a woman-owned small business with three Wisconsin locations. A great way to start a pole fitness journey is the six-week Intro to Pole Series, which works on developing upper-body strength, endurance and flexibility while providing a full cardio workout. The 55-minute class explores pole fundamentals, simple spins, transitions and overall body awareness with easy choreography. Students can progress through intermediate and advanced classes that focus on technical execution and body weight/strength training. Miss Pole also offers private and semi-private sessions, ideal for a go-at-your-own-pace learner. Click here for classes, locations and details.
Curling as a workout? Yes! While it might look less taxing than other winter sports, curling is a great way to work on balance, flexibility, coordination as well as strengthen leg and arm muscles. This centuries-old sport’s popularity has soared in recent years, and Wisconsin boasts more than 40 curling clubs across the state. Many clubs offer Learn to Curl events throughout the year as well as recreational and competitive leagues. A full directory of Wisconsin curling clubs can be accessed here
Reduce stress, stretch and feel Zen practicing yoga with alpacas at Eagle Eye Farm in River Falls. Alpaca adults weight between 120 and 150 pounds, and these gentle giants freely roam during the 45-minute yoga session. Afterward, guests have 15 minutes to spend visiting and feeding the alpaca (feed is included with session fee). Sessions take place May to September, and the full schedule can be found here. Eagle Eye Farm also offers public and private farm tours and summer camps..
Bounce back into shape with Bounce Trampoline classes offered at Hometown Pilates in Fitchburg just outside of Madison. No need to worry about typical trampoline metal springs; all classes use Bellicon Rebounders with bungees for a quiet and gentle bounce. This unique Wisconsin workout and rebound class combines dance, music and bounce for a full cardio workout, and also helps with balance and coordination and studies have shown bounce is good for lymph circulation. Learn more about bounce workouts and schedule a class here.
Educate yourself on history and learn a new skill at Appleton WHFA (Wisconsin Historical Fencing Association). Appleton WHFA provides a safe, supportive and challenging environment to study historical martial arts. Highly qualified instructors teach classes of all skill levels, with beginners focused on striking and defending with the medieval longsword. Appleton WHFA also offers advanced classes in the rapier, sabre, sword, dagger and much more. Training swords are blunt, and no previous experience is necessary to get started with this unique Wisconsin workout. Click here to get started.