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10 unusual fitness classes you can reach by Metro

Jump-start your January health kick with something a little different now it’s 2024.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 03.01.2024

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The time has come, guys. The annual New Year health kick begins now.

But when we know we’re about to enter a gym chock-full of people – queuing to get on machines and feeling under pressure to get off them once we do get a turn – it doesn’t half dampen our motivation.

We would start running but, well, just look outside. And exercise videos on YouTube are just too easy to turn off.

What we need is a little inspiration. Something different. A type of exercise that’s going to challenge us physically and get us thinking differently about fitness, too.

And if you’re anything like us, you’ll feel the same.

Which is why we’ve found the following 10 exercise classes in the North East that are all a little different from the norm. Hopefully, this will not only mean that we’ll all be more likely to stick with our resolutions a little longer, but also that, if nothing else, we’ve already broadened our horizons this new year.

An added perk of our list is that all these classes are accessible by Metro. So, no car = no problem.

Besides, the Metro is a great way to travel if you’re looking to maximise the time you’re dedicating to your fitness goals. By making small tweaks to your journey – walking to and from Metro stations, taking the stairs instead of the escalators, even by getting off the train one stop earlier so you’ve got a slightly longer walk – you’re also your travel time to warm up and/or cool down around your workout.

Maximising your gains whilst protecting your time? Sounds like a winner to us.

Tribal Cycle Jesmond

TRIBAL SPIN

Tribal Cycle Studio, Northumberland Tennis Club, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 3JU

Many of us know how brutal spinning can be. But, love it or loathe it, you know you’ll see results from it.

And while Tribal Spin aren’t here to make spinning any less difficult, they are dedicated to making it more fun – and, by proxy, making your fitness goals way more achievable.

Tribal Cycle is the North East’s only purpose-built spin studio and their trademark Tribal Spin classes attract fun-loving fitness enthusiasts, all-weather cyclists and total beginners alike.

Their secret? It’s all about the music. Whether you become part of the Vibe Tribe (a place for disco divas and dancing queens), or the Party Tribe (think Hacienda meets Ministry of Sound), Tribal Spin have the music mix to create the energy you need to shred.

Closest Metro station: West Jesmond (11 minutes)

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Riot Boxing Ouseburn

RIOT BOXING

RIOT, Off Quay Building, Foundry Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 1LH

Imagine strobe lighting, a banging sound system, a pair of boxing gloves and you, in the zone. Now that sounds like a riot.

No, we’re not on about your next night out with the girls (although we’d hope that would be sans boxing gloves). We’re taking about RIOT – a feel-good space where you can sweat your stress away with a combination of boxing, strength and cardio training.

Each 45-minute class here uses the newest aqua punchbags (limiting joint pain) and either bodyweight exercises or timed circuits to challenge every part of your body.

Luckily, they’re all set against a blend of new and old skool music, mixed by the RIOT DJ and played through a belting sound system – so you won’t be able to help feeling hyped.

Closest Metro station: Byker or Manors (both 13 minutes)

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AAAsports, Shakespeare Street, Sunderland SR5 2JF

TRAMPOLINING

AAAsports, Shakespeare Street, Sunderland SR5 2JF

An exciting and powerful Olympic sport, many of us may overlook basic trampolining when it comes to our exercise regimes.

But we shouldn’t. As a low-impact cardio exercise, trampolining gets our heartrate up and our blood pumping without putting too much pressure on our joints – benefiting our body’s aerobic capabilities and boosting our cardiovascular health.

Plus, trampolining is also a certified calorie-burner, so if you’re looking to lose weight in 2024, you’ve come to the right place.

AAASports in Sunderland run adults-only trampolining classes, so any absolute beginners out there won’t feel like a fish out of water. And with the lowest coach-to-member ratio in the country, AAASports will make sure you get plenty of bounce-time.

Closest Metro station: Stadium of Light or Seaburn (both 21 minutes)

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Hot Yoga Newcastle, 137 – 141 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL

HOT YOGA

Hot Yoga Newcastle, 137 – 141 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE6 5XL

After overindulging in sweet treats and wine over the festive period, maybe it’s time to sweat out those toxins… and Hot Yoga Newcastle is the perfect place to do it.

Inside this one-of-a-kind, custom-built boutique studio, you’ll be guided through a set sequence of 26 postures created specifically for this type of yoga to detoxify, energise and build a strong body and mind.

The difference? You’ll be doing them all in a controlled, heated environment.

Yes, it’ll be tough. But we promise you’ll walk out feeling like a new woman.

So, howay – let’s sweat, pet.

Closest Metro station: Chillingham Road (8 minutes)

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CBK Adventures, 1A Norma Crescent, Cullercoats, North Shields NE26 2PD

STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING

CBK Adventures, 1A Norma Crescent, Cullercoats, North Shields NE26 2PD

We realise that in these cold, dark winter months, the idea of submerging yourself in the North Sea is probably the last thing on your mind.

But aside from the many benefits of a cold-water dip, the North Sea can also provide us with a much needed shake up to our fitness regimes.

Channelling the spirit of Honolulu (admittedly without the weather), paddleboarders stand on a long board in the water and push themselves along with a paddle. It’s a great way to explore the coastline, work your core muscles and become part of a unique community along the way.

Private lessons are available all year round and are a great place to find your sea legs, before joining the group lessons that begin again in April.

Closest Metro station: Cullercoats (7 minutes)

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Sunderland Wall, Doxford Works, Pallion Quay, Sunderland SR4 6TQ

CLIMBING

Sunderland Wall, Doxford Works, Pallion Quay, Sunderland SR4 6TQ

With three 23-metre walls and over 900m2 of climbing and bouldering, Sunderland Wall is the Crème de la crème of climbing in the North East – and offers an activity you may never have thought to incorporate into your fitness regime before now.

Burn calories, build strength, improve your balance and boost your confidence. Plus, connect with like-minded folks who are committed to solving the same challenges that you are – it’ll work wonders for your sense of wellbeing.

You can head to Sunderland Wall to try a one-off climb or book a monthly pass and go as many times as you’d like. And, if you are a novice, think about booking onto their Learn to Climb induction course or take a 1-to-1 lesson to learn the ropes.

Closest Metro station: Pallion (7 minutes)

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Bodyroll Studio Newcastle, 7 Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JG 

BODYROLL

Bodyroll Studio Newcastle, 7 Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7JG 

The name of the Bodyroll game is to perform exercises using machinery that offers the stimulating benefits of deep-tissue, lymphatic draining massage.

Removing toxins, lymphatic massages help to relieve muscle tension and burn calories, increasing your metabolism so you lose inches from your stomach, thighs, calves and hips.

Not only that, they can also speed up muscle recovery, promote clearer and tighter skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite and improve the condition of our joints. Talk about an all-rounder…

The first studio of its kind in the Toon, Bodyroll Studio Newcastle runs 45-minute guided sessions, split into 15 x 3-minute bursts of exercises across the variety of machines here, so you can max out these unique benefits.

Closest Metro station: Monument (3 minutes)

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Dance City, Temple Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR

HANG AERIAL

Dance City, Temple Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to push yourself a little further from your comfort zone, open yourself up to new experiences, and challenge yourself in ways you never have before, then a hang aerial workshop at Dance City would tick all the boxes.

Here, you’ll use trapeze, aerial hoop, cocoon and silks to build your strength and aerial fitness technique. With total beginners welcome, you’ll work in a small group with people of a similar experience level to you all learning how to take to the skies.

Offering a full-body workout, aerial is a great way to keep fit, improve your mobility and build your strength. Plus, you’ll be so concentrating so much on having fun, you won’t even notice how hard your body is working.

Closest Metro station: Central (7 minutes)

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6 North Tyne Industrial Estate, Chollerton Drive, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9SZ

STRENGTH TRAINING

6 North Tyne Industrial Estate, Chollerton Drive, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 9SZ

We’re often told that the key to reaching our fitness goals is to integrate strength training into our exercise regime.

But as women, we’ve all also experienced at least some discomfort when we walk into a gym and even just think about lifting a dumbbell, in an arena that seems heavily guarded by hordes of buff, burly men.

Well, The Fitness Rooms are here to change that. Their expert coaches are with you every step of the way – running mixed group training that offers well-structured workouts in a safe, supportive setting that introduces you to weight machines and workouts that you’re guaranteed to see benefits from.

Closest Metro station: Palmersville (7 minutes)

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Sunderland Pilates Studio, Biz Space, North Sands Business Centre, Liberty Way SR6 0QA

PILATES

Sunderland Pilates Studio, Biz Space, North Sands Business Centre, Liberty Way SR6 0QA

‘In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body.’ 

Big words from Joseph Pilates there. But from what we’ve heard, Pilates really is a fitness game changer.

A stronger core is a given after committing to Pilates, but you can also expect sculpted muscles, improved flexibility, better posture and improved sense of wellbeing. You’ll also feel the stress slip away as you stretch.

There are plenty of studios in the North East, but Sunderland Pilates Studio is one of our faves. Being purely dedicated to Pilates, their classes offer a variety you don’t often see elsewhere – including Reformer and Chair Pilates, virtual classes, foam roller exercises and even workshops by candlelight.

Closest Metro station: St Peter’s (14 minutes)

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