9 unique workouts in Birmingham for when you’re tired of the treadmill

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Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean workout season is. If you’re trying to burn off that Halloween candy or turkey and dressing, but you’re tired of feeling like a hamster on a spinning wheel, ditch the treadmill! Here are 9 exciting workouts in Birmingham, AL that will have you feeling the burn in no time.

1. Rock Climbing

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Rock climbing is THE ultimate shoulder and back workout. Trust me.

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Try out climbing indoors, and if you pick it up, find some equipment and try your newly calloused hand at outdoor climbing! Here are 7 places to climb within two hours of Birmingham.

2. Yoga

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This eastern practice is hugely popular here in the Magic City, and these are just a few of the places to practice. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know!

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3. Cycling

Bham Now took a team ride at Ignite Cycle. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

You may think, “Oh, riding a bike isn’t really a full-body workout.” You, my friend, are wrong.

Cycling classes have become quite trendy in recent years, but for good reason. They’re a great workout, plus, they’re FUN!

Intimidated by the idea? Get the answers to 4 questions you’re too embarrassed to ask when it comes to cycling.


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4. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)

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Surprisingly, MMA is one of the most kid-friendly exercise options! This classification covers a huge variety of practices that can be taken up at any age.

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5. Orange Theory

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Orange Theory is a popular workout that combines strength and cardio. The goal is to keep your heart rate in the “Orange Zone,” which helps to spike metabolism, boost energy, and deliver better results.

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  • Downtown: 117 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Vestavia Hills: 790 Montgomery Hwy Suite 132, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Inverness: 210 Inverness Cors, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Hoover: 4441 Creekside Ave #141, Hoover, AL 35244

6. Boxing

This workout will get your heart rate up, your muscles burning, and all your frustration out!


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  • As you can see, our Bham Now team members are big fans of Battle Republic. Several of them go to multiple classes a week!

Find out the 7 things you need to know before your first class.

7. Barre

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Barre may not look like the most intense workout, but trust me—one class and you will be feeling it the next morning. This workout incorporates movements derived from ballet, and when you leave, muscles you didn’t even know you had will be sore.


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8. CrossFit

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CrossFit fans are among the most dedicated workout junkies. However, there’s a reason people want to share! This is one of the most community-centric and high-intensity workout classes around.

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9. Recreational Sports

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Like many of you, I’m sure, I spent my childhood playing sports. It took up so much of my life from ages 4-18, and in college, my sorority was all about the intramurals. Good news! You can play sports as an “adult,” too. It’s a great workout, but doesn’t feel like it—plus it’s a fun way to meet people and spend time with friends.

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