Fun ways to get fit in Sussex
PUBLISHED: 11:53 05 January 2015 | UPDATED: 11:57 05 January 2015
The key to getting fit and staying fit is to find a form of exercise you enjoy. From rollerdance to hula-hooping, Hazel Sillver suggests fun ways to get fit across East and West Sussex
• Tap dance, Horsham
Tap those happy feet. Glynde Place Dance Studio runs four adult tap classes each week: two for beginners and two for seasoned tappers. The Glynde team also offers Jazz Workout, FitSteps and Hula Belly Dance classes.
• Rollerdance, Hove
Make sure you look good down the rollerdisco! Top skater Asha Kirkby offers group and private lessons in rollerskating and rollerdance on Hove seafront. Learn how to spin, moonwalk, skate backwards and (very importantly) stop. To find your nearest weekly rollerdisco, go to gysoleisure.co.uk.
• Zumba, Uckfield, Crowborough and Lewes
Zumba is an increasingly popular dance finess party that ensures getting fit is never dull. To the sound of upbeat music, you will dance with a blend of Latin and international moves. Teacher Sarah also offers Zumba Gold classes for those who prefer a slower pace.
• Ballet, Brighton
It’s never too late to start. Top ballet dancer Clair Thomas has danced with the English National Ballet and is now offering adult ballet lessons in Brighton. Her next five-week course is open to all levels and begins on 18 January. As well as giving great posture and grace, ballet builds strength and flexibility.
• BellyFunk, Horsham
BellyFunk Fusion is a contemporary ‘tribal’ take on traditional belly dance and incorporates elements of salsa, ballet, jazz, flamenco and street dance. Classes are open to all ages, sizes and levels.
• FitSteps, Chichester
Created by Strictly Come Dancing professionals, FitSteps is a new dance workout that combines upbeat cardio dance moves with slower strengthening and toning exercises. Instructor Natalie also offers several weekly Zumba classes.
• Trampolining fitness, Hailsham
Jump for joy! These adult Tramp ‘O’ Fitness classes are a mix of fitness training on the floor and on the trampoline. Aside from swimming, trampolining is said to be the only sport that uses every muscle in your body.
• Bokwa, Eastbourne
In this cardio workout, performed to upbeat music, participants dance out letters and numbers with their feet. Teacher Petra runs a weekly class for all ages, sizes and fitness levels, at Hampden Park Sports Centre. Call 07929 244349 for more info.rmation bokwafitness.com
• Bootcamp, Lewes
These fun fitness sessions for men and women involve a different routine of cardio and resistance exercises each time. Personal trainer Bronwen runs three morning sessions per week and offers all Bootcampers free dietary advice. bfit2.co.uk
• Insanity, Haywards Heath
Insanity is a new workout from the U.S. that combines cardio and resistance work. Exercises include jumping and yoga poses. Personal trainer Mike Martin offers two group classes per week.
IN THE FRESH AIR
• Nordic walking, Worthing area
Nordic walking (walking with poles) is an increasingly popular form of cardio exercise that uses 80 per cent of muscles. Instructor Sue offers beginners courses and leads Scenic Sussex Striders, a social group that walks over the South Downs.
• Cycling, Crawley
The Crawley Wheelers cycling club meets regularly to pedal the lanes of Sussex together. All levels are welcome to join them on their weekly Saturday and Sunday rides, which cater for all abilities, varying in ease, length and pace.
• Mountain biking, South Downs
Enjoy the beauty of the Downs on two wheels. The Sussex Muddyarse mountain bike club cycle regularly together: a long ride on the last Sunday of each month and (during the lighter months) shorter evening rides during the week. Crucially, every ride ends with tea and homemade cake.
• Trail running, Brighton
The Fit Bitch Women’s Running Club meets every Sunday for an off-road run. The locations vary, but favourite spots include Devil’s Dyke and the Downs above Rottingdean. This club is ideal for new runners and those wanting encouragement because each run is lead by the Fit Bitch team coaches.
• Kitesurfing, West Wittering
Learn to fly over the waves in the beautiful waters of West Wittering’s sandy beach. X-Train’s friendly instructors offer comprehensive courses for beginners, as well as advanced lessons in jumping, looping and back rolls for experienced kitesurfers.
• AcroYoga and AcroBalance, Brighton and Lewes
The gorgeous arts of AcroYoga and AcroBalance are performed with a partner, who helps you to create yoga poses and shapes in mid-air by supporting your waist and limbs. A wonderful thing to do with your other half – AcroYoga improves strength, flexibility and relationships! Contact teacher Lula via Facebook at Lula Rose McGill or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Poi and Hula Hoop, Worthing and Goring
Poi is a Maori performance art that involves swinging tethered weights in rhythmical, geometric patterns, whilst stationary or dancing. Kate offers weekly classes in Poi Dance and Hoop Dance. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can spin Poi weights that are on fire!
circusseen.org & poipassion.com
• Circus aerial skills, Hove
Make beautiful shapes in the air, on a circus rope or trapeze. The Circus Project offer classes in aerial circus skills for children and adults, with classes for complete beginners and improvers. Great for boosting arm, shoulder and back strength.
• Capoeira, Eastbourne & Brighton
This beautiful Brazilian sport is a mix of martial arts, acrobatics and dance; fighters kick, spin and cartwheel their combat, to the beat of rhythmic live music. Being a high intensity sport, this is a great way to get very fit and very agile. Muzenza offer weekly classes for children and adults.
• Hot Yoga, Hastings and Storrington
Hot yoga is addictive. The heat feels wonderful during the cold months; plus it works wonders on joint and muscle issues. Hot Yoga in Hastings offers Hatha Flow classes in a room heated to 30°C and the Yoga Garden in Storrington offers a variety of classes (including Hatha, Hot, Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Pregnancy Yoga) in a yurt warmed by a wood-burning stove.
hotyogahastings.co.uk and theyogagarden.co.uk
MY FUN FITNESS
• Asha Kirkby, rollerskater
Asha is one of the UK’s top skate teachers. When she isn’t jetting around the world training other instructors, she offers group and private rollerskating lessons in Brighton.
“I absolutely love skating! It’s a really fun way to keep fit and it gets you from A to B – I don’t have a car, so I get around by skating or cycling. Skating is also very sociable – by and large skaters are friendly and there is a weekly group street skate (that anybody can join) in Brighton.
I started skating when I was 10, originally as a way of preparing myself to ice skate. At that time, they were building an ice rink where I lived in Oxford and my plan was to get really good on the rollerskates and then become an ice skater. But I fell so much in love with rollerskating that when the ice rink was finished, I wasn’t interested! I won the under-13s national figure rollerskating championships and I’ve been skating ever since.
My company Skatefresh offers lessons in London, but my favourite place to teach is my home town Brighton – is there anything better than skating by the sea?”
For more info on Asha’s lessons, go to skatefresh.com/brighton