The Best Fitness Classes and Activities Dublin Has To Offer
February 12, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Give yourself a pat on the back – you’ve made it through January. The month with five Mondays is finally over and spring has sprung.

Spring is the season of new beginnings – snowdrops poke up through the soil, baby animals bounce around the fields and we humans seem to come to life again after hibernating for the winter months.

So, why not embrace this season of new beginnings and try out some of the best fitness classes and activities that Dublin has to offer. There really is something for all levels and interests!

Beginners

Yoga

One of my favourite classes to attend, yoga is a mind and body workout. There certainly is no shortage of classes around Dublin with most practices and practitioners running separate classes for varying levels of capability and style preferences.

Check out the Yoga Rooms on the Merrion Road for a range of classes sure to meet your taste and experience requirements. Or for a session a little further out of the city, Yoga with Katrina in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow is definitely worth a trip.

yoga

For a gentle intro to yoga, Breathe & Be is taking place once per month from now until June in the Union Café, Mount Merrion. Held on a Saturday morning for 3 hours, you will get to experience vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness and meditation, all while meeting like-minded people. Each 3-hour session costs €39.99. If you are just getting started, then check out our guide on Everything You Need To Know About Yoga & Pilates.

Animal Flow Yoga

This Yoga technique includes a wide range of exercises and movement combinations which are grouped into six components designed to elicit specific results. The six are called: Wrist Mobilisations, Activations, form specific stretches, travelling forms, switches and flow. It’s 100% bodyweight training and combines many kinds of exercise including martial arts and breakdance. All Animalflow movements are created to make exercise fun while also helping you get in shape, tone up and burn fat. Just your body and the space around you. Classes take place in CalisthenFit Studio, Drumcondra Fairview Dublin 3. Multiple levels are available for beginners and advanced. Check out their website below if this sounds like something that you might be interested in. Animal Flow Yoga

Walking

“Sitting is the new smoking” – that’s what we’ve been hearing in the media as researchers suggest that sitting for long periods of time could be as detrimental to our heart health as smoking.

Get Ireland Walking, an initiative of Sport Ireland, aims to get the nation up, moving and reaping the rewards of walking. The health benefits of walking are plentiful and include, but are not limited to, weight loss, a lower resting heart rate, improved mental health and overall well-being. To find a walking group near you, check out Get Ireland Walking.

Woman walking her pet dog

If you prefer walking by yourself but struggle to find the motivation to get out then it may be time for you to adopt a four-legged friend. Speaking from experience, there’s nothing like an excited, barking dog to add an inch to your step and get you out moving.

Calorie pay-off: 120-150 calories per 30 minute, non-strenuous, walk.

Outdoors

Park Run

When it comes to exercising, there’s nothing I dislike more than running from nowhere to nowhere on a treadmill. Originating in Bushy Park in the UK, Park Run is now a weekly, worldwide, timed, free-of-charge event.

park_run

To find your nearest event, go to parkrun.com and don’t forget to register for your barcode which will act as your timing chip. Not only is Park Run an incentive to get out on a Saturday morning and exercise, it can be a great way to meet new people as a lot of groups go for a post-run brew afterwards.

Boot Camp

Do you exercise well as part of a group? If so, Boot Camp may be just what you’re looking for. Boot Camp is an example of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and is sure to help you shed the pounds and improve fitness as you alternate through a sequence of cardio and resistance exercises.

An outdoor fitness class in support of good health.

Hosted in one of my favourite parks in Dublin, Ger Conroy’s Boot Camp in the Phoenix Park is where you need to get yourself to. Meeting twice per week, Ger’s Boot Camp can help you see results with a variety of exercises including kettlebells, tyres, ropes and your legs (for the dreaded sprints). Classes are €10 each or €55 for a set of 8.

Unconventional

Drumming Class- Pound it out

Did you enjoy playing guitar hero back in the day? or perhaps you always wanted to start your own band well here’s a class where you can give in to those Rockstar dreams. This class gives you a full cardio jam session where you can make music instead of listening to the music. Their lightly weighted drumsticks are perfect for the cardio and strength training involved in this exercise. Designed for all kinds of fitness this place provides the perfect atmosphere. Each song is carefully calibrated with interval peaks and extended fat burning sequences, providing you with the best workout in a small space of time. After a 45-minute class you’ll have flown through over 70 techniques and wont even know it. Numerous studies have shown that drumming can provide stress relief and brain boosting activity. You can burn up to 900 calories doing this class. At the same time your endurance, timing, coordination, speed and musicality will also increase. Classes take place in multiple locations around Dublin and start at €10 per a class. A link is provided below to their Facebook page if you would like to learn more. PoundFit Dublin

Spartan Club Tallaght

At Spartan Club Tallaght you can receive quality martial arts training while helping you achieve your full potential and goals as an individual. Anyone can learn wrestling and martial arts here and enjoy the experience. There is a wide range of classes at different times and for different levels. The spartan fitness class takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm until 8pm. A great class to begin as beginners, competitors or weight loss enthusiasts. However, if you are not sure where to start a monthly fee allows you to explore your options when it comes to classes. To check out more information about prices and class times check out their website. Spartan Fitness Club

Ballet Barre

I always wanted to be a ballerina when I was a wee girl and now I can be! Ballet  Barre is a mash-up of ballet, cardio and Pilates, aiming to tone tums and bums, improve posture and slim thighs.

Choose from 6 studios throughout Dublin with Platinum Pilates to raise the bar on your workout! Their introductory offer of €25 for two classes can be used to trial two Ballet Barre classes or you can mix-and-match from their full range of Pilates classes.

balle-barre

Pole Fitness

Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Pole fitness can work muscles in your body that you probably didn’t know even existed! The Irish Pole Dance Academy, based in Dublin 1, have a range of classes for beginners and experts and offer a free consultation before you get started.

pole_fitness

Underdog Boxing

This place offers a wide range of experiences you can get involved in. Their coaches are former boxers who grew up wearing their boxing gloves. They have recognised qualifications and will teach you the correct techniques if that’s what you are looking for. There is morning classes that will keep you on your toes throughout the day and evening classes so that you can relieve the stress. There is beginner’s boxing and more professional boxing classes you can take. Your choices are unlimited and with their state-of-the-art facilities you can also do some independent workout’s too. The calorie pay off for this kind of activity can be up to 1000 in a session. Boxing also, increases cardio fitness, helps you lose weight and stomach fat, tones your arm and legs and releases stress. You can choose to attend a single class and see how it goes or buy up to ten passes at once. One class cost €19. They are also located at Greenside House, Cuffe St, D2. Check out more on their website below. Underdog Boxing

Experienced

Spin

S for Spin and S for Sweat; spin is not for the faint-hearted. Happening on a stationary bike, spin classes are an excellent option if you’re working to lose weight, improve overall fitness and muscle tone or if you’re a cyclist looking for something different in your training plan.

spin

For possibly one of the cheapest classes in Dublin – check out Andy Kenny Fitness in the city centre for classes starting from just €5.

TRX

You want something hardcore? TRX is it then.

TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise and is a work out based on the use of your own body weight, a portable training tool and gravity. Classes can be modified to suit ability but be prepared to work your ass off in this one!

Tallaght Leisure Centre offers TRX classes to members and charge €9 per class for non-members. Here you can try TRX HIIT, TRX Extreme Cardio and TRX Power Core – I’m sweating just thinking about it!

trx

If the northside is handier for you, then Fit Studios, Fairview is your best bet.  Not only do they have TRX, but they’ve a whole host of fitness classes, plus you can even book using the Fit Studios app.

There you have it, a snapshot guide to the many fitness classes that our capital (and Wicklow) hosts. What are you waiting for? Go grab those runners, and don’t forget your water bottle.

Speak to your healthcare professional or personal trainer before commencing a new exercise programme. Also feel free to check out our guide to exercising in the Winter

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The Best Fitness Classes and Activities Dublin Has To Offer
February 12, 2018 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

Give yourself a pat on the back – you’ve made it through January. The month with five Mondays is finally over and spring has sprung.

Spring is the season of new beginnings – snowdrops poke up through the soil, baby animals bounce around the fields and we humans seem to come to life again after hibernating for the winter months.

So, why not embrace this season of new beginnings and try out some of the best fitness classes and activities that Dublin has to offer. There really is something for all levels and interests!

Beginners

Yoga

One of my favourite classes to attend, yoga is a mind and body workout. There certainly is no shortage of classes around Dublin with most practices and practitioners running separate classes for varying levels of capability and style preferences.

Check out the Yoga Rooms on the Merrion Road for a range of classes sure to meet your taste and experience requirements. Or for a session a little further out of the city, Yoga with Katrina in Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow is definitely worth a trip.

yoga

For a gentle intro to yoga, Breathe & Be is taking place once per month from now until June in the Union Café, Mount Merrion. Held on a Saturday morning for 3 hours, you will get to experience vinyasa yoga, restorative yoga, mindfulness and meditation, all while meeting like-minded people. Each 3-hour session costs €39.99. If you are just getting started, then check out our guide on Everything You Need To Know About Yoga & Pilates.

Animal Flow Yoga

This Yoga technique includes a wide range of exercises and movement combinations which are grouped into six components designed to elicit specific results. The six are called: Wrist Mobilisations, Activations, form specific stretches, travelling forms, switches and flow. It’s 100% bodyweight training and combines many kinds of exercise including martial arts and breakdance. All Animalflow movements are created to make exercise fun while also helping you get in shape, tone up and burn fat. Just your body and the space around you. Classes take place in CalisthenFit Studio, Drumcondra Fairview Dublin 3. Multiple levels are available for beginners and advanced. Check out their website below if this sounds like something that you might be interested in. Animal Flow Yoga

Walking

“Sitting is the new smoking” – that’s what we’ve been hearing in the media as researchers suggest that sitting for long periods of time could be as detrimental to our heart health as smoking.

Get Ireland Walking, an initiative of Sport Ireland, aims to get the nation up, moving and reaping the rewards of walking. The health benefits of walking are plentiful and include, but are not limited to, weight loss, a lower resting heart rate, improved mental health and overall well-being. To find a walking group near you, check out Get Ireland Walking.

Woman walking her pet dog

If you prefer walking by yourself but struggle to find the motivation to get out then it may be time for you to adopt a four-legged friend. Speaking from experience, there’s nothing like an excited, barking dog to add an inch to your step and get you out moving.

Calorie pay-off: 120-150 calories per 30 minute, non-strenuous, walk.

Outdoors

Park Run

When it comes to exercising, there’s nothing I dislike more than running from nowhere to nowhere on a treadmill. Originating in Bushy Park in the UK, Park Run is now a weekly, worldwide, timed, free-of-charge event.

park_run

To find your nearest event, go to parkrun.com and don’t forget to register for your barcode which will act as your timing chip. Not only is Park Run an incentive to get out on a Saturday morning and exercise, it can be a great way to meet new people as a lot of groups go for a post-run brew afterwards.

Boot Camp

Do you exercise well as part of a group? If so, Boot Camp may be just what you’re looking for. Boot Camp is an example of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and is sure to help you shed the pounds and improve fitness as you alternate through a sequence of cardio and resistance exercises.

An outdoor fitness class in support of good health.

Hosted in one of my favourite parks in Dublin, Ger Conroy’s Boot Camp in the Phoenix Park is where you need to get yourself to. Meeting twice per week, Ger’s Boot Camp can help you see results with a variety of exercises including kettlebells, tyres, ropes and your legs (for the dreaded sprints). Classes are €10 each or €55 for a set of 8.

Unconventional

Drumming Class- Pound it out

Did you enjoy playing guitar hero back in the day? or perhaps you always wanted to start your own band well here’s a class where you can give in to those Rockstar dreams. This class gives you a full cardio jam session where you can make music instead of listening to the music. Their lightly weighted drumsticks are perfect for the cardio and strength training involved in this exercise. Designed for all kinds of fitness this place provides the perfect atmosphere. Each song is carefully calibrated with interval peaks and extended fat burning sequences, providing you with the best workout in a small space of time. After a 45-minute class you’ll have flown through over 70 techniques and wont even know it. Numerous studies have shown that drumming can provide stress relief and brain boosting activity. You can burn up to 900 calories doing this class. At the same time your endurance, timing, coordination, speed and musicality will also increase. Classes take place in multiple locations around Dublin and start at €10 per a class. A link is provided below to their Facebook page if you would like to learn more. PoundFit Dublin

Spartan Club Tallaght

At Spartan Club Tallaght you can receive quality martial arts training while helping you achieve your full potential and goals as an individual. Anyone can learn wrestling and martial arts here and enjoy the experience. There is a wide range of classes at different times and for different levels. The spartan fitness class takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm until 8pm. A great class to begin as beginners, competitors or weight loss enthusiasts. However, if you are not sure where to start a monthly fee allows you to explore your options when it comes to classes. To check out more information about prices and class times check out their website. Spartan Fitness Club

Ballet Barre

I always wanted to be a ballerina when I was a wee girl and now I can be! Ballet  Barre is a mash-up of ballet, cardio and Pilates, aiming to tone tums and bums, improve posture and slim thighs.

Choose from 6 studios throughout Dublin with Platinum Pilates to raise the bar on your workout! Their introductory offer of €25 for two classes can be used to trial two Ballet Barre classes or you can mix-and-match from their full range of Pilates classes.

balle-barre

Pole Fitness

Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Pole fitness can work muscles in your body that you probably didn’t know even existed! The Irish Pole Dance Academy, based in Dublin 1, have a range of classes for beginners and experts and offer a free consultation before you get started.

pole_fitness

Underdog Boxing

This place offers a wide range of experiences you can get involved in. Their coaches are former boxers who grew up wearing their boxing gloves. They have recognised qualifications and will teach you the correct techniques if that’s what you are looking for. There is morning classes that will keep you on your toes throughout the day and evening classes so that you can relieve the stress. There is beginner’s boxing and more professional boxing classes you can take. Your choices are unlimited and with their state-of-the-art facilities you can also do some independent workout’s too. The calorie pay off for this kind of activity can be up to 1000 in a session. Boxing also, increases cardio fitness, helps you lose weight and stomach fat, tones your arm and legs and releases stress. You can choose to attend a single class and see how it goes or buy up to ten passes at once. One class cost €19. They are also located at Greenside House, Cuffe St, D2. Check out more on their website below. Underdog Boxing

Experienced

Spin

S for Spin and S for Sweat; spin is not for the faint-hearted. Happening on a stationary bike, spin classes are an excellent option if you’re working to lose weight, improve overall fitness and muscle tone or if you’re a cyclist looking for something different in your training plan.

spin

For possibly one of the cheapest classes in Dublin – check out Andy Kenny Fitness in the city centre for classes starting from just €5.

TRX

You want something hardcore? TRX is it then.

TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise and is a work out based on the use of your own body weight, a portable training tool and gravity. Classes can be modified to suit ability but be prepared to work your ass off in this one!

Tallaght Leisure Centre offers TRX classes to members and charge €9 per class for non-members. Here you can try TRX HIIT, TRX Extreme Cardio and TRX Power Core – I’m sweating just thinking about it!

trx

If the northside is handier for you, then Fit Studios, Fairview is your best bet.  Not only do they have TRX, but they’ve a whole host of fitness classes, plus you can even book using the Fit Studios app.

There you have it, a snapshot guide to the many fitness classes that our capital (and Wicklow) hosts. What are you waiting for? Go grab those runners, and don’t forget your water bottle.

Speak to your healthcare professional or personal trainer before commencing a new exercise programme. Also feel free to check out our guide to exercising in the Winter

Zuzanna Piasek
Passionate about all things creative including food and hoping to spread a few good messages. I believe the most important thing you’ll ever do is stay true to yourself, so be free and be you!

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