These unusual Vancouver workouts will help you beat the winter blues


Indoor workouts
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The weather may be cooling off in Vancouver, but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate during the winter.

What’s more, Vancouver offers a range of some awesome indoor workouts when its chilly outside.

Cold Weather Indoor Workouts 

Bouldering / Climbing gyms

Bouldering is one of the easiest ways to break into the exciting world of climbing. While it may terrify you to envision yourself scaling the side of a mountain, a climbing gym offers a range of training and development. What’s more, you don’t have to wait for perfect weather to enjoy the fun of climbing as these are facilities are indoors. So, even if there’s a foot of snow outside, you can scale your way to a ripped, climbing physique!

Pole Dancing

If you thought pole dancing was easy, think again! Not only will it offer you a full workout that tones every inch or your body, but it’s also a ton of fun. If you’re timid, bring a friend along so you can watch each other fail a little in the beginning before you are both poised experts.

Hot Yoga

While yoga may be done anywhere, anytime, it isn’t quite as pleasant outdoors in the snow. With that in mind, hot yoga offers the perfect respite from the chilly temperatures, as well as a toxin-releasing, extra stretchy affair. Further, you’ll enjoy improved posture and mobility, better concentration, boosted energy, and more!

Beyonce Dance Workout

If don’t find dancing fun, you aren’t dancing to Queen Bey. Whether you want to admit it or not Beyonce will have you smiling until your face hurts as you twerk, shake, shimmy, and jump in the air. You’ll have a blast with friends, and if you go solo, you will make friends –  Beyonce brings people together.


Jiu-Jitsu combines martial arts and combat sports for a thrilling and intense workout. While it may seem like it’s all about strength, the sport is about technique, and therefore involves a great deal of focus and training. In fact, the sport’s aim is to manipulate the opponent’s force against themselves, rather than just using your own might.


While Jiu-Jitsu sounds great, sometimes you just want to punch a bag. Boxing is a great way to get in shape, as well as release stress. What’s more, there are a number of elements to the sport, and it will increase your confidence as you learn each one.


Like yoga, pilates increases flexibility and improves posture; however, pilates offers a number of different moves and techniques that are quite different than yoga. In addition, some people find that pilates is more effective for toning, while yoga is better for relaxing. While they are both relaxing, and they both improve strength, pilates really hones in on your core. So, if you want a ripped core, or simply a supported centre, give it a try!

Spin Class

Some people like to zone out while on the treadmill or elliptical and watch TV. With that being said, that classic move doesn’t always afford you the most heart pumping workout. For one, you aren’t focused. Further, no one is really pushing you, and you aren’t racing anyone, either. Spin Class offers a viable alternative to this conundrum. What’s more, you’ll feel super pumped by the end of it, because everyone will have experience simultaneous endorphin highs – ahhhh.