5 Great Exercise Classes in the Fraser Valley

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Well folks, bathing suit season is almost upon us – whether we like it or not! This year our goal is to be ready for it and with all the awesome, unique fitness classes being offered in the Fraser Valley, we intend to have fun doing it. This list of 5 Great Exercise Classes in the Fraser Valley should have you moving your booty before you have time to come up with an excuse! We promise most of these classes will be so much fun you won’t even realize you’re exercising!

Tha Fae
Attribution License by Dance Photographer – Brendan Lally

Tha Fae Bellydance Classes

2734 Mitchell St, Abbotsford

Feel like doing something a little funky this spring? Why not pick up the ancient art of Egyptian Cabaret & Fusion Bellydancing? Move than just booty shaking, Egyptian Bellydancing is a form of dance that is based on a series of core movements that will challenge the body and the mind. Once dancers form a solid foundation of these movements, stylizations and technique combinations are added to create a layered dance practice.  Beginner and intermediate classes are offered at Tha Fae and are taught in their Abbotsford Studio, Tha Realm. We love how they limit their class sizes to a maximum of 5, which makes getting comfortable in a new learning environment like this one a little easier.

Zumba with FitRepublic

#3 – 20279 97th Avenue, Langley (Dancing for Dessert Dance Studio)

It’s not exercise – it’s a party! Anne and Stephanie make up the high-energy teaching duo of Zumba with FitRepublic and their drop-in Zumba classes are by far the most fun we’ve tried. Asides from having fun, their focus is always on inspiring women to get up, get moving and always working towards their health & fitness goals. Plus, they both have a background in personal training, which means they know their stuff. If you aren’t familiar with Zumba, check out their short video to get a taste of what to expect. These sassy ladies will make the time fly by as you dance your way through a Latin-inspired salsa/hip hop/merengue routine to upbeat dance music! What’s not to love?

Stroller Boot Camp with Ascend Fitness Coaching

Watson Glen Park (Beside Twin Rinks in Sardis), Chilliwack

One of the biggest challenges new moms face after bringing home their bundles of joy, is finding the time to get out for a little time for themselves. Ascend Fitness Coaching knows what this feels like, and began Stroller Boot Camp as a way for new moms to get out of the house, exercise, bond with other new moms, and still spend time with their wee lads and ladies. Like a traditional boot camp, this group meets twice weekly at a local park and utilizes the surrounding parks, trails and natural obstacles. Not only are all of the trails stroller-friendly, the exercises also incorporate strollers and little ones to form an inter-active “mother-child fitness program” that helps moms increase fitness levels. Improve endurance and boost energy levels. All participants are encouraged to move at their own pace, as moms with all fitness levels are welcome! Monthly passes and punch cards are available, and drop-ins are welcome too!

Video Vixen Dance with Just 4 You Wellness Studio

6195 – 136 St, Surrey

Have you always wanted to join dance but just didn’t feel comfortable going to a formal dance school? Video Vixen Dance Class at Just 4 You Wellness Studio is a great “just for fun” alternative that teaches dance-club style basics to beginners. Drawing inspiration from the sexy music video moves of Beyonce, JLo and other top 40 ladies, participants learn a fully choreographed routine while focusing on the techniques needed for that dance. Each routine incorporates jazz, hip hop and burlesque styles and promises to leave you feeling energized, with a touch more sass in your step than what you came in with! Great music and great moves you can actually use outside of the fitness studio? Yes, please!

Aerial Fit with The Goddess Movement

1919 Sumas Way, Abbotsford

Bored of your typical yoga and Pilates practice? Mix it up with suspended silk hammocks! The Goddess Movement is now offering an Aerial Fit class, which uses aerial silk hammocks (hung from the ceiling) to suspend different areas of the body while moving through various yoga and Pilate inspired positions. Using silk hammocks for support allows for the decompression of the spine and encourages relaxation of the nervous system. Like yoga, classes focus on the strengthening and stretching of muscle groups, but with lots of fun and laughter! Plus, because you are using hammocks, there’s swinging involved! When’s the last time you got to do that in yoga class?

We love hearing about new and exciting ways to get moving and get fit! Tell us about your favourite local exercise classes :)

Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

3 Responses to “5 Great Exercise Classes in the Fraser Valley”

  1. Nicci says:

    What a lovely surprise to see us mentioned in this write up. Bellydance is an amazing way to reconnect with your body and ventu into dance. Bellydance is known to improve: body awareness, posture, flexibility, co-ordination, balance, self esteem, rythmn, creativity and more.

    For class availability please visit our site or call Nicci at 778-808-4273

    *image used is if Carla B, fellow dancer who was a special guest dancer with Tha Fae Bellydance at Abbyfest 2010.

  2. Joan B says:

    I agree that Fit Republic is the BEST Zumba class. I have been to many different ones in the Langley area but Anne ans Stephanie are far superior in their teaching style than the other instructors I’ve had…..can’t wait for my next class with these lovely ladies

  3. Karen says:

    Fit Republic is the without a doubt HANDS DOWN (or waving in the air) the best Zumba class out there. They are amazing! They kick your butt and make you smile at the same time. Absolute best!

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