FITNESS MADE FUN: Dance, Kick and Fly into Shape!

There is never a time quite like the present to try something new, especially coming into spring, where collectively, we are more than ready for change! If the world isn’t quite ready to give us that change, maybe it’s time to shake things up in our own lives.

Thinking about starting a new season with a new commitment to health is nothing new. But what if our workouts could look different? Working out doesn’t have to be monotonous or routine, and it doesn’t even have to feel like working out. It can be new, vibrant, exciting, and fun, all while transforming your health and confidence. These local studios offer a variety of unique exercise classes for all ages, abilities, and interests. The only thing you need is a willingness to try something new and make a change.

Aerial Hoop Yoga
You may be familiar with yoga, but this takes traditional yoga to new heights, literally! Body Language Studio in Barrie offers a zero-gravity yoga experience with the help of a hoop attached to the ceiling. You don’t need to be experienced in yoga or Cirque du Soleil to attend these classes where you will learn, improve, have fun, and develop incredible strength. Are you ready to fly?

Pole Classes
There are many stereotypes associated with pole “dancing”, but have you ever considered that it could actually be a full-body workout that combines resistance training, cardio, strength, and flexibility? This is an incredibly fun and active way to build your confidence in a way that doesn’t feel like you are working. Check out Rock N’ Pole in Barrie for a complete schedule of all level classes.

Belly Dancing
Dance can be a great way to work out, and Belly Dance is no exception. Located in beautiful Innisfill, Cairo’s Jewels BellyDance offers classes (both virtual and in-person) for curious beginners to those with higher levels of experience. Belly dancing is perfect for recreation, fitness, self-transformation, and artistry, and Cairo’s Jewels is a non-judgmental and safe space to explore and try new things.

Fun fitness that’s easy on the joints! AquaFit is a terrific in-water workout led by cheerful, energetic instructors to upbeat music. These classes are a great way to get in shape, tone up, and enjoy yourself in a social setting! Water-based fitness is especially great for those who have arthritis, joint replacements, recent muscle injuries, etc., to remain active and rebuild strength and flexibility without causing further injury to themselves. Check out your local city-run aquatics programs for classes.


If dancing and yoga aren’t your thing, Stasis Jiu-Jitsu and Yoga in Barrie offers other forms of modern workouts for you to try. Their large variety of classes including Jiu-Jitsu for kids to adults is available to all experience levels. They even offer a law enforcement program. Stasis believes Jiu Jitsu and yoga go hand-in-hand so they also offer yoga for mental and emotional recovery. You will sweat, learn, improve, and have fun in a way that is sure to bring out the warrior inside!

There is a new dance workout raising the “barre” and it brings new life and energy to traditional ballet. YJ Fitness in Orillia combines dance, pilates, and yoga in a unique class that will tone your whole body. Several varieties of classes exist, each targeting slightly different things, available for all levels of experience.

Embracing the unknown with newfound confidence is empowering. These studios are unique, but they share a few things in common; they are locally owned, inspiring places ready to welcome you as you try something new, focus on your health, have fun and make a change!


Body Language Studio, Barrie

Rock N’ Pole, Barrie

Cairo’s Jewels Belly Dance, Innisfil

Stasis Jiu Jitsu & Yoga, Barrie

YJ Station, Orillia

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