With so many different exercise options out there these days, hating the gym is no longer a good enough reason to not get moving. So to inspire you to try new things, our chronically unfit lifestyle editor is lacing up her runners and trying out every type of exercise we can find in Melbourne — from Yoga to Boot Camps and every crazy thing in between.
Got a class you want us to try for you? Hit up the comments and we'll give it a go. Think of me as your exercise guinea pig.
Barxercise, Yarraville Gardens
One thing that I do find difficult about getting to all these exercise classes is that it can be hard to fit other things in — even something as simple as taking my dog for a walk while there is still light left in the day — so I always wind up feeling like something in my life is going to be missing out. Luckily the latest class that I went down to try was able to solve that problem for me.
Barxercise is a park-based exercise group where you can bring your dog along and put them through their paces while you run through yours. That way you both get an excellent workout and your dog is also given the chance to socialise.
The first section of the class — sprints around the park — is aimed to get you warmed up and get your dog excited. We then move on to the circuit that includes planking, push ups and lunges for you (among other exercises) and simple training exercises for your dog including teaching them to run through a ladder, jump over hurdles and run through a little track with the world's tiniest tire attached to his collar.
The circuit is punctuated with little exercises to get your heart rate pumping and keep your dog interested. The whole session ends with a nice round of tricks for treats where we try to get our dogs to follow our directions — such as staying still while running around them, them running laps around you (which Dexter would not do!) and doing a figure eight around your legs.
My little pooch Dexter had an awesome time at the session. He nailed the ladder run and the hurdles on his first try — although admittedly the hurdles was our last exercise in the circuit and he was a little bit tired so he only did a couple of them before deciding that he would rather walk around them. Combined with the half an hour walk there and back, my little Dexter was so tired he spent the rest of the day sleeping.
If you're worried about your dog's training, don't be. My dog has had no proper training (although he is generally well behaved) and your dog is on a lead for the entire session so you can keep control of him. Unfortunately for me there also happened to be a large female dog there who Dexter decided he was in love with, so he spent the majority of the session locked on her and trying to get over to her, so while he would usually listen to my commands this time he was in his own world and would only do what I wanted half the time.
We had an awesome time. I got a good workout (and boy was I sore the next day!) and Dex had a great workout as well. As for his romance with that other dog? Well, she wasn't having a bar of it.
Head over to barxactive.com for more information about their sessions and locations all over Melbourne.